What a Triathlete Needs in a Watch

With a stunning display of athletic endurance, a triathlon takes you from the water to the bike and finishes it off with a marathon run. As you train, you push yourself to beat your personal records and strive for success on race day.

Make sure you have a timekeeping, activity-tracking companion as part of your essential triathlon gear to help you train with precision. Here are the features to look for in the ideal triathlon watch:

Swimming, cycling, running – and more

Multisport features make switching between events as easy as the push of a button. This changes the display information, recording speed and time depending on the activity. With an easy setting change, you can go from measuring miles per hour while cycling to minutes per mile when running. Of course, digital dials make it easy to take note of the data while on the move.

Advanced sport features for multisport training can further include distance, mile markers, pace, heart rate, hydration and nutrition alerts, timed intervals, split timing, race predictors, GPS tracking, power meter and more. Some triathlon watches even sync up with your smartphone or computer for more advanced data and information tracking. These multisport features make it easy to review performance improvements over time and track your progress on race day.

Bring on the water

While your smartphone has useful sports tracking features, you wouldn’t jump in the pool with it. A triathlon watch is as comfortable in the pool as you are. Water resistance up to 100 meters is usually the standard for a sports watch. This feature also means that inevitable encounters with sweat or rain while running or biking won’t affect watch performance.

Light on the wrist

The ideal triathlon watch sits comfortably on the wrist, enhancing performance rather than holding the wearer back with a clunky design or heavy weight. Along with lightweight cases and mechanics, these athletic timepieces typically include durable, weather- and water-resistant soft silicone rubber straps. A good triathlon watch should also be relatively thin, as this composition makes it easy to change clothes and gear between races.

Get going with the Timex Ironman®

The Timex Ironman is made with triathletes in mind, following our distinct process of designing sport watches with solid construction and a user-friendly interface. No unnecessary frills included, these sports watches offer simple electronic features for easy operation and quality performance as you train and compete. With various Ironman styles to choose from, those features can include:

• Sports stopwatch with lap memory.
• 99-lap counter.
• 100-hour chronograph with lap and split times.
• Countdown timer.
• Customizable alarm and reminders.
• Water resistance to 100 meters.
• INDIGLO® light-up watch dial.
• Reflector display.
• Time zone settings.
• GPS.

With clean sports design, durable materials and easy-to-use features, your Timex Ironman triathlon watch can take you to the finish line.

How to Change a Watch Battery

The mini panic attack you may experience when you think you’re running late is easily the worst part of a watch battery dying. Your timepiece gets stuck where it is, displaying an inaccurate time until it gets fresh power. Once you realize what’s happened, your next move is to replace the battery as soon as possible.

While some watches have a unique process, you can generally change your Timex watch battery the same way you would most timepieces. Here’s how:

Take it to an expert
If you doubt your ability to change your watch battery, don’t worry. There are plenty of jewelers who would be happy to replace the precious part for you. Prices for this service will vary depending on the jeweler, so you may want to inquire at several stores before committing. However, once you find a jeweler or watch repair professional you can trust, we recommend heading back there whenever you need a reliable fix.

Do it yourself
You’ll need tweezers and a small screwdriver to remove the dead battery and replace it with the new one. Safety note: it is suggested using plastic rather than metal tools to avoid an electrical shock. Wearing gloves can also prevent damage from occurring inside the watch.

Once you have the materials, follow these steps to change your watch battery like a pro:

1. Remove the watch back
Most modern watches have snap-off back panels, which have small indentations to help you carefully pry off the cover. Using a small flathead screwdriver or blade, press down on the indentation and twist until the cover comes loose. If your watch back is secured with screws, use a small screwdriver, such as one designed for eyeglasses, to loosen the screws and remove the cover. Some watch backs have slots large enough to fit the edge of a coin, which you can use to twist off the cover.

2. Place the gasket to the side
If you see a rubber ring or plastic covering, remove that from the watch case to reveal the inner workings of the timepiece. Use tweezers or the edge of a knife if you need help getting a strong grip. Battery Depot recommended cleaning the gasket before you put it back after changing the battery.

3. Find and remove the battery
Once you see the existing battery, note which side is facing upward so you can replicate the placement when you insert the new part. If there are plastic clips holding the battery in place, use plastic tweezers to lift them. From there, you can use the tweezers to ease the battery out of the watch case.

4. Insert the new battery
Use the tweezers to place the new battery in its designated slot, and gently press down to secure its position.

5. Test your work
Before reattaching the back cover, carefully flip the watch over to see if it’s working. If the hands still aren’t moving, double check to make sure you installed the new battery correctly. You may have a damaged battery or faulty watch if it still fails to work, so consider taking the timepiece to a jeweler or watch repair store for a professional examination.

6. Replace the gasket and watch back
If the battery’s working, perform the first two steps in reverse order to put all the parts back in place.

With a fresh battery, your watch will be ready to wear once again. Better still, now that you know how to replace the batteries, you can confidently add more watches to your repertoire. Check out the Timex collection to find your next timekeeping companion.

5 Reasons to Wear a Digital Watch

Sleek, sporty and always ready to go, digital watches are the multi-feature, tech-savvy versions of their analog counterparts. Ideal for active watch wearers, digital timepieces have the features to suit high-energy, on-the-go lifestyles.

Is it time to upgrade your active lifestyle with a modern timekeeping companion? Consider these five benefits when deciding if a digital watch is right for you:

1. Track your workout
How many steps did you walk today? Have you made it to the first mile marker yet? Is it time to start the next move? A digital watch has all the answers. With the ability to record time elapsed and distance traveled, digital watches make it easy to track your workouts. Whether you run every day or spend hours in the gym, your digital watch can track your progress and help you set goals to keep improving.

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2. Check your heart rate
Some digital watches can also monitor your heart rate. This feature is especially ideal for runners or those who want to track cardio-heavy workouts. You can also store the data and check the history of your pulse scores to compare results.

Plus, with digital time and data display, digital watches can be easier to read than analog watches while in motion. This display allows you to steal a quick glance at the time or your heart rate when you’re on the move while the high-tech features record your progress as you go. Light-up watch dials mean this easy reading continues even when the sun goes down.

3. Cross the finish line
Coupled with the ability to track physical activity, lightweight construction and easy-on-the-wrist materials digital watches are the perfect companions for any sport. If you’re playing for a team, coaching the players, training for a marathon or triathlon, competing professionally or using recreational sports as an entertaining way to stay in shape, you’re the perfect candidate for a digital watch.

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4. Get outdoors
More than an athlete’s preferred wristwatch, digital timepieces can also support adventure-seeking spirits who love exploring the outdoors. Features such as weather, water and shock resistance, compass and GPS, customizable alarms and reflector displays mean digital watches are dependable and practical companions for anything from hiking to camping to snorkeling. Plus, digital watches keep working even when there isn’t enough service for your smartphone to pull up directions.

5. Never stop going
As some of the most durable timepieces out there, digital watches can handle nearly anything. You can focus on your performance, never worrying about whether or not your watch will get damaged as you race to the finish line or scale the side of a mountain.

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If you’re ready to go the distance, check out the IRONMAN® GPS collection to find the timepiece that’s prepared to keep up with you. With features like customizable alarms, countdown timers, water and shock resistance and INDIGLO® light-up dials, Timex digital sports watches will also check all the boxes as you search for your timekeeping partner in adventure.