Author: Charles Miske

Stryd Dashboard – using the Analyze tab

Stryd Dashboard - using the Analyze tab

The Stryd App syncs your Stryd footpod to your Stryd account online, where you can log in to view your stats in your dashboard. First of all, each workout is shown in the Analyze tab, where you can view your stats up close and personal. In this video I show you a few of the data points you can view, and a little information about how I use the data. Remember to Check out http://www.sevensummitsbody.com/ and https://elbrusraceteam.blogspot.com/ for more training information today!

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Zwift Quick How-To – Customizing Your Player

Zwift Quick How-To -  Customizing Your Player

Check out this short Zwift video. How to change your jersey, bike, helmet, socks, hair, gloves and skin. It’s easy in the Customize Menu from inside Zwift. Check it out as I adjust my player in Zwift.

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You receive new items when you level up, hit achievement goals, finish events, or even hack the config files (from what I’ve been told).

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Zwift Quick How-To – Pair and Select Route

Zwift Quick How-To - Pair and Select Route

Starting Zwift. Pairing your trainer and sensors. Selecting a route. Starting to ride. Just a very short video demonstration of how to do all that when you first start riding. After a glitch with a dead battery in my Garmin Cadence Sensor I got all paired up and started riding London Classique – a classic route if ever there were one. BTW: I did 8 laps tonight for 27+ miles of London fun.

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Can You Use Stryd in the Snow? Check this out …

My plans for Saturday changed suddenly when I needed to give my wife and daughter a ride to the University of Utah gymnastics meet that afternoon. My wife asked if I could do Olympus in that time. I doubted it, but figured I could do Grandeur, a peak at the junction of Wasatch Blvd and I-80 and much closer to the UofU campus.

Standstill Traffic on I-15 in Salt Lake City
It had snowed a lot in the few days previous. Salt Lake City was nearly shut down by the storm. I checked Strava and found that some groups had already been up Grandeur that morning, so what the heck, gonna try it.
Stryd pod, right foot, hiding under laces, in orange clip, near the beginning of the hike
I wanted to try my Stryd footpod outside on a steep slope with my Suunto 9 Baro. Pairing in the parking lot at the trailhead was pretty easy. I had had difficulty before pairing to a Suunto HRM strap but it seemed to work out okay today also. I used the orange clip, figuring if it fell out of the clip I’d be able to notice more quickly and perhaps rescue it in the deep loose snow.
The snow turned out to be much more loose, and the trail less defined, than I had anticipated, so my pace was about 40% slower than I had hoped. I checked my watch, in “Trail Running Power” mode and saw that the Stryd was sending info, which was comforting, as I wasn’t sure how slowly it would actually allow me to go and still track. The UA Hover shoes supposedly won’t work below 11:00 pace, which means they’re worthless to me.
As I neared the summit the snow became quite deep in drifts, up to waist high wading, and the wind kicked up, and the snow started falling. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to see the track back down, especially with the really flat lighting. I had to slip into my down jacket since I was dressed so lightly, thinking I’d be moving quicker.
At the top it looked like there was a trail running event (RUFA) coming up the back side, with a tent to check in at. They asked me for my number and I told them I’d come up the front side. The way down was a lot more difficult. The snow was loose enough that I ended up skiing down on my heels much of the way, despite the Kahtoola Microspikes. I was really glad I’d brought my trekking poles. Even then, I fell once and slid a ways before stopping.
Stryd footpod, right shoe, covered in crunchy snow crystals, at the end of my hike
Finally at the car, I had to dig my Stryd footpod out of the encrusting ice and pop it in my pocket. I synced it with the Stryd App so that I could check it out later.
Verdict: Sure, use the Stryd footpod in the snow. The clip held it in even bashing through the snow on the descent and in spite of the snow crusted around it.

I arrived to pick my family up and take us all out to eat on the way home. Great fun day out for all.
Here are some stats synced from my Suunto 9 Baro to my Strava:

Stay tuned for a video demonstrating some of the tools and techniques discussed in this article.

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Zwift Cycling 10 Volcano Laps and Zwift App Feb 4

Zwift Cycling 10 Volcano Laps and Zwift App Feb 4

After getting logged in to Zwift I show you how I select a route and get started. Then we go a full lap of the Volcano Circuit in Watopia. I check in a couple times from the route and finish at 10 Laps. Then we get to see the app in action as I scroll through my results and save them to Strava. Finally we get to check out my Specialized Camber Comp set in my Wahoo Kickr Core as I swap out my Selle SMP Drakon seat for the boys’ Specialized Henge. Good stuff.

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Zwift Running and Stryd Sync Feb 4

Zwift Running and Stryd Sync Feb 4

Got on the treadmill this morning with Zwift Running and Stryd footpod to work on this week (#5 of 8) of the Cyclist to 10k Training Program in running. I spend quite a bit of time showing the Zwift App on the iPad and Companion App on Droid working together. Then I show how to sync the Stryd Footpod with the Styd Droid App. Finally we put the Stryd footpod in the charger for the day.

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