Post run data really comes alive on the Garmin Connect service. After signing up for a myGarmin account, you can view workout details and analysis in a treasure trove of statistics. View run details on Garmin Connect. You can also relive the run using a player which flies through a map of your journey, feeding out the recorded statistics along the route.
We have some criticism of the service, however. Users needs to download the software from the company’s website, whereas we would have liked to see this included either in the packaging or ideally on the included USB ANT+ stick, even if you may be later required to download an updated version for the latest features. The ANT+ stick plugs into your PC and provides a wireless connection to the watch for syncing data.
Also, we registered a username and when we subsequently tried to sign in, were told that no such user existed. When we tried to join again with the same name, the system said that the username was already registered.
After a second attempt with another username all was well and we were able to download and install the software and access the Garmin Connect service. Once up and running, syncing data between the watch and the ANT+ is fast and easy. The range on the device is good, allowing users to keep the watch on their wrist while the data transfers in less than a minute per single run. Data can also transfer back to the watch, so if you want to save a particular route and edit the title for a future challenge or bragging rights, the name of the course will also have changed on the watch.
On both of the runs in Las Vegas, the final split time of the last incomplete mile was recorded incorrectly. While the bright lights of The Strip can cloud some reviewers’ judgement, even I would have remembered a pace of Mach 1.4. This didn’t affect the overall pace of the report, or the post-run data on the watch, but it shows that the Garmin Connect service has some bugs to sort out.
We also found the web page went down twice for maintenance during our testing period, once in the evening for forty five minutes, which we found irritating as we could not upload to Garmin Connect on our work PC as we don’t have the required installation rights.
A word of warning to anyone wishing to share their run details online. The option exists for runners to share their efforts in twenty seven ways ranging from Twitter and Facebook to WordPress or the humble email, however the default settings on Garmin Connect are set to public, so if you share one run you share them all, leading lurkers directly to your doorstep if that’s where you have started any of your other recorded runs.
It’s easy to change the settings back to private and choose runs to share on an individual basis, but this isn’t made clear when you proudly share that first run.