Somebody asked me how you would use a .gpx track file for a forthcoming race on their Garmin GPS watch so I thought I would write up the process.
The technique assumes you have an Android Smartphone and that your Smartphone has access to the emails sent on your PC / MAC.
This process also assumes you have Garmin Connect installed on your Smartphone and your Garmin Watch is already registered as a device and that the syncing from the Phone to the Watch over Bluetooth works and you know how to do that.
01 Send Yourself or Friend an Email
On your PC/ MAC workstation get the .gpx file and send it to yourself or a friend
If you really are away from your PC then by all means do this step on your phone. In other words you receive an email with the .gpx from a friend or you surf a website and download a .gpx to your phone directly.
02 Locate .gpx file on Android Smartphone
Goto sent emails on your Smartphone and find the email that you sent and click on the .gpx file
Or in the case where you did everything from your Smartphone, then in the Browser (Chrome for me) I goto the downloads section and click on that recently downloaded file ending in .gpx
This will open a list of suggested applications. You need Connect i.e. Garmin Connect
I click on connect, then Always. Thus next time you go thru this process and click on the .gpx file on your smartphone, Connect will load automatically
03 Establish Course on Smartphone
The Garmin connect app now ask you to categorise the course
And now it is imported
And now it appears on the list of courses known
On the Smartphone App I rename it
04 Transfer to Smartphone
Now send to the device you need.
So I select my Watch Forerunner 945
And now it is syncing from the Phone to the Watch
05 Course on the Watch
Everything is now ready on the watch, but let us check:
Courses then Enter
So Great the course is there.
So Do the course, the course is loaded and then you are back to the Start Activity screen and when you press the Start top right button your Run will start with this course loaded. So during the run (for example) you can see your progress on the Map screen. And if the downloaded .GPX file had directions they will also popup on the watch screen to.