With the new era of technology-driven training becoming increasingly more common, we have been getting a lot of inquiries on how best to transfer workouts from our training plans to bike computers and smart trainers. While there are numerous systems out there, we’re going to walk you through most common ones we see.
All of the interval workouts in our training plans can be exported through the workout builder feature in TrainingPeaks by clicking the “Export Workout File” icon in the upper right.
Garmin- Manual Export
There are several ways to export workouts to a compatible Garmin device, one way is to manually drag & drop the exported workout to your bike computer. In the Export Workout File pop up screen, choose the FIT option for Garmin.
Once downloaded, plug in your Garmin device, locate the “Workouts” folder of your Garmin, and proceed to drag and drop the FIT file you just downloaded from Trainingpeaks.
Then start your workout by going to the “Workouts” folder on your Garmin device and selecting the desired workout.
Garmin- Connect IQ TrainingPeaks App
For this option you will first need to sync your compatible Garmin device through Garmin Connect, then download the TrainingPeaks Daily Workout IQ App to your Garmin and authorize it to access your Trainingpeaks account via the Garmin Connect phone app.
From here, go make sure your phone is connected to your Garmin, then click on the IQ icon. Then select TrainingPeaks (you may need to authorize it one more time).
Start your Garmin, select the desired workout, and go!
Next, the newly popular computer app, Zwift.com. Through the same “Export Workout File” button in TrainingPeaks, choose to export the workout as a ZWO file.
On your computer, find your Zwift Workouts file folder (Documents/Zwift/Workouts) and drag and drop the ZWO file into the Workouts folder. Then open Zwift and click on “Select Workout” at the top.
Finally, select the workout you wish to do from the “TrainingPeaks Custom Workouts” tab.
Wahoo Export, including KickR, Elemnt and Bolt
Wahoo has made uploading workouts very simple through their Wahoo Elemnt Companion App for your smartphone. Once connected to your Elemnt or Bolt bike computer, go to “Profile” and click on “Linked Accounts,” then authorize your TrainingPeaks account to sync with the app.
Next, click on the “Ride” tab in the app, then go to “Planned Workout.”
Select the desired workout (don’t forget to refresh the page to tell the app to sync if you don’t see the workout!), then click “Select Workout Plan” and get ready to ride! If you’re using a KickR, you’re ready to go!
If you’re using an Elemnt or Bolt, pull up the settings tab on your computer, scroll down to “Planned Workout,” then click on the desired workout and press Start!
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