Edit Distance for an Activity

Can we please have an edit mileage feature.  I use a garmin watch when running but it often does not pick up at the start of the run, sometimes for quite some time, and therefore despite me running 10 miles, it only logs 4!!! Can we have the ability to manually edit the mileage.  And then show on the logs that mileage was edited.

It would also be good to edit the course, and plot the actual route taken to check the distance run.

Many thanks

There is a related Feature Suggestion found here: Manually add Distance for an Indoor/Stationary Activity

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  • Please add this function. 

    Most of my running PRs are not listet here, because my Garmin didn't pick up the exact (official!) length of the race but is some 200-300m short and therefore Strava does not recognize a half marathon as one. Really annoying :-(

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  • Any idea when this will be fixed?

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  • Desperately hoping this functionality will be added soon.  It's what keeps me from moving from Endomondo and paying money for Premium. 

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  • I've only just registered with Strava in the last few days, after previously logging all my runs with fetcheveryone.com.

    The lack of an edit function for distance (and time) is laughable. I've uploaded past data, and now have 2 parkruns registering at 4.86km and 4.75km respectively.

    You want people to pay $6 a month for premium membership and I can't even register my parkruns as 5km?

    This edit function should have been an IT requirement when setting up the original site, not something that should have to be flagged by users, and 'considered' for 8 months with zero action.

    Back to fetcheveryone.com.

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  • Has this issue progressed yet?

    This 'edit distance' feature is exactly what is need for swimming activities. I use a Garmin 310XT for all activities and can edit these swims in Garmin Express but am unable to in Strava, this is SUPER annoying and a huge issue for Tri training.

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  • You are kidding right? It has been the better part of a year and so far the only response has been to create a separate manual entry for lost mileage. I have given up on Strava actually listening when something is brought to their attention. Same way with Garmin. These companies get to a certain size and suddenly it is like screw the actual end users. I still use them because so far I haven't found anything I like better but due to lack of actual listening and caring, there is nothing keeping me here. I guess it may be time to start looking around for an alternative.

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  • I had a similar problem, my Garmin had not reset, so next day i did a ride it looked like I had done twice as much. I really wanted to break my larger ride into two, one for each day.

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  • I think I figured out the issue - and it goes with me trying to figure out how to edit segment times for my running when I am stuck at street crossings/red lights etc. And then today I needed to edit distance for a workout (gps was less accurate than previously measured mile markers).Strava seems to basically take the attitude that the technology is infallible over human entered data and adjustments. I am not sure why - if it's because they value the organic data from segments as the piece of gold in their app or they think we're not capable of adjusting data for our purposes, but this inflexibility with data runs through the app. I think Strava, with its social component, has good potential but the attitude that they know best has got to go if I'm ever to use it. If they distrust our manual data that much I wonder why they don't at least let us adjust it and mark it with an asterisk or something. Otherwise, this feature would have been added long ago - it's one of the most absolute basic components in almost all other fitness apps. 

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  • Echoing the sentiment here...I love Strava -- the features are great. But this inability to edit distance for an activity renders Strava a useless tool for: 

    • Treadmill running
    • Swimming
    • Cycling on a stationary bike
    • Cycling on a real bike in a wind trainer, if your cycling computer uses a magnet on the front wheel.

    I live in Arizona, where weather (extreme heat) dictates when and how you exercise. Combined with work demands, despite the desire to get out on my bike, a fair amount of exercise is done using the above  methods. Because I cannot enter mileage, it renders Strava useless for analysis and tracking of that exercise -- that's the individual effect. But the macro effect is that it renders all monthly challenges for running and cycling completely useless. I have no purpose for signing up for monthly challenges anymore, because much of my exercise won't register in progress towards these challenges. 

    Garmin Connect can do this....and it is free. I'm a Strava Premium member, but this puts a real disincentive to continue my subscription. I can track my workouts more accurately with free Garmin than with paid Strava. 

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  • This is why I also use Endomondo.  It may not be quite so feature-rich as Strava in some areas, and it doesn't do 'segments', but you can edit distance and time, even on GPS-tracked activities.  Route drawing is perfectly acceptable, and logging an activity against a saved route is simplicity itself.  I really like Strava, but I'm beginning to use Endomondo as my reference activity tracker for distance and time because of Strava's inflexibility.

