The Timex Bodylink Watches

Timex Bodylink watches are advanced sports watches that offer, almost all of Timex’s best sports watch features. There are three watches in the Bodylink line, the T5F011 a larger watch designed for male runners or sports where repetitive training is tracked, the T5J985 “Trail Runner”, an adventurer’s watch which features navigation and advanced altitude features and the T5G311, a smaller version of the T5F011, designed for female athletes.

How Timex GPS Watches Differ: Ironman Bodylink/Speed and Distance Comparison

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GPS watches allow an athlete to track their performances in terms of real-time speed and pace as well as overall distance. The result is some tremendous benefits to sports watches which have, as a result of GPS emerged into a powerful training tool that can analyze your training in ways that were never before possible.

GPS technology has, over the last few years become a lot more predominant in popular high-end sports watches. A gps running watch can, for instance inform a runner what pace they are running at, what their predicted time is (based on their pace) over a specified distance as well as alert them if they are pushing too hard or their pace is too slow for their target event time.

 

GPS running watches with navigation features can track waypoints and allow an athlete to backtrack along a previously travelled route.

 

sleek-iStock_000005988696XSmall'Whether you are a marathon runner, a triathlete, a road cyclist, a skier or kayaker. If you are a competitive athlete, take your sport seriously and wish to push their fitness and performance to the maximum limit possible, should seriously consider adding the powerful features of a GPS sports watch to their fitness toolset.

Timex, who have always been a market leader in terms of creating amazingly robust and functional sports watches for all types of athletes and fitness enthusiasts, whether they be elite level athletes or the proverbial weekend warrior have taken GPS technology and integrated it into their famous and easy to use sports watch to deliver a package that delivers on almost al sporting needs and wishes.

This article illustrates the Timex watches that support GPS functionality and compares the features amongst these. This page also contains information on some of the major modes and features of the Timex watches and how these benefits athletes from all walks of life.

 

Timex GPS Watch Components

Timex GPS watches function as a number of devices that are worn separately from the wrist watch device and communicating via a wireless, digital FM signal. Here is an overview of some of the different devices that can be used with Timex GPS watches.

 

Timex Navman GPS Pod

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Timex GPS works by acquiring a signal from orbiting GPS (Global Positioning System) satellites that determine your position and changes in position anywhere on the globe. This information is transmitted wirelessly to your watch using digital FM frequency so that it can view your computed speed, pace and distance traveled in real time as well as in a summarized form at the end of your training session.

Timex provides two different types of GPS, a Speed and Distance sensor which measures exact speed and exact pace, but does not measure altitude and an altitude capable GSP-3D device which measures altitude as well as speed and pace.

The Timex GPS system is called Navman and utilizes the Navman II chipset.

 

GPS Lock Times

It should be noted that on first use, the GPS sensor can take up to 5 minutes or even longer to establish a link with the satellites. After that the unit typically needs only one minute unless you move hundreds of kilometers away from where you last used the GPS sensor or if you leave the GPS sensor powered up indoors for long periods of time before going outdoors.

The shortest GPS lock times can be achieved by minimizing movement while the indicator light is flashing red.

How the S+D Sensor is Worn

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The GPS sensor is design solely for your upper arm, although it supports a clip that can be attached to your waist. Your watch should be worn so it is always within 1 meter (3 feet) of the GPS sensor and right side up.

Any clothing worn over the GPS sensor must be dry and free of metal.

 

 

 

On the Upper Arm

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  • Make sure that the belt clip is removed. To remove the belt clip, grasp clip and gently pop off. To replace clip line up tab on clip with slot on sensor and gently pop clip on to unit (illustrated left).
  • If the armband is not attached,slide plastic attachment with elastic strap into the slot of the S+D Sensor.
  • Slide the elastic strap through the open end of the attachment, and fix it in place with the hook and loop closure. 
  • Slip the sensor and strap over your hand and onto your upper arm. Watch must be worn on same arm.
  • Pull armband through the adjustable end so that it fits snugly around your arm.

 

On the Belt

  • If attached,remove armband by sliding out plastic attachment.
  • Insert belt clip by lining up tab on belt clip with slot on Sensor and pop into place.
  • Wear sensor on same side of body as watch.

Timex Heart Rate Monitors

The Timex Ironman Bodylink watches support heart rate monitor devices as well as the Navman GPS sensors.

The Timex digital heart rate monitor is a combination of a heart rate sensor and a sports watch. All Timex heart rate monitor watch models features Digital, synchronized, FM transmission, providing a clear signal around exercise equipment and power lines and prevents cross talk from other gps heart rate monitor devices.

Ironman heart rate monitor watches also feature a comfortable, adjustable elastic strap, user replaceable batteries that have a 2 year battery life and water resistance to 30 meters. Please note. The heart rate sensor will not provide accurate heart rate information when under water.

How the Heart Rate Strap Is Attached

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The sensor then uses this information to calculate your heart rate and transmits it to your watch. You simply glance at the watch curing exercise/training to ensure you are in the appropriate heart rate to maintain or improve your fitness level.

 

 

 

How to Use the Digital Heart Rate Monitor

  1. Wet the Heart Rate Sensor pads. THIS IS ESSENTIAL for proper operation of the Heart Rate Monitor.
  2. Put on the chest strap. Fasten the strap snugly around your chest,just below the breasts. Be sure the transmitter is centered on the chest and is right side up so the logo can be read by someone facing you.
  3. Start the Heart Rate Monitor: Refer to the user manual for your watch for detailed instructions on viewing heart rate data.

For more detailed information on Timex heart rate monitors view our Timex Ironman heart rate monitor comparison chart.

