Garmin users of the world rejoice. No longer do you have to bust your backside on a session only to get home and have your cheeky watch tell you that you’ve been ‘unproductive’. Garmin has announced that athletes can now pause their Training Status on compatible Garmin smartwatches (and triathletes: you can do it on cycling computers too).
The Training Status function evaluates a runner’s training performance and lets you know if you’re training productively, whether you’re peaking, or (how many of you have seen this one) if you’re ‘overreaching’.
It’s a great tool but hasn’t until now factored in things like illness or injury. The new pause function means that the Training Status function can be paused at will when runners might want to take a longer break.
‘Training status is a great way to see how our training is progressing, but our fitness goals change often,’ said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. ‘Whether coming off a hard training cycle or recovering from an injury or illness, it can be deflating when you have a setback, so now, we have created a way to turn the feature off and on as needed so you can run or ride more casually, or simply take a break.’
What happens when you pause the Training Status on your Garmin?
Want to put your feet up for a few weeks? No problem. But just make sure you let your Garmin know. When you pause your training status, your smartwatch or cycling computer will continue to analyse your daily training data, provide V02 max and training load, but any feedback related to your training status, training load focus, optimal training load ranges and daily suggested workouts will be turned off. Further details on how to pause and unpause your Training Status can be found on the Garmin blog.
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