Strava Running Power – What’s New?
Over the last couple of days, runners who use Stryd should have noticed the re-emergence of Garmin Running Power/Stryd stats on their Strava mobile apps (perhaps other vendors too).
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Exactly What Power Data Is Now Supported By Strava?
A: Most power data should be supported.
Running power data stored in FIT files and TCX files from Garmin, Polar, Coros, Apple, Suunto and the Stryd app are now all supported. I’m assuming that running power created on the wrist by Polar Vantage & Coros remains supported as should be the power from the Coros pod. Note that Strava EXcludes support for their own estimated power which for cycling was pretty inaccurate in any case so there is no huge loss there.
Your Garmin running power data isn’t displayed retrospectively and only comes from new uploads from 10th September 2021. You CAN re-load an old workout and power data shows (I did this for a run on 9 September and it worked)
In summary, you get this:
- Almost all sources of running power
- New ~POWERMAP shading on maps
- Power chart of your run
- Average watts & Max watts for the run
- Weighted average power for the run (NP)
- Training Load
- Total work
New #POWERMAP Feature
This feature should be available to any Strava user for workouts uploaded 10 September 2021 or later
The first thing to manually change is how the map displays the route.
A while back, Strava added the StatMap feature which gave the ability to change the map type based on a manually added hashtag in the activity description. Your route is then shaded according to the difficulty of your effort at the time and previously you could simply use a hashtag for HR, pace, gradient and some other measures. Now running power is an option too.
Edit your workout description and add the hashtag #POWERMAP. The route will be shaded with various hues of purple which change according to your running power intensity at the time. As there are no running power zones (yet) in Strava the variation in shade looks to be derived as a percentage of the maximum intensity of each individual workout.
Power Stats & Power Charts
Perhaps more useful is the new section for power in the analysis tab that shows a chart as well as the training load and intensity. Sadly, the lap splits don’t show power right now.
This should work on your treadmill workouts and on Zwift maps too.
Any watch that previously recorded ‘power’ in the standard (cycling) power field may have shown power.
This partly fills a glaring hole in Strava’s app that had mildly annoyed many Garmin owners, including myself, for quite some time. Adding power zones via rFTP is hopefully on the cards too.
However, I’m unconvinced the addition of running power will drive any more involvement with Strava as the analysis is very limited. Any runner looking at power data in more detail will probably already be using Stryd Powercenter, Golden Cheetah, Final Surge, TrainingPeaks or one of the many other sites that offer more and varied analysis features. What it will drive, though, is awareness for Stryd and for Running Power in general as we start to see these maps and data appearing in our feeds from those athletes we follow who are already running with power.
I first heard about running power being added for Garmin about a year ago and am surprised it wasn’t here sooner. My interest was piqued at the time as it was being lined up for a launch to support the arrival of native Garmin Running Power. That clearly hasn’t happened yet either and I’m assuming that Covid got in the way of both. However, I now hope that native Garmin Running Power (probably created by the watch as well as the existing CIQ data) will arrive within a month on a new Fenix or Forerunner…let’s see.