 

The Timex Data Recorder

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The Timex Data Recorder is a device that can be purchased separately, that records information from the Timex Digital Heart Rate Sensor and Navman GPS Sensor devices (including altitude information) and then allows you to transfer it to PC via USB where your data can be analyzed with the Timex Trainer Software.

 

The data recorder has the capacity to the following data:

HRM Data Only 72 hours
Speed and Distance Data (GPS) 26 hours
HRM/GPS (non 3D) Data 14 hours
HRM/Full 3D GPS Data 7 hours

The Timex Data Recorder is actually quite small, about 3cm in diameter. It can be clipped onto your belt or slipped into your pocket. It has the capacity to record multiple workouts, has a 2 year battery life and splash-resistant case.

 

The Timex Trainer Software

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The Timex Trainer is a software training system for the management of activity data. It allows users to track and analyze all aspects of their training both manually and with the integration of heart rate and GPS measurement data from Timex’s Fitness Sensors.

Data from the Fitness Sensors can be transferred from the Timex Data Recorder to PC and then imported into the Timex Trainer Software.

Through the Trainer Software users can view data imported from the Data Recorder, edit data manually as well as view a number of reports including Weekly Distance by Sport, Daily time in HR Zones, Daily Distance, Daily Activity Time, Daily Body Weight, Daily Resting HR and Daily Highest Altitude.

 

Please note that the Timex Trainer software is NOT compatible with a Mac computer, only Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and Vista operating systems. Although Microsoft Virtual PC on the Macintosh will recognize the Data Recorder and run the Timex Trainer software, the USB communication between the two does not work.

 

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Size

Large Size

Suitable for Male Athletes

Large Size

Suitable for Male Athletes

Small Size

Suitable for Female Athletes

Suitable For

This Bodylink watch is the most suitable for athletes and fitness enthusiasts, including runners, cyclists, fell runners, triathletes, rowers and joggers.

A very technical watch and the only Bodylink watch that includes navigation features. Suitable for athletes, adventure races and trail runners.

This watch is a female version of the T5G311. It is suitable for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, runners, cyclists, fell runners, triathletes, rowers and jogger who have thinner wrists.

 

Bodylink Features At A Glance

The Timex Bodylink watches support GPS, Timex’s digital heart rate monitor equipment as well as Timex’s advanced sports watch modes and features. The table below summarizes the main Bodylink features:

How Timex Ironman Bodylink Watches Differ

The Timex Bodylink watches are generally very similar. Generally you can rest assured that you will be purchasing Timex’s most advanced sporting watch when you buy a Bodylink watch, yet there are some subtle differences to note.

Unlike the other Bodylink watches, The Trail Runner records two simultaneous heart rate zones. It also support navigation features and altitude alerts and other advanced altitude features. The T5G311 “Ladies” Bodylink is very similar to the T5F011, but lacks “Finish Mode”, a features that allows you to predict your event time based on your current speed and distance. Both the T5F011 and T5G311 lack the navigation features of the Trail Runner.

 

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Heart Rate Zones

8x HR Zones:

5xAutoset

3x Custom Set

2 x Simultaneous HR zones:
TZ1 and TZ2.
Can be one of 5 x preset HR zones (or a manual set zone)

8x HR Zones:

5xAutoset

3x Custom Set

Fits a male wrist

Fits a male or female wrist

Fits a female wrist

Chronograph mode

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Finish mode 

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Lap data mode

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Summary mode 

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Timer mode 

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Interval timer mode 

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Vertical mode 

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Altitude Alerts

 

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Navigation Modes 

 

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Timex Ironman Speed and Distance Watches

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The Timex Speed and Distance watches offer a cheaper alternative to the Bodylink line, these two watches feature horizontal GPS, so while speed and distance area measured, no vertical altitude measurements is supported and unlike the Bodylink sports watches, these watches do not support a heart rate monitor device.

The Speed and Distance watches offer most of Timex’s other Ironman watch features such as 100 hour chronograph timer, 100 lap memory recall, Indiglo night light and night mode, 100 meters water resistance, an alarm feature and dual time zones as well as the GPS speed and pace measurements, speed and distance alerts and a continuous odometer that displays the total distance over a workout or group of workouts.

 

How Timex GPS Watches Differ

Here is a combined chart depicting how all the Timex GPS watches differ from each other.

 

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Exact Speed

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Average Speed

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Max Speed

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Average Pace

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Event Distance

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Speed Alerts

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Distance Alerts

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Watch Features

100-hour chronograph with 3-line display 100-hour chronograph with 3-line display 100-hour chronograph with 3-line display 100-hour chronograph with 3-line display 100-hour chronograph with 3-line display
100-Lap Memory 100-Lap Memory 100-Lap Memory 100-Lap Memory 100-Lap Memory
100-hour, 3-mode countdown 100-hour, 3-mode countdown 100-hour, 3-mode countdown 100-hour, 3-mode countdown 100-hour, 3-mode countdown
Alarm Features Alarm Features Alarm Features Alarm Features Alarm Features
INDIGLO Night-Light INDIGLO Night-Light INDIGLO Night-Light INDIGLO Night-Light INDIGLO Night-Light
Night Mode INDIGLO Night Mode INDIGLO Night Mode INDIGLO Night Mode INDIGLO Night Mode INDIGLO
Water Resistant to 50m Water Resistant to 50m Water Resistant to 50m Water Resistant to 100m Water Resistant to 100m
2 Year Battery Life 2 Year Battery Life 2 Year Battery Life 2 Year Battery Life 2 Year Battery Life
One-Year Warranty One-Year Warranty One-Year Warranty One-Year Warranty One-Year Warranty

The Bottom Line

Timex GPS watches provide precise speed, pace and distance measurements in conjunction with Timex’s famous sports watch features.

