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Showing posts from January, 2019

Life with a Garmin Forerunner 735xt: Adding Activity Profiles (Hike, Multisport, Row and SUP)

Adding Activity Profiles to your Activity List When you select your activity from the default list, you'll notice you only have Run, Run Indoors, Bike, Bike Indoors, Pool Swim, Open Water, Triathlon and Apps. This doesn't mean that you need to head to the Connect Store if you want to record activities like Hiking or Rowing. Instead do the following starting from the regular clock screen:

Press the top right buttonPress the down button to enter MenuArrow up to SettingsSelect with top right buttonArrow up to Activity ProfilesSelect with top right button and press the same button again to Add New You are now faced with a number of options (addition to the default ones displayed on your Activity menu): MultisportSUPRowXC SkiStrengthCardioOther You can customise various elements of these profiles and if you go into Multisport you not only have Triathlon but also Duathlon and Brick modes (for building varied combinations of sports).
If you want to remove activity profiles, return to …

Life with a Garmin Forerunner 735xt: Exporting, Importing, Transferring and Following Courses from Strava

Export Importing a course from Strava requires a few steps, the first of which is exporting from Strava:

Go to Strava on the web and select Dashboard > My RoutesSelect the route you wish to add to your GarminClick on Export GPX

Import Now go to Garmin Connect on the web and do the following: In the sidebar menu, expand TrainingSelect CoursesOver the map that appears will be a window with a list of courses contained in it. In the bottom right corner click on ImportDrag or browse to import the file(s) your just downloadedSelect the type of course you just downloaded when promptedName the course and Save it.You can ignore the Send to Device button (it isn't necessary)

Transfer You are now ready to transfer the course to your watch: Open the Garmin Connect app on your smartphoneSelect the hamburger menu button (top left) and then CoursesSelect the course you wish to transferTap on the top right export to phone button (arrow going into phone)Tap on the dialog box that appears telling …

Life with a Garmin Forerunner 735xt: Setting Time and Distance Formats the Right Way

This is the first in a series of posts of getting to know a Garmin Forerunner 735xt and it presumes you have installed the Garmin Connect app on your smartphone. The first thing I noticed when setting up my watch was that choices of time and distance formats reverted from what I chose when setting up through the watch's introductory screens to the presets after syncing with the Garmin Connect Android App. So kilometres were replaced by miles on my first run and time kept shifting back to 12h from my preference for 24h. I quickly learnt from this that choices made on the watch did not take priority, instead priority came from the app. The first issue was fairly easy to fix within the Connect App on my phone. Time was a bit more slippery and required visiting the Garmin Connect website.
Changing Units of Measure in the Garmin Connect AppPress the hamburger menu buttonScroll down to the bottom of the menu and select SettingsSelect User SettingsScroll down to Units of Measure and sel…