Better Multisport/Triathlon support and features

Please leave us your comments, ideas, and feedback here regarding better support of multi-sport activities on Strava.

As things currently stand, some multisport devices will segment out the different activity types in to separate pages (swim/bike/run) when uploaded to Strava. Sometimes, however, an entire multisport file will upload as one activity page - presenting problems with choosing an activity type, achievements, and training stats. We currently don't have many features specifically designed for triathletes, but would love to hear your ideas. What multisport features and functions would you love to see on Strava in the future?

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  • Sorry, I found after I made those instructions that there is a slight modification needed to the instructions...but I can't edit my post.

    What you need to do on the second upload to keep it from being a duplicate is to open the file in a simple text edit like windows notepad. Find the very first time located in the file and change it by 1 second (up or down will change the order it shows in your feed). Then you can upload it and it won't complain that it's a duplicate.

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  • Thanks for the quick response. However, don't think I'm on the right track. To 'splain further - I did my tri on iphone, uploads automatically to web.  Love to see splits on run mode, but when it sees my sub 3 min/mile ride data, it crushes the running leader board. Not fair to those that were on foot vs. spinning a 53/11 gear.  So, I downloaded combo effort to a friends site, cropped  for run, and saved gpx to my desk top. Reloaded original, cropped for ride, and saved gpx to desk top. Uploaded run to my Strava ok, but no joy on ride will not import as duplicate. Tried the changing first time in notepad as suggested, and still calls "duplicate". it doesn't seem to be changing the other times. Grrrr.

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  • And...got it this time, with your instructions (Find the very first time located in the file and change it by 1 second (up or down will change the order it shows in your feed).

    I must have been messing with wrong 'time' in txt file. Sorry. Just a little tricky!

    Love to see a button under "Actions" labeled "Split Activity" and when clicking on it, would allow you to scroll through the activity, like cropping, and 'insert' a "split activity" at some point. Then file there after would be saved automatically with some macro function as two activities. (Code writers probably shaking their heads).

    Also - under edit activity - can you add a label for "paddlers" (stand up, canoe, kayak, etc.)

    Thanks again for the support.

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  • I do my cropping here on Strava and it seems to work. You can edit the ride and change it to a run or vice versa before or after cropping, and it will update the leader boards appropriately. It may show you as the fastest runner in the world momentarily until you change the ride to a run. So to review my process, I export the full file from Strava, crop the ride or run down, edit the exported file to change the time and upload after I have cropped the first segment down, then crop the second segment. This seems to work well for me. Perhaps you could do a step by step of what you are doing to see if we can figure out how to get it to work.

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  • Jeremy and Jeff - thanks for sharing your process for editing multisport activities on Strava!

    Thought I'd chime in here:

    1. Yes, Jeremy the process you describe in your most recent comments is I think the easiest and most efficient.

    2. Jeff - glad you figured out the right timestamp to edit! 

    3. We have an "Admin only" split ride tool that we're currently testing. If you would like your file split by us (can be split multiple times), just send us a note in Support with the time splits where you would like the file split. We'll get it done for you!

    Thanks for all the feedback! Elle, Strava Support

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  • +1

    Would be very much appreciated to have full triathlon support.

    Many thanks to the STRAVA Team!! Great work!!!

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  • +1

     

    Once you upload an activity and crop it though, doesn't Strava restrict you from uploading the same file again? I've found this to be the case previously but I haven't tried it recently.

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  • Hi, I do use a Garmin Swim in the pool, and I found it very useful with all the informations on pace in any split and length when you upload data on Garmin Connect. I'm training for triathlon and using STRAVA for rides & runs, finding on Activity Summary Last 4 Weeks a rapid view on my weekly activity. I do add manually Swim data on STRAVA but, of course, these are not appearing in the Activity Summary even if I can find them on Dashboard and on training pages...

    What could be very useful is: (1), the possibility of uploading data on STRAVA from Garmin Swim watches or from 910; (3), the presence of swim data on Activity Summary Last 4 Weeks (blue is the color of choice ;) ) so to make easier triathletes' life!

    By the way, think that: "If it's not on STRAVA, it never happened!"  