If you want maximum sports watch features that combine heart rate data with speed and distance information then, one of the three Timex Ironman Bodylink watches should be your first place to look in the Timex line.

The Timex Bodylink watches are performance watches that utilize heart rate monitor features with speed and distance functionality.

The Bodylink series watches are extremely easy to use compared to many other GPS sports watches and they provide most of the functionality present in other GPS watches such as speed alerts. You also get a recovery timer, predictive finish (NOT found in other GPS watches) and vertical mode giving ascent and descent rates.

The Bodylink watches have some shortcomings, however.

You can’t record information from the supplied heart-rate belt and GPS POD simultaneously without the Bodylink data recorder unit, an additional unit that is purchased separately and another bulky device that must be attached to the body.

It allows you to download information to your PC for analysis, a standard feature on other sports watches.

Among the Bodylink watches, if you require navigation features as well as superior altitude features, then the Bodylink Trail Runner watch (T5J985) has all this and more. If you are a runner, cyclist or triathlete and do a lot of repetition track work or performance speed/endurance training than one of the other Bodylink watches (T5F011 and T5G311) will suit you best.

If you are looking for a cheaper watch and don’t mind not having heart rate monitoring ability or altitude measuring ability, the Timex Speed and Distance watches (T5E691 and T5E701) are a slightly way of utilizing the benefits of GPS technology.

 

Timex GPS Watches On Amazon

If you want to purchase a Timex GPS watch from Amazon, the following bundles found on Amazon represent extremely good value.

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Timex Ironman T5F011 Men’s Bodylink Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Approximate Amazon Price: $165.97

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Timex Ironman T5J985 Unisex Trail Runner Bodylink HR Monitor Watch

Approximate Amazon Price: $204.95

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Timex Ironman T5G311 Midsize Bodylink System HR Monitor Watch

Approximate Amazon Price: $151.97

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Timex Ironman T5E701 Women’s 100-Lap Speed + Distance Watch

Approximate Amazon Price: $127.45

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Timex 5E701 with Navman 3D Speed + Distance PLUS Data Recorder 2

Approximate Amazon Price: $199.97

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Timex Ironman T5E691 Men’s 100-Lap Speed + Distance Watch

Approximate Amazon Price: $158.00

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Timex T5G751 Data Recorder 2

Approximate Amazon Price: $89.99

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Timex Navman 3D GPS Sensor

Approximate Amazon Price: $104.90

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(No GPS, but can be upgraded later)

Timex Ironman T5F001 Unisex 100-Lap Target Trainer HR Monitor Watch

Approximate Amazon Price: $77.99

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(Allows cyclists to secure popular Timex sports watches to their bikes)

Bike Mount For Timex Watches

Approximate Amazon Price: $17.47

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Note: Amazon prices are quoted as they were at the time of publication. They are liable to fluctuate over time.

For more information on GPS sports watches, view our GPS watches page.

For more information on Timex Ironman watches, view our Timex Ironman Watch resources guide.


The Bodylink Watches In Depth

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The following is an in-depth overview of how Bodylink watches function, much of which is from the product manuals. You will find below a full overview of the main sports watch modes supported in the Bodylink watches. Want to know how a particular feature of a Bodylink sports watch works? Read on for a detailed explanation.

 

What Is In The Box

The Bodylink system is packaged with the following items:

Watch Buttons and Layout

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The wrist watch offers multi-functional buttons that serve three purposes. Most of the time, the watch buttons function according to the labels printed on the watch case. If you do not see any symbols around the edge of the display, follow the information printed on the watch case to guide you in using the buttons.

 

In any mode where you can view your heart rate you can hold the INDIGLO button to quickly silence an audible target zone alert. Once you push the button to change the alert, it will remain silent until you change it to another target zone alert type.

 

Setting buttons

Use watch setting buttons to set the watch functions. When the + and – symbols appear at the edge of the watch display, you have initiated the setting process.

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The steps listed here allow you to set watch functions.

  1. Press and hold the SET button until the word “SET” briefly appears on the display, followed by a flashing value.
  2. Set the first value by pressing + (display) or – (STOP/RESET)
  3. Press SELECT (SET/FORMAT) to move to the next value to set.
  4. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all the values that need adjustment.
  5. Press DONE (MODE) to save your changes and complete the setting process.

 

Viewing buttons

Watch buttons can help you navigate through the viewing options. Seeing the image and image  triangles on the edge of the display lets you know there is information to view.

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Display Icons

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Timex Bodylink Modes

Time Of Day Allows you to display the time, date and day of the week for two different time zones.
Chronograph Tracks and displays performance data.
Vertical Features vertical data such as ascent rate, altitude and elevation.
Finish Lets you predict a time for a specified distance and set alerts if you are off pace.
Interval Timer
(Not present in Trail Runner)
Allows you to set the watch up for interval workouts.
Navigate Recognizes positional, compass-type information for your location.
Waypoints Support up to ten reference points as you travel from one location to another and uses these reference points to help you travel back to your beginning location.
Lap Data Presents stored lap information.
Summary Displays data recorded while the chronograph runs.
Timer Enables you to time an event that counts down from a specific time to zero.
Alarm Manages up to five alarms.
Configure Permits you to customize watch functions to meet your needs.

