Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SportTracks introduces automatic Garmin sync

I like easy, and I am sure you do too!

Last week SportTracks announced automatic sync with Garmin Connect.  This completes the trifecta of main websites where athletes can log their workouts using Garmin Connect Auto Sync; Training Peaks and Strava are the other two.  This automatic sync means that as soon as your Garmin device workout syncs to Garmin Connect, it’ll show up a few seconds later on SportTracks.  Just upload the data file or have it auto-upload, and hit F5 on the other webpage's and voila it’s there.

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SprortTracks, Garmin Connect and Strava; the same thing three different ways…beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

To enable it in SportTracks just go to My Account, then Sharing, (I had already done this so I borrowed these screenshots from DC Rainmaker, thanks Ray)

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Click on the Garmin Connect logo

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You are then asked moved over to Garmin to authorize, click on Allow

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You are given the option of importing all your history, there is logic to not import duplicates, but remember it won’t import any of the customizations so everything comes over as Untitled without any notes. Also it’s only one way, you can’t send data to GC from SportTracks.

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Next you are prompted for your Garmin Connect ID and Password.

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And that’s it, when you look again it will show you the last time you synced, If you do decide to import your history it’s just munches through the data in the background until it’s done, then it’s up to you to go back and rename everything…fun times!

I started the year using four sites to track workouts; Strava, Training Peaks, Garmin Connect and SportTracks, TP was the first to go by the wayside by the end of May. TP wasn’t providing me anything that the others wasn’t, I know Becca and here Coach use it but for me it was redundant. Then my Strava Premium lapsed in June and I didn’t renew. Strava IMHO is better suited to cycling and given that I am in a run mode I don’t need the Premium features. So that left Garmin Connect which is the backbone of my device world, I have data going back as far as April 2007 on it, and SportTracks which I have been using throughout this year.

I am a little behind in devices now that the 920XT is out of the bag and I do not have the run dynamics data that the FR620 and Fenix is generating on my 910XT but I have seen that that data is also being imported into SprortTracks without issues, more on that when my 920 arrives!

If you are new to SportTracks, check it out you can have  45day free trial and it’s only $59 a year.

Monday, October 13, 2014

SCM Week 10

It would seem that this month has simply become weekly summaries with the occasional product review interspersed with something funny I came across and if you were to say this I would say you are correct. Sometimes it’s just like that and you don’t really have anything much to say so you just shut up and run and that’s what’s been going on. Combined with a busy month or so at work and Becca’s Ironman training it’s all business really. So without further ado here’s the week that was!

  • Monday; 5 miles. Recovery run.
  • Tuesday off. Yup managed that but no PR!
  • Wednesday. Midweek long run. 10 miles. Got out early to get it in before leaving the house for the school run so I was on the road by 4:45am. It’s dark and cold at that time of the day, so there’s no hanging about. 10 miles in 1:18. I was happy.
  • Thursday; 5 miles. Nice and easy on the treadmill.
  • Friday; 8 miles. Mid tempo,so just under 8:00 pace.
  • Saturday; off.
  • Sunday; 12 miles. I had planned to run the XTerra Pt Mugu 18k but the entry fee was just under $100! That’s really steep especially when you consider the Santa Clarita Marathon was only $85! So I passed and headed to Westlake Village to run a well worn loop around the lake. Unlike where I live it’s pretty flat and would be a good race terrain practice run. My training plan doesn’t specify paces so I thought I would target 7:45-8:00. I went out much too fast and struggled to hang onto the last 3 miles. Such a rookie mistake but a good reminder that negative splits are crucial! I ended up with an average of 7:24 for the 12 miles but it should have been around 7:30 and more in control! Better to make stupid mistakes in training though!

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So the week’s totals were;

5 runs, 5:22, 41.25 miles. All three main runs were sub 8:00, that’s a good thing. This is a bit of a step back in miles from last week but Sunday’s run will be followed up by a 10 miler on Monday which if I was following the plan day-to-day would have made this week 47 miles as it would have been in last week’s totals.

So I am ten weeks in; 57 runs and 460 miles. The Marathon is only 3 weeks away, this weekend I have a 22 miler, then a step back week and then race week. It feels about right given that’s it only a training race and stepping stone to LD50.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014