# Garmin Zones and Training Peaks Zones

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matei.stroescu
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I’m confused on the garmin zones and how to set them to work with the training plan. I tried following the guide and setting them based on %LTHR but when I do the workouts the range for zone 2 is very low. I have the training peaks zones set based on my LTHR of 165 in line with the values given in the calculator here.

Alternatively, i tried setting the zones just based on HR in garmin and i can’t get the numbers to match up. any help would be appreciated.

#20906
Gerald
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My first advice would be to look at adding the 80/20 zones ConnectIQ app.

If you truly want to use Garmin Zones, I recommend the following plan to convert the 7 zones into 5.

80/20 Zones 1 & 2 are both easy and are relatively interchangeable. Therefore, make Garmin Zone 1 to cover both Zone 1 and 2.

Zone 2 on Garmin is Zone X. That way you can know to stay out except when doing workouts that specifically target Zone X.

Zone 3 = Zone 3

Garmin Zone 4 contains Zones Y & 4. Zone Y is so narrow that you can just stay a little above the bottom of the zone and stay out of Y.

Zone 5 = Zone 5.

Gerald

80/20 Certfied Coach

#20907
coachanne
Keymaster

Matei,

Have you updated your zones from the 80/20 calculator in to Training Peaks?  Once that is updated, the zones will update in to your workouts in the training plan.  You will be over riding the Garmin zones and using the new 80/20 zones instead.

Here is the link to the page that will show you how to set up your 80/20 zones:

80/20 Zone Calculator

Let me know if you have any other questions.  I hope that helps!

Coach Anne

#20908
matei.stroescu
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Yes, i updated them in trainingn peaks. However, for example zone 2 for me in training peaks is 134 – 149, but when i do the guided workout in garmin the high end of zone 2 is 130.

#20911
coachanne
Keymaster

I believe you can go in to Garmin Connect and update the training zones to match the 80/20 numbers there.

Let me know if that works!

Coach Anne

#21181
bcacba
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Hi Gerald,

Thanks for this. I have noticed the TP workouts pull their values anyway so during the workout it is great, but why i think it is important to have Garmin setup as best as you can is due to the stats it does (such as load balance). Using the garmin default values, means when I am doing my zone 2 runs, it classify’s them as “high aerobic” whereas I think using your method above, putting 1 and 2 as zone 1 in garmin would make it be low.

I think that is right?

Kind regards

Josh

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