 

Time of Day Mode

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A Timex Bodylink watch can act as an ordinary watch to display the time, date and day for two different time zones using a 12 or 24 hour formant. When you use the watch in conjunction with the GPS-3D sensor, it will align with UTC (Universal Time, Coordinated, formally known as GMT). This describes the local time zone in relationship to the Greenwich Meridian. For example New York City is in the –5 UTC zones, since New York is five hours earlier than Greenwich Meridian.

When using the Fitness Sensors with a Bodylink watch, you can scroll through performance data within Time of Day Mode by pressing and releasing DISPLAY. You may elect to continue viewing the day of the week instead by pressing DISPLAY until the day of the week becomes visible.

You can view:

Heart Rate Current heart rate expressed as either percent of your maximum heart rate (PERCENT) or beats per minute (BPM)
Speed Current velocity
Pace Current velocity, expressed in minutes per selected distance unit, such as miles or kilometers
Distance Distance travelled since you began operating the chronograph
Altitude Current elevation above sea level

 

The Bodylink watches can track two time zones (T1 and T2). You can look at the second zone by pressing START/SPLIT or switch from T1 to T2 using these steps:

  1. Press and hold START/SPLIT until “HOLD FOR TIME 2” appears.
  2. Continue to hold until the time switches and the watch beeps.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to switch back to T1. The message will read “HOLD FOR TIME 1”

You must independently set the time of day for each time zone.

Chronograph Mode

Chronograph Mode is designed for handling the running stopwatch of your Bodylink. It can record elapsed time for up to 100 hours and can also record data from the Fitness Sensors for up to 100 laps.

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A Lap is the time for one segment of your activity. A split is the total elapsed time since the beginning of your activity.

When you take a split, the chronograph will complete timing one lap and begin timing a new one.

Operating Chronograph Mode

When using Chronograph Mode, take splits manually by pressing START/SPLIT or you can set the watch to automatically take splits by time of distance.

  1. Press MODE until Chronograph Mode appears
  2. Press START/SPLIT to begin timing
  3. Press START/SPLIT again to take a split and automatically begin timing a new lap. The watch stores lap and split information and displays average statistics for the lap if you are using the Fitness Sensors.
  4. Press MODE to immediately display new lap information or wait for a few seconds and the watch will automatically begin to display data for a new lap.
  5. Press STOP/RESET to stop timing when you want to take a break or you reach the end of your activity.
  6. Press START/SPLIT to continue timing or Press and hold STOP/RESET to reset the chronograph display to zero.

Viewing Performance Data in Chronograph Mode

When using the Fitness Sensors with your watch, you can scroll through performance data for each lap of your workout by pressing and releasing DISPLAY. For Chronograph Mode, viewing options include:

Heart Rate Current heart rate expressed as either percent of your maximum heart rate (PERCENT) or beats per minute (BPM)
Speed Current velocity
Average Speed Average velocity for the period that chronograph has been running
Pace Current velocity, expressed in minutes per selected distance unit, such as miles or kilometers
Average Pace Average per-minute speed for the period that chronograph has been running
Distance Distance travelled since you began operating the chronograph
Altitude
(Trail Runner)
Current height above sea level.

Tips and Tricks

Vertical Mode

Vertical Mode operates as a viewing mode in conjunction with the GPS sensor, with a focus on displaying information about altitude, specifically vertical activities like climbing or skiing. To operate Vertical Mode:

  1. Press MODE until Vertical Mode appears.
  2. Press START/SPLIT to begin timing.
  3. Press START/SPLIT again to take a split and automatically begin timing a new lap.
  4. Press STOP/RESET to stop timing when you reach the end of your activity.
  5. Press START/SPLIT to continue timing or press and hold STOP/RESET again to reset the display to zero.

Viewing Performance data in Vertical Mode

When using the Fitness Sensors with your watch, you can scroll through performance data for each lap of your workout by pressing and releasing DISPLAY. For Vertical Mode, viewing options include:

Heart Rate Current heart rate
Ascent Rate Vertical speed
Pace Current velocity, expressed in minutes per selected distance unit, such as miles or kilometers
Speed Current velocity
Distance Distance travelled while you run the chronograph
Altitude Current height above sea level
Elevation Difference between your current altitude and the altitude when you started the chronograph

Finish Mode

Finish Mode allows you to predict how much time it will take to finish a specified event distance, say marathon or 5k. The calculation is based on current GPS sensor data. To help you stay on pace for your predicted finish, you can set the watch to alert you if you are moving either too quickly or too slowly for your desired pace.

You must stop and reset the chronograph to allow the configuration of Finish Mode. Here are the steps:

  1. While in Finish Mode, press and hold the SET button until the word “SET” briefly appears on the display, followed by a flashing value.
  2. Set the first value by pressing + (DISPLAY) or – (STOP/RESET)
  3. Press SELECT (SET/FORMAT) to move to the next value to set.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all the values that need adjustment.
  5. Press DONE (MODE) to save your changes and complete the setting process.

For Finish Mode, you can set the following values:

Operating Finish Mode

  1. Press MODE until Finish Mode appears.
  2. Press START/SPLIT to begin timing.
  3. Press START/SPLIT again to take a split and automatically begin timing a new lap.
  4. Press STOP/RESET to stop timing when you reach the end of your activity.
  5. Press START/SPLIT to continue timing or
  6. Press and hold STOP/RESET again to rest the display to zero.

