GreenAlias wrote:From SBS Cycling central ....
"The gamification of everything we do rolls on and probably more so in cycling. Strava, a GPS based social cycling application that tracks your rides, is all the rage, adding a competitive element to a daily training grind, even when there is no organised competition. Some riders are even making a name for themselves on the service and others are going to extreme lengths to "win" a segment. ......... Can we just ride for the sake of riding anymore? Are you Strava famous?
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I generally find I am not riding 'for the sake of riding', because most of my riding is for commuting purposes. The rest of my riding is made up of a combination of trips to the shops, trips to meet up with people for other activities (not ride related -it's a mode of transport just like my car or PT), and recreational riding ('for the sake of riding' or getting ready for a big organised ride that is 'for the sake of riding'
This does not in any way detract from the enjoyment I get from the riding (other than some days when I actually arrive at work, and wish I were still out riding
) And if I suddenly find myself in the mood to go a little overboard... I just think of it as fartlek for cycling. I do it when I run, why not when I ride? It's listening to my body and what it wants. To me that is part of the enjoyment of the ride, and if something like my Garmin or Strava motivates me and satisfies some weird desire for numbers, then I'm not unhappy with that. It's not the reason I ride, only a tool. While it can clearly be a motivator, I would find it hard to believe that most people using things like Strava are only riding for the Strava kudos... there are a lot more secondary gains to it.