Strava is by far the best app for connecting with others that love to run, cycle, and swim and now it’s getting even better. In addition to being able to post your activities and see what your buddies have been up to, soon you’ll be able to upload full-length blog posts, pictures, questions, gear tips, and recommendations. I love it. Strava is becoming even more of a social network and will inch closer to becoming a one-stop shop for athletes.
In the coming months Strava will release this feature to all users, however, to start a group of 36 athletes, including runners, cyclists, triathletes, and adventurers will have first crack at the ‘New Strava’. Among the athletes with early access are James “Iron Cowboy” Lawrence (a total and complete animal), Lauren Fleshman, and Jered Gruber. This is definitely a neat, and probably a very smart, rollout strategy. Not only does it build suspense, but it allows these athletes to demonstrate how we can best use these new features. I for one think gear tips could be very helpful—especially considering my cycling buddies are all using the app anyways—but I’d also love to read blog posts and see specific workouts from other athletes. At the end of the day, the new updates are all about making Strava completely indispensable to athletes and increasing time spent in the app. I’m optimistic that it will do both of those things.
In the picture above, the app shows a sample post by Lauren Fleshman in which she shares a workout with her followers. I can definitely see average Joe’s like myself following all sorts of athletes not only for motivation, but also for workout posts like these, custom recipes, and (at the risk of harping on it) gear tips. But that’s just well known athletes. Imagine taking the relevant people from your Facebook and getting the fitness-related posts all in one spot. Sounds pretty awesome. The one thing that we haven’t seen mentioned is posting about selling gear. Strava is the no-brainer platform to creating a post about selling my older road bike. Completely makes sense. Would love to see something along these lines show up in the future.
And speaking of road biking, have you seen our review of the Garmin Edge 820? If not, here it is!