This is my first year logging my pre-Northshore workouts religiously on an application like Strava. Overall it’s a helpful way of
memorializing the distances and speeds I already know I’m traveling, and tracking some of the new routes that I might want to try again. I love looking at the map afterwards to see what previously unexplored corner of earth I’ve found. For people who aren’t already motivated to exercise, something like Strava can give them a new lease on life.
This is a tool that also can be abused however. I’ve seen people so focused on accumulating mileage that it becomes the sole reason for a workout, come hell or high water. I’ve seen others take their attention off the road just to check their statistics. Then there are the types who pause the recording mid-workout so their average speed doesn’t drop. It just so happens that Strava doesn’t consider skating to be worthy of tracking in the same way as it does biking or running. It won’t create a training log to track progress, segment, or power goals unless you set your activity to cycling.
At this stage of my athletic career, I’m all about enjoying my workouts. That’s my goal. It’s not my full time job to suffer like I
used to, so I get into good shape precisely so I don’t have to hurt when I’m out there going hard.
If you’re curious to see what I’ve been doing to get ready for the fall classics, here I am: https://www.strava.com/athlete
So far, I’ve figured out how to use Strava without Stravulating — that is without letting Strava control my life. How about you?