I have been hesitant to actually get started setting up a workout on the device itself mainly because navigating around a teeny watch face seemed so hard (my last Garmin had to be set up on the device). So, for fun, I decided to take this feature for a spin.
First things first - navigate to the Workouts Tab when you are logged into your Garmin Connect account. I clicked the "Create a new Workout" button and off I went.
The interface was super simple to use - just fill in a title and select the elements you want in your run. I kept it simple for my first test - just setting up my long slow distance runs for the next couple of weekends.
I could have set it up much more complicated than that - for example to program in each walk break - but I chose to keep it simple. The online interface is super simple to use, though it might require my calling on my not-so-considerable math skills to program a more complicated run.
When I was done - I added it to the calendar for those dates and then clicked the "Send to device" button so my Garmin would receive the information.
Now, for the real test. Since I was testing it with slower paces than I usually run an LSD (the Running Room training schedule paces), I chose the test to be on 10K that I was doing solo. JS was away this past weekend so I hit the paths at Glenmore and puttered on my way.
Only to find that my workout hadn't made it onto my watch.
I'm not sure what happened nor am I sure I would know how to check beforehand. I just assumed that it would automatically pick u p since I had set a date on it. Perhaps it is saved on there as a date for me to select on the watch. This might all be an operator error, but my version of common sense told me that if I set a date and the Garmin recognized that it was that date - then the workout should have automatically played.
I'm disappointed, but I'm not going to give up...but for this first test - it was a FAIL. Maybe someone can share in the comments where I might have gone wrong :)