Is intervals.icu + free strava a viable alternative to premium strava?

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Discodan
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by Discodan

Exactly as the title asks. I've had strava premium for many years for the 'fitness and freshness' tracking and the power analysis but I now use intervals for that which does a better job. Is there anything I'd be missing by cancelling my strava subscription, particularly given the price rise just announced?

The one obvious one would be routes which I do use a bit but could use ridewithGPS for that. I'm on the Wahoo platform, not Garmin, for what it's worth

cheers, d

eeney
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by eeney

It is a possible option, although Intervals.icu may not be free for Strava downloads, I think there is a small fee now due to them passing their allowed/free capacity (I forget the details).

I use this combo, however like some others I have changed my feed to be "Garmin to Intervals" to remove some load off their Strava integration. I sync Strava with Garmin, then Garmin to Intervals... there are obviously plenty of options.

Intervals.icu is a great resource, simple to use but plenty powerful for me. Golden Cheetah is the other free and powerful option, but is a local install (or was), and it was a bit advanced for what I needed.

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by robeambro

Discodan wrote:
Thu Mar 02, 2023 1:18 am
Exactly as the title asks. I've had strava premium for many years for the 'fitness and freshness' tracking and the power analysis but I now use intervals for that which does a better job. Is there anything I'd be missing by cancelling my strava subscription, particularly given the price rise just announced?

The one obvious one would be routes which I do use a bit but could use ridewithGPS for that. I'm on the Wahoo platform, not Garmin, for what it's worth

cheers, d
Personally the only thing I miss about Strava Premium is comparing my time with those of my 'followers' and quickly comparing efforts with my previous ones on specific segments. Would I ever pay their annual fee for this? No way. Training-wise it doesn't do anything that intervals.icu can do - and better.

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by rudye9mr

eeney wrote:
Thu Mar 02, 2023 2:41 am
It is a possible option, although Intervals.icu may not be free for Strava downloads, I think there is a small fee now due to them passing their allowed/free capacity (I forget the details).

I use this combo, however like some others I have changed my feed to be "Garmin to Intervals" to remove some load off their Strava integration. I sync Strava with Garmin, then Garmin to Intervals... there are obviously plenty of options.

Intervals.icu is a great resource, simple to use but plenty powerful for me. Golden Cheetah is the other free and powerful option, but is a local install (or was), and it was a bit advanced for what I needed.
100% agree with intervals.icu/Garmin link and GoldenCheetah....enough vids on YouTube to help navigate GC

bikeboy1tr
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by bikeboy1tr

I have been using intervals now for three years and like it better than Strava Premium for analysis. I do use strava for the feed link and wonder if there is any difference using the Garmin link afterall it all comes from Garmin originally.
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by Kevin7767

Intervals.icu is way better than Strava for analysis, but I keep Strava around for segment times.

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Discodan
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by Discodan

Looping back on this. Now that my Strava subscription has expired (even after it auto-renewed despite my cancellation requiring helpdesk intervention) I've had a few weeks to experience the combo of intervals and strava free. I'd agree with all of the above, the training/power/fitness data is much better in intervals and I can use ridewithGPS for routing quite nicely. The one thing I did't realise I'd miss as much is the leaderboard functionality but I'm now so far off my fastest that it's largely academic. I will keep running like this for a while and don't plan to resubscribe but you never know

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