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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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    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.
    Last edited by vesteroid; 06-20-12 at 07:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vesteroid View Post
    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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