As I alluded to in A Prelude to Something Longer, I would have more to say on the subject of Endomondo vs. Strava. I am happy to report that I still have nothing to report. But I felt I had to expound on the segment feature of Strava.
This is the claim to fame for Strava. Users creating segments, virtually racing each other and at the same time gather useful training data. What makes the segment data so much more useful than Endomondo’s static benchmarks (mile, 5k, Cooper, etc.) is that you can set distance benchmarks for varying terrains. Now I still think the static benchmarks are awesome. Even more so at the moment for myself, just getting back into running. Every week I squeeze out a new personal best on the mile… that is a good feeling. The two combined are great.
Here’s what is starting to irk me about Endomondo and personal benchmarking. Long ago, they introduced routes. If you made your routes public, you could kind of “race” other users. Kind of like Strava, but before they came around. My big problem is that I have to manually match my workout to my routes. That means spending time on a website, on my laptop, every time I ride. I ride at least two times a day and I don’t want more work after the fact.
With Strava I can get as granular as I want, and I’ve started to because I know that once I set it I won’t have to check on it.
So it sounds like Strava is the way to go… Maybe. I don’t know. I think Strava might be for the serious hobbyist. Not for the weekend walker, casual trail hiker or whatever. Why am I so on the fence? Well, despite recent idiotic choices by the Endomondo management, I have history with them. Over five years worth. I have also brought people to the service and I don’t want to back out of that.
Endomondo was once the best for everyone… now I wonder.