The Timex Ironman Global Trainer is one of the more advanced heart rate monitors available by this manufacturer. With built in GPS functionality it allows you to track your route, speed and distance which are very important pieces of information for tracking your overall performance and fitness progress. The GPS function also allows you to enter up to 100 location points for any planned routes.
At a price of less than $250 you will struggle to find the same level of features in other makes and models, especially considering that you are able to customize the display to show up to four different data points. This is very handy as it means that during a workout you do not need to constantly press buttons to get the information you are looking for. However, this dos make the watch quite large which may not be to everyone’s liking, but that is the price you pay to be able to see so much data in one go.
Data from the watch can be transferred to the online Training Peaks software and this is done over USB, which also charges the watch. One thing to note though is that while Timex advertise the Ironman Global Trainer coming with a free account for Training Peaks, it is only a basic function version that you get for free. The full package that you get to use for 7 days costs $120 per year and this is something that some of the reviewers on Amazon have highlighted.
One of the great features for runners is that with the Timex Ironman Global Trainer you can set up an auto-split function which can be set up to automatically track your time for certain distances. This allows you set 1 mile intervals and on any given training sessions you can check how fast you ran the last mile interval. This gives you a great indication as to how well you are doing on your current run. When each lap has been completed the watch will automatically display summary info like average heart rate, average pace and speed.One advantage of the watch’s size is that it is very easily interacted with while running. Buttons can be easily pressed while in motion, even when you have gloves on in winter. This is something that can be a bit of an annoyance with some of the smaller devices available where buttons are small and difficult to actually press.
The Timex Ironman Global Trainer only comes in black and is quite a bulky design to accommodate all the features. This would however make it a less appealing HRM for women, and there are more suitable ones for female athletes. It is entirely down to taste though and for some people it is just going to come down to the functionality.
Customizable display with four data points
People are reporting issues getting satellite connection
Full Training Peaks software features require paid subscription
Also take a look at this very handy comparison table that we have put together in order to make it easier to see the differences between all the different HRMs.