In an effort to cut needless fat out of my software budget, I’m letting my Strava Premium expire this spring. $60 a year for Strava Premium doesn’t sound so bad; $600 over the next decade sounds like a lot.1 Moreover, Garmin Connect shows 100% of the in-depth data that Strava Premium does, and Garmin Connect is free.2 The only thing I knew I’d really miss about Strava Premium is the ability to track how far I’m ahead or behind pace in my yearly goal of running 1,000 miles. So this morning I threw together this mobile-friendly HTML page that computes this for you. It’s localStorage cached, and therefore persistent yet anonymous. I’m 124 miles into my yearly goal, which puts me 26.54 miles ahead of pace as of this sentence.3
Usually the subscribers to a service like Strava Premium do it because they love the service and want to support it. What I’ve learned is that those people will always be around, and that there’s no shame in the other 97% of us using the software for free.
I love Strava greatly; I love reducing rows on my credit card statements even more. 💸
Update: The HTML page is now here. I’m now frying bigger fish at the previous URL. More on that later. Maybe.
- And with inflation and whatnot, who thinks Strava Premium or any other premium service for that matter will not be higher in ten years than it is today? ↩︎
- You have to own a Garmin device to use Garmin Connect, so it’s free in the same sense that Apple Messages is free. ↩︎
- I think Strava recalculates your ahead-or-behind amount every 24 hours or when you upload a new activity, whichever comes sooner. My “app” computes it based on the exact timestamp of page load, accurate to the millisecond. A 1,000-miles-per-year goal means you need to average roughly 2.7 miles every day. If your calculator refreshes its output every 24 hours, when does that refresh occur? At midnight? If so, what timezone? Regardless of when it is, your ahead-or-behind amount stays constant all day long and then jumps backwards 2.7 miles all at once every 24 hours. Nobody wants that. That number should be completely smooth in its regression, and lurch forward when you complete a new run. ↩︎