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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  • @Bradley, thanks for the reply, but as you don't seem to work for Strava you don't actually know. 

     

    As a developer myself, I know there might be all sorts of reasons why this is technically hard.  For example the original database design could be a total mess.  Manual entries saved in one format, and captured entries ones in another table, plus not to mention all sorts of referential integrity problems that might arise from editing data in a badly designed database.

    Strava's been around since 2009, so there might be all sorts of legacy issues that make it technically hard for them.  I deal with 10 year old code every day so I can sympathise.

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  • @Allen -- you are correct, I don't work for Strava, and I do not know all of the underlying details. I am however a career software developer too, and I do this kind of stuff every day. Given the fact you can edit a number of other fields in the same group of data, I bet money on the fact that the change of allowing editing or adding an additional field for "user-edited distance" isn't all that difficult. Additionally, relative to some of the other functionality that Strava is providing, this most certainly is at the shallow end of the pool of complexity. I'm not interested in having a debate here about it, as that wouldn't serve a purpose, but here is one thing everyone can agree on -- regardless of whether Strava plans to add this or not and when, good customer service demands Strava give some answer to customers. When customers are canceling their premium service (me included, I've already done this) because of a missing feature so basic and fundamental that virtually every free service and software I've ever used allows, Strava should at the very least have the minimal courtesy to explain what their intent is to customers that have plunked down their hard-earned money and invested their time in use of Strava. It doesn't matter how slick your product is ... the indefinite radio silence turns your operation into amateur hour. Even a one-person shop can do better than that. I'm still hoping for a fix...if so, I'll use Strava premium again. Until then, it is less useful than the other free services I use.
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  • Just echo-ing all the other comments with reason:  where my logger while on trainer to get heart rate track for the ride; auto-upload the activity. My trainer does NOT have sensors, so I want to add the total mileage. I'm paying for premium partly because of heart rate!!! And sorry all the BS about potential problems with changing software, they could just add a mileage option to edit, Run the XML through a simple filter, and replace the orginal route with the new one. Not very elegant, but that is sort of what they suggest doing for manual entries, delete and re-do. That is crap, they could copy data, delete entry, add date to copy and create the new entry. Come on people this is not rocket science for their programming staff; it's a walk in the park.

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  • Almost a year stale and no sign of this feature.  Some lower end services allow this, even Garmin themselves now allow you to add a real distance.  Some even allow you to correct the route when the GPS drifts and messes up your tracking.  Correcting the route and editing the distance and time for each split would be hugely beneficial.  As would using a saved route as the basis for a training session.  What do saved routes provide at present?  Whilst the community aspect of Strava is great, the tool is lagging behind the competition and I hope to see some of these features before my renewal.

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  • wow, i was just about to go premium...when i uploaded some old moves from movescount, i was shocked...no distance editing? for a year? i can stay with movescount then...

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  • Stava, new to your app, but not new to sports app, until you include ability to edit a distance I simply won't put down the money, which I suspect many are taking the same approach.

    Regards

    Pat Mountford

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  • I'm new to Strava and decided to join after my mates persuaded me that this is the best app/platform for cyclists. However, I'm shocked - no ability to manually edit distances? How is that even possible? Please Strava, you can do better than this :(

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  • When the distance/time is off on a run I export the run to runkeeper, edit the distance and time there and make sure to add extra "dots" in the area where I changed the gps route (otherwise it messes up the pace), then I export it and upload the gpx-file to strava. Might have to try a few time though as strava likes to change the time anyway.

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  • +1 on this!

    Definitely a p0 feature that needs to be added!

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  • just adding to this. I ran my first Marathon today, but my garmin was slight off. So, since Strava uses distance to figure out which milestones i have achieved apparently i have not ran a Marathon. But I have. That sucks!

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  • Good luck getting Strava to care. I have been following this discussion for over a year now and every time I get a notification saying someone has commented, I check to see if it is someone saying that this issue has even been looked at, but instead it is yet another person wondering the same thing. Strava is much more interested in maintaining its social competition aspect rather than providing useful tools for its users. I've given up on them actually listening to anything even remotely resembling logic ... or, to be completely honest here, even listening at all.

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  • The solution is simply to import to runkeeper, edit distance and time, export to gpx and then import to strava! :)
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  • "The solution is simply to import to runkeeper, edit distance and time, export to gpx and then import to strava! :)" 

    The solution may be simpler than that .... just eliminate the last half there ;)

    "The solution is simply to import to runkeeper, edit distance and time, export to gpx and then import to strava! :), then enjoy" 

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  • "The solution is simply to import to runkeeper, edit distance and time, export to gpx and then import to strava! :)" Is that going to keep all my heart rate data? All other gpx exports I've used are gps data only. And why would I want to waste so much time to do this after every single treadmill run? For a long time I was hoping this feature would get added, but now I just wish that someone from Strava would confirm it's never going to happen, so I can stop caring.
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  • The lack of this seemingly basic capability to edit distance/times may impact me from letting my free trial goto paid.

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  • This is suck a ball ache.  I had my Garmin battery run out on a club run.  So OK i grab one of my fellow club runners route.  Its a paid feature...... OK i make a route from my cropped run but i can't append the route to this broken activity.  OK i export the route and read it back in.  Oh Strava does not except the imported run as it has no date stamps....WTF, what about error checking on the way in and letting you edit the missing data.