Viewing Performance Data In Finish Mode

When using the Fitness Sensors with your watch, you can scroll through performance data for each lap of your workout by pressing and releasing DISPLAY. Viewing options include:

Finish Time The predicted finish time based on your current speed and distance. The finish time will flash if your current pace will not allow you to finish within your selected target time. If you stop moving, the Watch display replaces the finish time with the word STOPPED.
Heart Rate Current heart rate
Pace Current velocity, expressed in minutes per selected distance unit, such as miles or kilometers
Average Pace Average per-minute speed for the period that chronograph has been running
Speed Current velocity
Average Speed Average velocity for the period that you run the chronograph
Distance Distance travelled while you run the chronograph

 

Navigate Mode

Navigate Mode displays directional information and tracks your speed, distance and altitude during an activity. While you can set up to 10 waypoints to mark specific locations during your activity, this mode does not operate like a compass. You must be moving for accurate heading information to be displayed.

In addition, Navigate Mode does not operate in conjunction with the chronograph. This mode displays and automatically updates current positional information, but does not keep time.

To Operate Navigate Mode

  1. Press MODE until Navigate Mode appears.
  2. Begin moving. The watch automatically updates the information displayed on the watch. If you stop moving the altitude and heading values freeze.

To Store Waypoints In Navigate Mode

A waypoint is a point between the beginning and ending point on a route. Waypoints serve as landmarks during an activity that you can use to help you find your way from your ending point back to your beginning point.

For Navigate Mode, you can only store waypoints. For all other waypoint options use Waypoint Mode.

To View Performance Data In Waypoint Mode

When using Fitness Sensors with your watch, scroll through performance data by pressing and releasing DISPLAY. All data in Navigate Mode require the GPS sensor. Fields include:

Longitude East/West position expressed in degrees, minutes,and seconds from the Greenwich Meridian.
Latitude North/South position expressed in degrees, minutes, and seconds from the equator.
Heading The direction you are traveling.
Speed Current velocity.
Distance Distance traveled since the activation of the GPS Sensor.
Altitude Current height above sea level.

 

Waypoints Mode

Waypoints Mode displays positional information and allows you to store up to 10 waypoints to mark specific navigational locations during your current activity. Your current location will always be marked with CURRENT.

When you store waypoints, you can select a label from a list of presets included with the watch. Pre-set labels include: WAYPNT # (where # equals the waypoint number), JCT, HOME, START, FINISH, CAMP, TRALHD, PEAK or VISTA.

Waypoints Mode includes the Track Back feature that allows you to navigate from your current position to a stored waypoint.

Waypoints Mode does not operate in conjunction with the chronograph. This mode displays and automatically updates current positional information, but does not keep time. In addition, Waypoints Mode does not display any performance data.

To Operate Waypoints Mode

  1. Press MODE until Waypoints Mode appears.
  2. Begin moving. The Watch automatically updates displayed positional information.

 

To Store A Waypoint

  1. Press and hold START/SPLIT to store a waypoint.
  2. Press + (DISPLAY) or – (STOP/RESET) to scroll through the nine pre-set waypoint labels.
  3. Press DONE (MODE) to store the waypoint.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to store up to nine other waypoints. A plus ( + ) sign will appear above the START/SPLIT key if the Watch has room for more waypoints. If you attempt to set more than 10 waypoints, you will receive the message MEMORY FULL.

To View or Edit Waypoints

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1. Press image (DISPLAY) to recall a stored waypoint.
2. Choose one of the following options to view or edit a waypoint:

To Operate The Track Back Feature

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You can activate the Track Back feature when you are ready to navigate from a current position to one of your stored waypoints. When activated, the Track Back feature takes over Waypoints Mode. You cannot perform any other functions until you deactivate Track Back.

  1. Press image (DISPLAY) to select the desired waypoint.
  2. Press and hold START/SPLIT. You will see the message HOLD TO BEGIN TRACK. The Watch will display the current heading and bearing and the estimated distance from your current location to the selected waypoint.
  3. Begin moving. The Watch will display your current location until your location aligns with your chosen waypoint.
    The Watch calculates the distance between your current position and the chosen waypoint as a straight line. Depending on your heading and bearing, the distance may appear to increase as you move towards your desired waypoint.
  4. Press and hold STOP/RESET to deactivate the Track Back feature once you reach your destination.
  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 to navigate to another stored waypoint. This allows you to retrace your path through a
    series of stored waypoints.

 

Interval Timer mode

Interval Timer Mode offers a flexible six-interval countdown timer and can retain settings for up to five different training sessions. It includes warm up and cool down intervals and four training intervals for each training session. You can set the group of four training intervals to repeat up to 99 times. You can set the warm-up interval to run one time at the beginning of your training session and the cool down interval to run one time at the end of your training session.

 

Selecting an Interval Workout

You can use the watch to set and store up to five workouts labelled “WKOUT 1” through to “WKOUT 5”.

  1. Press MODE until Interval Mode appears.
  2. Press image (STOP/RESET) to choose the workout you want to set.

Since you must reset the interval timer to select a new workout, you may need to press the STOP/RESET button more than once before you can view a new workout.

Setting up an Interval Workout

  1. Press and hold the SET button until the word SET briefly appears on the display. The setting screen will appear with the word WARM-UP flashing.
  2. Press image (DISPLAY) or image (STOP/RESET) to review settings for each workout interval. Settings include WARM-UP, INTVL 1-4, # OF REPS and COOL-DOWN.
  3. Select an interval to set and press SELECT (SET/FORMAT). Press + (DISPLAY) or – (STOP/RESET) to select one of five preset or three custom heart rate zones. You can also select no target zone or a manual target zone alert for this interval only. Once you choose your zone, press SELECT (SET/FORMAT). If you did not select MANUAL in step 3, go to step 5.
  4. Set the upper and then the lower heart rate values for the MANUAL zone. Press + (DISPLAY) or – (STOP/RESET) to change the values and SELECT (SET/FORMAT) to move through the digits. When you finish setting the limits, press SELECT (SET/FORMAT).
  5. Press + (DISPLAY) or – (STOP/RESET) to change the time values and SELECT (SET/FORMAT) to move through hours, minutes and seconds. If you set an interval to zero (00:00:00), the watch will automatically skip this interval during your workout.
  6. When you scroll past the final value in the interval time, the watch automatically advances the next interval (or # OF REPS if setting the WARM-UP or COOL DOWN intervals). Repeat steps 2 to 5 to set all intervals and reps for the selected workout.
  7. Press DONE (MODE) to save your workout and complete the setting procedure.

