Training Status – Really?

Garmin sport watches have an phone app called Garmin Connect. It gives a lot of data that useful except Training Status which you should beware. Tuesday I ran 4 miles, which my Training Status was Productive. Today, I ran 1.2 mile on the track then swam .5 mile, which my Training Status is Unproductive. It also lets you know when you are at Performance or Overtraining. First it is inaccurate and take it with a grain of salt. How does it know what your training goals and when is big race? You know your body better than a sports watch. The data is good to know but it doesn’t know what is happening in your life. I was very sick 5 weeks a go which the watch doesn’t know that important data. The process of building strength and endurance time takes time but Garmin only looks at the stats of today’s workout. And we all have good and bad days of training. The next time you look at your stats, ignore the training status. Many coaches agree this is a bad info. Your VO2 Max, power, cadence, pace/speed and heart rate are the important stats. Stay safe and be healthy! @pamhouck

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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