Start Delay / Countdown Option (for the App Record Button)

Afaik Strava starts recording as soon as I press record. This is so stressful, panicky, pressurizing!

I would like the option of a variable start delay/countdown so that I can put my Strava app running tablet away,  go down stairs, go outside, clip in, get up speed, get a few blocks away from my house, or whatever, even when it is raining with out getting my device wet.

This will give me ego-juice due to the improved average speeds, privacy since people will never know where I actually started (I know I can set a privacy area, but in addition to that for additional privacy, e.g. for places other than ones home), and a time to mentally prepare as before a race. 

No segments start near my house or place or work, so I would like at least a minute or two before recording sets in. It would be rare that I would want to start immediately on button press, so the start delay could be in settings. Strava then might sound a beep on delayed start.

I am not sure if the delay/countdown it should apply to restarts too. Ideally both would be settable. Then I would set a 2 minute delay on starts, and a 10 second put-my-stuff-away delay on restarts. Not that the 10 seconds are all that important, but I am pretty sure that a competitor has a 10 second start countdown.

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  • Such a simple feature, requested by so many, has not been implemented yet, more than two years after the first request. Strava! This is poor customer service.

    I moved from RunKeeper because it kept crashing on iOS devices. I loved the feature in RunKeeper and dearly miss it in Strava.

    I would like to give one more thumbs up for this feature.

    Please please do implement this feature.

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  • It is unbelievable that this feature does not exist. I'm a runner and I use an arm band. It makes my first mile time very inaccurate. Why not implement this?

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  • All the third party tracking apps I used on Windows Phone had this feature. I was surprised that something this basic is missing for the official iOS app. 😢

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  • Hi Strava, this feature is relevant for running races. Also, I have certain loops that I do, and I don't care about stop/start. Otherwise I can stop just before a significant segment, rest up for some minutes, then nail it, but it won't take into account that I effectively "Cheated". I have set routes, some of which are constrained by traffic lights, bad driving, dogs and other things, but that is what makes my routes special to me, and also makes me know when I deservedly have beaten a time.

    I can polish up my coding skills, write some code, and send it over if that would help? It'll take me like 5 Story Points.

    Looking forward to this coming to my app soon.

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  • I'm another Runtastic Pro convert. I spent 2 hours manually importing all of my 2017 runs because I enjoy the Strava community and have been waiting for my Runtastic Premium account to end before becoming a Strava Premium member.

    HOWEVER - the tone-deaf response to this reasonable or even critical feature request makes me consider going back to Runtastic, or continuing to pay for their premium service and find a bridge importer for Strava Free for the community sake. 

    I WANT to give you my money Strava, but this type of blasé regard for customers is instilling any faith.

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  • These days, I've found out that there is a solution.
    It's the app "Recording starter for Strava".
    Few people knows it (it  has only 50 downloads right now).
    It's very light and it does his job very well.
    It's avalaible in "Google Play Store" (it seems that it isn't avalaible in Apple Store):
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chs.starta

    This is the descrition in Google Play Store:

    "This simple app allows you to set a countdown timer to start a Strava workout recording, either a run or ride. No more fussing with loading Strava first, and struggling with ear buds or accessories.
    Loads quickly, and has a clean UI - giving you more time for your run. 
    Set a customized countdown, and give yourself some extra time for stretching before your workout!
    The voice features will let you know how much time is left before the workout recording starts.
    Simple, fast, and easy! I hope it makes your run or bike ride more enjoyable!"

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  • Not sure why this simple feature is missing  or not yet implemented(even after so many requests).

    Hope to see this feature in near future.

     

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  • Hi, 

    any update on this? Is in on "Planned" list? 

    Really annoying that this is missing and also messes the first km stats. :(

    KR

    Raf

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  • Please please prioritize this feature request :)

    3+ Years now.

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  • I moved from Strava from the MapMyFitness suite, and the lack of a delay timer is going to drive me back to the other apps. Apparently this has been a really long-standing request for THREE YEARS now??!?!

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  • Love you Strava. But PLEASE can we have a countdown feature.?

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  • Is there any update from Strava on the delay start improvement? I’m on a free trial abs usually use MapMyWalk which I will be going back to if this feature is not implemented.

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  • I too switched to Strava from Runtastic and was looking for the countdown feature. I dug through all the settings and then I had to Google for it and... Strava but doesn't have it!! 

    Please implement this feature Strava.

     

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  • They are never going to add a start delay the request has been there for several year's.

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  • Map my run has Start Delay / Countdown Option 🧐 come on guys sort it out mate this is a must!!!!!!

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  • Yeah! Countdown option is necessary! There should be 10s, 30s, 60s delays :(

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  • I can't believe how this is not added yet.

    Any kind of answer from the team at least?

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  • +1

    Cannot believe that this basic feature is missing.

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