Posts by mhorvath:
- Progress Goals – Set time and distance goals and track your progress week over week
- Suffer Score with Custom Heart Rate Zones – Quantify your suffering and track the intensity levels of your workout
- Advanced Power Training Analysis – Discover your strengths and weaknesses and monitor how you’re riding over time
- Pace Analysis – Run at the right pace and train effectively for your next event
- Filtered Leaderboards - See where you rank in your own age & weight category
- Segment Effort Comparison – See how your best efforts compare against friends’ on favorite segments (viewable on mobile now and coming soon to web)
- GPX Download – Discover a great route on Strava and download it to your Garmin
- Premium status & access – Get exclusive tools, tips and surprises throughout the year!
There’s no easy way to say something hard like this, so I’m just going to come out and say it. After four years at the helm of Strava, I will transition from being CEO to becoming President and Chair of the board of directors. This change will happen on January 1, 2014.
Before there was Strava in my life, there was my wife Anna. Anna survived breast cancer caused by a BRCA1 mutation in 2004 and in 2006. (Yes, you guessed it — she’s tough as nails.) Back then I was on the management team of a start-up about the same size as Strava is today and my work responsibilities were quite large. I had the choice then to prioritize caring for Anna over work and regrettably, I didn’t. At least not the way I should have. Thankfully for me, Anna persevered and found the grace to forgive me.
A few months ago, pain in Anna’s abdomen was diagnosed to be metastatic breast cancer in her liver. Her condition is chronic, meaning that with today’s available treatments it cannot be ‘beaten’; however its progression can be managed for an unknown amount of time. With the same choice in front of me now as before, I’m choosing Anna. She needs me and, more importantly, I need her. Not knowing how many moments we may have together makes it clear that I should be with her in this moment. The ability to be fully present for her and for our four teenage children is a gift, and I’m the recipient as much as they are.
Now for some happier news. Mark Gainey — my business partner for nearly 20 years, co-founder of and former CEO of Strava, Chair of our board, and my closest friend — is stepping up to lead the company. I will remain on the management team as President and will chair our board of directors going forward. That means I will remain part of the team — helping Mark to lead Strava in its mission to serve you, our global community of athletes. In turn, I gain the flexibility needed to care for my family.
In early 2009, Mark Gainey and I pulled a band of hackers, tinkerers, and legit software engineers together to build a website to motivate athletes. We weren’t sure of how big it would become, only that Strava was going to be great. It may have come from humble ambitions, but today Strava can’t be stopped. Not by cancer. Not by change. Strava’s strength comes not from me, but from our truly amazing and talented team. It also comes from you and every Strava athlete out there proving it on road and trail every day.
We got this.
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve released a series of new Premium features in an effort to help you stay motivated, train more effectively, and have fun. The best part is that we’re just getting started. These features are the foundation of a growing set of Premium tools and benefits that will serve our dedicated athletes around the globe. Our Premium feature-set focuses on four major themes:
1) Set Goals
We’re athletes – we’re always striving for that next event or PR – that’s what we do. Whatever the milestone may be, we want to help you get there. Setting goals will be the foundation of your training and Strava is here to motivate you, but also hold you accountable. Learn more about this first iteration of a new Premium feature suite designed to help you achieve more:
2) Train Intelligently
As dedicated athletes, many of you have invested in external hardware, like heart rate monitors and power meters, to help you improve. We want you to learn more from your sensory data to understand the type of athlete you are and how your workouts impact your overall fitness. Proper training means more effective and efficient workouts so you can avoid injury and meet your goals. Check out the current Premium features designed to help discover more about your effort, whether it be on the road, track or trail:
3) Compare & Compete
See your training and goal setting payoff with a variety of ways to track your performances over time. Get the affirmation or reality check you need by seeing how you stack up against athletes most similar to you. Best yourself, or focus on edging out the competition — Strava is here to track and motivate you to do both. Learn more about the Premium features that give you the competitive fuel to reach your highest potential:
4) Have Fun
At the very core, we do our sport because it makes us happy. Whether you like to compete, stay fit, or explore, Strava wants to help you discover and preserve the aspects of your sport that motivate you and lead an active lifestyle fill with adventure. Learn more about the growing list of Premium features that will push you to get outside and get going:
If you are not already a Premium member, upgrade now to stay motivated and get maximum enjoyment out of your life as an athlete. As always, we welcome your feedback and look forward to introducing more Premium features and benefits throughout the year.
Each and every day we strive to improve Strava for you the athlete. We are athletes too, just like you. As the Strava community grows, we all need to follow a few simple guideposts to ensure that Strava’s impact is positive.
This is what we, the Strava community, stand for:
We know the rules. Laws and rules are created for our protection. Cycling, running and swimming are inherently dangerous and following the law, and common sense, when it comes to traffic, weather, or conditions, reduces our odds of getting hurt or hurting others. It’s as simple as that.
We rest. We listen to our bodies to avoid injury and we inspire in ways other than by being #1. We don’t burn ourselves out. We enjoy our recovery days because they too tell our story on Strava.
We kudo sportsmanship. We all want to get kudos by being great at our sport. We are courteous and treat others with respect. We earn our spots on the leaderboards through clean competition.
We think ahead. We showcase a lot of awesome data about where we go, who we work out with and how hard we push ourselves. If we don’t want everyone to know what we’re up to, we take the necessary privacy precautions before we upload, like setting privacy zones and choosing who can follow us and what they can see.
We’ve got each other’s backs. We watch out for one another. The community does what it can to keep things safe for everyone by looking out for potentially dangerous situations and flagging segments as hazardous.
If you want to be part of the Strava community, we’d like you to stand with us and take these guideposts to heart.
