Revisited: Animating 2020 running goals - and compare them with previous years

Picking up the pieces Recently, I’ve animated a specific running goal for one year with data from the Strava API. I thought it would also be nice to compare different years within the same animation - in a way you could say that you’re racing yourself over several years. This only needs some minor modifications to the code I posted before. Data collection stays basically the same, so I’m just re-posting this here.
Little Helpers: Character index counter

Little Helpers: Character index counter

I find myself counting characters on my screen more often than I feel comfortable doing it. Isn’t it weird to count things by hand when you have the power of R right in front of you? Well, I decided to but a little helper function into my .Rprofile file (i.e. the function is defined with every startup of R and available throughout the session) that cares care of that (and is less error-prone at the same time).
Let the snail crawl: Animated density curves

Let the snail crawl: Animated density curves

Previously, I’ve plotted a ridgeline based on a variable’s density through time. It might look nice but it’s quite obvious that time can be visualized in a more fitting way - by time itself, in an animated plot that is. So, let’s fire up the {gganimate} package again. My goal is to show a moving kernel density curve as it moves through time, based on a moving window of 30 days sliding from the past to the present.