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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Time and Tech

Throughout its storied history, Timex has had a vested interest in digital technology. Starting in the early 1970’s, Timex developed digital watches as this technology began to outpace the traditional mechanical movement timepieces.

While no one was predicting the end of mechanical watches, Timex saw room to develop both quartz analog and digital watches and would find great success with the release of the TIMEX® IRONMAN® Triathlon® watch that was named for the triathlon held annually in Kona, Hawaii. Within a year of its 1986 release, it was the best-selling watch in America. The watch also allowed Timex to target its products to different market segments based on lifestyle and interests, a practice that would become increasingly important in the evolution of digital watches.

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As Timex tinkered with its IRONMAN collection in 2017, it developed new versions including the IRONMAN® Essential and the IRONMAN® Sleek™, a new style of digital watches was on the horizon. Unlike previous watches that were heavy on tech but lacking in style, Timex created fashion-active digital watches that gave the wearer a durable watch that also supported an individual’s fashion aesthetic.

Two styles launched in 2018 that typify how Timex engineered its digital collection to meet the needs of different consumers are the IRONMAN® Transit and the Timex Command™ Shock.

With the release of the IRONMAN® Transit, Timex produced a stylish crossover watch that could be worn for many occasions. While the Transit still has plenty of features including countdown timer, sports stopwatch with 10-lap memory and water resistance up to 100 meters, the design creates a modern-retro look that can be worn in the weight room as well as the boardroom.

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The IRONMAN Transit

The Timex Command™ Shock watch is proof of Timex’s legendary durability. Built to keep up with active outdoor lifestyles, it is shock resistant with three time zone settings, 100-hour chronograph with lap and split times and a hydration alarm that gives users all the features they need for adventures. Adding to the tactical look, the Timex Command Shock comes in a variety of camouflage colors including olive green, gray and blue with matching straps.

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Timex Command Shock

These new styles usher in a new era for Timex digital watches. Built to be rugged and reliable, the Transit and Command Shock also offer design aesthetics that give the wearer a trusted timepiece with a look to match active lifestyles.