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You’re just embarrassing yourself now, Strava

Please, just, stop, Strava. Those things you’re claiming that you can do with relative heart rate data, are exactly what you can’t do with relative heart rate data, and exactly why power meters exist. Heart rate is a great way to know how your body is doing on a given day (i.e. am I dehydrated, tired, under/over caffeinated, etc.), but you simply cannot use it to compare efforts for that reason. Too…

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Strava Improves Virtual Segments By Euthanizing Them

There’s really only one Zwift/Strava segment that I care about, so this doesn’t impact me personally, but I do have to wonder why Strava cares so much about the segments for Zwift that they felt the need to only allow one authoritative source. How is this different from the real world were the more popular pop to the top, and the less end up at the bottom of the list? Don’t they…

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It’s not just you. Strava is borked.

You would think that somewhere in their vast pool of employee talent, Strava would have at least one person who understand how to keep the service up and working correctly. But, that’s clearly not the case even though their “am I up” page is reporting “all-good”. Hmm… Update: Strava is back online.…

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Strava Segments are Broken

Last week I was early to a ride, so I decided to do some laps around the the parking lot, figuring it would make a neat Strava segment that I could KOM for a day. When my friend arrived, he saw what I was doing and decided to do the same, which naturally destroyed my chances for the KOM. Even staring defeat in the face, I still went ahead and created the…

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Not cool Strava, not cool at all…

I’m not sure when it happened, but Strava has silently changed the amount they plan to charge me come December from the $23.99 I agreed to auto-pay, to the $59.99 they are now charging for Live Segments  + a bunch of rubbish. Legally they are allowed to do this sort of thing, but it’s still shifty AF to change the price by 2.5x and not the automatic opt-in. Clearly they have the…

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We can’t have nice things

Remember how that guy freaked out about Strava matching his run with someone else’s? Well, apparently we can’t have nice things now because freaking outweighs sense. Of course, it is easier for me to feel the way I do because there’s literally zero reason why anyone would stalk me. But, for those who have concerns around that, the option existed to not be in the Flyby pool. Where what Strava did, by…

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It’s supposed to work that way…

The problem with undocumented algorithms, is that we can’t really tell how they work. We can only guess based on our observations, and hope that we get it right. When limiting our sample to one, it’s pretty easy to guess the wrong way. I suspect that’s what’s happening in the case outlined below. Which to be completely fair, might be a “training issue”, a helpful feature working the way it is supposed…

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