As you are well aware, we began 2014 with the release of the new version of our software, TwoNav , featuring important changes: innovative design, specific profiles for each sports activity, simple trip control and with the most commonly-used options grouped together.
In addition to all this, those who do sports every day and go out training can progress day by day using TwoNav , thanks to a range of functions designed for just this purpose. An especially practical one of these is training by “laps”.
Let’s see how it works…
WHAT IS A LAP?
Lap is taken to mean any fraction of your track. This means you can divide a training track into “laps” (parts), comprehensively assess each lap separately and make progress in your training by comparing these data.
TwoNav allows you to work with “laps” in two different ways: AutoLap (automatic laps) or manual laps. For the sake of simplicity, we will start by explaining how AutoLap works.
AUTOMATIC LAPS OR AUTOLAP
What is “AutoLap” and what is it for?
The “AutoLap” function enables you to divide your training session or trip into equidistant sections automatically. An example to illustrate this: if your training is going to consist of running a distance of 10 kilometres, with the “AutoLap” function you can divide this 10-kilometre distance into different “laps” by distance or time. This means that you can decide – if you choose to divide the route by distance – whether the “Autolap” function should alert you every 1km, every 2km, every 3km or any other distance you want. The device will then give you a pop-up alarm when you complete each lap in turn.
If you decide to set up the “Autolap” function by time, it works in exactly the same way. This means that you set the function to alert you every time you complete 3 minutes running or walking, every 5 minutes, every 10 minutes, every 20 minutes or whatever time lapse you want. Once again, a pop-up window will appear every time you complete the time lapse you set.
And not just this; you can also set this pop-up alert to include an extra piece of information on the lap in question, for example your average speed or rhythm.
Let’s see how to set up the “Autolap” function
‘Settings > AutoLap’ to activate it by distance or time, or simply to turn it off.
‘Settings > Alarms > Lap change’ to define the distance or time value for the “Autolap” function.
Example: if you decide that the distance value should be 1000m, a section will then be created for every kilometre. You can also choose the associated sounds and how the different sections are coloured on the track (sections in alternating colours or not).
While the Autolap function allows you to set laps – by distance or time – automatically, “manual laps” gives you the option of manually dividing your track into one or more laps and being able to assess data on these sections separately. This is useful because it allows you to assess this lap – which you choose yourself within your track rather than as a preset interval – which could be an uphill or downhill lap or a stretch of tarmac you know well, for example, and evaluate it separately from the track or compare the results for this lap with other training sessions and see how you are progressing. In other words, TwoNav enables you to set a lap manually using a button on the toolbar as you go along, simply by setting up this function.
How to set up the “Lap” function
The “Lap” key/icon must be added to the TwoNav 3 toolbar, by going to ‘Settings > Full settings > Map page > Toolbar’. After doing this, you will find 4 function icons on the toolbar – above your map – (depending on your settings there may be more). One of them will be the icon to create a lap manually: one click starts the lap and clicking again ends it to begin another (change of lap), and so on.
“Lap analysis” and “Data fields”: more information at your fingertips
It is also worth mentioning the “Lap analysis” tool to be found in the properties for each track, which allows you to review your track by laps after completing your training session or trip (or another day, if you reopen the same track), whether you have divided it up automatically using the AutoLap function or whether you decided to divide the track up manually.
And finally, remember that there are “Data fields” to assess how the lap is going in real time and see your potential process live.
*In the next version of TwoNav software, you will have the possibility to use the option “Change lap”‘ using one of the external buttons of the GPS.
There is also the option of setting up an external button on your GPS (not to be confused with the key/icon on your menu bar) to allow you to do the same thing: one click starts the lap and clicking again ends it to begin another (change of kao) and so on, for as many laps as you want.
The idea is for you to be able to do this with gloves on, or without needing to look at your GPS screen, for practicality’s sake. Thus, you can set any one of the buttons on the side of your GPS device to perform this function: ‘Settings > System > Keys’, can be used to assign a specific action to a button – such as starting or changing lap – and set whether you want a long, short or continuous press to take this action.
Enjoy your trips with TwoNav!