Strava: Fitness Wonder or Wrecker – Podcast #48
There's no question that social media has infiltrated every facet of our lifestyle. From the best cycling hashtags on Instagram to the ubiquitous “butt shot” of the local Sunday group ride that is posted on Facebook, we have an insatiable need to connect with others on social networking. Cycling is no different, as evidenced by the rise of Strava, the largest cycling social media sharing site out there today. But Strava is far more than people just sharing their rides and their achievements online: it has become the driving force behind many people's cycling experiences. Offering almost monthly challenges and goals (often revolving around excessive mileage or vertical gain) and offering virtual rewards in the form of “badges”, Strava has become the impetus for people to train.
How has that success and impetus impacted us as a cycling culture? How has it changed the way we train? And of course, the ultimate question remains: have those changes been for the better or worse? That's what I'll explore on this edition of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, including topics such as:
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@10:19 -What is Strava? How has Strava changed our community (for better or worse) and how has Strava changed the way we go about training.
@43:29 – How can we use Strava as an effective training tool?
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You can check out the Tailwind Coaching Strava club and join to see what Tailwind Coaching's athletes are doing.
Strength training for cyclists – Part 1 and Part 2
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