Your sports watch can give you useful information throughout your workout, but if you struggle to read, or understand what is on screen you may be missing out.
Tips to help you configure your device and make it work better for you.
- Stay up to date by connecting your device to your desktop app regularly. Most watches have regular software updates where new features are added, and previous software glitches are rectified.
- Read the online manual for your watch. This will be updated following a software update.
- Set up customised data screens for your workouts. Most devices offer the option to choose which data fields you see for each activity type. The fewer you choose, the larger the display - useful if you wear glasses for reading.
- Set more than one customised data screen for each sport, for example:
- Set a screen for steady-state aerobic endurance runs with heart rate, duration, and distance.
- And a screen that you can use for interval run workouts with lap pace, lap duration, and total duration.
- Alerts - set your watch to sound an alert or vibrate at the changes of intensity during your workouts, and to let you know if you are not within the correct training zone. This is particularly useful if eyesight prevents you reading your watch screen during workouts.
- Check the workout description beforehand so you have an idea of the workout structure and what to expect.
- Use the colour-coded system. Some watches display zones by colour, a useful visual to check which zone you are in without having to read the data.
Before you get started, you will need to check that your five personal training zones are correctly set on your training device and align with those that you set in TrainingPeaks after your fitness tests.
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