Intrigued, I decided to give it a try yesterday on our short ride in Timberland. After turning on my old Garmin Edge 305 to track my ride, I launched the Strava app on my phone, clicked on the record button, and pedaled off.
I really didn't think about it at all until the end of ride. There was a very faint signal at the Timberland Clubhouse parking area, but I was miraculously able to sync my ride to Strava.
I was only able to appreciate my ride when I got home and saw the results on Strava's website. Check out my experience:
|So this is the Strava app. I placed it in my Health folder.|
|This is the Strava app's launch screen|
|This is the Record page, where you start and stop your session. It has a big record button to make it idiot-proof.|
|This is the feed from my friends who also use Strava. That's Mitch Padua's Nuvali ride up there.|
|This is my ride yesterday. It shows me the total distance, time, and elevation gain from the moment I pressed "record" to the time I stopped it. The segments part is where it gets interesting.|
|This is a sample of one of segments of my ride. Someone made it a segment and then Strava measured my performance and compared it to everyone who did the climb. It can also show how I did versus my friends. I'm now in 8th place.|
It seems there's an option to upload my Garmin reading to the website. I'll give it a try next time. Overall, I like this experience. It's fun knowing how I did and it pushes me to be better. On the downside, I might need to bring a powerbank on my future rides as it drains my battery quite fast.