New Garmin Edge 1030 Cycling Computer Introduces Advanced Performance Metrics from Firstbeat

Herman BonnerCommunications Specialist, Firstbeat

Aug 29 2017 in News

Jyväskylä, Finland – August 29, 2017 – Garmin International, Inc. today officially introduced the Garmin Edge 1030. In addition to enhanced navigation, awareness, and streamlined design elements, the new high-end cycling computer from Garmin delivers the latest generation of heartbeat derived physiological performance metrics from Firstbeat. As a result, racers and touring cyclists alike gain access to cutting-edge scientific insights based on their own unique physiology and individual needs.

The Garmin Edge 1030 is the first cycling computer to integrate Firstbeat’s innovative and highly personalized Training Load and Training Status features. Other new Firstbeat performance metrics making their Edge debut include the complementary insights of Aerobic and Anaerobic Training Effect. This same set of advanced physiological metrics made their debut in the Garmin Forerunner 935 and Garmin Fenix 5 series devices earlier this year.

Training Load reveals the accumulated physiological impact of training over a rolling 7-day period of time. Physiological impacts are measured in terms of the amount of restorative and adaptive work stimulated through physical activity, and are based primarily on Firstbeat’s analytically derived EPOC values. Once enough data has been collected, Training Load feedback will also include an indication of whether your current training load is optimal for you.

Training Status tells you how your training is going by analyzing changes in fitness levels (VO2max) in light of current and historical Training Load data. Feedback from this analysis reveals whether training efforts are productive, unproductive, or maintaining current levels. It can also indicate when you are detraining, peaking, or a variety of other physiological states. It can also automatically warn you when you are overreaching and at risk for overtraining.

The combined feedback of Aerobic and Anaerobic Training Effect are your guide to understanding how activities will impact future performance capacities. Training Effect-scores (0.0-5.0) and textual feedback based on an analysis of performance data reveal the extent to which your aerobic and anaerobic energy systems were relied to produce your effort and can be expected to develop as a result. More than ever before, it is possible to train towards the specific demands of your future challenges.

“These new metrics onboard the Edge 1030 give cyclists a chance to see what is happening below the surface at a physiological level” says Aki Pulkkinen, Firstbeat head of consumer products. “The ability to quantify training loads scientifically means that what you do on a bike becomes simultaneously visible and manageable. Putting that data in the right context unlocks a whole new frontier, deepening the way cyclists look at and evaluate training, and most importantly it means better, scientifically informed training decisions.”

Firstbeat powered metrics onboard the Garmin Edge 1030:

* Edge device series feature debut in the Garmin Edge 1030
† Requires input from a connected power meter

All physiological performance metrics powered by Firstbeat require heartbeat data.

“Whether a competitor, commuter or adventure-seeker, we’ve found a better ride for all cyclists with the newest addition from Garmin –the Edge 1030,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “This means cyclists can now ride farther and more often thanks to the most advanced, intuitive and motivating ride data to date.”

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Firstbeat Technologies
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About Firstbeat
Firstbeat is the leading provider of physiological analytics for sports and well-being. We transform heartbeat data into personalized information on exercise, stress and recovery. Hundreds of elite sports teams, wellness professionals, and millions of consumers worldwide trust Firstbeat to enhance performance and well-being.

Herman Bonner Communications Specialist, Firstbeat

Herman is a former U.S. World Cup fencer, coach and high-performance manager. Keen to explore how people make sense of the world around them, Herman currently thrives at the bustling intersection of technology and everyday life. His educational interests include mechanical engineering, economics, ethnomethodology, and sports management with a focus on marketing and communications.