Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I have no concept whatever of what you just said.
I see that Bill deleted his postss -- but the ones that I saw were relevent and valuable to this discussion. So, at the risk of starting a death spiral let me offer my take on it:
Strava is an online tracking tool for runners and cyclists. It tracks your time, distance, climbing and speed. But to use it you need either a smart phone or a Garmin. I use it with an IPhone 5 -- so based on that you would:
1) Go to Strava.com on your computer and sign-up
2) Go to the App store on your phone and search for the (free) Strava app, select it and install it.
3) At the beginning of your ride: tap the Strava icon on the phone then tap "New Ride" at the bottom, then the "Play" arrow. That causes Strava to start monitoring your ride. I then turn off the display and put the phone in my pocket.
4) At the end of the ride, tap on "finish ride" then tap on "save". Strava will then do its calculations and send them up to it's site on the web.
When you get home go back to Strava.com on your computer and you will see your ride (including a map of it). Strava also keeps track of all your rides and can show you graphs of how you are doing -- like a graph of how far you rode each day or how many miles for the week and for the month and year.
it's good for tracking your training. Things like: How often, How far, How long, How high, and How fast. The premium membership will also track things like your heart rate (if you have a monitor).
You can also share the ride with people on Facebook (assuming you haven't deleted your Facebook account per our other thread!).
The only drawback I can see is that you need a smart phone or a Garmin to use it. And, too: you can't download the information and use it elsewhere. So that's why once a week or so I copy the information into a spreadsheet. I do that for 2 reasons: first to be sure I don't lose it if Strava goes away and secondly so I can track maintenance on my bike (like when I change chains and so on)....
I hope that helps and doesn't confuse.
In any event, there are number of ways to monitor how you're doing. Strava is just one of them. But I've had good success with it.