One of the most useful functions of a Garmin device is the ability to create custom workouts that the watch can guide you through. Not all Garmins have this capability so you should review the specs of your device to see if your device supports this. I have used this function with a 910, 920, and 230. You can create a workout on the device directly but I have found that using Garmin Connect online makes it MUCH easier.
In Garmin Connect, open the Workouts menu item.
From there you will want to create a new workout. You can choose the type of workout. I mostly make run workouts but I have made a bike one.
Once in the new workout, you can choose the type of interval, the duration of the interval (I often use Lap Button Press for my warm up and cool downs just so I can start and stop the workout when I am ready), you can add more steps, or add repeats (much easier than adding them over and over again)
I have added a set of repeats that will be 6 X 0.25 miles with 2:00 min rest. If you select the “Add More…” function you can specify a goal pace or HR zone for the interval. Be sure to name your workout.
When you are done you must SAVE the workout and then you can send it to a device.
If you have more than one device you must choose which device to send it to.
Next time your device syncs, it SHOULD pick up the new workout. This can be a bit clunky at times. You may have better luck sending it to your device through your phone if you use Garmin Connect Mobile. Give yourself some time to play with this step.
Once it has synced to your device you should be able to find it in a Training menu under Workouts. This will vary by device as well. Once you locate the workout you just have to start it! If your last interval called for pressing the lap button to end it, be sure to do that to hear your finishing music!
Coaching is still going well. I keep telling people how happy I am with my coach. It has me very excited my races this year! Right now we are starting to work on building up speed which often involves track workouts for running. I don’t have access to a track and now that I have a new job I am super tight on time. Enter in Garmin Connect. I am sure many of you have an account there because you own some type of Garmin Device. Did you know that you can make custom workouts that will allow you to do track style workouts anywhere? This is a great FREE tool that I don’t use nearly enough!
Under the Plan menu in Garmin Connect you will find an option for Workouts. From there you will get a screen that will allow you to build a custom workout. It is very easy to use. Below is a picture of the workout I created for last week.
This was for 5 X 600 with 3:00 min rest between. The watch will beep at you when you start a new interval. You can also set a target pace, HR or HR zone for each interval if you want. Then the watch will beep at you if you are not hitting the target. The best part of this is you can do track distance intervals anywhere! I went down to the flattest part of my neighborhood and just ran back and forth to do my intervals. The watch will automatically get your splits for each interval so you can go back later and see your results. Here are mine from this workout.
As you can see I didn’t do the best job pacing myself (plus one direction was into the wind). But you get the picture. If you have a Garmin device you use for training I suggest you check out this function if you haven’t already. After you have saved your workout out you send it to your device where you can find it in the workout menu (varies from device to device). It is that simple!
I have been less and less active on the site Dailymile over the last 6 months. I haven’t been training very hard for anything in particular and have just lost touch with the community. That community moved me forward more than I could ever have imagined. I have done things I never thought I would have achieved and I owe a lot of it to the support that I have found at Dailymile.
But I have found it increasingly difficult to be an active participant with the people on the site just due to time. With the exception of a few people on Dailymile, I have connected through other avenues with the people I have really bonded with. I wouldn’t trade the time I spend on that site for anything but it is now time to move on.
I will be only logging my information in Strava and Garmin connect from here on out (TriBeccaTO in both places). I am very excited to use Strava for the segment data and I need to keep using Garmin for the swim data. As you can see above I got my first Queen of the Mountain this weekend! Of course, as you can tell, I am back to blogging again so I will continue to chronicle my journey (destination unknown) here on my blog.