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  • i find it goes in cycles, usually peaking after taking a bit of break after a good period of training as the decrease in load arrow above suggests. And I usually do feel fresh when it says that. I find it's then really hard not to get unproductive... maybe I just need to scale my efforts right back at that point.

    I cycle more than run though, so think mine gets muddles by that as you don't get a status after a cycling activity.

  • I cycle more than run though, so think mine gets muddles by that as you don't get a status after a cycling activity.

    I think you might be on to something there. I only use mine for running and I think I read that it gets complicated if you use it for multiple sports.

    I'm not saying training status is super accurate, more that there have been numerous occasions when the "unproductive" status was correct and I should have listened to it. Even if it took me a few days to realise it.

    It can be really disheartening to see unproductive or detraining when you're feeling good.

  • It also seems to want you to spread out the efforts between some low intensity, threshold and VO2 max work, so you can be feeling good and running well but if you're doing 'too much' threshold and not enough easy then that can affect the status I think.

    It's annoying the watch can't bring in exercise from other sources to help calculate the score. Just looking at running then I'm probably detraining half the time, but swim, cycle and the occasional row and I'm not too bad, but the watch doesn't know about half of that.

  • I only use mine for running and I think I read that it gets complicated if you use it for multiple sports.

    Yep, I use mine for swimming and running (yet to get back to any proper cycling).

    When I did use it for cycling it'd get random bits of utility cycling (commuting, to and from football, etc) and then a random 200km (or longer) Audax. It didn't know what to do with that.

    I also use mine to keep track of 5-a-side football, and I use the "Run" mode for that. So it sees a 40 minute "run" where I do only 2.4km but have an average HR above 170bpm sometimes. Fuck knows what its algorithms think of that.

    I find it much better to listen to the body than the watch. This morning I felt tired and weary after 5-a-side last night, and had already mentally re-planned my week to move today's run elsewhere, but 40 minutes in the pool I feel fresh as a daisy (well, my shoulders don't, but I don't really need them for a gentle recovery run).

    (Garmin now says "Recovery". 7-day load is below the green 'optimal range' block.)

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