Manually add Distance for an Indoor/Stationary Activity

When uploading indoor activities like indoor cycling or treadmill, no distance appears. Only HR. Would be useful to activate a field in wich we can type in the distance

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  • Official comment

    Thanks everyone for your feedback. We recognize that this is a long-standing request in our community forums, but we have no plans to incorporate manual data fields for activities on Strava. You're welcome to record your indoor distance in a manual activity - unfortunately that's the closest solution we have currently. 

    We'll keep you posted if anything changes! 

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  • strava needs this to be relevant with runners

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  • Agreed! This is the one feature that Garmin Connect has that I would really like to see in Strava.

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  • I track my treadmill runs on Strava by entering it manually, I would very much like to have the HR graph from my wahoo fitness thingy included.

     

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  • Agree with all : now it is either HR data and zero distance (TCX file import in my case), or manual entry (then no HR data can be added...)

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  • This flaw in Strava annoys me to no end.  I live in a climate where I have to ride a trainer and a stationary exercise bike several months of the year.  I just want to be able to easily log sensor data (e.g., HR), upload it to Strava, and manually enter my Distance so I can accurately track my training and miles.  Map My Ride, Endomondo, and other sites allow this.  Unfortunately all my friends are on Strava.  So I'm stuck.  

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  • I was about to suggest this! 

    Perfect suggestion, HR data with manual distance. 

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  • No reaction from Strava ? Seems like a major technical challenge to be able to add the distance manually :)

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  • so lets get this right, there are over 9 pages of athletes asking to manually add daostance to a workout and strava STILL dont wont to do anything about it ?

     

    c'mon strava people are asking for something which i assume is a relatively easy fix and you are ignoring us  ?

    why ? is the reason for this cost perhaps ? is it a vastly expensive fix, let us know because as i read through the pages above this has been asked for since 2014 and it feels like you are just ignoring your customers.

    i eagerly await your comments.

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  • OMG, this issue and the other thread (https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/22895577-Stationary-Trainer-recording-for-the-mobile-app-) where I saw it first are almost on their second birthday. In the lightning fast age of fitness apps and websites, two years is like an eternity. Get this fixed! 

    Simple request. Use Strava app to record indoor workout with whatever sensors are available (HR strap, in my case). Mark it as "indoor", followed by prompt to enter distance, time, duration or whatever else seems relevant. If the issue is that indoor miles shouldn't count towards challenges or whatever (really? who cares? in Chicago in the winter, indoor miles is all I've got and I'm durn proud to get them in at 5am...) then just don't count workouts marked "indoor" towards whatever challenges need to exclude them.

    Endomondo does this. Ride w/ GPS does this. Map My Run does this. Strava, the king of kudos and challenges, doesn't do this? WTF?

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  • I started using Garmin connect a while back it is so much better, lots of stats. I'm not bothered about bragging about Strava times as I'm more than happy with my appendages 😉

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  • Elle, instead of declining a request that seems important to the community, many of whom pay for the app/interface, why doesn't Strave put its innovation cap back on and noodle on some solutions...

    Here's one, allow users to manually add mileage, but exclude the run (where GPS data isn't used) or ride from KOM/QOM results... Boom, solved it.

    At the end of the day, many of us were drawn to the diary aspect of Strava... I would be shocked that the bright minds at Strava are unable to determine a viable solution.

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  • +1
    Wow, this request is about to celebrate its 4 year birthday? Surely the Strava team could figure out a way to make this happen. I'd LOVE to be able to add distance to my indoor rowing workouts.

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  • Strava - Why can't this feature be included?  HR Data is imported with Indoor Cycling activity but you can't add distance.  You have to delete the activity and add it manually, but then you have no HR data.

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  • Wow, just got onto Strava a couple of days ago... This lack of permissibility to manually enter meters rowed on an ergometer, or miles pedaled from a bike on a trainer, or distance from any indoor equipment that has a properly calibrated system to this tracking application is really hard to understand. Quite unfortunate for such a robust community to be asking for this simple allowance, that non-GPS tracked exercise be included alongside other metrics captured real-time, and not receive it - quite ponderous. Wow!

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  • "Premium was well and good, but we knew we could improve – it’s in our sports DNA"

    I ask you, strava employees, not to use words that you do not understand.

    The improvement is not in changing the name of the premium plan to another. Improvement includes listening to what users need.
    Learn this

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  • Is it that complicated to enable entering distance? Come on!

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  • Also for swimming!

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  • Yet another person pointing out how tone def, or just defiantly stupid, Strava is being on this issue. My Garmin watch is horrendous at measuring distance on a treadmill (approximately .3 miles counted per mile covered) and it would be much easier to edit the info on Strava than to edit the running file, reupload to Garmin, and then delete the first file transferred here each time.

