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Aside from the standalone programs, there are several web-based training programs that are quite useful. Training Peaks is the first one that comes to mind and is one that I know several people use because it allows them to share their ride data quickly with their coaches.
Strava is a different kind of website though. Rather than focusing exclusively on training data, it takes the data from your ride and makes it "social". What does that mean?
When you upload the information from your ride, Strava displays it in the following manner:
This is all fine and good but it's not anything particularly remarkable. There are many programs that have this kind of functionality. What makes Strava brilliant is the fact that you can then compare your ride against your own past performances as well as those of others. As soon as you upload your ride, on the upper left hand corner of your ride page, this appears:
It may seem insignificant but those little "achievements" are incredibly powerful motivators. When you first look at your ride page and you see a bunch of little medals along the top, it's very rewarding. (Yes, I am a simple-minded man.) For the many of us who enjoy the challenge of pushing ourselves on the bike, having this kind of feedback is great!
(As a side note, the achievements are for "segments" of the ride that are created by either yourself or other cyclists. For instance, if there is a hill that is in your neighborhood that you use for your own workout, you can create a "segment" for that hill if it doesn't already exist. If other people also use that hill for workouts, they may have already created that segment, in which case it will pop up on your ride page.)
You can drill down into a particular segment of your ride to see all your times for that segment. For instance, this is a hill in Central Park that I've ridden way too many times (demonstrated by the fact that there are 14 pages here).
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