Exporting your TrainingPeaks Workouts

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Hello Octane Nation! You may have noticed that you can now export many of your workouts from TrainingPeaks, but you may have wondered how to do it? In the past I have created workouts in Garmin Connect and loaded those into my Garmins, but having used this over the last couple weeks since it came out I can say that this is much easier. Here is a bit of a walkthrough for two common export destinations, straight to your Garmin and into TrainerRoad (so your smart trainer can control your workout).

 

Exporting a workout to your Garmin

The first step will be to download the file from TrainingPeaks. When you have opened the workout you will need to click on the circled icon to begin. If you don’t see this icon it probably means that your workout is using a metric that Garmin doesn’t support (like RPE). If you’re using pace, distance, HR, or power you should be able to export the file.

TrainingPeaks is going to ask you what file type you want to use. For a Garmin device you’ll need to download a .FIT file.

From here it begins to depend on what type of Garmin and OS you’re using.

Garmin Edge 500/10/20, 800/10/20, and 1000; and Fenix3 (Windows/OSX)

  1. Plug in device via USB
  2. Open Garmin device folder
  3. Open NewFiles
  4. Copy your TrainingPeaks .FIT workouts file(s) into the NewFiles folder. Note: some devices may require you to place the file in the Workouts folder.
  5. Eject device
  6. You should see your workout under the workout under Training > Workouts> Workout Title

Note: If the workout does not load you may need to free memory by removing old workouts. In some cases you can only load one workout file at a time.  Hitting the Lap button will advance the workout to the next step.

910XT/920XT (Windows)

  1. Click the Windows Start menu
  2. Type %appdata% into the Run box
  3. Click OK
  4. Open Garmin folder
  5. Open Devices folder
  6. Open the Unit ID (should be 10 numbers) folder
  7. Open NewFiles
  8. Copy your TrainingPeaks .FIT workouts file(s) into the NewFiles folder.
  9. Make sure ANT Agent or Garmin Express transfers data to the 910XT/920XT (watch transfer screen for progress)
  10. After transfer is complete, you should see your workout underTraining> My Workouts> Workout Sport Type (i.e. Cycling)> Workout Title

Note: The sync may take a few moments to load and update on your device.  Hitting the Lap button will advance the workout to the next step. To view the workout, you will need to navigate to the workout on your watch (it will no longer appear under the New Files folder when connected to a computer).

910XT/920XT (OSX)

  1. Open Finder
  2. Click Go from the Menu bar
  3. Press and hold the Option key on the keyboard
  4. Click Library
  5. Open Applications Support
  6. Open Garmin folder
  7. Open Devices folder
  8. Open the Unit ID (should be 10 numbers) folder
  9. Open NewFiles
  10. Copy your TrainingPeaks .FIT workouts file(s) into the NewFiles folder.
  11. Make sure ANT Agent or Garmin Express transfers data to the 910XT/920XT (watch transfer screen for progress)
  12. After transfer is complete, you should see your workout under Training> My Workouts> Workout Sport Type (i.e. Cycling)> Workout Title

Note: The sync may take a few moments to load and update on your device.  Hitting the Lap button will advance the workout to the next step.  To view the workout, you will need to navigate to the workout on your watch (it will no longer appear under the New Files folder when connected to a computer).

Importing workouts into TrainerRoad

Exporting the file from TrainingPeaks is pretty much the same. The only difference is that you will select either a .ERG or .MRC file. You may want to consult your coach as to which one they want you to use. Basically, a .ERG file will tell you what power you should ride and a .MRC file will tell you what percentage of your FTP you should ride. The safety net here is that TrainerRoad is going to convert both the .ERG power numbers to %FTP, so I would recommend you just import using the .MRC file.

From the standard TrainerRoad program you will need to install the “WorkoutCreator” program. Once you have this you can simply drag and drop the .MRC file in the “Create Custom Workout” field and it will automatically create it.

If you need/want to make any changes to the workout like modifying intensities or the workout title you will do it on this page. Once you’re happy with it you will click “Publish” and that will save your workout on the server.

Back in the standard TrainerRoad program you will want to refresh your custom workouts by clicking the icon down n the bottom left.

From here you will be able to load your workout and your computer will be able to control your smart trainer, or TrainerRoad will guide you through the correct workout!

 

No matter how you want to do it, exporting your workout and following it allows you to complete the workout that your coach wants with a very high degree of precision.

Helpful links (where all this information came from):

Structured workout export from TrainingPeaks

http://help.trainingpeaks.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000325647

Importing into Garmin devices

http://help.trainingpeaks.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001076908-Structured-Workout-Export-for-Garmin-Devices

Importing into TrainerRoad

http://support.trainerroad.com/hc/en-us/articles/201944204-Creating-a-Workout-from-an-ERG-or-MRC-File