    Start paying attention to your customers instead of adding things nobody is asking for.

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  • I couldn’t give  💩 about KOM on Strava I simply want to be able to track ALL mileage.......

     

    a bigger point is the is the fact that Strava doesn’t seem to be interested in addressing this issue, or even having dialogue with its customers.......

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  • With Endomondo you can add kilometers to your indoor cycling activity. I switched back to Endomondo because Strava has not done anything about this since 4 years...

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  • I really hate not being able to edit the distance for a run. Looks like I'm not alone, but Strava is just ignoring us. This is why Strava is not and will never be my primary tracking location. Garmin and even MapMyRun (yes, some people still use that) are far superior.

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  • Did you notice that we just passed 4 year mark on this issue? Isn't it amazing?

    Best ever showcase for customer orientation. I know what would be my reaction if I was the CEO or the PR person for Strava... Happy to hear from anyone higher in the "stack" in Strava what's this whole thing is about?

    Happy living under the rock!

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  • Still would like this feature!

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  • This is exactly why I'll never pay for Strava.

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  • Please add an option to enter your approximate distance for a trainer ride or treadmill run. 

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  • Add my name to the list - bring on the manual distance add for those that spend time on indoor trainers ...... please.

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  • How many of these voting things are they going to produce before they actually do something about it? How difficult is it to add a manual option to edit the distance when doing an indoor activity with a sensor like a HR monitor? All the other major players allow this (Training Peaks, Garmin Connect, MapMyRun/Ride). It seems to me that Strava needs to hire some better/more programmers.

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  • I'm posting here what I posted to another thread I've been following that is related: 

    https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/26316440-Edit-Distance-for-an-Activity?page=1#post_42750258

    I have been following this other thread for nearly a year now, with no response whatsoever from Strava, so it is pretty clear it is just a dead issue. Strava clearly isn't interested in adding this, nor are they interested in addressing the people who have this need or concern. As I already stated a while ago, I canceled my premium subscription primarily for this reason, because it renders all stationary bike and treadmill running that I do unable to be tracked accurately. The only reason that makes any sense why Strava would prevent editing is to preserve what they feel is the accuracy of segment leaderboards. Aside from the fact that this is easily solvable (don't allow edited distances to be eligible for leaderboard rankings), and the fact that the real need here is personal tracking, not the social aspect, I was reminded again the other day while riding how absurd this concern is, and how inaccurate the leaderboards actually are.

    I live in AZ where it is hot, during the summers you need to be off the bike at the latest by 9-10AM in the morning. So I typically ride early...5AM, and I ride alone. The high desert in the Phoenix area gets high gusting winds, which make even flat rides frequently challenging, as I rarely get a wind-free ride, and often times even though riding a loop, because of the swirling wind currents due to gaps between scattered mountains I'll get a headwind or crosswind the entire route. As it has finally started cooling a little in the mornings, I got out later than normal a few days ago, and I was able to hook up with a few other riders, and trade pulls for part of my ride. Was that ever an eye-opener. It has been a long time since I've ridden in a pace line and traded pulls, and here's what became immediately obvious: my segments were 3-5 mph faster while at the same time running my heart rate about 10 bpm lower and power output ~50 watts lower when I was able to trade pulls. Now everyone knows that riding with a team / pace line is faster, but I had never even considered it with respect to Strava's leaderboards and this issue of editing distances. To prevent people from accurately tracking their own personal exercise for the sake of preserving leaderboard accuracy is pretty ridiculous. Aside from the several ways you can just fabricate ride data to own those leaderboards if you wanted, even the legit data from cycling computers doesn't really lend itself to accurate leaderboards. Those leaderboards present times / speeds as those achieved by individuals only -- but it doesn't differentiate individual efforts vs. some guy getting pulled by 10 other people in a pace line -- BIG difference. Would I expect Strava to differentiate? No. But using leaderboard accuracy as a reason for not allowing people to edit their distances for their own tracking purposes is ridiculous. The leaderboards AREN'T necessarily accurate.

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  • Responding to Pierre Colin about our indoor training 'choice' -- either HR w/o distance stats or a manual entry including distance w/o HR stats. Like so many others, I've been frustrated by this disfunction as well. So recently I've begun to do both: Upload my HR stats from my cycling workout (sans distance) plus add a manual entry from my workout that records the distance. So my yearly totals now include my overall distance. The only category out of sync now is the number of training workouts. The number of my indoor workouts is now artificially doubled. Not my preferred solution, but Strava has left those wishing to record overall distance with no other option. I also agree that it's time for Strava to respond to customer discontent or lose more premium subscribers.
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