I live and do most of my running in London, where it can be quite hard to find any type of hills and the elevation gain field from my activities is never the most relevant.
This summer I managed to escape London twice. The first week when the UK lifted travel restrictions and quarantine early July, I went to the mountains of the Valais in Switzerland and the last week before the quarantine was restored, I went to south france, 30 kilometres in land from Nice, where the Alps ease into the sea. So I got my share of opportunity for testing how to slice and dice elevation gain in ConnectStats.
To keep motivated, I also took a few Strava Challenges, including the august climbing challenge of running at least 2,000m of elevation. It became clear that ConnectStats required a few enhancement to properly track my progress on elevation gain…
This will result in a new version 6.3 of the app as soon as I come back to a place with decent internet upload speed 🙂
Seeing more on the Activity List
The main activity list and the fields displayed hadn’t really changed since the first version back in 2012 or so. The size of each row displaying an activity was the same as the default for the old trusty iPhone 3G. Of course now, I am using an iPhone X that has quite a bit more real estate. So I took the drastic step of adding one whole extra row, where I can display additional information, currently power and elevation gain.
This ended up useful, to find at a glance how much each activity contributed to my goal and which run to repeat to add more…
The next missing piece was to keep track the progress on my Strava Climbing challenge. How much elevation gain did I accumulate? This required enhancement to the summary statistics.
I made quite a few improvement to the statistics page, one of them being an extra row of data so you can see at a glance both the elevation gain and power for the period displayed.
You can also swipe left to change the plot at the top to display time or elevation gain for the period.
Because the number of combinaison and configuration of the statistics page is starting to become a bit too much for the two buttons approach, you can now also do a long press on the top right button to pop up a more detailed configuration screen as shown below.
Beside the usual configuration, you can have a few extra one, for example Rolling, will show you the total for the last year, week or month (as opposed to the calendar week or month).
You can also create with the top left button cumulative progress graphs for the weekly and monthly views.
Note that all the configuration combinations may not always produce something meaningful, but it enabled me to track how much I have climbed for each/week or month as well quite nicely, and put it in perspective to my previous years achievements.
Below you can see this month I climbed above 2000m, which was my strava challenge, you can also see graph where I show the monthly progression and the weekly progression in distance.