I have decided to disconnect myself completely from Strava. This may sound familiar to some long time readers with a good memory. I did a similar thing around this time last year but not quite so drastically. I only stopped posting my rides publicly but that didn’t last long I was soon back again and posting as usual.
This time I have unsubscribed completely and wiped my records. Its one less thing to deal with after a ride. I will still continue to keep up my Garmin Connect ride logging every time I go out though. I do have to say though that am not so keen on the new layout there. Nothing seems instinctive to me yet. I can’t get where I want to be easily anymore. The old program was easy to navigate and logical and I knew how to do everything I needed. I think its because they have included some new features like introducing ‘segments’ to compete with Strava. At the moment the ‘Classical’ version is still available so I use that as much as possible.
I decided that at my age I wasn’t going to be competing for any segments or King Of The Mountains anymore. I am not training for anything anymore, just riding my bike for pleasure and fitness. I don’t want to be tempted to ride a bit harder just for the sake of not letting myself down when I log my ride on Strava. It was nice to collect ‘Kudos’ from other riders for various rides, that seemed a bit random though at times. Some of the longest rides I ever did, like the 200km Audax at Tewkesbury got Kudos from one or two people, whereas a little potter around my Ouse Valley rides would produce handfuls of Kudos? Anyway thats all behind me now.
If you are young and fit and competitive then I can recommend it, its just not for me anymore.