The Timex Ironman Run Trainer is a great mid level heart rate monitor, with the added bonus of having GPS built in. Given the price range this is a fantastic feature to have, which you would usually only find on higher spec and price models. It also has a lot of bells and whistles that let you expand your heart rate training ability and significantly improve your performance.
The GPS allows you track your speed and distance in addition to your heart rate and calories burned. All this data can then be used to track your performance during different workout sessions. All the data can be uploaded to the TrainingPeaks online application to give you a better display of your individual workout sessions.
The display on the Timex Ironman Run Trainer is customizable to your needs and allows for up to 4 lines of data. This means that you do not have cycle through different displays and keep pressing buttons to get info about your current performance. The display is also large enough to make the data easily readable. This is often something that other HRMs with lots of data fall short on, in that they are very difficult to read when you are training.
Hydration and nutrition reminder is another great feature of the Timex Ironman Run Trainer. It is something that people often forget to keep on top of especially when they are focusing a lot on optimizing performance. Having these reminders can greatly help your performance as you run a lower risk of dehydrating or running low on energy.
If you do decide to get this HRM then you should definitely start uploading your data to Training Peaks. The online based software will track your training data and if you are due to do an easy run for one hour then the software will check your previous workouts and suggest one for you. You don’t need to go through all the data manually, just let the software advise you.
The watch itself is quite large, but this is needed in order to display all the data and accommodate all the features. The advantage of this is that you will find it difficult to read the display while training and the buttons are large enough to not get mixed up. This is very handy for anyone that likes to get all the data while running. One you know which button does what you will not find it troublesome to navigate the menus.
One drawback with this HRM is that you only get the watch; the heart rate sensor is not included, which given the price tag of less than $150 is not too surprising. But you can add a sensor to your order, just make sure it is a Timex compatible one.
Good price for GPS enabled HRM
Highly customizable display
Heart rate sensor not included
Quite large size
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.