For Interval Timer mode, you can set the following values:

 

Operating Interval Timer Mode

Use these steps to operate the interval timer for a workout.

  1. Press MODE until Interval Timer Mode appears.
  2. Press START/SPLIT to begin timing.
  3. Press STOP/RESET to stop timing when you want to take a break or you reach the end of your activity.
  4. Press START/SPLIT to continue timing or
  5. Press and hold STOP/RESET to reset the chronograph display to zero.

Heart Rate Target Zones and Alerts

During the setting process, you have the option to use one of the five standard, three custom, or a unique heart rate target zone alert for each interval. You may also choose to use no target zone alert. While you run the interval timer, the target zone alert settings you select will override the heart rate target zone alert you set in Configure Mode, however the setting for the alert type (AUDIBLE, VISUAL or NO ALRT) in Configure mode will still operate while you run the interval timer. The watch only ignores the limit settings.

Keep in mind that these settings affect the target zone alert only. The target zone alert settings used in the interval timer do not affect the heart rate statistical data tracked and displayed in Summary Mode.

Viewing Performance Data In Interval Timer Mode

When using the Fitness Sensors with your watch, you can scroll through performance data for each lap of your workout by pressing and releasing DISPLAY. For Interval Timer Mode, viewing options include:

Heart Rate Current heart rate expressed as either percent of your maximum heart rate (PERCENT) or beats per minute (BPM)
Speed Current velocity
Pace Current velocity, expressed in minutes per selected distance unit, such as miles or kilometers
Distance Distance travelled since you began operating the interval timer
Altitude Current height above sea level

Tips and Tricks

You can set the watch to take a split when an interval ends by using SYNC TIMER & CHRONO. This will override the auto split function and allow you to have a record of your performance for each interval.

 

Lap Data Mode

Lap Data Mode allows you to review stored lap information for time and heart rate information. To record lap data, you must run the chronograph in one of the chronograph modes.

When you use Lap Data Mode, each recalled lap will display three lines of data. The lower line will show the lap number, labelled RCL (recall) for each lap you stored in the chronograph.

Access this information using these steps.

  1. Press MODE until the Lap Data Mode appears.
  2. Press image (DISPLAY) or image (STOP/RESET) to navigate through data for each lap.

 

Viewing Performance Data In Lap Data Mode

When using the Fitness Sensors, you can scroll through performance data for each lap of your workout by pressing and releasing DISPLAY. Viewing options include:

Lap and Split Time Lap time includes data for each segment of your activity, and split time shows data for the overall activity.
Lap Average Heart Rate and Time in Average Heart Rate Average heart rate displays the average heart rate for the lap, and time in average heart rate shows how much time during the lap you spent at the average heart rate.
Lap Average Speed Average velocity for the period that chronograph has been running
Lap Average Pace Average per-minute speed for the period that chronograph has been running
Lap Distance Distance travelled for the lap
Lap Altitude Altitude displays the height above sea level at the end of your lap
Lap Elevation Change Elevation is the net change in altitude during the lap

Once you restart the chronograph from zero for your next activity, you erase lap data from your previous activity. If you have activated SYNC TIMER & CHRONO then your lap data is equivalent to your performance for each interval.

Summary Mode

Summary Mode allows you to review overall information recorded by the chronograph for your most recent activity. Data does not update while displayed.

Operating Summary Mode

  1. Press MODE until Summary Mode appears
  2. Press image (DISPLAY) or image (STOP/RESET) to navigate through summary data.

Viewing Performance Data In Summary Mode

If you do not use your Fitness Sensors, the only information you can view in Summary Mode is the total time for your activity while the chronograph was running. Total time is equivalent to split time in Chronograph Mode.

When using the Fitness Sensors with your watch, you can view performance data for the following five data groups:

Heart Rate

Average Heart Rate Your average heart rate calculated over the period the chronograph was running.
Peak Heart Rate The highest recorded heart rate during your activity.
Minimum Heart Rate The lowest recorded heart rate during your activity.
Time in Zones Taking into account your total workout time, the Watch displays how much time you spent in each of the heart rate zones during your activity, including all five preset zones, all three custom zones, and below Zone 1(sometimes referred to as “Zone 0”)
Average Heart Rate in Zones The average heart rate in each of the heart rate zones, including all five preset zones, all three custom zones, and below Zone 1.
Recovery Your heart rate change over a selected period of time recorded at the end of your activity

Speed

Average Speed Your average speed calculated by dividing distance by time.
Maximum Speed Your quickest speed.
Average Pace Your average speed expressed as minutes per distance unit travelled.
Best Pace Your fastest time travelled per minute.

While Average Speed and Average Pace are the same value expressed in two different ways, Best Pace and Maximum Speed are not. Pace is determined by analyzing all the pace values of your activity; Maximum Speed is the fastest speed calculated by the GPS sensor during your activity. While closely related, these two values are not equivalent and may not agree.

Distance

Event Distance Your accumulated distance traveled during the activity while the chronograph was running.
Odometer Your accumulated distance traveled since you last manually reset the odometer. Since the odometer does not operate in conjunction with the chronograph, you can use this feature to track accumulated distance over several workouts.

