Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS Sport Watch

Take a look at this beauty. A water resistant GPS watch that doesn't like some mini-computer on your wrist.

This is the new Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS Sport Watch, only available from REI. I first heard of it through pro triathlete and Team Timex member Erin Kummer. Erin was the '08 XTERRA National Champion just committed to Pipestem XTERRA which I'll be doing later this June, my first ever off road tri.

The Timex GPS appears to be less clunky than the Garmin water resistant model (310XT). I have the Garmin 405, love it...but can't use in the water. The Garmin 310XT is water resistant but looks dorky and huge on your wrist.

I have wanted a watch I could race with and use in the water. I use my Garmin 405 daily for workouts and also in road races and du's and have come to depend on the splits for the run to keep me where I need to be. The Timex looks and sounds like the real deal. I was very intrigued. So I reached out to Erin to learn a bit more about the watch.

Brian said...

That is exciting about the Timex GPS. The Garmin water resistant watch....the Garmin 310XT...looks dorky and huge on your wrist. This looks to be normal sized Timex Ironman watch? Will it read GPS and map from the swim? Will it display bike speed in MPH and run pace in miles/minute automatically so when doing a tri all you have to do is glance or do you need to program for a tri event? Oh, and thanks for coming to the Pipestem Xterra. It will be a blast!

Erin replied...

Hey Brian,

I'm super stoked to be coming out for the Pipestem XTERRA...I can't wait! I'm also really amped that you like the Timex GPS watch. Yes, it will read GPS in the swim and as far as programming, you just need to set the multisport mode and you can view up to 4 displays at once for each discipline. I'll have one at the race in ND for everyone to check out and play around with! See you there.

Well, I'm a simple man. So I ordered (with heart rate monitor) and it will be arriving this coming Wednesday (June 9) in time for me to experiment a bit and use at the Liberty Oly...if I can somehow manage to make it out of the water alive.

I will post follow-up comments and review later in the week.

Again, it is only available from REI. You can order the model sans heart rate monitor ($275) or with heart rate monitor ($325). Some specs and stuff:

The Timex Ironman® Global Trainer® GPS sport watch with heart rate monitor helps you improve training and performance by providing the tools to monitor and analyze your workout.

•Featuring SiRFstarIII™ GPS technology, the watch quickly locks on to satellite signals to measure pace, speed and distance in real time

•Watch measures your location and tracks altitude ascent and descent distances and rates

•Records up to 100 GPS waypoints so you can find your way home or create custom routes; recall up to 50 custom routes so you can track your pace

•Included heart rate chest strap takes continuous readings of your heart rate and sends them to the watch so you can monitor how your body is performing

•Adjustable and flexible elastic strap makes the sensor comfortable to wear; ANT™ technology eliminates cross talk with other heart rate monitors

•Custom heart rate target zones help maximize performance, whether your goal is to burn fat or train for a race; visual and audible alarms alert you when you fall out of a zone

•Watch counts and displays calories burned during a training session

•Customize the display to show up to 4 windows of information so you can monitor pace, distance, split time and heart rate all at the same time

•Chronograph with interval and countdown timers lets you develop personal workouts that will help you improve your performance

•Performance pacer mode helps you meet goals and set personal records

•Watch is water resistant to 50m (165 ft.)

•Download your workout and route data and analyze it using online training software

•Customize and manage watch settings using the included desktop software

•Recharge the internal lithium-ion battery by connecting the watch to your computer with the included USB cable or plug it into the wall with the included AC adapter

•Compatible with Timex bike sensors (sold separately) that use ANT+™ wireless technology; also compatible with third-party bike power sensors using ANT+

1 comment:

Josh Kite said...

How many hours can timex Ironman Watch stay on a swim? Can I wear it over swimming time like 8 hours? Just a clarification. :)