Currently training for an Ironman, last week I decided to go on a bike ride in upstate New York. Despite reading a bunch of forums, I couldn’t figure out how to load courses on to the 920 on my Mac running OSX 10.10. It’s pretty money when you want to ride somewhere you’re not totally familiar with and don’t want to memorize or look at a cue sheet. It was a bit tricky but here’s how I did it…
1. Get a GPX Route File.
1A. You can actually drag and drop a route on Google Maps, and then go to this handy site to convert those directions into a GPX file.
1B. You also export GPX files directly from Strava, RideWithGPS.com [example], and a bunch of other sites.
2. Convert GPX Route TCX Course
Use this handy site to convert that GPX file to a TCX Course.
3. Load the Course onto the Watch
For this you’re going to need that Garmin Training Center program [download]. The only way I could get this course to load was by doing it twice. Follow me here…
Go to File… then Import the TCX file.
Then go to Device then Send to Device…, and let it sync.
Then go to Finder and open the Garmin Drive. Drag that TCX file into the Garmin > Courses folder.
Then go back into Garmin Training Center and repeat the Send to Device… step.
4. Eject the watch
Disconnect your watch and hit the triple dot button, go to Navigation, then Courses. Once you’re ready, hit Do Course. Once you get close to the start the Watch will recognize you as On Course, and it will look something like this…