For the past few years, it seems like I always hit the dreaded wall and suffer burnout somewhere in the early summer. This usually means gaining a few pounds and spending more time off the bike than is ideal. This year seems to be shaping up to be quite different, though with the creation of Strava. I started using the free service in April, and have been hooked ever since. Living in Parkersburg, where there is a huge mountain bike community, but a "social" road scene, I spend hour upon hour training solo, which I attribute to my previous years' burnout. This year, though, with KOMs throughout the area, I am constantly testing myself against others, or simply myself, always pushing that little bit harder to best my old time up any local climb. Strava has also helped me find rides when on travel - at my wife's family reunion a few weeks back, I brought my road bike along, hoping to find a few rural roads to cruise around on before the festivities began each day. With the "Explore" option, I was able to find 4 KOMs in Southeast Indiana...and I am proud to say that I represented WV well in taking each away from the locals!
Thanks for reading,