One of the most important settings is your weight. We use weight to calculate average watts/kg on every segment effort. The segment effort features are fun because you start to understand your watts/kg output over various periods of time based on all of your segment efforts. We plan to use the segment efforts watts/kg data for some very interesting segment performance predictions near the end of the beta. Ideally you can arrange to have weight regularly updated through Apple Health to Strava so you can see the impact it has on your peak threshold factors.
One important thing to consider about weight is we’re not seeking to know how much you and your bike weighs. Our focus is on how much power you can generate for your body weight.
strive.ai leverages your FTP to compute a few variables related to intensity and normalized power. We also assess your peak 20 minute power against what’s configured in Strava and provide feedback if you’ve exceed it or haven’t demonstrated the threshold is over 8 weeks.
Last but not least, strive.ai wants to know your starred segments for a variety of reasons. Right now we display recent watts/kg achievements on your starred segments on your home page. It’s not required but things in the future will likely depend on this nifty Strava feature. For example, we’ll hoping to deploy the segment performance predictions on your starred segments to start.
Our beta software is primarily targeted at people who cycle or run with power. The reason for for this is we’re testing algorithms that leverage power centric variables and we’re generating data that will be used in future product features that depend on power. We also are interested in runners provided they train with heart rate or power. If you don’t train with power or heart rate you won’t get much out of being part of the beta. One exception is if you maintain multiple bikes within Strava and want to help test our bike prediction algorithms.
Users don’t need to be Strava Premium although we find our best end user candidates are those who see the value of Premium.