The update to Garmin Connect is long overdue, and users will be pleasantly surprised to see colour-coded activity cards, a dashboard that is easily customisable and a simple way of comparing your data.
The activity cards show your most important stats at a glance, with different colours for each activity. To delve deeper head to the 'My Day' dashboard, where you can view other stats such as heart rate, sleep and calories burned. You can remove or pin items to the top of your dashboard with just one click.
Underneath My Day is a 7 day comparison chart, with your number of activities, average calorie burn, weight, steps and heart rate all viewable at a glance, assuming you're using a device that will record all of this.
Garmin Connect may have seen a Myspace-style decline in terms of social interaction on the platform to pave way for the mighty Strava, but there's still a strong reason to use both apps simultaneously: there's a whole load of metrics you can analyse on Garmin Connect that aren't viewable on Strava if you use a Garmin watch daily, such as sleep tracking, calories in and out and heart-rate averages. As this update is strongly geared towards those who track day-to-day, it appears Garmin are happy with customers using Connect Mobile for analysing activities long-term and then using Strava for immediate post-ride analysis and KOM-chasing...
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.