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How to Set Up Your Garmin 920xt for an Aquabike Race

While prepping for Rev3 Maine and checking some items off of my list of things you might forget before a triathlon, I set out to get my Garmin 920xt race ready. Since I am doing the half distance aquabike, it’s not quite so simple as just going into Triathlon mode. I googled around a bit and couldn’t find anything, so here’s a step-by-step guide.


Note that you can also use this guide to set up your watch for another multisport race, like a duathlon or aquajog. 

  • From the home screen, click the three dots button on the bottom left and select Settings (NOT Activity Settings)
  • Select Activity Profiles
  • Click Add New
  • Scroll down to Multisport
  • From there, you can choose a profile name from the pre-written options, or choose Custom
  • Spell out the name of your desired activity (note: this might take a while!)
  • Then choose “Profile 1” aka the first activity in your event
  • Choose “Profile 2” to add the second part of the event
  • From the “Profile 3” screen, either click Done or continue to add activities until you have mapped out the entire event
  • Now it will ask you if you want to include transitions – think about how you will use your watch during the event to make this determination (if in doubt, click Yes, but be sure to actually use your watch accordingly during the race)
  • From here, you can edit certain settings based on your preferences (e.g., alerts, auto pause, etc.)

You’re done! Now your Aquabike or other event will show up as one of the options on your main screen. Just a few tips before your race:

  • Make sure you have set up your watch so that your desired data will display for each segment of your race
  • Be sure to test it out in a trial run so you can get the feel for switching from event to event (hint: press the lap button to go from swimming to T1 to cycling and so on!)
  • Turn on your watch a ways before you’ll start your race to give it enough time to get GPS signal and pair with your heart rate monitor

Happy racing!

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