Garmin has quietly slapped on some new functionality to the web dashboard and Connect app. It color codes your routes for heart rate, pace and elevation. This has been top of the wish list of many Garmin device owners for a while now.
The company has not said anything officially. But users have started noticing the addition in the past couple of days – however, not at the same time. This seems to be a progressive rollout so if you are not seeing it yet you will need to exercise some patience. Here in London the functionality is live.
Color coding for routes
Apple and some other wearable brands have had the feature for a while. Be we really like Garmin’s take on the concept.
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After the upgrade an activity on the map looks different then before. Here’s a screen-shot for a 5K run on the web platform. This is an illustration for pace.
You can see a gradient color scale along the way indicating whether you are increasing or decreasing in pace. Blue is slower, Red is faster. One can easily estimate when during the run each zone occurred.
If you click on the top left of the map there’s a new “layers” icon. This enables you to switch between heart rate, pace and elevation.
Here’s an illustration of elevation for the same run. The Blue in this case indicates downhill (lower altitude), Red uphill (higher altitude).
This is a nice addition which will be useful for those who like analyzing their performance in detail. It translates the data in a more meaningful way. In addition to the web app, the feature has also made its way to the Garmin Connect app.
Here’s what it looks like on an iPhone.
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