    Wonder if you can tell Strave users at a half or 10k race in that they keep on running for a couple of hundred meters just to make sure it gets logged as a milestone........

    What do i have to do, break out notepad++ and make a manual GPS file just to get something into Strava.  Does anyone know a tool that can take a route, add some date stamps suitable for strava to see it as a good activity. Reason like these are whyy i was a premium and did not see any value in it (that and the lack of stat reports like velo viewer) 

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  • Being able to edit distance and elevation seems like such a basic tool that I am shocked to find it doesn't exist in Strava.  Running trails doesn't always give me accurate GPS data and being able manually change distance and elevation is a must.  I will likely cancel my premium trial and switch back to just using Garmin Connect.  Please make this right Strava!

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  • This feature is a must!! I wanted to move from Endomondo to Strava but I think I'm gonna wait until this is implemented. As instance, when I do a 10km race I really know that this is the exact distance, so if I see 10,5 km registered in Strava I want to change it to the good one of course. The same with the time.

    Thank you!

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  • I am shocked that this basic functionality is missing. Maybe move back to endomondo...

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  • If it is impossible to do, I understand. Just make clear to us that it is, and we can draw our own conclusions what to do next. If it is hard to do, well, your developers are supposed to be good, right… If money is an issue, because the fix is expected to be labor-extensive, perhaps make editing the distance of a workout a premium feature. This would also be an incentive for users to go, or stay premium. Of course, it is your service, and it are your priorities to set. I can only suggest here. I hope you'll make the right choice, and tell us what you'll decide, either way.
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  • Same problem as Eva D. I just had for a run with a personal record for a 10 km Strava said it was 9,9 (Garmin, Sportracks said it was 10...). My guess is that the distance is between 9.96 and 10... Strava is always rounded up the data to the smallest decimal... Maybe it could rounded a 9.9500001 and up to 10?

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  • Here's my workout in case somebody want to know. http://www.strava.com/activities/374134780

    Also, Endomondo say 9,95 km and Graphmyrun.com say 9,92 (with the wrong time, 8 sec. less at 39:09 instead of 39:17)

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  • I ran 13.1 during a local race, and my Garmin only reported 12.66.  Of course I can't complete the challenge now.  That's not very good for my morale, and now I can't get an accurate training picture either.  Whats the point of Strava again?

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  • I just stopped using Mountain Bike Pro (Runtastic), and switched over to Strava because of the challenges, but the app does not record the proper mileage when mountain biking!! I had the same issue with MTB Pro , but at least that app let you edit your ride to the proper mileage after the ride was uploaded.  How can Strava be missing such a key feature!!  I would NEVER even consider upgrading to premium just based off of this feature alone.  Thumbs down Strava, I am returning to Mountain Bike Pro!! 

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  • When I time trial I start my garmin 5 seconds before the start and then edit my time on garmin connect with my official time, unfortunately I can't do this on strava. This function should be made available.

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  • How about this for a reason Strava absolutely needs to add editing activity distance: I tested a ride with a Garmin Edge 510 and Garmin ForeRunner 310 XT, starting both from a standstill at the exact same time, and stopping them the same. These two devices report slightly different distances -- even though it is the same vendor, same mapping technology. So you absolutely need to be able to fine-tune your distance, as this can vary across devices. I also was traveling on business for the past 3 weeks, only had the ability to run on the treadmill in the hotel exercise room. Put a number of 5+ mile runs up, but those all register with Strava as run activities with 0.0 distance. Not only does that prevent me from accurately tracking my mileage / exercise, but it also prevents me from tracking the wear / mileage on the shoes I wear. Totally lame. Note that I dropped my Strava premium membership some time ago because of the lack of this specific feature. If Strava adds it, I'll pay for a premium subscription again.

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  • Same issue as reported above. Just finished a 10km race and the Garmin picked it up as 9.96km. There should be a way to simply update the distance and time to match the official race time from the electronic sensor system they use. In the end I manually added another activity with the time and distance and also manually updated the PR. However it doesn't show in the Strava monthly 10k challenge. Frankly its disappointing. I don't want to edit the GPX data, which I understand would be complex. But you could allow an over-ride on the time and distance fields and use those to drive the stats and challenge data.

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  • Please can we have this feature. Ran a half marathon on Sunday and frankly  after 21.1 km I am totally fecked. Following Stravas advice I ran an extra 100m or so to make sure I got to the 21.1 mark - on my TomTom the reading was 21.3 so thought I was well in. But those last few meters were at a slow pace cos I couldnt manage any faster. Anyway uploaded to Strava and found distance was 21 km so my half marathon result was not recorded in the Challenges. Ended up having to go into Runkeeper which showed just under 21.1 so I edited the distance there, exported the GPX file, uploaded to Strava and deleted the original file. What a performance! Why not just edit straight in Strava. Seriously are we going to cheat or something? If other Apps can do it surely the developers in Strava can rustle this up as an option.

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  • I have been following this 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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  • Well well well, Strava FINALLY replied to my email request!!  It took over a month, but here is their bullshit excuse to why they will not let us edit an event on their app even when the app does not record the distance accurately...I will copy and paste their exact response here:

    Hi Marty,

    Thanks for writing in. Sorry for the inconvenience. We do not allow athletes to edit the distance of activities due to competitive integrity issues on Strava. Sorry about that!

     

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