Show Moving Time instead of Elapsed Time for indoor workouts

I've noticed that when I do indoor cycling workouts and upload them to Strava on my Garmin 920 XT, my workout time and average is based off of the elapsed time of the workout, rather than the moving time.  Obviously this throws both averages and the length of the workout off.

I recently rode for 1:30 but had a few stops and my workout shows an elapsed time of 1:39.  All of my stops either auto paused the Garmin or I manually stopped the Garmin so there should have been no dead time during the workout.

https://www.strava.com/activities/617581549 

I haven't noticed this at all during outdoor runs/rides when I obviously have to stop at stoplights, bathrooms, etc.

What gives?  This is a real pain in the butt!

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  • I have noticed the same with my indoor runs tracked with Garmin Forerunner 235. And this is really painful! Strava MUST do something about it soon. 

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  • Same. And I have yet to receive a response from Strava on this!

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  • @elleanderson  can you help clarify this please?

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  • I am having the same issue

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  • I reported the issue as a Track-Cyclist.

    It is wrong that our very high average speed is dumped because of this design. There is a huge difference between "stationary indoor" and "non stationary indoor" cycling.

    All my friends on the track got the same problem and tried to work around this bug.

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  • +1 I just added a speed and cadence sensor to my track bike. The graph of my speed over time in this mornings session clearly shows 30m of inactivity, and it was inconvenient to stop and start the timing. It is a relatively easy thing to fix.

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  • I would also like this to be fixed. What could possibly be the reason for using elapsed time indoors?? Not that my training suffers from this, but it's kinda annoying :)

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  • I, too, hate the fact that Strava appears to know exactly what I want when it comes to elapsed  versus moving when doing indoor runs.

    I had to pause my run to take care of some business, and I of course, paused my Garmin.

    Connect is polite enough to give me BOTH. But Strava chooses elapsed over moving. Why is it so hard to just give users the option to choose which one is included in their activity???

    Or here's a crazy idea: INCLUDE BOTH!!!!

    And the fact that Strava has not responded to this at all is proof once again, they really just don't care. 

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  • I also feel this is a problem.

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  • Still a problem. Why is this taking so long to fix?

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  • It's complete rubbish. I use my Garmin to record a track session. This is shown correctly by Garmin Connect and Trainerroad; the stationary time not recorded, but Strava adds all the stationary time back in!
    Support says this is because Strava uses GPS for this data, obviously on an inside velodrome GPS is useless and I use s speed sensor. Why is it that everything else seems to cope with this hardly out of the ordinary scenario but Strava can't?

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  • Please finally fix this!

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  • +1 from me too

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  • Still not solved! Everywhere else the activity is well shown, but not in strava!

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  • I have complained about the exact same problem. I use a Polar cycle computer and it is highly annoying to find that Strava does not allow for the pauses in the session if it is indoor cycling. However pauses are subtracted from the record when cycling outdoors. The excuse given suggests that the Strava programmers have zero understanding of a cyclist's needs. They figure out the pauses from the GPS record, and not from the cycle computer record. Clearly indoor cycling does not yield a GPS record, but Strava has not yet figured out that the pauses can quite easily be obtained from the cycle computer record. According to this comment trail this fault seems to have been present in their software for nearly 5 years, and they have done absolutely nothing about it.

    Shame on Strava! Good reason NOT to pay for the Pro version of Strava. I will tell my friends, and I have lots of them, all annoyed about the same thing, its perhaps time to sign up with a different website. Vote with your feet as they say.    

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  • This thing alone is reason enough to keep giving my money to Training Peaks. Can't believe the Strava people doesn't throw the switch on this. Can't be a big thing to fix?

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  • Same issue with pool swimming on my polar vantage M. I do pause the workout during drills and between intervals, as a result, my time is way above my normal speed since it does not count additional pool length but time goes. Does not really help for indoor swimming though

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  • I approve to all comments above. if Garmin connect can present moving time - surely Strava can figure out the idle time for indoor activities (p.s for pool swimming time shown correctly using Garmin 920...) good enough reason for me not to upgrade to Premium!

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  • Offer both. Especially critical recording a swim... where “elapsed time” bloats average/pace when training with rest intervals. C’mon Strava, why the silence?

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  • Agree moving time NOT elapsed time on indoor trainers is a no brainer. 

    I ride smart rollers and need to get off every 30 mins to give my butt a rest.

     

    No response from Strava after so many requests is puzzling !

    Normally Strava are responsive and user friendly.

    Has anybody got a contact at Strava to shed some light on it ?

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  • Same problem. 40' indoor riding before going out for training, activity on garmin device was stopped  and then other 20' after training for relax: total 3.20' elapsed time instead of 60'.... CRAZY!

    that's Strava answer

    Indoor activities currently use total elapsed time instead of the device's moving time. The elapsed time is then used to calculate the pace and activity time shown. Therefore, even if you manually stop or pause your device the time will be included in the activity. The file that is uploaded to Strava contains data points instead of GPS data, our system relies on GPS data to calculate moving time. We hope to have a better way to process this data in the future but unfortunately there is nothing we can do at this moment in time.

    C'mon guys solve the problem!

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  • Is there a known fix for this problem yet? Having the same probably using my bike on rollers. Thanks.

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  • Wow. I received the same reply as Stefano today and was referred to this 4 year old thread by strava support and asked to leave my feedback. Unbelievable! I can't begin to understand why the system would be implemented this way or why it has remained as is, for such a long period. I'm glad I'm still in my trial month. Think I'll stick with Garmin connect, who respect that I choose to pause between intervals. This isn't really an issue of moving time vs elapsed time as I walk back to the start line and would therefore be considered to be moving regardless. The fact is that if we manually pause our activity we're consciously choosing the data we need for our post activity analysis. There is no reason for Strava to disregard that and it has nothing at all to do with GPS markers. It's manually flagged and ironically the manual flags are respected for outdoor activities. .

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  • Another vote for this. I completed a 45 minute stationary swim yesterday that does not show up in any of my workout totals because the moving time was zero. I recorded this using a Garmin set to open water swim with the GPS turned off so there is no GPS data and thus no moving time. The workout is tagged as indoors but still shows zero time.

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  • I just encountered this exact same issue this evening - incredibly frustrating....even more frustrated to see that it has been a recorded issue since June 22, 2016...

    A mechanical issue forced me to manually pause my stationary-bike workout, attend to the issue, then later manually resume my workout.  Garmin Connect defaults to 'moving time', since, obviously, while I had the workout paused....I wasn't working out....  So the data exists and is likely exported to Strava, but developers won't address the concerns of the community?

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  • Another one here. New user and frustrated with Strava showing only elapsed time and not moving time.

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