Cycle Coaching Using the Garmin 500
As a coach I ask all my riders to use the Garmin 500. This enables me to prescribe training using heart rate, speed, cadence and power if used with the correct power hub. The Garmin allows the coach to click on-line and review the riders workout. I use the Garmin 500 for my own training and find it simple to use. The functions are easy to set up. You can set up the screen to display the functions you require. After training you just download the data to your Garmin connect web site which enables you to review your training ride. It’s especially essential for reviewing race data and allows you to build a database of race and course information
Easy to use and set up
The Edge 500 attaches easily to the stem or handlebars of your bike with its
low-profile bike mount. The Edge attaches easily to the mount with a simple
quarter-turn. When you’re ready to ride, just power on your Edge, acquire GPS
satellites and go.
Get the Data You Need
During your ride, Edge 500 measures your speed, distance, time, calories
burned, altitude, climb and descent, and records this data for your review. For
extra-precise climb and descent data, Edge 500 also incorporates a barometric
altimeter to pinpoint changes in elevation.
All Edge 500 versions work with third-party ANT+-enabled power meters to display your power
output in watts as you ride. This valuable data shows you how hard you’re
working, regardless of conditions affecting your ride, so you can train smarter.
Some versions also ship with a digital heart rate monitor and speed/cadence
Other helpful training features include a Courses feature, which helps you
compare successive rides over the same route, as well as Auto Pause, Auto Lap
and temperature readings. Edge also alerts you if you’re moving but the timer is
Train and Track Your Heart Rate
When paired with a Garmin heart rate monitor, Edge 500 tracks heart beats per
minute and uses your heart rate for advanced calorie computation, so you know
how many calories you’re burning. Train in a certain heart-rate zone to improve
your fitness level or compare your pace and heart rate to past performance over
the same ride.
Coach can analyze Your Ride
Once your ride’s done, connect Edge 500 to your computer with the included
USB cable to analyze your performance. With a simple click, you can join a
worldwide network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts through Garmin Connect™, a one-stop site for data
analysis and sharing.