Best options to Upload Treadmill Activities?

Every time I search for information about getting accurate treadmill data into Strava I see a lot of post about "manual entries", which is not at all what I'm hoping to accomplish.

I'd really LOVE a way to get my treadmill runs, the distance, the paces (I don't run the entire run at one pace) and heart rate information to upload into Strava. In the winter, 90% of my running is done indoors, and I'd love to have some benchmark data to see how I'm doing!

I have the Suunto Ambit3, which supposedly is good at estimating distance based on Cadence but I find that it's completely inaccurate for me. I run very differently on the treadmill than outdoors, so the distance never comes out right. 

In the past, I've exported the .gpx file, and painstakingly edited the file to add 'accurate' distance to it under the assumption that I only change the speed once every mile (which I have to calculate how many data points there are between miles, based on the average pace of the mile). It works, but takes a long time.

I'd love for some data junkie/techie to share what they know about this problem! Is there a foot pod that works with the Suunto Ambit3 that would make this more accurate? What about the new Apple Watch (or the previous ones). Is there a footpod that works with that, that can be imported into Strava? Do any of the devices (Wahoo?) that connected to the iPhone, allow for the tracking of distance, pace, and heart rate in a format that can be loaded into Strava? 

Let's discuss!

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  • 1) Get a footpod that works with your Suunto. They're all the same, none more accurate than the next. I think you need a bluetooth one with Suunto.

    2) Never stop on the treadmill because strava has a bug they refuse to fix where it uses your elapsed time instead of activity time when you run on the treadmill.

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  • I may have a more basic related question here.  I run on trails where wearable GPS devices underestimate known distances wildly.  I can get it right with a calibrated footpod (w/ my Fenix 5X), but as far as I can tell Strava will only show the GPS distance (and overall pace), which in consistently way off.   I like Strava as my primary activity log because of the cycling features and social connections, but if I'm going to use it it would be nice it the data were accurate.   

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  • I've answered my own question through some testing.  I realized that the .fit file contains the footpod distance and that can be uploaded or synched with Strava.

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  • Thanks guys! I went ahead and bought an Adidas Bluetooth footpod (https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2014/01/bluetooth-micoach-footpod.html), which sadly has been discontinued. Found one on ebay for a great price. 

    It's a funny little device with absolutely no feedback whether it's on or not. No lights, no buttons, just a place to put a battery. It paired easily with the Ambit3 which was nice.

    Running on the treadmill it tracks distance much more consistently than the Ambit3 cadence alone (without the footpod I would get distance measurements anywhere from 0%-20% variance on the Treadmill distance, but these distances always varied pace widely despite running a consistent speed). The footpod's variance is about 5%-8% of the treadmill distance, which is expected given the manner in which the belt motor operates (basically it stops/slows for a brief second on foot strike, so it's not 100% accurate on distance). Also, the pace it calculates is a nice consistency. 

    So far, everything is working great!

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  • Glad to hear that a solution was found.

    For anyone else who finds this post another possible solution is the Wahoo tickr-X chest strap.  This has a treadmill mode (pair with your phone) that I find to be good enough once calibrated.

    You can push all activities from the Wahoo App on your phone to Strava (and other sites too).  Plus you'll get better HRate accuracy on intervals than on a wrist watch.  Downside is that it isn't cheap. Upside is that it is a good all-round HRM with the ability to work offline (no phone) also.

     

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  • Does anyone know if the MyFit Pod from Athletes Foots work with STRAVA run. I have the ANT+ stick etc set up for the bike and just looking to use the STRAVA running with the treadmill.

    thanks.

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  • I have an Apple Watch 2- and the device itself (and many apps) will capture a treadmill run just fine, pace, HR, distance. But then none of these seem to sync with Strava. When I use the Strava Watch app I get wonky gps data (indoors after all). But there’s no way to turn that off. If I put a manual entry in, then no heart rate- thus no analysis in the fitness/freshness etc. Really wish Strava app had an indoor profile to capture HR. Or if it could at least accept the full Apple Health workout file (that may be an Apple issue).

    Any ideas?

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  • I agree with Jim Lynn. I have an AW2 (soon will be getting the AW3) and run nearly all of winter on the treadmill. I wish I could have the AW exercise sync with Strava so that I don't have to manually enter the data--or that (my dream) Strava included an indoor profile where it turns off the GPS function but keeps the heartrate, pace, & distance. Sigh. It's *almost* enough to make me go back to Nike running, since several years later, this still isn't an option.

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  • NEW DISCOVERY (for me- thanks to Ray Maker)  HealthFit+ ($1.99 app on my phone) allows easy sync of .fit files to Strava.   So I can treadmill run in Apple Workout or Nike or whatever.... then easily sync that to Strava with HR data, pace, etc.  a couple taps really.  victory.... 

    Strava should still do this themselves. 

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  • Can even upload swim workouts. 

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  • Thanks @Jim Lynn!!! (Downloaded HealthFit)

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  • I use Zwift to run indoors. Connect my HRM and Milestone foot pod and that syncs all the data to strava when finished. Not to mention it’s more fun than staring at the gym wall.....

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  • Steve Copeland, I just got the milestone pod and tried it with zwift run. It uploaded to Strava 2 activities instead of 1, but that may be my error. Do your runs with Zwift and Milestone post to Strava together?

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  • I just let ZWIFT do the upload, I don't upload anything from the Milestone app and I only get a single upload which works just fine.

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  • Reading all these treadmill posts still do not give me a clear understanding of how to get treadmill data to STRAVA. I have a Garmin GPS and a foot pod that I've used but question is how does the data get to STRAVA? Do I run with STRAVA, GARMIN, and Foot pod on?...or what?............Thanks

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  • You can either synch up the Garmin Connect app with Strava (after connecting it to your watch of course) or you can just upload the .fit or gpx file to Strava after exporting it from Connect.

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  • .fit in your case 

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