Taking a look at Trainingpeaks WKO+ 3.0

When it comes to training with power and getting the most out of the data I glean from my Quarq CinQo and Garmin Edge 500, I have found that Trainingpeaks WKO+ is the best application for analysis.  Now that I have a coach, I find it even more helpful to archive the data on my local machine and view his reports in WKO+. So, when the notice came to upgrade to WKO+ 3.0, I took the plunge and downloaded it to my machine.

At first glance, there didn’t seem to be that much of a difference between the old version…

Trainingpeaks WKO+ 2.02

Trainingpeaks WKO+ 2.02

And the new one…

Trainingpeaks WKO+ 3.0

Trainingpeaks WKO+ 3.0

Before I could even look to see if there were many changes, I had to get my old data into the new system.  WKO+ 3.0 can read the files from the earlier version, but you cannot read files created in 3.0 in the earlier 2.2 software. It was very easy open a 2.2 file in the new software, but I couldn’t seem to get it to stay in the new version.

Thankfully, a batch converter was installed when WKO+ was installed on my machine. Once you install the new version, go to the Start Menu on Windows and follow the All Programs path to the WKO+ 3.0 folder. There you will find a batch file called Migrate Data from 2.2. Running this script gets you all converted over to the new system.

The only thing I needed to worry about now was the fact that my coach is still on the 2.2 version. When he would send me a file I could open it in 3.0, but I couldn’t get it to stay there.  I saved the file over and over again and tried to use the Device Agent to get it into the 3.0 version.  Nothing seemed to work!

Finally, it hit me. If I was opening it as a 2.2 file and saving it, it was probably saving it back as a 2.2 file. So, I opened one of the files and then chose Save As instead of Save. Voila! When I used the Save As option, it saved it as a 3.0 file.  Now I had the data I wanted in with the rest of my converted data.

Had I known this in the beginning, I would say that the transition from the earlier version to WKO+ 3.0 would have been very straightforward and simple. I imagine that many people won’t find themselves in my situation and you should find the upgrade to be very easy.

So, now that I have the data in there, what are the differences in the two applications? Well, stay tuned. It is going to be Trainingpeaks week at LowCadence.com.  I’ll be taking a look at the new WKO+ 3.0 version during this week’s postings.  Here is a sneak peek to get your interest up.

WKO+ 3.0 Quadrant Analysis

WKO+ 3.0 Quadrant Analysis

Nope, it isn’t a shotgun video game add-on.  It is the Quadrant Analysis graph – one of two new graphs for visualizing your power data. This is just one of the changes we will be looking at this week.

May your stocking be stuffed with fun cycling surprises!