Better Training With The Garmin Edge 1030 Bike Computer

Garmin Edge 1030

It’s Eurobike this week which means lots of shiny new bike gear announcements rolling out of Germany. First up is Garmin with the latest in their Edge line of cycling computers. The new Edge 1030 not only features enhanced navigation, awareness, and streamlined design elements, but also delivers the latest generation of heartbeat derived physiological performance metrics from Firstbeat.

Currently found in the Garmin Forerunner 935 and Garmin Fenix 5, Firstbeat takes heartbeat analysis to the next level by delivering performance insights based on your own unique physiology and individual needs. You get information such as Training Load, Training Status, Aerobic and Anaerobic Training Effect.

Training Load reveals the accumulated physiological impact of your training over a rolling 7-day period of time. Physiological impacts are measured in terms of the amount of restorative and adaptive work stimulated through physical activity, and are based primarily on EPOC values where the excess oxygen consumed during recovery is compared to your resting oxygen consumption. Once enough data has been collected, Training Load feedback will also include an indication of whether your current training load is optimal for you.

Training Status tells you how your training is going by analyzing changes in fitness levels (VO2max) in light of current and historical Training Load data. Feedback from this analysis reveals whether training efforts are productive, unproductive, or maintaining current levels. It can also indicate when you are detraining, peaking, or a variety of other physiological states. It will also automatically warn you when you are overreaching and at risk for overtraining.

The combined feedback of Aerobic and Anaerobic Training Effect are your guide to understanding how activities will impact future performance capacities. Training Effect-scores (0.0-5.0) and textual feedback based on an analysis of performance data reveal the extent to which your aerobic and anaerobic energy systems were relied to produce your effort and can be expected to develop as a result.

Other Firstbeat-powered metrics you’ll find onboard the Garmin Edge 1030 are Recovery Time, VO2Max, Perfomance Condition, Functional Threshold Power, Stress Score, and Calories Burned. Other fun features of the cycling computer are a longer battery life plus external battery pack support, Bluetooth Smart sensor support, real-time Strava segment viewing, and Rider to Rider messaging.

Using Trendline popularity routing technology, when the Edge 1030 generates a ride for you, it finds the best route — choosing from the roads (and trails) most traveled by your fellow cyclists. You can also create your own routes in Garmin Connect.

The Garmin Edge 1030 bike computer retails for $599 ($699 as a bundle with all the sensors) and is actually available to order now. Can’t wait to test this one out.

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