Strava and Apple Health bugs

TLDR: if Strava suddenly thinks you’ve changed gender, check your Apple Health settings.

A couple of days ago I got a few of my rides flagged on Strava. It was slightly mystifying as the roads were fairly ordinary rides with no GPS glitches or anything like that to give me virtual badges beyond what I’d earned.
Then I uploaded a ride yesterday and was surprised to take a bunch of top 10s! Wow I must be in unbelievably good February form!! And then I noticed I had picked up a QOM. Yes with a ‘Q’. Checking the settings I saw that Strava did indeed think I was female. My suspicions turned to the japers at work – they know I’m permanently logged into Strava and spend too much time route planning of post-morteming. 

Then today I got an email stating that my QOM on another segment had been “stolen”. Back to the settings, this time on the mobile and I see that every time I try to change to male, it automatically switches back a couple of seconds later to the fairer sex.

Lightbulb moment – a week or so ago I had connected Apple Health to Strava and never having set the former up properly it thought I was female and moreover took precedence over the correct setting in Strava. Fixed now.

But as of today at least, there is a stupid off-by-one bug across Strava and Apple Health so that if I set my Date of Birtu correctly in Health, then it appears as one day too early in Strava… Fortunately this will only effect one day every five years when I’m in the wrong age category a much less disruptive then the various QoMs I’d been advertently pinching – apologies.

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I am a nerdish type who likes riding my bike. Things like Strava and its spin-off VeloViewer are perfect for me. Spend all morning riding a bike and then all afternoon looking how far I went, how slowly, had I been there before, how many feet I did climb before my heart rate hit 180bpm etc etc.

I also one of those “ticker” or “collector” types who can’t help but make lists of things to complete and then try to complete them (I blame my Dad who climbed all of the “Wainwrights” in the Lake District and charted his progress for years on the kitchen wall).

When Ben Lowe of Veloviewer introduced the “max explorer” square to Veloviewer, I knew I had found my “Wainwrights”. Whenever I upload a ride to Strava, Veloviewer detects whether I have been in any new Google maps squares and paints them green in the “activities” window. And if I have been to all the squares that make up a big square of squares, it surrounds that square in blue. The size of that big blue square is my max explorer square. As I write, mine is 26×26:

ExplorerSquareFeb16To really fuel my dorkish listish tickish desire, Ben also puts together a global leaderboard of the squares with the biggest blue squares. At the time of writing I’m sixth, stranded behind four Belgians and an American. This blog tracks all the muddy fields and dead end roads I’ve cycled up to try to beat the four Belgians and an American.