Time

Event Time The total time for your activity while the chronograph was running. Event time is equivalent to split time in the chronograph modes.

GPS

GPS Battery Level The current voltage level for the GPS Sensor displayed in bar graph format. You must be receiving data from the GPS-3D Sensor to view this information. When the graph displays only one segment and you see the battery icon on the Watch display, you should change the battery.

Once you restart the chronograph from zero for your next activity, you erase summary data from your previous activity. If you are wearing the HR Sensor, you can initiate a recovery calculation while in Summary Mode by pressing and holding START/SPLIT while viewing your recovery data.

 

Basic Timer Mode

Basic Timer Mode allows you to set a fixed time from which the watch counts down to zero. You can set the timer to stop, repeat or swtch to Chronograph, Vertical or Finish  Mode after the countdown.

 

Setting the Timer

  1. Press MODE until Basic Timer Mode appears
  2. Press and hold the SET button until the word SET briefly appears on the display, followed by a flashing value.
  3. Set the first value by pressing + (DISPLAY) or – (STOP/RESET).
  4. Press SELECT (SET/FORMAT) to move to the next value to set.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all the values that need adjustment.
  6. Press DONE (MODE) to save your changes and complete the setting process.

For Timer Mode, you can set the following values:

 

Operating the Timer

  1. Press START/SPLIT to start the timer countdown
  2. Pause the countdown by pressing START/SPLIT again or reset the timer by pressing and holding STOP/RESET.
  3. When the timer reaches zero, a brief alert sounds.
  4. The timer will stop after the alert if set to STOP

OR

will begin another countdown if set to REPEAT and continue until you press STOP/RESET. The lower line of the display will show RPT and a number (for example RPT 2). RPT indicates the timer is repeating and the number indicates how many times the timer has cycled through the repeat countdown. You will also see the repeat icon image , indicating the timer is set to repeat.

OR

The timer will switch to Chronograph, Vertical or Finish Mode if set to one of those modes. You will see the switch mode icon image , indicating the timer will switch modes at the end of the countdown.

You can press MODE within Timer Mode to switch the display to another mode without disrupting the operation of the timer. The timer icon image  will appear indicating timer operation. The timer will only switch to Chronograph, Vertical or Finish Mode if you reset the chronograph to zero and turn off Sync Timer & Chrono.

Configure Mode

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Use Configure Mode to set options that enhance the performance of other watch modes. Configure mode has the following six setting groups:

HRM settings Heart rate settings allow you to set target zones for your heart rate.
S+D settings Speed and distance settings affect the Watch response to data received from the GPS Sensor.
Altitude settings Altitude settings configure target altitude and set smoothing and ascent rate calculations.
Hands-free settings Hands-free settings provide options to configure the Watch to operate automatically in conjunction with the GPS Sensor.
Watch settings Watch settings provide options for customizing the general operation of the Watch, including hiding data or modes.
Unit settings Unit settings allow you to determine distance (for example miles versus kilometers) and heart rate (beats versus percentage) display units.

 

Unlike other setting functions in the watch, Configure Mode includes a menu hierarchy for the setting groups.

  1. Press MODE until Configure Mode appears
  2. Press image (DISPLAY) or image (STOP/RESET) to move to the next or previous setting group
  3. Press SELECT (SET/FORMAT) to enter a setting group.
  4. Press image (DISPLAY) or image (STOP/RESET) to navigate through the options within a setting group.
  5. Press SELECT (SET/FORMAT) to select an option within a setting group. This may allow you to change a setting or take you to another level.
  6. Press + (DISPLAY) or – (STOP/RESET) to set the option within a setting group.
  7. Press DONE (MODE) when you have finished setting an option within a setting group.
  8. Press DONE (MODE) again to return to the setting group level.

HRM Settings

 

In the Trail Runner T5J985

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TZ1 and TZ2: For each of the two target zones, you may select from one of five preset heart rate zones based on a percentage of your maximum heart rate. You may also customize each limit to your own selected upper and lower limits. Since TZ1 and TZ2 operate at the same time, you will track more useful data if you do not set the zone limits to overlap with each other.

In the T5F011 and T5G311

TZ zone and alert: You may select from one of five preset heart rate zones (labeled Z1 to Z5) or three custom heart rate zones (labeled C1 to C3).

Audible Alert: You can set the alert to warn you with a beep when you go above, below or either above or below your heart rate zone or not to alert you at all.

Options for alerts include NO ALRT, AUDIBLE or SILENT.

NO ALRT turns off the alert completely, SILENT warns you with a visual indication (an up or down arrow on the watch display) if you go above or below your target heart rate zone and AUDIBLE combines a warning melody with the visual alert. You will hear an ascending melody if you go above your zone and a descending melody if you go below your zone.

Custom zones: You may set the upper and lower target zone number or percentage (depending on how you choose to show your heart rate) for up to three custom heart rate zones, labeled CUSTOM 1, CUSTOM 2 and CUSTOM 3.

Recovery: This feature helps you determine how quickly your heart rate returns to a lower heart rate value at the end of your activity; the quicker you return, the better your fitness level. You can set the watch to calculate a recovery heart rate when you stop the chronograph for one minute, two minutes, or off. Selecting OFF will prevent the watch from automatically calculating a recovery heart rate when you stop the chronograph. You may still manually calculate your recovery rate in Summary Mode, set to one minute, if you select OFF in Configure Mode.

Max heart rate: Enter your Maximum Heart Rate. The watch uses this value to calculate the five preset heart rate zones and serves as a reference for displaying your heart rate as a percent of your maximum heart rate (PERCENT).

