Thumbs up, flat tires and rocky trails are all reason to applaud the athletes who have showed their dedication to dirt and posted photos to the Strava Instagram Leadville Qualifier Series Giveaway. Thank you for sharing the trail with us!
These dirt-friendly photos with the most likes/tweets have earned an entry to the first Leadville Qualifier race – Austin Rattler on April 13th. Team Strava has also selected a third photo based on epicness, suffer-quality and creativity.
Missed Austin? You’ve Got More Opportunities To Get To Leadville.
As one of the most well known mountain bike races in North America, getting into the Leadville 100 is extraordinarily difficult. We want to help you get there, so we’re giving away three entries to each Leadville Qualifying Series race.
How To Earn Yourself An Entry?
You will need the Instagram photo app for your smartphone and a big imagination. Photos of your bike, mud, sweat, friends and scenery are all welcome. Submit your photo to Instagram using the race-specific #hashtag (#StravaBarnBurner, #StravaWhiteface, #StravaSilverRush, #StravaTahoeTrail)
Premium members with power meters can now track their fitness and peak for that next big race.
When we recently launched Premium power features on Strava we promised to continue upping the ante for our Premium members. Today, we’re happy to announce Fitness & Freshness. This new analysis page is located within the Training section of Strava and gives members with power meters the ability to see their levels of fitness and fatigue after a ride.
If you aren’t already a Premium member and want to get the most out of your power meter, upgrade to Premium for only $6 per month or $59 per year.
Here is a breakdown of how we think about Fitness & Freshness:
While fitness is a complicated concept, it can be simplified as an accumulation of training over time. The Fitness Score is calculated using Training Load, to measure your daily training, and an impulse-response model to quantify its effect over time. This will intuitively capture the building up of fitness, as well as the loss of fitness during a break.
Conceptually, fatigue is easier to understand; it’s that tired feeling that limits your performance. We model it the same way as fitness, but on a shorter time scale. You’ll notice your score go up quickly after a couple hard days, but also go down quickly as you take a few days off.
Being in form, or “peaking,” happens when one is very fit but not fatigued. Here we model this as the difference between your Fitness Score and your Fatigue Score.
So What Does it Mean?
While this type of fitness and freshness chart is popular among endurance athletes, it can be difficult to understand at first. In general the overall numbers aren’t as important as general trends.
How It’s Calculated
Our method for calculating Fitness, Fatigue and Form is based off an impulse-response model first developed by Dr. Eric W. Banister in 1975. It was later applied to cycling by Dr. Andy Coggan.
The concepts apply to any measure of training stress. For example, the first models used average heart rate and time. We use Training Load, computed using power data collected by a dedicated power meter. We understand this isn’t ideal for everyone, especially runners and swimmers. In the future we hope to incorporate heart rate and other metrics to create a better picture of your fitness.
Important Note: The feature requires a power meter. If you’ve just started using a power meter, it will take 6-8 weeks for your Fitness Score to be accurate. Enjoy!
It’s a big day for the mobile engineering team. We just released the latest versions of Strava for iPhone and Android…ON THE SAME DAY. Both apps are now on the same release cycle. This version includes some popular feature requests, so download the app and let us know what you think.
Live Map: Now you can view the map of the run or ride you’re recording while your activity is underway. Swipe to the second panel of the Record screen and see where you’ve been.
Manual Entry: Forget to track a ride? Want to get credit for a treadmill workout? Add an activity manually by selecting the + icon in the top right of the Record screen and ensure that your training history is complete.
More Ways to Share: In addition to sharing your run or ride directly from the Activity screen, you can now share by tapping and holding any of your activities in the Feed. Let your friends know what you’ve accomplished.
Enjoy these updates and have fun out there.
Team Strava is headed to the Leadville 100 MTB race this summer and we want you to join us.
As one of the most well known mountain bike races in North America, getting into the Leadville 100 is extraordinarily difficult. We want to help you get there, so we’re giving away three entries to each Leadville Qualifying Series race!
How To Earn Yourself An Entry
You will need the Instagram photo app for your smartphone and a big imagination.
Snap a photo from the trail and show us what it means to be dedicated to dirt. Photos of your bike, mud, sweat, friends and scenery are all welcome. Submit your photo to Instagram using the race-specific #hashtag (found below). From there, we’ll compile all the photo submissions in an album. Share your photo from the album with your friends, club members and fellow athletes and rally likes/tweets around your photo.
At the end of the voting period for each race entry giveaway, the top two photos with the most likes/tweets will earn an entry to that qualifying race. The Strava team will choose the third winning entry based on the photo’s epicness, suffer-quality or creativity.
