GPS-enabled watches are great workout companions, but all the data you accumulate over the course of your run gets trapped in your watch.
In the past, transferring data from your watch to your computer required easily-lost cords and a access to your computer. Even then, the file formats were clunky and uploading to your favorite training websites was complicated. As fitness Apps and their training websites such as Endomondo, MapMyFitness, Runkeeper, Runmeter, Strava, and Training Peaks continue to grow and innovate, using a GPS-enabled watch could exclude you from tapping into the variety of awesome data tracking, sharing and analysis tools they offer. Here at Wahoo we think that really stinks. So we’ve done something about it. Say hello to the Wahoo Key.
If your watch is ANT+ enabled (Garmin FR 60, FR 610, FR 310XT, FR910XT, you know what’s up) the Wahoo Key can wirelessly transfer your data to your iPhone. From there, you can send the data directly to your favorite fitness Apps, or export data via email in a variety of data formats such as .PWX, .TCX, .CSV, .WF and .FIT.
The process is simple and all you’ll need is your iPhone, the Wahoo Key, and the free Wahoo Fitness App (available on the App Store). Once the Wahoo Fitness App is installed on your iPhone, open the App and hit the “History” button located on the bottom right-hand corner of the App.
Next, select “Import from Garmin Watch”. Make sure to plug the Wahoo Key into the iPhone’s 30-pin connector. On the Garmin-side, prepare the watch for a data transfer by choosing: Mode -> Settings -> Systems -> Data Transfer. The App will take a few moments to connect with your watch and then the transfer will automatically begin. Now that the data is on your smartphone you’ll need to configure your sharing settings before sending the data to your favorite training website. Select a specific workout, and touch the Sharing icon on the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Next, hit “Configure Sharing” and select your favorite training website from the list. You’ll need to enter your account information to authorize the data transfer. The authentication process is only required once.
Now, if you go back to “History” you can select a specific workout, click on the sharing icon on the top right-hand corner of the screen and transfer the data to your favorite App or email the raw files with the touch of a button.
Done and done. A simple, straightforward solution to bring your workout data out of the dark ages and into the iPhone Powered Fitness revolution!
~Kevin: Wahoo Fitness’s newest Wahooligan