|This article describes a feature found in Timex GPS watches
For more information on Timex watches with GPS, here is an article that compares Timex GPS Watches, feature by feature. Timex GPS Watches
To view a comprehensive guide on Timex Ironman Watches, visit our Ironman information page. Timex Ironman Watch Page
Do you HATE stopping at traffic lights when you’re out on a run? Or when your path is blocked by people or a car coming out of a driveway forcing you to stop!
Not only does it break your rhythm, but it forces you to fumble for the darn watch button to pause your running time.
The inconvenience of having to unexpectedly stop in the middle of a training run is actually addressed in Timex’s GPS watches with a “Hands Free” operation that starts and stops the timer based on your motion.
The ability to link to GPS satellites lets your Timex watch track subtle changes in your motion. When you stop moving, your Timex watch detects it and pauses the Chrono timer accordingly. When you start moving the watch starts the Chrono again, so whether you run continuously over the entire run, or are forced to stop several times, you never need press a button on your watch.
|The Timex Navman GPS device communicates wirelessly with the wristwatch. The device can be attached to the upper arm as illustrated in the picture above or can be clip onto your running shorts|
Achieving this of course requires you have the Timex Navman GPS device strapped to your upper arm or clipped into your running shorts. Timex GPS watches support an external GPS that sends data wirelessly to the wrist watch. The GPS is optional – the running watch can run perfectly fine without it.
Hands Free can either be switched ON or switched OFF. When switched ON, the stopwatch chronograph will start when your velocity climbs above zero (or a minimum threshold speed) and will stop when your velocity drops below the threshold or to zero.
While auto start/stop is functioning, you may still start and stop the chrono manually.
Another hands free option is the Auto-Split feature.
Auto-Split enables the chronograph stopwatch to automatically record splits based on the time or distance traveled. Auto-Split can also be toggled ON or OFF and when switched ON, allows you to take a split manually without affecting the net criteria for automatic splits.
To configure the automatic split feature first set the “type” to be either OFF, BY DIST or BY TIME. Next set the interval value and press DONE.
As you can probably see, hands free mode in Timex GPS watches has some incredibly convenient applications, either for joggers who want to avoid the extra stress of having their runs interrupted and runners who want to do interval training without thinking too much about split times and button presses.
Until recently, athletes wishing to run repetitions away from an Olympic measured running track, have always had to take their best guess about distance. With Timex GPS technology and hands free mode, this is now a thing of the past.