Post Talking Points
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- Data Aanalysis and Feedback
- A Form of Motivation
Strava is one of the latest trends to impact the world of cycling on a major scale, and it looks like it is here to stay. The App is primarily used by cyclists, but can be used by runners also, and is available through the Apple Store and Google Play Store, respectively.The App itself is the equivalent of having an advanced computer that records your time, distance, speed and your every movement during rides when activated, giving you data and insights into your training and performance. Once you have completed a ride, the App uploads the data to their website, also adding you to a leaderboard for that specific route, with the person having the best stats being crowned King of the Mount (KOM) for that particular route, nothing like healthy competition! The data and insights the App provides can help lead to a dramatic improvement in your performance when analysed and interpreted the right way. But how? Below are ways you can use the data gathered through the Strava App to improve your times and overall performance.
Use the Data Analysis and Feedback to your Advantage
When you have a sophisticated App such as Strava at your disposal breaking down your performance and delivering data and analytics back for you to assess, then why not use it! Analysing this data, to discover your weakest points, your strongest points and certain trends such as where/when you are at your fastest and slowest, can give you a great platform to make a difference to your overall performance and fitness levels.
Using the data to expose your weak points will allow you to focus your training around them, so with the right training regime you can turn your weak points into your strong points over time, no drastic changes will happen overnight!
Seeing the data of other cyclists who rank ahead of you will point you to where they performed at a higher rate, and at a lower rate, and will give you a sign to what part of your performance needs to improve for that particular route. For example, if the data reported shows you are considerably slower than others ranked ahead of you at certain incline hill climbs on the route, you can then focus your next training block around improving your incline endurance and times. Next time, the incline will be one of your stronger points!
Having a device that can monitor and report on your fitness, will allow you to assess your current aerobic and anaerobic capacity. If these levels are not at your expected, or the required standard, they could be affecting your performance when cycling. Again, you can adapt your next training block to increase fitness and endurance levels, which over time will lead to improved times and performance when cycling.
A Form of Motivation to Assist Improvements
Long intense cycles are never an easy task. A training partner can make a difference in terms of the competitive nature of a cycle, making you perform that little bit better than you would on your own, and of course, the companionship can make it more enjoyable!
Technology though, like the Strava App, cannot give you a physical training partner but has a similar effect on the mind. As thousands of cyclists across the world use it daily posting their stats and times, the App can act as a form of motivation to really make a difference to your performance.
Seeing other cyclist's stats and times of a certain route, and comparing them to your times, will give you an indication of where you rank in comparison. If there is a competitive bone in your body, you will want to beat the person above you in the rankings list, who would want to be at the bottom of the leaderboard!
Having access to this information creates a competitive social environment for you and other cyclists, adding to your motivation to improve your overall performance and times, inching you closer to the KOM crown. It is the equivalent to playing on any sports team or in any competition, if there is someone getting game time or one position ahead of you, your number one goal is to improve sufficiently so that you are the one leading the charge.
The Strava App is a great example of the major advancements in apps used to analyse sports performance coming over the coming years. If you're in any way serious about improving your cycling performance, consider using the Strava App as your ‘go to' piece of equipment.
Over to you!