Using Strava with RunGap

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Connecting your Strava Account

To connect your Strava account, select "Accounts & Settings" from the upper left menu and then "Strava." Next, enter your email address and password and choose "Login." RunGap will now connect securely to your account and ask you if you would like to update your activities and friend feed. If you choose "Update" RunGap will start importing your activities and a list of your Strava friends’ activities right away. You can also choose "Disable" to leave importing disabled in case you need to tweak the settings or simply leave the connection in "Write Only" mode. You can enable and disable importing as you like later.

If you normally use Facebook to connect to Strava, you may not remember your password. You can retrieve your password by entering your email address at this link: https://www.strava.com/account/recover.

Importing your activities from Strava

RunGap will automatically start fetching your activities in the background as soon as you connect your account and they will soon start appearing in the "Activities" list (choose "Activities" from the menu). When the initial synchronization is complete, you can fetch new activities from Strava by dragging the list down or tapping the refresh button in the upper right corner in the "Activities" or "Friend Feed" lists.

Please note that RunGap will automatically skip duplicate activities based on starting time.

Viewing friends' activities on Strava

RunGap will automatically start fetching a list of Strava Friends’ activities in the background as soon as you connect your account and they will soon start appearing in the "Friend Feed" list (choose "Friend Feed" from the menu). When the initial synchronization is complete you can update the list by dragging the list down or tapping the refresh button in the upper right corner in the "Friend Feed" or "Activities" lists.

Sharing your activities on Strava

You can upload a single activity directly to Strava by opening it from the "Activities" list, tapping the "..." button in the upper right corner and choosing "Share." This will bring up a page where you can choose to share the activity to on or more of the most popular services including Strava along with an optional message. The activity will then be uploaded to Strava and you will hear a "swoosh" sound when the upload is complete. If the activity already exists on Strava, only the title and activity type is updated.

Similarly, you can upload all your activities directly to Strava by choosing "Share & Export" from the upper left menu and then "Strava." RunGap will then upload all activities missing on Strava and update the titles and activity types for the rest. This may take a while the very first time, but RunGap will automatically skip previously uploaded activities which have not been modified and therefore subsequent exports will complete much faster.

Please note that the Swag Bag [1] is required in order to share activities directly to Strava.

Exporting your Strava activities to other services

Similar to sharing your activities to Strava, you can share activities imported from Strava directly to other services such as Garmin Connect, Endomondo and dailymile. You can also export individual or all activities in standard formats such as TCX or GPX and transfer them either directly to other apps or via Dropbox or email. Please note that some export features require the Swag Bag [1].

Disconnecting your Strava Account

To disconnect your Strava account, select "Accounts & Settings" from the upper left menu and then "Strava." Next, choose "Forget" to disconnect the account. Activities as well as your friends’ activities, which have already been imported, will be preserved – but new activities will no longer be fetched from Strava.

Troubleshooting

If you see the message "Strava service unreachable" it means that RunGap is unable to contact the Strava service. This is most likely a communications problem or a problem with the Strava service itself. Please check your Internet connection and try to connect using the Strava App and the Strava website to verify your connection and the service.

The message "Strava login failed!" means that RunGap is unable to login to the Strava service. This is most likely a problem with your credentials or a problem with the Strava service itself. If you have changed your password you will need to "Forget" and then "Login" again from the "Strava" page under "Accounts & Settings." If you have lost your password you can retrieve it by entering your email address at this link: https://www.strava.com/account/recover.

In case some of your activities are missing or accidentally deleted from RunGap, you can perform a "Resynchronize" operation to restore them.  To resynchronise, select "Accounts & Settings" from the upper left menu and then "Strava." Next, choose "Resynchronize".

For other problems, please contact support@rungap.com.

Data Liberation Score

The "Data Liberation Score" is a number in the range 1–5 where 1 is poor and 5 is best. The score indicates how easy it is to access and export your hard-earned workout data from a particular service. Unfortunately it is still common practice that fitness service providers love their users so much that they can't image them leaving and either forget to put handles on the inside of the door or make the door very, very tiny. The Data Liberation Score is meant to bring some attention to this problem

Having remedied some very unpopular actions in 2013, Strava now scores a nice "4" for offering both a publicly available, well documented API for third parties as well as a bulk activity export tool for exporting all your activity data as individual GPX files with heart rate and cadence data intact. One concern at this point is the recently introduced rate limiting for the API that developers need to pay close attention to.

 

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 [1] The virtual "VIP Swag Bag" contains extra features and special deals reserved for RunGap users who help pay the bills via small donations. Choose "Swag Bag" from the upper left menu to get one.

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