As I gear up for my summer training and race season I have one race that has been on my mind since September when I registered (and thankfully got in). The Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon is coming up in 14 short weeks and takes place in one of my favorite cities on the planet, Vancouver British Colombia! I want to make sure that my first international race experience is something special. So, I decided to give my endurance levels an overhaul and start from scratch with a fresh new training plan. Giving myself 14 weeks to get into good shape for a fun and safe weekend. And thankfully, Garmin has my back. Did you know that Garmin Connect has tons of training plans and workouts build right into it? Did you also know they can synch right to the Garmin Connect app and to your device? Well, I am going to show you how to make it happen. It’s pretty easy.BLOG POST Downloading Training Plans to your Garmin Connect Device! @GarminFitness #BeatYesterday Click To Tweet
The first thing you need to do is determine which Garmin device you have. Every device is different and not all features work with every device, so consult the website for details on that.
Once you do that, download the Garmin Connect app to your phone. It’s available for iOS, Android, and Windows phones. Then from your web browser create your account and sign in. If you already have your Garmin Connect account, just sign in.
Once you log in, you’ll be directed to your Garmin Connect dashboard.
From there, scroll down until you find ‘Training Plans’ and click the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the tile.
You’ll then be directed to the Training Plans page of Garmin Connect. Here you can filter by activity (running, swimming, triathlon, cycling) and pick the plan that is right for you. You can train by your skill level, and by heart rate if your device has heart rate capability.
Once you select the plan that you wish to begin, it will expand to show you more details about the plan. If this all looks and sounds delicious to you, click ‘Schedule’ in the upper right corner. Once you click schedule, you can decide if you want to plan to begin on a specific day or end on a specific day. Enter those attributes then click save.
Boom! You have selected a training plan. The plan should synch to your calendar within your Garmin Connect app. At this point, make sure your device is on and within range of your phone so it can capture your training plan. Important! You have to select your training plan through a web browser. You can’t do it through the app…yet.
See those orange bars…that’s a day you have a workout scheduled. If you tap on one of those days you can see exactly what the workout is, how long it will be, and what you’ll be doing. It’s very detailed.
Now that you have synched your device to Garmin Connect, it will depend on the device you have on how you access your workouts so refer to the Garmin Connect website for specifics.
Technology and wearables exist so our lives can be easier. What’s easier than having your training plans readily available to you on your wrist and in your phone? Fun times, right? I hope this is helpful in your quest to #BeatYesterday. The Garmin team is available on social media if you have any questions or need help…or you can ask me. I may be able to help.
Until then, happy running.