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How to merge Garmin's training effect with your Peloton ride data

December 20, 2020 by @renschler
Last Updated: March 9, 2021

*SyncMyWorkout is not affiliated with Peloton or Garmin

If you are an advanced Garmin user, you've probably been looking for a way to combine the training load metrics your watch generates with your Peloton ride data. This is now possible with a SyncMyWorkout membership.

Screenshot of Peloton ride in Garmin Connect with training effect metrics

How it works

First, make sure things are turned on by checking the box on the account settings page.

Screenshot of checkbox for turning this feature on


As of 3/9/21 this merging feature no longer requires Strava.

If you have Strava linked to SyncMyWorkout (for faster uploads), then you'll also need:

  1. Peloton set to auto-upload your activities to Strava
  2. Garmin set to auto-upload your activities to Strava

Recording your ride

When you take a peloton ride, you'll need to record the ride on your watch. If you want to get training effect, make sure your watch receives a heart rate signal.

When you finish your ride, if you have Strava linked to SyncMyWorkout, then SyncMyWorkout will wait for Strava to receive both your Peloton recording and your watch recording.

Strava occassionally blocks one of these recordings because it gets flagged as a duplicate of the other recording. To avoid this scenario, I've found it's best to start your watch during the 1 min countdown period before the ride, and then stop your watch a few seconds after the ride ends. This way the two recordings are not identical in start time and length.

Once Strava receives both recordings, SyncMyWorkout will extract the training effect data from your watch recording, add it to the Peloton ride data, and then upload the merged activity to Garmin.

SyncMyWorkout waits up to an hour to receive both recordings from Strava, if the watch recording doesn't come through, the sync will be triggered without merging in the watch data.

If you don't have Strava linked to SyncMyWorkout, SyncMyWorkout looks once an hour for new peloton rides. If it finds a ride, it will check your Garmin account to see if you have a matching watch recording. If a match is found, it will be merged and uploaded, otherwise the ride will be uploaded without merging.

Duplicate activities

With this feature turned on, you'll end up with 2 copies of each ride in Garmin - one watch recording, and one recording from SyncMyWorkout.

Don't delete the watch recording in Garmin until the SyncMyWorkout version comes through because it's needed for merging! There is a setting in SyncMyWorkout for auto-deleting the watch recording after it get's merged with a peloton upload.

If you are using Strava, you'll also end up with 2 copies of each ride in Strava (one watch recording, and one Peloton-to-Strava recording). The same rule applies, you'll need to avoid the temptation to delete either of these recordings in Strava until your SyncMyWorkout ride appears in Garmin.

El fin

That's it. I'm excited to get this out there.

If you have any questions/feedback/suggestions drop me an email!

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