Navigating a saved route without starting Timer will not register distance, speed etc? What is the menu preferred sequence by Garmin?

I have searched in the Help but for me it is not very clear explained.

1. Is it possible to navigate a saved route without starting the Timer?

Because I think that I ALWAYS have to start the Timer first in case I want to ride a saved route/course with the edge 530.

Otherwise the stats of the route will not be registered on the Edge 530.

Is that how its meant to work for the Edge 530?

2. What is the preferred sequence of menu steps I have tot take when navigating a route?

Thanks

Maarten the Netherlands