We’re very excited to announce the release of TrainerRoad’s integration with the Garmin Training API. You can now push planned TrainerRoad outside workouts to your Garmin Edge head unit to be completed outside!
How to Setup
- To allow TrainerRoad outside workouts to be pushed, re-authorize Garmin from your Ride Sync settings, and enable workouts to be pushed from TrainerRoad to Garmin.
- Since this feature is still in testing you’ll need to turn on the outside workouts role in your Early Access settings.
Scheduling a Workout
Once workout push is enabled, scheduled TrainerRoad outside workouts will be pushed to Garmin Connect.
Workouts will be pushed to Garmin 2 days in advance.
Workouts scheduled more than 2 days in advance will be scheduled to push, and won’t appear on Garmin Connect yet.
Once a workout is pushed to Garmin, it will appear on your Garmin Connect calendar.
Starting a Workout
To start a workout, turn on your Garmin head unit and make sure it connects to your mobile device via Bluetooth. When this happens, your Garmin Connect account will send the workout to your head unit. You should see a “Download Complete” message on your Garmin when it has finished syncing.
Once this is complete, navigate to your workout screen where you should be prompted to complete your scheduled workout.
Note: If you aren’t prompted to start your scheduled workout, it may be visible from your Training Plan/Calendar.
The following are tips to help you have the best possible experience executing TrainerRoad workouts outside.
Create a Custom Screen
For the closest thing to following a TrainerRoad workout, we recommend creating a custom screen with the following Data Fields. Re-order your Garmin screens so that the new custom screen is next to the workout screen so you can easily reference both.
Shows the total time you have been riding.
Nested under Timer category.
3 Second Power
Shows smoothed instantaneous power.
Nested under Power category.
Shows average power for the current lap/step of a workout.
Nested under Power category.
Time to Go
Shows how much longer the current step of a workout is.
Nested under Workouts category.
*For older generation Edge devices and all Garmin watches without the Time to Go field, we suggest Lap Time as an alternative.
For more detailed information on how to create a custom screen, go here.
Executing a Workout
Follow these steps when completing a workout.
1. Load Workout
2. Switch to your custom workout screen.
3. Stay in the first warmup interval until you’ve reached your “training terrain”.
4. Hit lap button to advance to the first interval. Target is displayed on the screen.
5. The custom workout screen should be your main screen while riding. Swipe back to Garmin Workout screen if you need to reference your target wattage range.
Workouts with Reps and Sets
For workouts with short intervals grouped together, the workout will automatically advance between rest and work intervals. Between major sets, recover until the timer hits 0 and the road is conducive to executing your intervals.
Workouts with Sets
For workouts with longer intervals, you will need to push the lap button between sets. Recover until the timer hits 0 and the road is conducive to executing your intervals.
We encourage you to continue submitting feedback via either this post, or the Early Access page.
What about Wahoo head unit integration?
Wahoo head unit integration is currently in progress, although we have no ETA for this.
I wasn’t prompted to start my workout, where is it?
If you aren’t prompted to start your scheduled workout, it may be visible from your Garmin Training Plan/Calendar.
How long does it take to push a workout scheduled today to Garmin?
We push workouts up immediately that are within 2 days of their scheduled time, but it can take anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple minutes for these to appear in Garmin Connect.
For more information on outside workouts visit our outside workouts help center article, or the following forum post announcing outside workouts.