The virtual training partner is a great function. You set your pace and the watch will alert you when you are in front or behind it. It also tells you on the display how far in distance and time you are in front of it. I've used it a lot to maintain paces while out running or to make sure I finish a run withing a certain time.
I can honestly say it's really helped me with my pacing when I'm not wearing my Garmin.
I haven't tried the race function, but imagine it's equally easy to use.
Yep that's a pretty accurate description of the Virtual Partner feature. I've got the 610 and actually used Virtual Partner to pace myself during the Berlin Marathon. Worked a treat. It constantly updates telling you how far ahead / behind you are of a theoretical runner at that constant pace.
I haven't actually used the Virtual Racer function yet but what you describe sounds right. E.g. if I wanted to race my against my Berlin performance in my next marathon I'd just upload that to the watch and race against it in my next marathon, in the same way as Virtual Partner. And you can upload other people's courses too.
I'm really happy with the 610 so far. It is expensive though, I picked mine up in the states for around £200, which made it a slightly easier decision...
Can I just ask in relation to the Virtual Partner...which of the stick men running is me? Is it the one at the bottom of the screen or the one on the top?
I've only ever used the virtual partner twice on my very old (just replaced) 101 - been using it for about 4 years.
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