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Old 06-20-12, 06:14 PM   #1
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NOOB - Question on Altitude & Elevation

OK - I am a NOOB... so please be patient.

I am using Endomondo and Strava to track what I ride. The Endomondo shows the entries below in BOLD. What does this information tell me? High and lows? Difference across the total ride? Start & end?

And is this a poor performance for Florida in June @ 85F

http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/64796607

Start Time Jun 20, 2012 7:40 PM
Distance 3.18 miles
Duration 17m:00s
Avg Speed 11.2 mph
Max Speed 19.0 mph
Calories 380 kcal
Altitude 56 ft / 157 ft
Elevation 35 ft ↑ / 72 ft ↓


I notice that Strava shows tracks or segments that others have ridden and include Grade % and Elevation Gain - again, just what am I looking at in a segment of 2.8 miles, -0.4% average grade and 180 feet elevation gain??

If I figure this out I can pick rides that are at my performance level that won't be too east and won't kill a new 40 year old man....
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Old 06-20-12, 06:43 PM   #2
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Altitude means height above sea level as in minimum and maxiumum

Elevation means you went up a total of 35 feet and descended a total,of 72 feet

The reason you get both is try climbing 1000 feet when starting at sea level, then go to 8000 feet and try climbing 1000 feet....two totally different things

Of strava says negative grade you are going down...if its negative over the entire ride ou lost more than you gained.

And I would give up on the comparisons...they only lead to frustration, which in my case was leading to a lessened desire to train.

Just go ride. Work on increasing your distance most of the week, and throw in some speedy intervals one day a week, and do that for a month....youll be surprised how much better you will be.

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Old 06-20-12, 06:58 PM   #3
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Altitude means height above sea level as in minimum and maxiumum

Elevation means you went up a total of 35 feet and descended a total,of 72 feet

The reason you get both is try climbing 1000 feet when starting at sea level, then go to 8000 feet and try climbing 1000 feet....two totally different things

Of strava says negative grade you are going down...if its negative over the entire ride ou lost more than you gained.

And I would give up on the comparisons...they only lead to frustration, which in my case was leading to a lessened desire to train.

Just go ride. Work on increasing your distance most of the week, and throw in some speedy intervals one day a week, and do that for a month....youll be surprised how much better you will be.
Thanks - that is kind of what I thought it was but I wanted to make sure.
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If you feel like that ride was a good workout, then that's all that counts. I take it it's pretty flat in your part of FL so you won't be challenged by any climbing. Just gradually build up your distance (lots of posts about rules of thumb) and don't do too much too soon and jeopardize your enjoyment.
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