Heart rate display: You can set the watch to display your heart rate as either a percentage of your maximum heart rate (PERCENT) or in beats per minute (BPM). The setting you choose will determine how your heart rate displays in all other watch settings.

S + D Settings

Zone type: Similar in concept to a heart rate target zone alert, you can set the watch to track your speed or your pace and to alert you if you move too slowly or too quickly (alert types include an audible alert that beeps or a silent alert that flashes). You can set speed and pace limits independently. For instance, set pace limits to control pace for your run and set speed limits to values useful for cycling. Then simply switch between the settings for each activity.

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Distance alert: Set the watch to alert you for distance intervals. For example, you can set the watch to alert you for every mile you travel. The distance alert will only function when you run the chronograph. If you would like the watch to take a split based on distance traveled, refer to the Hands-Free settings.

Smoothing: Smoothing is useful if you feel that the displayed speed or pace value appear to be too erratic. Smoothing applies an averaging filter and may cause the displayed speed or pace values to respond more slowly to changes.

Speed smoothing: Turn speed smoothing off or on.

Pace smoothing: Turn pace smoothing off or on.

Altitude Settings

Smoothing: Smoothing is useful if you feel that the displayed altitude value appears to be too erratic. Smoothing applies an averaging filter and may cause the displayed altitude value to respond more slowly to changes. You can turn altitude smoothing off or on.

Update ascent rate: Set the watch to update the period at which the ascent rate is calculated. You can choose intervals of 30 seconds, or 1, 10, 30 or 60 minutes. Set this feature shorter for faster vertical activities such as skiing or longer for slower vertical activities such as climbing.

For the Trail Runner T5J985

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Target Altitude: Set the target altitude to alert you when you move above a specified altitude. When you reach the target altitude, the watch beeps and begins timing. If you move below the target altitude, the watch suspends timing until you once again move above the target altitude.

Max Altitude: Set the max altitude to alert you if you move above an altitude value you do not wish to exceed. If you exceed your altitude, the watch will beep until you move below the maximum altitude.

 

Hands-Free Settings

Hands-free features automate chronograph features, freeing you to focus on your workout instead of operating your watch. Even when enabled, you can still take manual splits without affecting the hands-free operation. Configure the following hands-free settings:

Auto split: This feature enables the chronograph to automatically take splits based on elapsed distance or time. For instance, you can configure the watch to take a split every 10 minutes or if you set Auto Split to 1 KM, then the watch will automatically take a split every kilometer.

Auto start: This feature enables the chronograph to start when you start moving. It may take a few seconds for the GPS sensor to detect movement, causing a slight delay in start time.

Auto stop: This feature enables the chronograph to stop when you stop moving. It may take a few seconds for the GPS sensor to detect that you have stopped moving, causing a slight delay in stop time.

Sync timer & chrono: This feature allows you to set the interval timer and the chronograph to start and stop simultaneously so you can record chronograph data when you use the interval timer. The completion of an interval in Interval Timer Mode will cause the watch to take a split in the chronograph. Use this feature if you want a record of your performance fore each interval in your workout. Each interval corresponds to one lap or segment in Lap Data Mode.

You must turn the sync timer & chrono setting off if you want the timer to switch to Chronograph Mode at the end of a countdown in Basic Timer Mode.

Watch Settings

The following watch settings can be configured in Configure Mode:

Night-Mode® feature When enabled, the INDIGLO® nightlight turns on when you press any button. This feature disables itself after eight hours.
Hourly chime When enabled, the Watch will chime at the top of every hour.
Button beep When enabled, the Watch will emit a beep when you press any button.
Mode hiding You can choose to show or disable the following modes: Interval, Lap Data, Summary, Timer, or Alarm. For example, if you disable Lap Data Mode it will not show up at all until you enable it again from Configure Mode. You can also choose to show, hide, or disable Vertical Mode or Finish Mode.
Data hiding You can choose to show or hide blank data from the Fitness Sensors. For instance, if you do not use the HR Sensor for your workout and you choose to hide blank HR Sensor data, you will not see any information related to heart rate since this data relies on the use of the HR Sensor.

Unit Settings

Within Configure Mode, you can set the unit settings for the device over a number of fields, namely:

Distance Set the Watch to display distance in terms of miles, kilometers (KM), or nautical miles (NM).
Speed Set the Watch to display speed in terms of miles per hour (MPH), kilometers per hour (KPH), nautical miles (NM), or auto.
Pace Set the Watch to display pace in terms of miles (MPH), kilometers (KPH), nautical miles (NM), or auto.
Altitude Set the Watch to display altitude in terms of feet, meters, or auto.

 

In the Trail Runner T5J985

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North Reference Set the North reference to True North or Magnetic North.

In unit settings you can set speed, pace, and altitude to any unit independently or to the default auto setting. When set to auto, each setting automatically follows the distance unit setting. This allows you to quickly change units for all your data displays without having to adjust every setting every time, yet allows flexibility for certain situations.

Trouble Shooting The Speed and Distance Sensor

PROBLEM
• The S+D Sensor cannot lock onto GPS satellites (ON/OFF button never changes to flashing green).
• The GPS S+D Sensor loses signals from the satellites during use. The watch may display a message that the GPS signal is weak.

SOLUTION
• Move to a more open outdoor area.
• Move away from metal objects.
• Replace the battery in the S+D Sensor.

NOTE:The system can maintain accuracy for short periods when GPS signals are lost.

PROBLEM
• Watch displays FATAL GPS ERROR message.

SOLUTION
• The S+D Sensor is damaged; contact Timex Customer Service.

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