The TIMEX Ironman Global Trainer with GPS was designed with the multisport athlete in mind. It’s a sports watch that keeps track of your swim, bike and run split times during a triathlon as well as transition times. It has many other features as well and comes in one size, large.
The time for change is now!
There’s a new GPS watch from TIMEX, the Timex Ironman Run Trainer with GPS. What is the difference? Let’s compare.
The first thing you notice about the TIMEX Ironman Global Trainer is the size and display face, it’s the largest of any TIMEX sports watch, 30 x 22 mm.
The all new Run Trainer is classic TIMEX and built for runnning. It’s display face is 27 x 25 mm.
The TIMEX Ironman Global Trainer has the standard high quality construction that TIMEX customers have come to expect and the same holds true for the Run Trainer with many of the same easy-to-use features and options.
The TIMEX Ironman Global Trainer preaches the latest GPS technology and ANT technology that links to wireless sensors for heart rate and cycling plus compatibility with online training log software. Not to fear, the Run Trainer is stride for stride with the Global Trainer in this category.
The TIMEX Ironman Global Trainer has the customizable display with up to four windows of data. The Run Trainer can show up to 4 data line with the focus on heart rate, pace, distance and cadence.
Both watches come with a USB cable so you to upload data, customize settings, and recharge the battery (more on the battery in a moment).
The TIMEX Ironman Global Trainer has a 20 Workout Memory while the Run Trainer offers 15.
Since the TIMEX Ironman Global Trainer was designed for the athletes who swim, bike and run, it’s wireless sensor capability picks up heart rate, bike speed and cadence information and third party power meters. The Run Trainer has similar capabilities but without the cycling elements.
Something the TIMEX Ironman Global Trainer has that the Run Trainer doesn’t is waypoint and route storage. It can store up to 100 waypoints to track back and create routes. Both watches do provide automatic performance measurements that give you run splits and pace updates based on distance and time.
The TIMEX Ironman Global Trainer has a Performance Pace option so you can compare and test yourself against previous workouts.
As far as the battery, the Run Trainer is good for up to 8 hours in full GPS mode. The much larger Global Trainer will give you up to 15 hours which makes it useful for Ironman triathletes.
And again, both can upload data to an online training software program powered by Training Peaks.
The Global Trainer with GPS retails for $300, plus $60 more for the heart rate monitor. The Run Trainer with GPS alone is $225. Add $50 for the heart rate monitor.
I suspect the all new TIMEX Ironman Run Trainer with GPS will be a big hit, especially with runners. I plan on getting one and when I do, I’ll let you know what I think.
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