I’ve been passively using Xert, having my ride data feed in from Strava, but never really considered the training guidance, so I decided to explore this as a replacement to my coach program and came across these hurdles in trying to adopt the training program and I’m wonder how other users in my position work around this.
Headunit: Garmin 1040, 830, Hammerhead - Default 1040
No Indoor trainer
Apple User iPhone/Mac
Here at the limitation that I’ve learned that have made the experience frustrating from an end user perspective.
Garmin Data Screens
While the platform offers data fields to use in the data screens of the Garmin, and I find them helpful for freestyle riding, but you cannot do a SMART workout with them, let alone any XERT workout.
I’m trying to understand why there is more focus on building for the mobile app, as far as I can tell, most serious cyclist aren’t mounting their cell phones to their bike in place of their head units. I assume the cell phone apps are mainly for indoor training.
EBC Player App in the Garmin. On the 1040 the UI is so small and very difficult to read in varying light conditions. You CANNOT use ANY feature of the Garmin, while using the EBC player, meaning, no guidance by map, no time of day, nothing. You have to quit the EBC player, and start a ride on the garmin to access the other fields. XERT has made this clear it’s a limitation of Garmin. I understand, but at least fix the UI for the larger displays and add more data fields similar to what’s in the mobile player.
Because of this, I cannot use the EBC player for my outdoor rides, unless I mount my phone to my bike and that’s not happening.
The suggested workouts are great, and this is where I have major problems.
In order to leverage the adaptive SMART technology you have to use:
- Garmin EBC Player App
- Mobile Phone App
- Web Browser Player
So I am willing to settle for the structured workout, so how do I get that into my headunit to work of off?First, you can only download the TCX file, but Garmin only allows .FIT files into their structured workouts. I was able to download the ZWO and convert to FIT, send that FIT file to my Garmin, by plugging in with a data cable and dumping the file into the head unit. But, the FIT file does not contain my power values, they come in as static custom values that are incorrect.
Why is this so difficult to just download a workout and get it into my head unit?
If XERT can use the real time player to update the data fields, why can’t they feed in the workout steps, watts and timer into a data field?
In summary. I can’t go to XERT, get my workout, send it to my device and go ride. It’s not that simple, and it seems they’ve done everything else to cater to the indoor market then riders who actually go out and ride a bike with bike computers.
So how are other Xert users who don’t train indoors navigating this and is this something Xert looking to even improve?