How to Use – Apple Devices
This guide will show you how you can get the most out of the Pace App for Apple devices. Watch these videos to learn more about the Pace App for Apple devices!
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Turning on the Pace App
After downloading the Pace App, you will be presented with a question upon first opening the app.
“The Pace App screen stays on for the entire event (No/Yes)”
We suggest that the user choose Yes. The ETA screen and all functions will then remain on for the entire event.
Turning on the Pace App: Setting up Gait Length, Vibration Mode and Verbal Alerts
Before setting up the parameters of the race or training event, you must first enter the Gait Length, Vibration Mode and Verbal Alert information.
Press the blue Setting icon in the lower right corner of the iPhone’s Pace App home screen. This will bring the user to the “Setting” screen.
Number of Steps – Gait Length
On the Setting screen, first press the stylus icon located immediately to the right of “length of gait.”
- Choose Meter or Feet for “Length of Gait” found at the bottom section of the Setting page.
- Enter Gait Length (including fractions to ensure accuracy of number of steps) for both walking and running.
- Press the stylus icon again to load the gait length parameters.
Tip: To determine your gait length, measure heel strike to heel strike while running on loose soil or a beach. Or, if neither surface are available, place flour on the bottom of shoes and measure from the flour heel strikes.
Measure the average gait length for 8-10 steps for both running and walking.
Note: Press the blue circled icon in the upper right corner of the “Length of Gait” section to lock in your gait length parameters. If you do not do this, the Pace App will prompt you to do so.
The Pace App will accurately count the number of steps (walking or running; user needs to choose which type of activity in the “Activity” portion of the “Create Event” screen). By dividing the gait length into the distance covered, the Pace App will provide the user the number of steps (real-time) during the event and also the total number of steps once the event is completed.
Choose this option on the Setting screen if you want the app to vibrate the iPhone and the Apple Watch at the end of each interval (mile or KM). If selected, the Apple Watch will also be activated simultaneously to have an audible ring and vibrate at the completion of each interval.
We strongly encourage activating this feature (particularly if verbal alerts are not chosen) to ensure you are notified when you complete each interval and can view in real time your revised ETA/ Projected Finish Time and other key data to keep you on your desired pace and achieve or exceed your Goal Finish Time.
Choose this option “Speak on Interval Completion” to enable verbal alerts at the end of each interval which will, via a wireless connection to earbuds, provide all Pace App data including: number of interval just completed, time to complete last interval (i.e., “split” time), Projected Finish Time, Variance of Projected Finish Time to Goal Finish Time and Required Pace of remaining intervals in order to achieve Goal Finish Time.
Press the “>” icon directly to the right “Language.” Choose your preferred language (American English, British English, Spanish or French).
If you are listening to music during your event, the music volume will be lowered during the verbal prompts and then resume to the original volume level after the prompts are completed.
Setting up the Parameters of your race or event
- Go to home page
- Press the calendar icon located in far upper right of your screen
You are now in the “Create Event” Page
- Enter Event Name
- Enter Event Location
- Enter Date (Note: it is in the DD/MM/YYY format)
- Enter distance (you can also choose tenths of a distance interval).
- Choose interval type: Miles or Kilometers
- Enter number of intervals. You can choose up to 1000 intervals over a given distance.
- Enter number of “look-back” intervals. This is one of the unique, patented aspects of the patented Pace App. in addition to providing the user with ongoing ETA/ Projected Finish Time feedback. The number of look-back intervals is used to calculate the accurate, smoothed average pace and ETA/ Projected Finish Time calculations at the end of each interval. Please see below for a detailed explanation and use of look-back intervals and ETA/ Projected Finish Time.
- Enter the desired finish time. This is the same as your Goal Finish Time (GFT).
- In the “Activity” section choose type of event (Walking, Running, Cycling or Other).
- Set Length of Gait (see above on how to do).
- Select the blue “Create Event” bar at the bottom.
If all data has been entered correctly, you will receive a screen that says “Event has been created successfully.”
- Select “OK” and you are then re-directed back to the home screen which will show the newly created event under “Active Events.”
- If any data point was not entered, the screen will notify the user which data point needs to be entered.
- Finally, with the Apple Watch near the iPhone, select the blue “sync” icon on the iPhone which is immediately to the left of (on the Setting page) blue “cog” symbol at the bottom of the Home screen. This will synchronize all parameters from the iPhone to your Apple Watch.
Starting Your Race
You are now ready to race or set off on your training course or other event!
- Select the desired event listed under Active Events on the home screen of the iPhone or Apple Watch.
- Press the start button. Once this is pressed, the timer and all other functions start.
Once the start button is pressed, the screen will default to the ETA/ Projected Finish Time Mode below.
ETA/ Projected Finish Time Mode:
- Current Pace: This is the GPS enabled, instantaneous pace and NOT the Average Pace found on the Chronometer page. This pace is provided as an additional tool and data point for the user. This pace is NOT the pace used to calculate the ETA. Since this pace is instantaneous, you may see significant variations to this pace due to hills, water breaks, etc.
