Why I removed my Strava account

Strava No More

It was strange year for all of us. Of course, the most because of a pandemic, but it was strange also in other areas. This year changes my perception of many things: I lost focus on sport competition, I focus on personal development and my own plans, it was great. One of the most important things – for me – was to say “goodbye” to Strava. Yes, I decided to remove my Strava account, all activities data, all my KOMs, comments, pictures etc. and do not back anymore. Why? This post is about the reasons for this decision. Some of them may be strange to you, but I strongly encourage you to read – it may give some food for thought.

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MTB to gravel bike conversion

Giant XTC Advanced Gravel Edition

Finally, I decided to write about my strange experiment – convert MTB bike to gravel. I rode MTB and liked that few years ago, but after a crash during one of the competitions, I completely lost my enthusiasm to that kind of bikes. I tried MTBs few times during these years, but always said “no, it is no it”. Last year (2019) I bought a very nice 27.5” MTB bike from second hand. Rode it a few times and again said no, but… that time was different. I liked that bike very much and decided, it can be excellent git for my girlfriend. She didn’t have bike, and we looked for something for some time. It was the beginning of that conversion history.

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Experiment: no web browser and mail client on smartphone

Smartphone

I really like books about psychology, about human behavior researches and the impact of technical innovations on our lifes. Similar to other people, I use computer and smartphone, but also like make small “experiments” with them. The newest one is I think the most interesting one: I decided to remove two “core” apps from my smartphone. Web browser and mail client. Yes, these two apps. Why? Because I work remotely, I work as a software developer and I use computer almost all day. It’s stupid to move from computer to… use them same things, but on smartphone. I’ve already disabled all notifications, I really like minimalism, but this is something new for me.

I will write more information about that experiment in next posts and inform you, about progresses and advantages/drawbacks of that solution. I started… almost week ago. Yeah, it was supposed to be very small test for few days, but during it, I decided to extend that period to… probably indefinite. I see too many benefits for such small change, but will write about them on next posts, stay tuned and write, what do you think about that idea!

Yoga – simple, with many benefits

Yoga

In early summer I wrote a post about running. In that post I mentioned many injuries, and they gave me chance to gain new knowledge. Because of running, I started training yoga. First time during my trip to the USA, then few months off and then I joined to gym club and yoga exercises. Now I’m after more than half a year with yoga in my life, once or twice times per week and I can describe benefits that gives me this activity. Just now I can say: I really recommend anyone to try yoga. It’s amazing, how can it help in many completely different areas.

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Panaracer Gravelking slick review

Panaracer Gravelking

I’ve already wrote two posts about Panaracer tires: first about Gravelking AC/Mud version, good for all round, with nice grip and good speed; second about Gravelking SK which is very fast gravel tire for dry conditions and also so fast on tarmac. This post is about their third model: Gravelking (slick). Yes, without any add-on in name. Is is good tire? Is it fast, what about grip?

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