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New Sport Types Supported with Activity Sync

New sport types show you a full look at your training history to optimize your Adaptive Training recommendations.

With Activity Sync set up with Strava and Garmin, TrainerRoad will automatically sync any activity you upload to look beyond cycling and give you a picture of everything impacting your training.

Viewing new sport types is currently in Early Access, available only on the website, and coming soon to the apps. You'll still get adaptations and Red Light Green Light as a result of new sport types in the apps while remaining app work is finished to display activities.

What new sport types are supported?

Any sport type that is supported by Strava and Garmin is now imported TrainerRoad. Sport Type is based on the setting of the device the activity is recorded on.

There are 12 new sport types:

  • Swim
  • Transition
  • Walk
  • Hike
  • Strength Training
  • Ski/Snowboard
  • Golf
  • Row
  • Yoga
  • Paddleboard
  • Kayak
  • Other (includes all other types not listed above)

How do new sport types impact Adaptive Training and Red Light Green Light?

Upload any sport type to Strava/Garmin and TrainerRoad will automatically import it. Adaptive Training and RLGL immediately see those activities, and we’ll take care of any training adjustments as a result, if any.

Training adjustments can come in the form of adaptations and red/yellow days. In this example, there's a 3.5 hour hike that was outside this athlete's normal training regimen. RLGL detected the unexpected training and triggered a yellow day on what would've been a 90 minute Threshold interval day. Adaptive Training delivered a reduced duration workout in the Endurance power zone instead.

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How to Enable Early Access to see new sport types

Step 1. Head on over to the Early Access section of the website: Early Access

Step 2. Go ahead and select enabled in the section for New Sport Types

  • Your training history will immediately update to show all sports from Strava/Garmin, past and present
  • You can double check your Activity Sync connections here: Activity Sync

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New Sport Type Examples

Swim

Swims are separated into 2 types:
  1. Lap pool swim
  2. Open water swim

Lap pool swim

Lap pool swims include

  • Duration: the time you're active during your swim
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout
  • Distance: total distance covered in your workout
  • Stroke rate: strokes per minute
  • Pace: your speed based on the pool units set on your device
  • Intervals: your totals in each interval of the workout (can comprise multiple lengths depending on the workout)

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Open water swim

Open water swims include:

  • Duration: the time you're active during your swim
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout (hover over duration to see this)
  • Distance: total distance covered in your workout
  • Stroke rate: strokes per minute
  • Pace: your speed based on the pool units set on your device
  • Intervals table: your totals in each interval of the workout

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Transition

Transitions are detected as part of multisport activities to isolate the time in between main sport types. Multisport activities are not confined to swim, bike, run — many devices allow you to create any multisport types. We will automatically detect types ranging from brick workouts, to duathlon, biathlon, and so on...along with any transitions in between. 
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Walk

Walks include:
  • Duration: the time you're active during your walk
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout (hover over duration to see this)
  • Distance: total distance covered in your workout
  • Heart Rate: beats per minute
  • Cadence: steps per minute
  • Pace: speed based on units set on your account (dynamically scales the graph based on average pace)
  • Elevation gain
  • Average gradient
  • Intervals table

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Hike

Hikes include:
  • Duration: the time you're active during your hike
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout (hover over duration to see this)
  • Distance: total distance covered in your workout
  • Heart Rate: beats per minute
  • Cadence: steps per minute
  • Pace: speed based on units set on your account (dynamically scales the graph based on average pace)
  • Elevation gain
  • Average gradient
  • Intervals table

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Strength Training

Strength Training includes:
  • Duration: the time you're active during your workout
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout (hover over duration to see this)
  • Heart rate: beats per minute

Note: More advanced Strength Training tracking is coming soon.

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Ski/Snowboard

Ski/snowboard is detected as two types to optimize how Adaptive Training and RLGL recognize stress from these activities:
  1. Backcountry ski
  2. Resort ski
Backcountry ski includes:
  • Duration: the time you're active during your workout
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout (hover over duration to see this)
  • Distance: total distance covered in your workout
  • Heart rate: beats per minute
  • Speed: in the units set on your account
  • Elevation gain
  • Average gradient
  • Intervals table

 

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Resort ski:
  • Duration: the time you're active during your workout
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout (hover over duration to see this)
  • Heart rate: beats per minute
  • Speed: in the units set on your account
  • Intervals table

Note: Metrics such as elevation gain and gradient are excluded for resort skis to account for lift time. This helps improve how Adaptive Training and Red Light Green Light view these activities.

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Golf

Golf includes:
Duration: total elapsed time of your workout
Distance: total distance covered in your workout
Heart rate: beats per minute
Intervals table
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Row

Rows are separated into 2 types:
  1. Indoor row
  2. Outdoor row
Indoor row:
  • Duration: the time you're active during your workout
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout (hover over duration to see this)
  • Heart rate: beats per minute
  • Intervals table

 

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Outdoor row:
  • Duration: the time you're active during your workout
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout (hover over duration to see this)
  • Heart rate: beats per minute
  • Stroke rate: strokes per minute
  • Pace: your speed based on the units set on your account
  • Intervals table

 

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Yoga

Yoga includes:
  • Duration: the time you're active during your workout
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout (hover over duration to see this)
  • Heart rate: beats per minute

 

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Paddleboard

Paddleboard includes:
  • Duration: the time you're active during your workout
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout (hover over duration to see this)
  • Heart rate: beats per minute
  • Stroke rate: strokes per minute
  • Pace: your speed based on the units set on your account
  • Intervals table

 

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Kayak

Kayak includes:
  • Duration: the time you're active during your workout
  • Total time: the total elapsed time of your workout (hover over duration to see this)
  • Heart rate: beats per minute
  • Speed: your speed based on the units set on your account
  • Intervals table

 

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Other (includes all other types not listed above)

Other is a catch-all category that includes any other sport type that isn't included above. The Other category includes:
  • Duration: the total elapsed time of your workout
  • Heart rate: beats per minute
  • Intervals table
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FAQ

Do I need to add TSS to have new sport types impact RLGL?

No, adding TSS isn’t necessary for RLGL. Adding it won’t increase the accuracy, it’d just be for accounting in the TSS chart.

Why isn't there a new sport type for my activity?

Based on the percentages of total activities, we've created 11 major sport types. All others made up a small fraction so we folded them into a general "other" category.

My activity is showing up as the wrong sport type. How can I fix it?

The best way to fix a miscategorized activity is directly from the source. In Strava and Garmin, you can change sport types for an activity, download it, and manually upload into TrainerRoad from the Past Activities page on the website.

Are post-workout surveys available for new sport types?

Currently, surveys are not available for new sport types.

I record other sport types using my Apple Watch. Can I import directly from Apple Health?

You can do this today! You can sync any sport type recorded with your Apple Watch into TR using Strava as the intermediary. We have plans to allow for sync directly from Apple Health into TR, but that’s currently exclusively set up for TR Outside Workouts that are completed on the Apple Watch.

Will manually created activities in Strava or Garmin Connect sync into TrainerRoad?

No. We need the file from the 3rd party in order to create the activity in TR. If you need to manually add an activity, click into a day on the TR calendar and select the respective sport type or "other" category to account for that in your training.
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