Hello, it’s been a while since the Garmin software 23.00 update for Fenix 6/Enduro/Tactix Delta/Quatix 6/Marq Garmin watch models.
Garmin software update 23.00 was released on Sep 2, 2022, and since then, several Beta updates, 23.01 and 23.02, have been released that have fixed several issues.
Main update aspects
It’s great that Garmin doesn’t abandon their product and continues to update them. It would be a shame if a perfectly functioning and solid watch like the Garmin Fenix 6x Pro no longer received an update and became outdated.
Garmin watch updates
From unofficial sources, I’ve heard that the Garmin Fenix 6 watches will still be updated for at least another couple of years. This is very good, especially for me with a Fenix 6x Pro watch.
Garmin does a lot, and anyone in the Garmin Beta program can tell you that. If you are not participating in this program, you will not notice how often and periodically a new update appears. For example, 5 Beta version updates and 5 Alpha version updates were released from the Garmin firmware version from 21.00 to 23.00.
- Alpha Garmin software: This is an incomplete software version, which can only be written to the watch manually. This version usually has the most bugs and inaccuracies. There is a tutorial on how to install it.
- Beta Garmin software: This software version is still in an unfinished form. However, it should be more stable than the Alpha version and can be saved to the watch by connecting to the Garmin Beta software program. There is a tutorial on how to install it.
- Official Garmin software (Public): This is the most stable and reliable version of Garmin software, which updates automatically on watches. Of course, if you are in Auto Update mode on the watch.
So below I will present the main aspects of Garmin firmware update 23.00.
What’s new in the Main aspects of Garmin firmware update 23.00
As I mentioned, Garmin has done a lot. Fixed endless potential and existing issues that were mostly not even visible to the regular user. What was done from 21.00 to 23.00?
- Added major update to Training Status widget. The main widget now displays Training Status, HRV, and Acute Load data. The widget also contains its own glance view containing Acute Load, Load Focus, VO2 Max, Recovery, Heat Acclimation, and Altitude Acclimation data.
- Added a new Acute Load graph and Heat Acclimation graph, which can be accessed via the updated Training Status widget.
- Improved race time predictions.
- Fixed a potential issue where random text would be displayed on InReach messaging.
- Fixed a potential issue where the Daily Floors Climbed Goal alert would not alert.
- Fixed a potential issue where Battery Saver mode would randomly turn on after an activity or accessing a menu.
- Fixed a potential UI issue where the watch face would only partially update.
- Fixed a potential issue where the Virtual Parter Time Ahead/Time behind would not update.
- Fixed a potential issue where the device would prompt to update software even when system software is up to date.
- Fixed a potential issue where swim workouts would loop back to previous sets.
- Fixed an issue in the Strength activity that would display an invalid value when the set timer goes over one hour.
- Fixed an issue when calibrating altitude via the DEM option where the prompt to enter sea level pressure was skipped.
- Fixed an issue where RCT could disconnect while on the widget glance.
- Fixed an issue where the device was not detecting floors climbed when in a Floor Climb activity as a part of a multisport.
- Fixed an issue on the Xero widget would be unable to acquire GPS.
- Fixed an issue where the non-solar version of the Tactix Delta devices were unable to use the Public Map theme. Tactix Delta devices can now access the Public Lands Map theme after selecting Public Lands on the Restore Theme setup menu.
- Fixed an intermittent issue where using a hot key to open a timer from the Spotify app will return the user to an empty screen.
- Fixed an intermittent issue where the device would not properly sync privacy settings with Garmin Connect Mobile.
Source: Garmin forum.
Main aspects of Garmin firmware update 23.00
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, it would be the addition of the Training Status widget. Now you can track your HRV status or monitor your body’s Acute load. Please note that after the 23.00 update, it may take several weeks for the HRV data to be collected and your HRV status determined.
Garmin HRV Status
I participated in the Beta program, so my HRV data is already collected, and I can track my HRV status. So, if you still see the Training status showing “HRV NO STATUS”, it most likely means that 2 weeks have not passed and data hasn’t been collected.
As you can see from the picture, my HRV status is in a range that I am happy with. In my experience, HRV drops when I’m restless and haven’t had a good night’s sleep. If you want to read about HRV, I have dedicated a separate article.
Garmin Acute Load
I like this metric. I monitor my training productivity with it. In the picture you see, there is a big fall. It happened because I got sick and couldn’t do sports. In my observation, Acute load is most suitable for high-intensity training, such as longer runs.
And for example, seeing such a fall, I’m waiting for when I recover from a cold and can start running again. It motivates me a lot. As a data geek, these metrics motivate me a lot. It is also good to look at them from time to time to avoid overdoing them and facing health problems.
I also wrote a separate article about this metric (Acute load). So if you want to dig deeper, I invite you to read it.
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HRV status and Load metric were the biggest Update aspects. To the dismay of many, there are still no morning reports. But I do not doubt that they will appear soon in new updates. That’s all this time.