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Old 11-06-05, 01:39 PM
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Training Center Software bug

Just wanted to provide this information for anyone using the Training Center software that comes with the Garmin Forerunner style GPS/fitness monitors. The bug is in the Training Center software and not the receiver (as far as I can tell).
I'm running version 2.3 and as of this post is the latest version available.

Anyway ... the bug. Moving Time vs Total Time. In the receiver, the time fields mainly used are TIME and TOTAL TIME and REST TIME. There are other time fields but this bug pertains to these only. When you tell the Training Center (TC) software to "Receive History" from the receiver ... it gets the Moving Time (called TIME in the receiver) and places it in a field called Total Time in the TC software. So when you look at the Total Time data in the TC software, you are actually looking at the ride's moving time. On the surface, this is a tad confusing, especially if you like to keep a history of Moving Time and Total Times seperately. I've been using the NOTES tab to manually enter Total Time and Time from the receiver, just to keep me straight.

But wait ... it gets worse.

OK ... the TC software presents the ride info in a basic Map and Performance chart. Here's the catch ... the TC software only displays data for the amount of time that it "thinks" is Total Time (which is really moving time). What does this do? It only displays data from the beginning of your ride to what the software interprets as Total Time (moving Time). How does this affect the displayed data?
Say your ride lasted a total of 3 hours (3:00) and in the middle of the ride, you rested 30 minutes (0:30). This would make moving time to be 2 hours and 30 minutes (2:30). Since the TC software interprets Moving Time as Total Time, it only displays 2 hours and 30 minutes of the ride (even though from start to finish was 3 hours). So essentially, the Map and Performance data is cut short by the difference between (receiver) Total Time and (TC) Total Time.

Not to fear ... the receiver still has the correct info. It's the TC software that is mucking it up.
Hopefully, the Garmin software engineers are working on version 2.4 that will fix this Moving Time vs Total Time bug. Cross your fingers.

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Old 11-07-05, 06:49 AM
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I wouldn't use TC - use SportTracks. Much, much better and free. . .
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Old 11-07-05, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by acrafton
I wouldn't use TC - use SportTracks. Much, much better and free. . .
Thanks. I just went to their wbsite and liked what I saw. I'll definitely give SportTracks a try when I get home.

Thanks for the tip.

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