Strava Year in Sport

Strava Year in Sport

I am not an elite athlete. But I like the way that Strava’s recently-released “Year in Sport” feature makes it feel like I am. It turns out that I’m in the “Top 1% Most Active on Strava This Year.” I tend to associate Strava most closely with my running, since it’s the space in which I’ve cultivated the most interaction with other people who run for fitness. But I’m quite confident that I’m not in the Top 1% of runners: not in the number of runs, the length of runs, or the speed of runs. I chug along at a steady five runs per week, most weeks, for a total of 20-25 miles per week. I’m sure that counts for something… but not “Top 1%” status.

I suppose that hike more than most people — maybe an average of 5-10 miles per week, in all kinds of weather, even when I’m in “plain old” Northeast Ohio — so maybe that’s a part of it, too. And I do a decent amount of walking, too. So maybe that all adds up?

Strava Year in Sport

But it turns out that the highest source of activity — by a pretty wide margin — is the sport that I don’t even think of as a “sport.” It’s bicycling, which I consider to be a “mode of transportation.” It’s just riding from home to various places around Kent, just wearing regular street clothes. None of that spandex cycling gear. No fancy sunglasses or helmets. Just getting from one place to another in the most efficient way possible.

I say it’s for Health, for Wealth, for the Earth, and for Mirth. And I guess it’s just fun to see that it all adds up over time. I’m grateful that I have the physical health to do it, the economic means to own and maintain a decent bike, and the civic infrastructure to get around relatively safely.

Strava Year in Sport

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