There’s a classic newbie mistake that a lot of people make.
They forget to actually record their ride, and wonder where the data is when they get back home and try to view their ride details on the computer.
This is particularly common when people get into following pre-planned courses (see lesson 3). They assume that when you’re following a course, it will be recording your ride too. This is not the case!
How to make sure your ride is recording.
There are only two buttons on the front of the Edge 800.
One labelled Lap/Reset, and the other labelled Start/Stop.
It helps to think of the Edge 800 as a recording device. Just like a camcorder records video footage when you press record, the Edge 800 will record all the data it gathers – Time, speed, GPS position, altitude, heart rate, cadence (if you’re using the appropriate sensors).
Tip: think of the Start/Stop as actually meaning Start RECORDING and Stop RECORDING.
Press the Start/Stop button once, and you’ll see a message on screen to announce “Timer started”. It is now recording everything.
When you’ve finished your ride.
There are two things to do when your ride is over. Ok, three if you include eating that cake.
- Press the Start/Stop button again to STOP RECORDING.
- Press and Hold the Lap/Reset button to finalise the recording. You will see a countdown on screen, so keep holding the button down until it’s done.
The ride will now have been saved as its own distinct file, which can be uploaded to Garmin Connect, or Strava, for example. More on that in lesson XX, topic XX.