Strava and your relationship with speed

For those of you with a Strava account, what have you noticed about your behaviour in relation to the app? Have you noticed anything? Have you ever stopped to consider it?

What if I told you that if you don’t consider your relationship with Strava it could kill you. Have I got your attention now? I’m not going to apologise, I nearly witnessed a friend go over a car bonnet because of his relationship with Strava.

What happened? He wanted to look good to others. He thought that other people looking at his ride would see a high average speed for a ride, which would somehow indicate that he was a good rider.

He wanted to maintain a high average speed for the ride he uploaded to Strava. For him to do so meant not stopping at a junction. I stopped for a car. He didn’t. He looked, saw the car and ignored it. In that moment, his Strava average speed was more important. He was nearly killed. Fortunately, he was quick enough through the junction and the car driver braked sufficiently to avoid smearing him across the tarmac. Lucky! That time.

If this is you then please spare some time and thought to your ego, your relationship with such apps and comparing yourself to others. Raising your self awareness can really help change your behaviours for the better.

I’m glad to report the guy is still alive. I really like him but was afraid to have the conversation with him at the coffee stop. At this moment in time, I’ve still not said anything to him. Maybe he got the message from the near miss? Maybe not.

Maybe someone can chip in with some helpful suggestions to overcome my fear of having the difficult conversations.

 

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