Saturday, 19 April 2014

The monstrosity which is "modern" Garmin Connect

Oh goodness me.  Where to start.

I've been a Garmin user for years now and although Garmin Connect had its issues, its basic functionality met my needs.

I was able to dump chunks of my data determined by my own specified time periods into Excel and my Excel skillset created various reports and charts for my needs, some of which you get to see on this blog.

However, some people dont have the abilities I do with Excel and I appreciate that Garmin have tried to make things "simpler" for the majority of users and have now created a suite of reports which most users with probably find useful, as long as they want to know what they have specifically done in the last day, 7 days, 4 weeks, 6 months or 12 months.

For whatever reason, Garmin have decided to removed the "custom" period setting, so now I cant run current month, previous month, YTD periods across various categories which pretty much ruins Garmin Connect as a training tool for me.

So how the hell do I now find out how many miles I've run in April?  I cant!

When I get some time I will have a look on the web to find how the new version has been received.  I accept it looks a damn site better than its predecessor but removing what I class as essential functionality it looks like a disaster.

What donut at Garmin decided using a line graph would be the best way of showing the count of activites over a bar chart?  Hopeless, hopeless, hopeless!

The running total distance report.  7 days, 4 weeks, 6 months, 12 months options.  Where's the current month to date, year to date options?  Garmin Connect is now unusable as a training tool.

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