- ETA: This is the Estimated Time of Arrival or, Projected Finish Time. This patented feature provides, at the end of each interval, an accurate, estimated time to complete the event. The ETA is refreshed/ recalculated at the end of each interval.
- Time Variance: This provides, at the end of each interval, the variance between the ETA and the user’s Goal Finish Time (GFT). This informs the user how their ETA compares to their GFT so that the user can adjust pace accordingly throughout the event.
–> If the user is behind GFT, the Time Variance will have a time with negative symbol (-).
–> Conversely, if the user is ahead of GFT, this Time Variance will show a time with positive (+) symbol.
- Required Pace: This key, patented feature provides, at the end of each interval, the exact pace per remaining interval that the user must adhere to (or exceed) in order to achieve (or beat) their Goal Finish Time.
If the user is behind GFT, the Required Pace will show a pace per interval that be will faster than the current pace. Conversely, if the user is ahead of GFT, the Required Pace will show a pace per interval that be will slower than the current pace.
- Other: For the iPhone, both the ETA Mode and Chronometer Mode (below) show, near the top of the screen, the “Goal Finish Time” (GFT) and “Target Pace” (TP) that the user inputted prior to the start of the event. These numbers are static and do not change during the event. They provide a useful reference should the user want to remember what they inputted for these data points as well as to compare to the ETA and actual pace throughout the event.
Chronometer (“Chrono”) Mode:
- Intervals Completed: This shows the number of intervals (miles or KMs) completed. Intervals include tenths of an interval.
- Total Time: This is the total elapsed time from when the start button was pressed.
- Average Pace: This is patented, key function utilizes the smoothed average pace calculation (see below for definition) and is a key component to the ETA/ Projected Finish Time calculation.
- Current Interval: This shows the amount of time elapsed for the current interval only. This restarts at zero at the completion of each interval. At the end of each interval, this field will be frozen for seven seconds to allow the user to see the time of their just-completed interval or, their last “split” time.
How to Pause or Resume an Event on an iPhone and Apple Watch
To pause an event on the iPhone or Apple Watch, press the “Pause event” bar at the top of the screen. A pop-up screen will say “Do you want to pause the event?” If “Yes” is selected, the event is paused and the blue bar will now say “Resume event.” If “No” is selected, the event will continue without interruption.
To resume an event, press the “Resume event” blue bar. A pop-up screen will ask “Do you want to resume the event?” If “Yes” is selected, the event will resume and the blue bar will display “Pause event” again. If “No” is selected, the PACE App. will remain in Pause mode.
Completing an Event on an iPhone and Apple Watch
At the end of an event, choose the blue bar at the bottom of the event page labeled “Mark it Finished.” A pop-up asking the user “No/Yes” will appear. Choose “Yes” if the event is completed. If “No” is chosen, the event will continue without interruption.
After “Yes” is chosen to complete the event the following pop-up sign will appear: “Event has been finished successfully.” Select the “OK” key to confirm.
The event will now be listed in the “Completed Events” along with the other Completed Events.
To access the post-event data, go to the home screen, choose “Completed Events” and choose the event you would like to view.
Once chosen, the event data will provide:
- Event name
- Event date
- Event location
- Number of Intervals entered (distance)
- Goal Finish Time entered to complete the event
- Actual distance completed
- Actual Finish Time to complete the event
- Time variance between Goal Finish Time and Actual Finish Time
- A table showing the time (pace) for each interval completed
On the iPhone only, the Event Details page also has a line graph display of the event showing the time (pace) per interval. The graph page be viewed by pressing the “<” icon in the far upper right.
On this same graph page, if the user selects the “Map” icon on the upper right, the Pace App will show a scalable map, denoting with pins and associated interval numbers and will also show the path of the entire event.
In the map screen, if the user select the “<” icon in the upper right, the user can email a pdf file of the event. This pdf will contain all of the detailed data of the event (map, line graph of the time splits, chart graph of the time splits, event name, location, date, results, time variance to goal time, etc.)
Note: If you use only the Apple Watch 3 for the event (the Apple Watch 1 and Apple Watch 2 must be accompanied by the iPhone during the event to acquire GPS), ensure that the watch is synchronized with the iPhone after the event (see above on how to press the “sync” icon
Creating a New Event From a Completed Event
You can reuse events that you have already completed on the iPhone. To do this, you will create a new event from a completed event using the same parameters.
- Go to the home screen.
- Select “Completed Events”
- Choose the event that you want to re-create
- In the middle of the resulting page is a blue calendar icon. Press this icon and the application will show the user the “Create Event” screen populated with all the same data as the previous event except for the date.
- Choose a date for the new event.
- Choose “create event” at the bottom of the screen.
- “Event has been created successfully” will be shown on the screen.
- Press “OK”
For the Apple Watch 3 or later versions (not for the Apple Watch 1 or Apple Watch 2), choose a completed event in “Completed Events” screen of the watch. The screen will then show the results of that event as well as an icon in the middle of the screen that shows a plus “+” symbol will a circular arrow around it. To create a new event with the completed event’s same parameters, press this icon. A new event will be created and listed in the “Active Events” screen.