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  • I understand and respect if Strava has made an internal decision that editing mileage is not part of its model -- fair enough, you have to do things the way you think best. However, I just wanted to let you know that I just downgraded my premium account to a free account. As I mentioned prior, between the heat in Arizona and work demands, I can't escape running on the treadmill, biking on a stationary bike, biking on rollers, or biking on the wind trainer. It is just a reality of exercise for those like me that can't schedule everything in their lives around their training. All of the other features of Strava are great, but distance is such a fundamental element of tracking your exercise, without it, Strava becomes a fairly neutered tool next to something like Garmin Connect which is free, and does allow this. In addition, monthly mileage challenges and challenges between friends are basically eliminated as things I (and those I know) can take part in, because all of our mileage on these stationary methods are rendered irrelevant, and aren't counted. So while Strava is my preferred choice, and I'd happily pay for premium, it is mostly a waste of money when I have a free tool (Garmin Connect) that provides this flexibility and because of this one thing is now a better tracking tool than Strava is. A last note...as a software developer myself, I spend my days professionally in the headspace of designing of systems like Strava, and if the reason you aren't allowing the ability to edit mileage is that you think people will cheat, just an FYI - the current model doesn't prevent cheating. There are several ways a user could own the cycling or running leaderboards without ever having done an exercise. So the net effect of preventing people from editing their mileage is denying a needed feature, and making Strava an effective tool only for people who can get on the road 100% of the time, and leaving out a whole (I'd imagine huge) bunch of people, while not really preventing the cheating at all.
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  • At this point, it is clear Strava has no interest in providing this feature.  I will not renew my premium membership.  I'm really sorry they have chosen to take this stand.  The Strava app is the best I have found.  However, you are not meeting my tracking needs.  

    BTW - If your decision is because you think people will cheat, if you allow us to edit the distance, you are probably correct.  People do dumb things for dumb reasons.  However, you can not prevent someone from getting in their car, driving segments, and completely invalidating your system.  I'm surprised no one has done this yet.

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  • Terry -- or...just go on a leisurely ride and then change the data in your upload file.You don't have to upload directly from your device, you can upload a file too. And if you want to get really nerdy, in a weekend I could write an app which would generate a ride for any route on the map I choose. Terry you are exactly right -- idiots will cheat. But not providing this feature punishes the people who don't cheat. And in fact, the cheating argument as a reason not to provide this feature is really kind of a cop-out, because there's a very easy way to deal with this: by introducing the concept of "qualifying" and "non-qualifying" activities. If uploaded an unchanged (as activities are now), the activity is considered a "qualifying" activity. As soon as an activity is changed, it becomes a "non-qualifying" activity. All activities, both qualifying and non-qualifying would be viewable in your personal data, viewable on your own personal leaderboards for segments (ideally filterable too), and would apply to your own personal monthly mileage challenges. However, for public segment leaderboards, Gran Fondos, and public challenges, only qualified rides would be allowed. 

    In fact -- here's some free consulting Strava -- there's a whole new market and function that could be offered by providing tracking and challenges for exercises specifically on treadmills or stationary bikes / wind trainers / rollers, or those which allow combined activities. I would guess that the group of people who are dedicated athletes but which for weather or schedule reasons have to involve exercise which occurs in alternative fashion to being on the road probably eclipses the pure-road group several times over in number of athletes. I guess at the end of the day -- Strava needs to decide whether it is indeed (as its "About" page claims) a "community of athletes" or a "community of athletes who exercise exclusively outside". Presently, they are not the former, they are the latter. 

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  • Just another example of why it would be nice to be able to edit mileage: During my run yesterday there was a GPS glitch that had me running across a lake at a 25 seconds/mile pace. No way to edit down the distance to the actual distance covered. 

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  • We need the ability to edit the miles. With the colder weather here in the Northeast, I'll be hitting the treadmill and stationary bike much more frequently. Not being able to edit the mileage will make this site nearly useless and I'll stop using it. Please make this happen. 

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  • My issue: wanting to delete distance/time, for those times I forget to "end" my activity. All activities (rides,runs) are logged via iPhone. I apologize if somebody already chimed in on this and I missed it.

    Thanks! 

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  • Never mind! I figured it out. Thanks!

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  • +1 Please add this feature!!!!! I run a lot on treadmill in winter time! I use Suunto Movescount to log my activity, but Strava has many other features. Movescount have the possibility to edit the distance of an activity. It is very useful for treadmill runners. Without this Strava is useless to me.

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  • +1. Ran a 10km measured race in the weekend and it is saved as 9.9km. Crop feature only good if I want to lessen the distance. Howabout being able to lengthen it?

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  • I had to manually add some treadmill runs. I forgot to specify the mileage but it let me save anyway and saved it as "0" miles. Weird. I would like to edit the miles to reflect the mileage I actually ran, but can't. My other log (runnersworld.com) would never let me save an entry in the first place w/o specifying a distance. Furthermore, you can go in and edit date, distance, etc.

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  • I love using Strava!  But, editing a manual entry for date, speed, workout time is not possible.  This is infuriating when I get one thing wrong (like for get to delete the default 1 hour workout time).  One can only edit notes about the workout.  I am coming from athleticore which has a terrible interface, but at least I can move runs to the right date or adjust the time it took me to complete a run.

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  • @Ryan - seems like your comment relates to this existing discussion: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/32267204-Allow-the-same-fields-to-be-displayed-when-Creating-and-Editing-a-Manual-Activity-

    We're aware of the quirks around editing a manual entry, so our apologies for the trouble. The best workaround at this time is to delete the manual entry and start with a new entry if you want to change certain metrics. 

