Not sure how many triathlon people out there have been using the Strava App for biking and running, I love it! It uses your phone’s GPS to track rides or runs and uploads them to their website. The website is really cool, it shows your ride on a map and compares your time to others riding/running the same course. It also keeps track of PR’s for numerous distances, showing your “achievements” for different routes. I have found it to be super motivating and that it adds interest to my standard routes.
The “Segments” are small sections of a ride that you or any user can set-up. After it is set-up any user that rides the segment is judged against the others, the goal being to become the “King of the Mountain”. It keeps you cranking it out on every hill to get a PR or move up a spot in the rankings.
While sometimes I feel like I do a little too much logging of training, I enjoy seeing all the data. It might be a little anal, but oh well. I log stuff on the Garmin Connect website that is downloaded from my 405, the Beginner Triathlete website, and Strava! Each one has it’s positives, it doesn’t take too long, and being able to see my time spent training reassures me that I’m getting in the time to get across the finish line respectably!
Here’s a screen shot of the segments from one of my standard rides:
If you’re on Strava feel free to follow me: Travis Moore