How to Submit a Photo
Entering is simple:
Take a picture of your life as a dedicated athlete out on the dirt, trail or mud.
Upload your photo to Instagram and tag it with @stravacycling plus the hashtag of the race you’d like to win entry to. For example, if you want to compete in the Austin Rattler tag your photo: “@stravacycling #StravaAustinRattler”.
The photos must be your own original work and submitted by 12:00am PST on the voting deadline date.
Race Schedule and Hashtags
- April 13 - Austin Rattler 100, #StravaAustinRattler
Rattler Photo Album – Voting ends April 1
- June 1 – Barn Burner 104, #StravaBarnBurner
Barn Burner Photo Album – Voting ends May 3
- June 16 – Wilmington Whiteface 100, #StravaWhiteface
Whiteface Photo Album - Voting ends May 15
- July 13 – Silver Rush 50, #StravaSilverRush
Silver Rush Photo Album – Voting ends May 31
- July 20 - Tahoe Trail 100, #StravaTahoeTrail
Tahoe Trail Photo Album – Voting ends June 10
Who is Eligible?
Anyone can participate, but should a winning photo entry belong to a Strava Premium member, we will send you a sweet new Strava kit (Castelli jersey/bib shorts), so you look sharp on race day!
The Fine Print
* You can submit as many photos as you’d like, but limit one race entry per person.
* We are giving away a race entry. This giveaway does not include travel or accommodations expenses.
*If you don’t qualify through LQS, we’ll be giving away spots to the coveted Leadville Trail 100 Run and Leadville Trail 100 MTB later this spring – stay tuned for more details!
Please email email@example.com if you have questions on how to submit or share your photo submission.
Performance Goals with a Social Twist
Setting a goal is one of the first things a dedicated athlete does as they prepare for a new season, a new month, and even a new week. With that in mind, we’re happy to announce the launch of our second set of Premium goal-related features: Performance Goals. Our initial release of Performance Goals focuses on segments and power.
This feature has been in our hearts and on our minds for a long time. Now you can pick your favorite segment, scan the leaderboard for your target time, and create your goal. When (not if) you achieve your goal, we’ll show it off for you in the feed. Segment goals can be created on cycling and running segments.
Power Goals…Feel the Burn
Cyclists with power meters are in for a real treat. Now you can set power goals for popular time intervals such as 5 seconds, 1 minute, and 10 minutes. This is a great way to use your power meter to hone in specific skills. We’ll even show your power goals overlaid on your power curve.
Goals Just Got More Social
At Strava, we know the more social you are around your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them. Thus, we worked hard to incorporate your friends and fellow athletes into the goal experience. You can now invite other athletes to “join” the segment and power goals you set for yourself. For example, once you’ve set your 20-minute goal on Old La Honda (Bridge to Mailboxes), you can invite your friends to set the exact same goal as you, or set their own specific time goal for the same segment. Either way, we’ll display all of your friends who have joined in on a particular goal so you can work together to push yourself to new heights.
The Fine Print
- Performance Goals are public and your privacy settings will apply. Thus, goals created by athletes with Enhanced Privacy turned ON can only be seen by their approved followers.
- Cyclists can not create Segment Goals on downhill segments.
- Power Goals can only be achieved by using a Power Meter, Estimated Power does not apply.
To learn more about this Premium feature or many other motivating Premium features, check out our Strava Premium page. If you aren’t already a Premium member and want to hit new PRs and get more social with Performance Goals, upgrade for only $6 per month or $59 per year. Enjoy!
Geeking out over your matched segment list after a ride is a favorite Strava past time, and we’re excited to launch a feature that will give you even more to geek out over. Now available to Strava Premium members with power meters, Segment Intensity Score tells you how hard you worked on any given segment. (Quarq, Cyclops, and the recently introduced Stages make some pretty sweet power meters!)
How is Segment Intensity Calculated?
We take the average power for a given segment and compare your average power for that segment with your best average power over the past 6 weeks for the duration of the segment. For example, if your best 20-minute power in the previous 6 weeks was 300W and you maintained 270W for a 20-minute segment on a given ride, you will receive a 90% Segment Intensity Score. A score of 100% means you set your best 6-week power for the length of the segment!
Hard Efforts Highlighted
You can’t go out and hammer every segment on a ride, but there are times when you give a specific segment a go – the Segment Intensity bar is a great way to quickly identify these hard efforts on a ride. Hover over a specific segment and we’ll show you the score!