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  • So we still can't edit What's the best app to allow this, someone has suggested Endomondo
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  • @Elle - seeing as this and related issues all regarding the inflexibility of Strava data have been vexing users for a while now, is it possible to get some kind of response other than 'we're sorry' from the Strava team? Seeing as that other apps implement these features easily, inquiring minds want to know if your team can't actually figure it out (I doubt this but if that's the case then okay, it's an acceptable reason), or Strava simply does not want to let users have this ability (again, an acceptable reason). In my opinion, honesty is always the best PR, but the evasiveness isn't helpful for anyone wanting to know how to work the app. I myself keep my engagement with the app limited, waiting until these issues are fixed because until then a lot of my workouts have inaccurate info (for instance, routes I run regularly have been marked and measured for distance and the GPS does not correspond with that).The workarounds suggested don't really address the core of the problem, which is not letting users adjust their own data in any number of contexts in an efficient manner that is usable in real life situations. 

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  • @Ellie: I'm with @Peter here. I would just like a forthright answer on whether or not Strava plans on fixing this or not, so that I can decide whether Strava is worth continuing to use as an accurate workout tracking tool or not. While I might not agree with the decision, I'd respect a reply for or against fixing from Strava either way -- at least that is honest support, and allows users to make their own decision on how to move forward.

    Strava data can be easily fabricated the way things are now -- and those distortions ARE counted on competitive leaderboards. Manually-edited distance is useful not only for users, but for Strava as well because it takes a deliberate, explicit action through the user interface to do this -- therefore Strava is aware of it, and doesn't have to count manually-edited activities in leaderboards. In fact, if Strava was really smart about it, you could continue to count the edited activity with the Strava distance, and allow user display and tracking additionally with the user's entered distance. That is the smart way of handling it, because then what apparently are the numbers Strava wants to consider for leaderboards with many riders isn't affected, while allowing users to have accurate tracking. 

    Bottom line, the need to edit distance has nothing to do with keeping accurate leaderboards -- it has everything to do with whether Strava allows users accurate activity tracking. It is hard for me to believe that if stated, Strava's primary goal is social outdoor-only exercise at the expense of users having accurate data tracking -- but that's exactly what in practice Strava is doing now. In AZ, With freezing temps in winter and temps just under that of the surface of the sun in summer, being unable to track treadmill, stationary bike, and wind trainer workouts essentially render Strava a useless tool. I have no interest in having leaderboards for these workouts -- but I do  need my activity tracked and counted for my own tracking. 

    As I said in an earlier post, against what I prefer, I've downgraded my Strava account from paid to free, and I won't upgrade again until this is fixed. But now, I'm bordering on dropping Strava altogether, because I'm having to track in both Garmin Connect and Strava, and because of this issue, Garmin Connect is now the only accurate record of exercise. So like others, I'd just like an honest reply as to whether Strava plans on fixing this issue and if so, when. If Strava does not plan to fix this, then fine, just say so, and I can invest my time and money in another tool. But the worst of all worlds is stonewalling, that's just inconsiderate to users. Strava knows what it is doing and going to do....there's no reason not to give users an answer. 

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  • I have to agree this would be a great addition to the Strava experience.  I love using Strava, but this is unfortunate that mileage can not be edited after a workout like it can with Garmin Connect.  I would absolutely pay for an account if this feature were changed as we are requesting.

     

    Thank you.

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  • +1. As an example did a 5km measured race tonight. Trouble is it has been recorded as 4.99km so no 5 km record was set. All I need to do is squeeze an extra 0.01 km into the distance and I'd be happy. On Runkeeper I just grab a point in the map and  stretch it a bit to get to the full 5.00km Done - just like that!

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  • I had a problem with my garmin this morning so I need to edit the distance I ran.  It blows my mind I was not able to edit this in Strava.  This makes zero sense to me.  Looks like I will be dropping Strava.

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  • Hi @Elle

     

    You keep suggesting we can make a manual entry.  This does not solve most of our problems; I will try to be concise and clear:

    Many of us use GPS and Heart Rate trackers.  The data these record is worth keeping. 

    If we create a manual entry, we will lose this valuable data.

     

    All we are asking for is a button on the Edit Activity screen called Convert To Manual Entry.  This will simply let us enter a duration and distance.

    I am happy for any manual entries to not count towards segment times and challenges (I think PRs should still apply)

     

    Strava owes its customers an answer, at the very least, as to why this is so hard, or not a priority. 

    • Is it technically hard?
    • A cost/resource issue?
    • Not a priority?
    • All of the above?

    Now since this thread is approaching up on its 1 year anniversary, could we at least get an answer as to the future of this issue.  If it's never going to happen at least let us know so we can stop waiting.

     

    Thanks.

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  • @Allan...I can help out to this degree. It isn't technically hard. Maybe the others apply, but it isn't technically hard...actually it is probably quite technically easy.

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