The Strava App beyond "Segments"

Robert Gaggini
Segments

 


The Strava app is one of many analytical cycling applications available.


However is Strava the most popular?

Strava is the facebook of cycling!


It is the "Segments" that make Strava standout.

With "Segments" you can compare to the rest of the world, compare to your friends and compete against yourself.


I have had Strava Premium for a number of years and therefore my comments are based on this.


What else does Strava offer beyond "Segments"?

 

Define The Basics


Distance, Time, Elevation Gain and Calories are provided. On different screens, average and maximum values of HR, W, and Speed are provided.


The Map


Where you did your session. GPS is amazing when you stop to think about it.


Riding Partners


In case you didn't already know. ( It can provide data on your opponents ).


Approximate Power


If you do not have the real thing, (ie power meter), this feature works quite well.


Data Analysis
Data Analysis






Power and Heart Rate Zone Analysis

Cumulative time spent in power zones per ride/session provides meaningful insight regarding the quality of the session.

 

Unfortunately, Strava does not provide a weekly analysis of these zones.



Heart Rate Data
Heart Rate Data





Elevation, Speed and Heart Rate Curves.

 

This provides overall trend analysis.


For detailed analysis these curves have to examined in context.


Unfortunately they are quite small and are separated unlike the web version. Therefore it is not possible to have simultaneous analysis.


However, as a portable documentation (it's on your phone) they are handy!

 









Segment Analysis


With this you can see fine detail. You have up to 4 variables being displayed at any given time.


You can evaluate areas that can be improved.


You can see real time gradients!


A useful feature.

Thank You for Reading. Please Share.

Robert Gaggini
Mt Gambier Winner 2005

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Robert Gaggini is founder of Adelaide Cycling Academy and owner of Infuga Retreat. As a cycling coach Robert brings years of experience to a wide range of Cycling Activities.

 

Winner of multiple cycle races including Mt Gambier 100mile classic 2005, and Alphutte 2003, (4th in 2012). Participant in a variety of endurance events including Paris-Brest-Paris, and is a 40km per day commuter for over 20years.

 

If you require any assistance with training plans, cycle coaching or if you just want to ride faster, Robert is happy to assist.

 

 

 

 

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