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MattS_bsb
Elbrus
Status: Gathering Kudos

This was suggested in August of last year, but I haven't seen any further discussion or movement.  Currently, the only way to show elapsed time on something like a run, is to mark it as a "race".  The timing data is already there in the analysis portion of the activity, so it's just a matter of giving the user the option to use that vice "moving time".

Link to the original idea:

https://communityhub.strava.com/t5/strava-features-chat/give-user-option-to-show-elapsed-time-not-ra...

31 Comments
SJB
Mt. Kenya

I'd didn't notice till today that Strava have removed the "race" option so total time is shown. Hiked 4.5 hours today, with a few breaks, but Strava thinks I only did less than 2.5, FO. This app really is going downhill.

Marioton
Mt. Kenya

It will be great to have an option on the same menu where you hide your stats (HR , cadence etc ) to add a toggle to switch between Elapsed / Moving time

i would prefer elapsed as the default option for all runs 

thanks 

j10sanders
Mt. Kenya

I am also looking for elapsed pace instead of moving time. An option to toggle that would be great. Thanks 

sebdd
Mt. Kenya

Yes please use an option to toggle to switch between Moving time and Elapsed time. Many athletes are asking for it and, depending of the type of activities, moving time might be better (running race for instance) and elapsed time also (for trail runs). 

andyhenson
Mt. Kenya

@Marioton @sebdd - This option is already available for running: select race from run type and it uses elapsed time not moving time. However it's not available for other activities, such as workout. It can be useful to retain GPS track of activities such as workout, but the total time is the important one, not the moving time. Ideally the option should be available for every activity.

MattS_bsb
Elbrus

@andyhenson the point of this is to have elapsed time available for all activities, not mark them as races.

MarkHemmings
Mt. Kenya

I wonder if there is a hidden reason why Strava hasn't implemented this incredibly simple option. To force an elapsed time designation for a long training run I need to mark it as a Race, which is a lie. If I DON'T mark it as a race, my public-facing ultra-distance run results is also a lie (ultra running includes breaks). There are also runners who prioritize "Time on Feet" training, which relies on Elapsed Time, not Moving Time. One of the Strava developers could make this change in less than a day.

tcying
Mt. Kenya

Why is it difficult to have the option to show elapsed time? Can we user help with suggestion and a solution?

cysterc
Mt. Kenya

I'm having the same issue. The moving time vs the elapsed time on my runs are waaay off. It basically makes tracking the activities pointless as the data can't be trusted. I initially thought it was just a glitch due to the el cheapo watch I'm using, but seeing this I realize it's not just me. Even pulling the gpx data into a basic gpx viewer shows the data is just fine.

It also seems like this has been an issue for quite some time. This is a reddit thread I found from like 7 years ago, https://www.reddit.com/r/running/comments/5rxk0a/psa_this_is_how_you_make_strava_show_elapsed_time/
I'm guessing they know about it, but they just don't care 😕

geology_rocks
Mt. Kenya

From what I can tell, this could be a simple and very popular feature to implement that would only improve the app.

Big upvote for an elapsed time option when viewing splits without having to mark the activity as a 'race'. When moving at a slower pace or climbing a lot of vert in a short distance, moving time is distorted and unreliable. Since Strava has to translate uploads from dozens/hundreds of different brands/models of tracking devices - displaying moving time splits seems to add even further distortion rather than less. 

@Soren are there unintended consequences or complexities for allowing elapsed time when viewing splits? I know you may prefer not to answer this in a public forum, but I'm super curious what the strategic considerations are here.

Importantly, there is no apparent interference with upselling free users to a Strava Subscription - Strava seems to have a pretty fair subscription-locking strategy for free/paid users. The ability to tag an activity as a "race" is not paywalled (Strava Subscription Features) so enabling elapsed time break-down of activity splits would only improve the app and seem to not discourage subscriptions. 

Please keep us posted on this feature request to expand the Advanced Training features (workout analysis, etc.) to have a toggle between moving time/elapsed time when viewing pace breakdowns. 

_duncanhall
Mt. Kenya

Very interested to see this feature added - as @markB said, for ultra running and training, elapsed time is much more important than simple moving time.

While I agree with a lot of what @geology_rocks said, I'd want to see this as a user level setting rather than just an option when looking at splits. Individual users should have an option to display activities with either moving time (default) or elapsed time.

ultralei
Mt. Kenya

a year has past, but this simple option is still not available. 

zviby
Mt. Kenya

I totally agree. I want to show ELAPSED time for my hikes.

Just hiked Kilimanjaro, and summit night was in a REALLY slow pace, stopping and taking many deep breaths. 
The ascend and decend took 11 hours 10 minutes, but Strava shows 6 hours some... I have changed all 8 days hike to run > race to show the elapsed time instead of moving time. 

Since the data is already there, it would be easy to add the option to show either elapsed or moving time to ALL activitites. 

MarkHemmings
Mt. Kenya

I believe there is a hidden reason why Strava hasn't spent the one hour of coding time to make this happen. Is it to coddle its users into helping them feel better about themselves, because they can show the world that they are much faster? Forcing us to add a Race label to a non-race is lying, and for Time-on-Feet long training runs, "moving time" is lying . . . all that matters is elapsed time. Strava, we pay good money each month for this subscription and this simple coding fix should have been addressed years ago. Whatever false reason you have for not allowing a non-race Elapsed time forces us, the athletes, to lie about our uploads.

geology_rocks
Mt. Kenya

@_duncanhall I also like the idea of allowing user-level toggling of elapsed time on activities! Keeping moving time as default is OK with me too so there's less of a splash when this option is launched.

Hope we get to hear back from Strava's Product Team on some of their considerations around implementing this feature. Would be stoked to see this feature implemented (hopefully before another year goes by on this thread).

@ other commenters on this thread - has anyone seen this idea suggested elsewhere in the forum? I am curious to see more discussion and possibly suggest consolidating threads if there're duplicates. Hoping to get more traction on this feature idea!