STRAVA Paid for Subscription. Worth it?

A client recently asked about STRAVA’s paid for subscription and whether it was worth while upgrading. Decided to document my answer as a blog post for future reference as I imagine a number of people ask themselves this. Using Strava? Connect with Ed Stivala Coach

Coaching Nutrition

England’s National Food Strategy… Really?

I have been following today’s news agenda around obesity and food with some interest… but also with my head in my hands in mild despair. Whilst I appreciate the intentions are well meaning, yet again the Government and it’s trusty advisors are missing the point and going about this in a hopelessly ineffective way. Castigating […]

Race Reports Racing Triathlon

Cholmondely Castle Duathlon Race Report

My first attempt at Duathlon and much delayed (has everyone’s events have been) due to the pandemic. A beautiful setting, pretty good course, average organisation and a poor performance (from me!) sums up my overall thoughts about this event. Would I go back? Probably not… So now lets get into the detail.

Coaching Running

Surviving hey fever for runners

The last few weeks have been absolutely gorgeous here in the U.K. And I am sure that we have all been getting out there (smothered in sunblock) to enjoy some warm weather running. Maybe too hot for some? But if you are a hey fever sufferer then you might have been suffering particularly badly, with […]

News Technology

The BIG Day

So 19th July 2021 is the big day here in the U.K. then… The BIG DAY my new fitness app goes live (At least you can depend on ONE thing happening on that day )

Cycling Race Reports

Abingdon Airfield ART Crit Race – What Happened?

Let me get straight to the point – I was shockingly rubbish. Even falling short of the exceptionally low bar that I had set for myself! Beyond bad in just about every significant manner… So having got that out there, perhaps a short “race (event!) report” to document my first attempt at Crit Racing….

Coaching Cycling Running

Strength Training for runners & cyclists : pros & cons

There is little doubt that Strength & Conditioning workouts are very much in vogue with runners and cyclists. But, as Endurance athletes, it might actually be counter productive to spend time in the gym? As with all things fitness there is no single definitive answer, so in this post I will discuss some considerations and […]

Coaching Cycling News Running

New Group Challenge Feature in Strava

Perhaps a little late, as this would have been perfect for the never ending stream of “lockdown challenges”, but it is still a very cool feature and one that I think I will be using immediately. So what are Strava Group Challenges all about?

Coaching Cycling

L2 Cycling Coach at your service!

2020 might have been light on event medals, but it did provide a lot of time to bolster the CV with “qualifications” and this is my newest shiny certificate that arrived today 😁 So now I can “officially” add Cycle Coaching to the comprehensive list of ways I can help you!   —————- Seem to […]


Should you go Gluten Free?

In a word NO! But that wouldn’t make for a particularly interesting (or indeed balanced) post… Caveat to my single word, “No – unless you have a clinically diagnosed medical condition which indicates you should restrict Gluten from your diet.” So that would be your Dr (not the local faith healer or Karen at the […]