If you train indoors you’ve probably noticed that your TrainerRoad workouts sometimes show unrealistic speed and distance data on Strava. This is because the speed reported by your indoor trainer, or speed sensor, often depends more on your gearing choice or your trainer’s resistance level than on your actual performance. Virtual Speed and Distance corrects for this issue by using your power data to give a more lifelike estimate of how fast and far you’d have ridden outside.
What is Virtual Speed?
Virtual Speed is a TrainerRoad metric that uses power data and a physics-based model to estimate more realistic speed and distance data for your indoor TrainerRoad workouts that sync to Strava.
How to Enable Virtual Speed
Virtual Speed can be enabled from the Activity Sync section of the Account Settings page on the TrainerRoad website. To enable Virtual Speed follow these steps:
Step 1: Log into the TrainerRoad website
Step 2: Select the Account tab from the navigation menu and then 'Activity Sync' from the 'Profile' menu
Step 3: Under Strava, select Settings. If you haven’t connected your Strava account to TrainerRoad yet follow the steps in this article to connect your Strava account to TrainerRoad first: Strava
Step 4: In the Strava Sharing Settings make sure ‘Share Speed and Distance’ is enabled and that ‘Virtual Speed and Distance’ is selected:
Step 5: Select ‘Save and Close’ to finish enabling Virtual Speed and Distance.
Once you’ve finished enabling Virtual Speed and Distance in the Strava Sharing Settings all indoor TrainerRoad workouts that sync to Strava after Virtual Speed has been set up will automatically include Virtual Speed and Distance data.
How to Get Virtual Speed Readings for a Past Ride
If you want Virtual Speed and Distance data for an old ride that was completed before Virtual Speed was enabled, you can get readings for this ride with a fresh sync to Strava! To get Virtual Speed readings in Strava for a ride that has already synced to Strava follow these steps:
Step 1: Log into the TrainerRoad Website
Step 2: Enable Virtual Speed in your TrainerRoad Activity Sync Settings.
Step 3: Log into your Strava account.
Step 4: Open the workout in Strava that you would like to re-sync with Virtual Speed and Distance data.
Step 5: Delete this workout in Strava by selecting 'Delete' from the drop-down menu to the left of the workout profile.
Step 6: Navigate back to the TrainerRoad web page and open up the workout you'd like to re-sync.
Step 7: Click the Strava icon in the Activity Sync section of the workout to manually re-sync this ride to Strava.
Step 8: Open the newly synced workout in Strava to view the updated Speed and Distance data.