STRAVA. My latest obsession!
I love riding with friends because we push each other and talk smack along the way but...I also love riding solo too. The only thing about riding solo is I sometimes find it hard to push myself as hard...it is easy to back off when there is no one to chase or get wild with. Stava has given it some new life. You can ride hard on your own, go home, plug in and see where you stand...hopefully knocking some of your friends off the top. :) Basically Strava takes your ride and breaks it into segments (which everyone has made and you can make too) and you get ranked on those segments. You don't have to do anything...I literally put it in my pocket, ride, come home and plug it in and all my segments have times and rankings. People are always pushing each other to go faster so once you set a fast time, it is never safe...gotta keep on it because someone will go faster. And then you have to figure out where you lost time...and where you can make up time. So fun. Give it some time...I think you will get addicted too.... :)
Starting this Thursday, Strava and Specialized have teamed up for A Classic Climbing Challenge by Specialized. This is pretty gnarly to be honest, but well worth the challenge. Basically you have to do 105,312 feet of climbing between March 15th and April 30th...you are going to be hurting. I am going to give the challenge a go but realistically with my upcoming racing and traveling it may not (is not) be so wise, we shall see. I think you should do it...
There are a few ways you can get on the Strava program..a) download the iPhone app or b) get a Garmin. I like the Garmin option because the readings are more accurate, particularly on trails (probably ok if you are riding road). Once you get the app or a Garmin it is super simple...you just ride and plug...and talk smack too.
Oh and just so you know...I am not sponsored by Strava, I just love it.
Photo / Specialized