The Virtual Partner (a.k.a Pacer) is a virtual competitor that you can configure to race against you.
It will run at the configured pace/speed along the entire workout or race, and used in conjunction with the virtual partner distance and virtual partner time data fields can help you pace yourself with a lot of precision.
The app will calculate how far behind or ahead the virtual partner is, comparing your actual pace/speed with the configured pace/speed of the virtual partner.
The virtual partner time data field will show the number of minutes and seconds the virtual partner is behind (negative value) or ahead of you (positive value). The time represents how long it would take for you to catch the virtual partner if it stopped (in case it is ahead), or the time would take for the virtual partner reach you if you stop running, the time will always be calculated based on the current pace/speed of the virtual partner.
The virtual partner distance data field will show the distance (in kilometers or miles depending on your watch configuration) the virtual partner is behind (negative value) or ahead of you (positive value).
In advanced mode the virtual partner pace/speed can vary along the workout.
That means you can split your marathon in blocks and vary the pace along the race, or you can slow down the virtual parter in that hill in the middle of your training/race course, you can also configure it to go along with you in a classic tempo run workout slowing down in the warm up, accelerating in the intensity section and slowing down in the cool down).
The app allows to setup six blocks, each one with its own duration, pace/speed and distance. The system will automatically calculate the size, pace or distance as you type the values and will display the accumulated values for distance and time.
The system allows to inform the velocity in pace or speed units, the app will adopt the distance unit defined in your watch (miles or kilometers).
A change in the pace/speed will keep the time unchanged and will auto update the distance.
The time input box allows you to inform the time in hours (hh), minutes (mm) or seconds (ss).
The gray area will display the accumulated time from all previous blocks.
A change in time field will keep the pace unchanged and will automatically update the distance.
The distance input box ignores the distance unit (miles or kilometers), the watch app will assume the distance defined in the watch settings.
The gray area will display the accumulated distance from all previous blocks.
A change in distance field will keep the pace unchanged and will automatically update the time field.
The bottom of the editor will display the virtual partner total time. This value is a reference for planning, during the workout/race the virtual partner will keep running at the speed/pace of the latest block after the total time.
The bottom of the editor will display the total distance. This value is a reference for planning, during the workout/race the virtual partner will keep running at the speed/pace of the latest block after the total distance is reached.
The virtual parter speed is slightly higher in the second half of the marathon.
Slow down the virtual parter in a hilly section that is in the middle of your training/race course
Classic tempo run workout (warm up, intensity, cool down), and the virtual partner will change pace accordingly in all sections of the workout.
In simple mode the virtual partner will keep a constant speed along the entire workout.
In the example below the user set a pace of 4:30 and the watch in configured to use kilometers. The screen shoots show the comparative distance between the runner and virtual partner along a 10Km race.
After the first km of the race the runner was a little faster than the virtual partner.
The virtual partner was 12 seconds (47 meters) behind.
After the third km the runner slowed and the virtual partner outpaced.
The virtual partner was 22 seconds (82 meters) ahead.
By the end of the 10Km race the average pace of the runner was 5:01.
The virtual partner was 5:14 minutes and more than one kilometer ahead.
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