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What’s in Your Trophy Case?

Until now there hasn’t been a place to showcase your accomplishments. The newest Premium feature, Trophy Case, displays all of your completed challenges together on one page.

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Introducing New Personal Heatmaps

You’ve pioneered new roads, put in the miles, and trained hard. Now, show the world what you’ve accomplished by foot and by bike. Premium members, now you can create your own personal heatmaps to visualize the ground you’ve covered around the world. It’s the perfect thing to share with friends.

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New Premium Feature: Fitness & Freshness for Power Meter Users

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:

Fitness
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.

Fatigue
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.

Form
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!

-Alex

Dedicated to Dirt: Leadville Qualifying Series Entry Giveaway

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:

  1. Take a picture of your life as a dedicated athlete out on the dirt, trail or mud.

  2. 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”.

  3. The photos must be your own original work and submitted by 12:00am PST on the voting deadline date.

Race Schedule and Hashtags

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!

Questions?
Please email community@strava.com if you have questions on how to submit or share your photo submission.