Thank you for testing the VDOT O2 Garmin IQ app and Workout Download feature. Please follow the instructions below according to your watch type to begin testing. Please send feedback using this form. (FAQs for how to carry out the workout below)

Download VDOT O2 IQ App

The VDOT O2 Garmin IQ app is only available for the following models. If you do not have one of the watches below please skip to instructions on how to “Download Workout.”

  • D2 Charlie
  • Descent
  • Forerunner 645
  • Forerunner 645 Music
  • Forerunner 735XT
  • Forerunner 935
  • fēnix 5
  • fēnix 5 Plus
  • fēnix 5S
  • fēnix 5S Plus
  • fēnix 5X
  • fēnix 5X Plus

How To Install IQ App

Requirements:

  1. You must have a Garmin Connect account.
  2. You must have Garmin Express installed. You will know that it was installed properly if it asks you to log in and allows you to properly select the correct watch when you’ve plugged your Garmin via USB.
  3. You must connect your phone to your watch via Android or iOS Garmin connect app (Typically done using wifi or Bluetooth).

Steps:

  1. Download the appropriate file for your watch
  2. Connect your watch to your computer using USB
  3. Locate the Garmin folders using your computer (If you do not see it, it’s possible your computer is not compatible or you have not properly connected Garmin Express. After installing, restarting your computer often helps device drivers to connect to these devices).
  4. Drag the appropriate watch file from your Downloads folder to the Apps Folder
  5. Disconnect your Garmin
  6. Open the VDOT O2 app on your Garmin
  7. Sign into your VDOT O2 account when prompted
  8. Provide Authorization access to utilize Garmin
  9. Sync the watch with your Garmin Connect account
  10. Enjoy your workout!

Download Workout (Non-IQ Watches)

Most Garmin watches that allow you to save workouts should allow you to add the workout to your Garmin folder when connecting to a computer via USB cord. Keep in mind, at this time Garmin only allows one workout using this mechanism so you would need to do this each time you did a workout.

How To Install

Requirements:

  1. You must have a Garmin Connect account.
  2. You must have Garmin Express installed. You will know that it was installed properly if it asks you to log in and allows you to properly select the correct watch when you’ve plugged your Garmin via USB.
  3. Yo must connect your phone to your watch via Android or iOS Garmin connect app.

Steps:

  1. Go to your calendar at vdoto2.com.
  2. Click your workout, then click the watch icon (see below) to download the .fit file.

3. Connect your watch to your computer.

4. Drag the .fit file from your Downloads file into the Workouts folder of your Garmin watch.

5. Unplug your watch, then go to “My Workouts” feature of your watch and select the VDOT O2 workout.

6. Enjoy your workout!

If you have any questions or encounter problems please contact us at info@vdoto2.com. Once you’ve successfully completed at least two workouts on your watch please submit your feedback

Thank you for all your help!

FAQs

Q1) Is it possible to make the slow pace reminders a little more lenient? the watch would tell me I was going too slow when I was just one second over my pace time… maybe there’s a way to include a +1 or 2 second buffer above target threshold?

A1) Yes, this setting is controlled by your watch. You can simply turn off alerts if you feel pretty comfortable with knowing your pace or you can update your zones

Q2) Can I skip parts of the workout as needed otherwise it feels very restrictive. For example, if I want to shorten it so I could get to the next step.

A2) Yes, simply hit the split button and it will move you to the next step in the workout. This goes for rest and intervals.

Q3)  It would be great to be able to make manual changes to my workouts myself which will be reflected on the watch.  For example, I know that I need a little time to get from one finishing point to the next beginning point of a workout course that I’m running.

A3) Yes, you can make updates to workouts your coaches give you, save the workout, then re-open it then redownload it if you are using the manual process or make sure it syncs with garmin connect on your phone if you are using the VDOT Garmin app with the advanced watches.