|Strava bases its pace bands on the best 5km, which I set as the best GPS-recorded 5km.|
|Sport Tracks uses pace bands set by the user - both in terms of quantity and the pace categories.|
I use Nike and Garmin GPS watches - I prefer the simplicity of the Nike, but I need the Garmin if I'm on my bike (very rare these days) or wish to set up intervals. I can easily export the data from both devices (to upload to Sport Tracks), although uploading activities to Smashrun or Strava is a much easier process that just requires a few clicks and no downloading/uploading.
But I persist with Sport Tracks because I love the Training Load plugin, which I can use to monitor my fitness and fatigue.
|Yellow bars show the Training Impulse (TRIMP, read more about it here) for each day's activities, blue is the fitness and red is fatigue.|
So imagine my annoyance when this little critter turned up on my Strava feed a day after my Premium Trial expired!
After a bit of digging I found a Premium Trial offer online, so I signed up again and tried to find out where this pot of gold was and what my data looked like. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.
|Look at how unfit but fresh I am - because it's a feature for cyclists only!|
Historically this "Fitness & Freshness" feature only used power meter data, and now they have enabled it to use heart rate data too. So now that this has happened, why can't this feature be opened up to those of us who run! Or swim (possible if you use an optical heart rate monitor), or do any other activity that can be uploaded with heart rate data? Of course, if the fitness/freshness feature was something some wanted to check in on, they could change the activity type to be bike rides, but that'd really annoying. And you'd fall off the appropriate leaderboard (which is what Strava is really about).
|I changed the activity type for the last two days of last week from run to ride, and it did come up on the plot... so that's an option for Strava Premium subscribers who are desperate for this feature.|
Despite all the segments and friends I have on Strava, I place a lot more value on the data I get from Smashrun. I even upgraded to Smashrun Pro because I really enjoyed the site, but now love all the Pro features! Plus Smashrun is just plain fun, albeit disguised as an easy way to keep track of your running. The notables are what do it for me - Strava may have something similar when it identifies top-three performances, but Strava Achievements are based on overall PB while Smashrun detects overall, quarterly and monthly PBs! You can be on the comeback trail and it will let you know when you're improving. Strava only let's you know after you put all the hard work in again.
So, for the moment, while I am exclusively a runner, I just don't see the point of Strava Premium.