Perfect for Interval Sessions
The segment intensity score also works with lap functionality, making it a great way to visualize an interval session and quickly hone in on the hard efforts while ignoring the recovery laps.
The Fine Print
- Only you can see your Segment Intensity Scores for now
- Segment Intensity Scores can only be seen on the Activity page
- Only Strava Premium members with power meters can see Segment Intensity Scores
- Segment Intensity is based only on your 6-week best power data
We’ve got lots more planned to make training with a power meter even more fun and would love to hear your comments and ideas! If you aren’t already a Premium member and want to get the most out of your power meter, upgrade to Premium for only $6 per month or $59 per year. Enjoy!
Training for an April Marathon? Looking to build on that January base and crush your PR at Boston or Big Sur or London? Strava is here to support your goals with our upcoming Marathon Training Series!
We want to make sure you have the tools and motivation you need to get to that finish line, set a PR, or run a marathon just for fun. For each of the Challenges in the series, you need to run the required distance in a single activity within the time allotted to make it count.
The Marathon Training Series consists of three individual Challenges, with distances and scheduling designed to align with your existing training calendar:
|February 2013 Half Marathon (Feb 1-10)
A 13.1 mile test to see where you stand
|March 2013 Long Run (Mar 1-10)
Up the miles and prove you’re ready
|April 2013 Marathon (Apr 6-28)
Translate your training block into a marathon PR!
Do you have what it takes to complete all three Challenges in the Marathon Training Series? For those runners that do, we’ll make sure you get the recognition from Strava that you deserve (and maybe a little surprise as well).
For us here at Strava, not every ride and run is about crushing KOMs and CRs. We love to stop once in a while to smell the roses, wait for a friend, crack a joke, or simply enjoy the view. When the view is particularly epic, it’s become pretty natural to take out our phones and share our moments of bliss with our thousands (or tens) of eager Instagram friends and followers.
Today we’re excited to announce the launch of our integration with Instagram. We think the simplicity of it all is pretty magical: just connect to Instagram from the “Social Connections” section of your Settings page on Strava and we’ll take care of the rest.
Once you’re connected, just do what you’ve already been doing – take amazing pictures during your runs or rides and upload them to Instagram. Be sure to do this during your ride. We can automatically associate your photos with your activities, but only if they were uploaded during the time you were running or riding. We’re not going to be perfect, so we’ve given you the ability to easily remove any Instagram photos from Strava (they will remain on Instagram).
Your photos will show up in the Activity Feed alongside your activity, on your Activity pages, and we’ll even group them and put them on your Profile page (check out Ted King’s profile). Finally, we’ll look back at your Instagram history and see if you took any pictures while you were riding and running in the past and bring them into Strava.
We’re looking forward to seeing so much more than a GPS plot of your runs and rides, so hop on Instagram, pick the perfect filter, and give us a little view of your world!
Download the latest versions of Strava for Android and iPhone.
- Social Feed: Your Feed now shows the runs, rides, and workouts of those you follow. Tap on your friends’ activity detail to comment on their performance and motivate them with kudos. Toggle from “Me” to “Following” to see your activities or activities of those you follow.
- Find & Follow Friends: Go to your Profile to search for friends individually, or see Strava athletes who are your friends on Facebook. What’s more, you can manage your followers, as well as your Enhanced Privacy settings from Strava.com, and your preferences will sync with the app.
- Club View & Social Notifications: Your Feed shows the runs, rides, and workouts of those you follow, and we’ve now added Clubs to this view. Toggle from the “Following” or “Me” tab to “Club” view to see your fellow club members’ activities. In addition, you’ll now see notifications from your Feed screen. Easily check out who’s given you kudos, commented, or is following you.
- Run Audio Announcements: Available on Android and now on iPhone too, get distance updates without stopping to look at your phone. From your Settings screen, tap on “Audio Announcements” to get an audio update every mile or kilometer you hit, or every half mile or half kilometer.
Available on both Android and iPhone, you can now filter segment leaderboard results by club, gender and time frame. Upgrade to Premium to level the playing field and see how you do against athletes in your own age group and weight class.
Segment Effort Comparison:
Available on Android and iPhone, track your segment efforts over time, and see how your performance compares against friends! From your Segment Detail screen, you can see your best effort on a particular segment compared to your top three all time best efforts. Upgrade to Premium to see your PR compared to a friend’s best effort on a particular activity. (This Premium feature can only be viewed via the mobile app.)
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:
- Progress Goals – Set time and distance goals and track your progress week over week
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:
- 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
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:
- 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)
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:
- 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!
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.