Triathlete connecting their watch to the phone
January 20, 2019

Mike Ricci


How to Connect Everything to TrainingPeaks

New to TrainingPeaks? Wondering how to get your watch and other training apps to magically communicate with your schedule, because if you work out and don’t have data - did it really even happen??? Everything you need to know is right here.

1. What to Connect - and How

You’re going to want to connect all your primary data sources to TrainingPeaks: your watch, your bike computer, your trainer software, anything that you use to start-stop-save your workouts.

Because there are too many products and manufacturers to go through the steps to connect each device individually, I’m going to send you to the TrainingPeaks Help Center article on compatible devices, which will send you to precise instructions for connecting each of your devices.

If you use an indoor trainer app such as Zwift or TrainerRoad, you can easily sync those workouts by connecting your two accounts. In Zwift, you’ll go to to do this, and for TrainerRoad you’ll go to Account Profile -> Ride Sync. In both cases you’ll need to enter your TrainingPeaks username and password to allow the app to upload your workouts.

2. When to Connect

Devices that operate on your wrist or on your bike without constant Internet connection will need to be manually synced (via Cellular, WiFi, or USB cable) upon completion of the workout - typically this is not much more than the push of a button. Apps that operate from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc typically will auto-sync once the workout has saved.

3. Pushing Structured Workouts to Your Devices

If your coach or training plan provides structured workouts (workouts with blue graphs showing varying effort levels), you can export the workout steps to most Garmins, the Wahoo ELEMNT or BOLT, and most indoor training apps. Garmin will find today’s structure workout via the TrainingPeaks Connect IQ app. Wahoo syncs structure workouts using the Wahoo ELEMNT Companion app. Further information about importing structured workouts into Zwift and TrainerRoad can be found here [add link to Zwift / TrainerRoad Primer].

4. Anything Else?

Just because your workouts will automatically upload to TrainingPeaks doesn’t absolve you from looking at the data! You should always review your workouts after completion, to confirm that you did the prescribed workout and to see how your execution lines up with the workout description. Also, you should always add a post-workout comment for your coach!

Coach Mike Ricci is the Founder and Head Coach for D3 Multisport.  His coaching style is ‘process-focused’ vs. ‘results-focused.’ When working with an athlete, their understanding of how and why they are improving is always going to take precedence over any race result. Yes, there is an end goal, but in over 2 decades of coaching, experience has shown him that if you do the right work, and for the right reasons, the results will follow.

Coach Mike is a USAT Level III Elite Certified Coach, Ironman University Certified Coach, and Training Peaks Level II Certified Coach. He was honored as the USAT Coach of the Year.

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