Strava confessions: Until yesterday, I owned pretty much the whole set of climbs off the Warren in Caversham. Gravel Hill, Sandy Hill, Mechanical Hill, Jackson’s Lane. And then someone nicked my KOM on Mechanical Hill, the day before the rain came. I’m considering an appeal to the CAS.
But I could give up any time.Posted 5 years agoMing the MercilessSubscriber
I ride at a very slow pace to the nearest hills and then go Banzai to get the hill climb KOM, I then ride home at a slow pace trying to gt my lungs and heart back in my chest.
I have been known to question the integrity of peoples carbon frames in an attempt to get them to slow down……
Not that I’m competetive you understandPosted 5 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
Within a week of first taking strava I cut my hair and ditched my baggies, Lycra, carbon forks, i even rode past a pub without stopping.. I also clocked 49.8mph max on my road bike. Scored a KOM too.
At first you think you can control strava
But before long you start looking ill, losing weight and feeling like death
Then one day you will wake up knowing that instead of you controlling strava, it now controls you.
So if a friend offers you strava you know what to say:
Strava screws you up.Posted 5 years agodjgloverMember
Round here they start you off on MapMyRide, but before you know it, you’ve moved onto the harder stuff.
I started with bike hike and a garmin geko. It wasn’t long before I had progressed passed owning a Garmin Forerunner and Garmin Edge, and using Garmin Connect daily to a full on Strava addiction.
Every ride is a segment hunt.
On the plus side I’m probably the fittest I have ever beenPosted 5 years agoalibongo001Subscriber
The good thing is that you have admitted that you have a problem.
Once that important step has been taken there are support services that can help you.
Alternatively you can do it alone, it requires more self control but is ultimatley more satifying.
Try and go out on your bike and just have fun.
Then try to cycle without the phone / garmin occasionally
Before you know it then you will be an Ex Strava addict…….but you must never go back!
🙂Posted 5 years agoNeil_BoltonMember
Yep. Me too.
However, it’s made me a shed load faster and made me really enjoy ‘riding’ again, in so far as I enjoy the pain now, and enjoy keeping going.
Getting KOMs is like a sexual endorphin hit though, it must be said.
I’ve now moved onto the harder stuff on http://www.trainerroad.com …Posted 5 years agobigblokeMember
I bathe in Veet, spray my body with black paint instead of clothes and only ride in suitable performance enhancing wind conditions in dry weather only…..alone so as no distractions….snort…..but its ok…..sniff……i can stop it….snort…..anytime i like…..honest…..i can….STRAAAAAAAVAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!Posted 5 years agoCarlos45Member
Got to say that I have been “strava free” now for nearly 3 months.
I feel like a new man. Initially it was totally addictive but then it got more and more difficult to get to new high’s and after a while it started taking the pleasure out of everything. Kept beating myself up for not getting another PB. Yep those days were great getting 10 PB’s in one day – but that is unsustainable without killing yourself.
Strava made me forget what mtbing was all about….Posted 5 years ago
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