For the user that (e.g.) has a favorite training event that they repeat frequently, this is a convenient feature that allows the exact same data to be entered again, saving time and eliminating errors.
Using the Apple Watch 3 and Later Apple Watch Versions
Unlike the Apple Watch 1 and the Apple Watch 2, the Apple Watch 3 and later versions can run the Pace App on its own and the iPhone does not need to be present to operate all functions of the Pace App.
After loading all the data into the fields on the iPhone, synchronize the Pace App data on the iPhone with the Apple Watch nearby, by pressing the blue “sync” icon on the lower right of the Home Screen on the iPhone.
All Pace App data on the iPhone are now also on the Apple Watch. After starting an event on the Apple Watch, you can toggle back and forth between the ETA and Chronometer (“Chrono”) modes by pressing either mode (that is, selecting one of the two bars at the top) in same manner as the iPhone. The third bar on this same screen will provide the number of steps during and the total number of steps after an event.
To pause an event, press the “II” button which will revert to a start, triangle button. To resume, press the start button. Once pressed, it will ask the user to confirm they want to pause the event (choose yes/ no).
To finish the event, press the finish (square) button. Once pressed, it will ask the user to confirm they want to stop/ finish the event (choose yes/ no).
On the Apple Watch Home Screen, like the iPhone, it lists both the Active and Completed events from which the user can choose an event to view the event details.
As described above, if selected, the Apple Watch will also ring and vibrate at the end of each interval to notify the user. We recommend that the user select this function to be aware of when they complete each interval to confirm their pace, their ETA / Projected Finish Time, their Required Pace & other key data to meet or exceed their Goal Finish Time.
To create a new event from a completed event on the Apple Watch
As described above, choose a Completed Event and select the “+” icon in the middle of the screen. All the same parameters from the chosen event will be loaded and create a new event for you to use. This new event will be added to the list of Current Events to choose from.
When viewing your list of Current Events, an in-progress event will display a green dot next to their title.
To create an entirely new event, the data fields on the iPhone will need to be completed and then synchronized with the iPhone with the Apple Watch as described above. After synchronization, all current and completed events on the iPhone will also be listed on the Apple Watch.
To view the time of day during an event, press the Apple Watch bezel. To return to the Pace App screen, press the horizontal bar under the bezel. All watch apps will appear on the Apple Watch screen. Touch the Pace App icon when it appears, and it will return to regular operations with the Pace App filling the entire Apple Watch screen.
To download all Pace App data (including a chart of splits and total time, line graph of splits and the scalable map of your event with pins marking the intervals completed) from the Apple Watch to the iPhone after the completion of the event, with both devices near each other, sselect the blue sync icon (see above) on the lower right of the home screen on the iPhone. You can then email all of the above Pace App data to yourself and others in a downloadable PDF per the above instructions under “Completing an Event.”
Other useful information
Deleting Active and Completed events
When viewing completed events on the iPhone, select the event you wish to delete. Swipe across your chosen event towards the left and select the “delete” button that will appear.
Events on Apple Watches cannot be deleted manually. They must first be deleted on the iPhone and the events will be deleted from the Apple Watch after the Apple Watch next synchronizes with the iPhone.
Up to 10 Active and 10 Completed events can be stored on the Apple Watch 3 and later versions. If more than 10 events are stored, oldest events will be deleted to make room for newest events.
Look-Back Intervals Defined
The Pace App uses the “average pace” of the selected number of prior (“look-back”) intervals as a key part of the ETA / Projected Finish Time calculation. This average pace is found in the “Chrono” mode labeled as “Average Pace.” This pace is the collective, average pace of all of the chosen number of look-back intervals. This Average Pace, the time variance between Goal Finish Time and Projected Finish Time, the Required Pace and the ETA/ Projected Finish Time calculation, all of which are patented features of the Pace App, are all refreshed at the end of each interval. The number of look-back intervals will remain the same throughout the event with the exception of during the during the first few intervals (see immediately below).
For example, using four intervals to calculate the average pace, at the completion of intervals 1 through 4, the average pace will use the pace for interval 1 for interval 1, then the average pace for intervals 1 and 2 for interval 2, then the average pace of intervals 1, 2 and 3 for interval 3, etc. until four intervals are reached. At the completion of (e.g.) mile 8, the average pace (“Pace” in the Chronometer mode) is the average pace of miles 5, 6, 7 & 8. At the completion of mile 9, the average pace is the average pace of miles 6, 7, 8 & 9, etc.
We suggest that the user selects four as the number of look-back intervals to start with as many endurance athletes with which we have consulted frequently agreed with this number. However, the user may select any number look-back intervals up to the total number of intervals in the event. Note that intervals include fractions of an interval such as 0.2 mile which is the 27th interval of a 26.2 mile marathon event.
By using a continuous, smoothed average pace (and NOT instantaneous pace which is largely not useful or accurate when calculating estimated finish times) derived from a consistent, pre-selected group of just-completed intervals, the result is a much more accurate predictor of future performance and thus a more accurate ETA/ Projected Finish Time.