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  • Yes can i add the request for swims to show up in the 4 week summary.

     

    I am happy to have to add them manually whilst functionality gets developed but would love to see it included in the amount of time i have exercised in last week.

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  • +1 on the swims

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  • Please add swim option, for triathlon i'm only gonna upgrade to premium when this is added! +1

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  • It would be great to have one recording be able to be split into several components (run/kayak/bike for me, but others will want other sports). The solution could capture the splits on the phone in addition to doing the splits manually on the web interface.  At the moment if i do 3 sports in one session that comes out as 3 lines on the feed  - it would be great if this were displayed as one line on the strava feed showing the different sports as blocks.

    Elle - you are the ultimate support person by the way - awesome responses on the web and in this forum!

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  • Thanks Adam!

    Just curious - has anyone with a Multisport Garmin device that records FIT files (910XT) uploaded a multisport file recently? Just curious if we still auto-split the various separate activities after the recent updates to our uploader. 

    FYI - indoor swimming with the Garmin 910XT should now upload to Strava.

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  • My multisport (310XT) on 20th March uploaded as 2 separate files (1 bike, 1 run).

    Today with the new automatic uploader it has all loaded as 1 single file.

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  • I've just tried changing the time of my garmin 305 forerunner in notepad and its still saying its a duplicate file? any answers?

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  • Hi Elle. I've just uploaded today a file from Garmin 910XT re yesterday's ITU Auckland (New Zealand) tri yesterday. Garmin recorded it as Multisport (5 legs - swim, T1, Bike, T2, Run) but Strava shows it as one event of 51kms. So no it doesn't seem to auto-split the activities. rgds

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  • Thanks Tom and Andrew,

    That would make sense - The change we made with the new uploader was likely going to change how multisport files were handled by Strava, causing them to appear as one activity. 

    The workaround for now to separate the file into separate activities is to upload to GarminConnect an then export each separate activity there to TCX, and upload the separate parts to Strava. 

    In the future, we hope to design activity pages that can deal with each of the activities (and transitions) separately. Thanks for your patience!

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  • OK thx Elle. Excuse the ignorance - I can export each separate activity to TCX but how exactly do you then upload the separate parts to Strava? I have tried clicking on Upload "from file" option and selecting the TCX file exported, but all it does is ask if I want to open it or save it. If I select Open it asks me what program I want to use to open the file. Where am I going wrong? - should I be saving it somewhere in particular? Thanks again!  

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  • Hi Tom - this is a known issue with some browsers, we're working on a fix. Are you using the browser Internet Explorer? In the meantime, try either Chrome or Firefox and the upload process should work fine. 

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  • +1 for Multisport

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  • Elle.... No the multisport is not working still.  (You can see my May@ activity, which should've been a swim, then transition (1:08), then a 5k run.)  It's all showing up as ONE sport (running), even though the Garmin 910xt was set for SWIM, T, RUN.  Easy fix?

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  • Hi red rock - it is true, uploading multi-sport files still results in one activity page. We are still working on a better system for splitting up the various activity types. Thanks for your patience. -Elle

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  • Hurry up please!! I just did an adventure race, and I'd love to break the data into the canoe/biking/trekking segments

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  • I did a trial of the premium service and found I didn't really use the features, so I cancelled the premium, but if this feature were added to the premium service, I'd subscribe in a jiffy.

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  • Ditto Jeremy, Auto handling of multisport activities and handling the health data from the BC1000 would tip me over the edge into being a premium customer. Particularly now we are in Duathlon season. I have a Garmin 910XT, BC1000 and Edge 800.

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  • Yes add multi-sport events.  I don't mind hitting the lap button to break the data into segments (eg. swim, T1, bike, T2, run) during a competition.  Scrolling through menus during a competition would never work, but post-editing and reviewing at my desk later in the day would be awesome.  Isn't that why I am paying for this?

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  • +1

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  • Agrre, this would be great.

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  • Not having decent swim analysis which includes having it show up in my profile and count towards workout time is what is keeping me from upgrading to premium.  It doesn't seem like it should be that hard to clone either the running or cycling functions for swimming.  Multi-sport capability is also high on my list.

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