Strava now helps you find a public toilet or water fountain during a run or ride

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Strava has updated its Maps tool with a new feature that highlights useful features you might need during a race or bike ride. Points of interest will identify public toilets, bike shops, water refill points, and places where you can take a snack to refuel.

Most mapping tools (including Google and Apple) are built around the assumption that you are driving, and highlight features that will be useful to motorists. Strava’s points of interest are geared towards athletes traveling on foot or by bike, and you can plan your course around them.

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Strava has worked hard in recent months building out its subscription service, but like Strava Beacon, which lets you share your live location with friends and family, Points of Interest will be free to all.

Starting today (January 13), you’ll be able to view points of interest on Strava’s base maps in the mobile app or in your browser. If you need to take a break in between, you can use the app to make detours to a store or facility to refresh or refuel.

Points of interest are included in app version 233 and higher, so if you can’t see it, check that you’re using the latest update.

Analysis: bonk . to avoid

The points of interest seem extremely helpful, and it’s great to see that Strava is making important health and safety features available to all of its users, not just those with a paid subscription.

A map designed specifically for athletes is not only convenient – ​​it also helps keep you safe. If you’ve ever gone into a long training session without enough fuel, you’ll know how awful it feels to be hitting or hitting a wall. This sudden feeling of fatigue occurs when your muscles run out of glycogen. When this happens, falling asleep in the nearest hedge suddenly seems incredibly tempting, and getting home can be a real challenge.

Thanks to Strava’s new points of interest, that should hopefully become a thing of the past, as you’ll be able to plan a cafe break, or take a quick detour to grab something sweet along the way before your tank dries up can.

Dehydration is another major risk if you misjudge the weather, or have increased the intensity of your training without taking into account the loss of excess fluid, by having store and water refill stops clearly marked on a map. This will allow you to keep yourself hydrated, even if you haven’t fully planned, while ensuring that you stay safe and comfortable.

It’s extremely important to plan carefully, and either carry enough fuel and water for your workouts, or make sure you go through places where you can top yourself up, but emergencies do happen, and points of interest are a must. Can make the difference between a sad crawl home and a strong, comfortable finish.

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