Many of you have asked us, “When are you going to open Strava up so my friend can join?” Since launching the Strava beta in late April, we have kept things fairly contained. Well, that’s all about to change. We are ready to take on more members looking for motivation and entertainment to feed their addiction to cycling. And we think the best people to start with are the friends and family of our existing beta members.
To that end, we have come up with a little competition. Recruit as many of your friends and family to join the Strava beta as you can and you could win big!
Let’s just start with the usual disclaimer in these situations. Employees of Strava are not eligible for the fantastic prizes and unending glory that will be offered as enticement to the Strava beta members who help recruit the most cyclists to Strava between now and June 30, 2009. So… Mark, no use trying to buy Active.com’s user email list.
Before telling you about the prizes, here are the rules:
- The competition starts on June 1, 2009 at 12:00AM and ends June 30, 2009 at 11:59PM.
- You send the names, email addresses, and locations of friends you want to invite to join the Strava beta to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We will invite your friends by email, explaining Strava and describing the beta program.
- The new member will be counted toward your total if they A) accept our invitation to join the Strava beta and B) upload at least one ride before the end of the competition. (Feel free to send encouraging emails to the friends you recommend, offering to share any prize you might win.)
- The winner will be the beta member who has the highest count as defined in #4 as of June 30 at 11:59pm.
Some things to keep in mind: Once your friends become beta members, they can compete in this competition too. If the same name is contributed to us by more than one member before we send our invitation to join Strava, and that name joins the Strava beta, then each of the members who contributed the name gets credit for the new member.
Now for the prizes.
- First Place: a $200 gift certificate to the bike shop of your choice
- Second Place: a $100 gift certificate to the bike shop of your choice
- Third Place: a $50 gift certificate to the bike shop of your choice
- Door prize: anyone who recommends 3 or more new members gets a pair of Strava socks
OK… Perhaps the prizes are not so original. But we do love our local bike shops and this is a great way for Strava to support them.
If you have any questions about this competition (the first of many competitions you will be seeing from Strava!), please get in touch: email@example.com.Feedin’ the Addiction Team Strava
Hello from Hanover, NH, home of Strava East. As the rain pours steadily down amid temps in the 40′s I’m feeling like today is not a great day for a ride. Instead, I feel like sharing some tricks and tips for making your Strava uploads fast and trouble-free. In no particular order…
- Turn your GPS device on 5 minutes before your ride. This allows the device to lock in on the best satellites and accurately determine a starting elevation. (Okay– has nothing to do with uploads to Strava but it’s a good tip nonetheless)
- You can upload multiple rides at a time to Strava. We’ll grab the 10 latest rides but if you have more rides to upload just repeat the upload process.
- Strava will not waste your time uploading rides stored on your device that have already been uploaded. You will not see them on the list of rides ready for upload
- Delete old rides from your device. This speeds the upload process because no time is wasted on determining not to upload rides you have already uploaded. (See #3 above.)
- When you are uploading a set of rides and you see a ride or two (or three…) that you do not want to upload, you can avoid uploading them by clicking on the “skip” button next to these rides. For now, if you accidentally “skip” a ride you later want to upload there is no going back… on your own that is. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get your ride back on the upload screen. In the future, we plan to give you the ability to “unskip” rides that you have previously skipped.
That’s enough for now. If you have any additional tricks and tips you want to contribute, just add them in the comments to this post. We always love to hear from you.
Feedin’ the addiction…
Michael Horvath – Chief Trickster
We will be using this blog for a variety of purposes — Sharing news about Strava, describing new features and services, soliciting feedback for an idea or product, etc. But from time-to-time, we receive something from our members that simply must be shared.
To that end, we honor Ben Silberfarb – a founding member of the East coast Strava team – with the inaugural Member Post:
Talk about dedication…
If you have a video clip worthy of the Strava archives, please do not hesitate to send it along!
Welcome to the Strava Blog. Although we have been busy working with some amazing, passionate cyclists this past year and developing some unique online services, we have been doing so largely in anonymity. We realized it was time to start letting the rest of the world know what Strava is creating.
But before we can talk about the future, we believe a little history is in order. (Please note, “story” is the bigger part of “history”):
In late 2007, a group of us were sitting around reminiscing about the “glory” days. As avid cyclists, rowers, and runners, we found ourselves missing the excitement and camaraderie of past athletic teams and competitions. But there were some problems:
o We lived all over the country
o Free time was a scarce commodity
o Training had often become a burden
o Family and professional obligations took priority
Bottom line – Our lives had become complicated and hectic. And our training was suffering.
So, we decided to build a clubhouse…but, no ordinary clubhouse. This clubhouse was located on the Web and was dedicated to our passion for cycling. Rather than bricks and mortar, we wrote code and leased collocated servers. We used GPS data from our training rides to create a database of valuable information about our performances and our teammates. We began comparing rides and creating small competitions amongst ourselves. It worked… We started to bring the fun back into training and created a sense of camaraderie despite the virtual location.
In the summer of 2008, we invited a few others to join the party. We recruited a small group of passionate cyclists to upload their ride data and begin comparing results with old and new friends alike. We also began adding services to the clubhouse – point competitions, team services, ranking systems, and richer feedback concerning our rides. Basically, we kept creating services that made our rides more enjoyable. (And the trash talk was fun too!) Pretty soon it was obvious we should be sharing the clubhouse with as many avid cyclists as possible. Why hog all the fun?
Thus, STRAVA was born… a members-only online service dedicated to avid cyclists. Our mission: Entertain and motivate a global community of cyclists.
And, with your help, we can do just that. We truly believe this is your clubhouse. Your ideas… Your passions… Your goals… Come join us and together we will create something great. A virtual home and family for our favorite passion – CYCLING!