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Neill S. Occhiogrosso 05-28-2005 04:12 PM

I need to start timing myself. What watches or stopwatches do you guys use (OVA or not)?

Matt Gagliardi 05-28-2005 04:17 PM

Personally, I think the Timex Ironman Sleek series (I have the 200-lap version) is the best. It's fairly inexpensive (~$50). It's essentially don't want to know how much I've knocked mine about. And it's got enough timing options to do every possible thing you'd need. In a year plus at CF, I've yet to run into a timing sequence for a WOD that it couldn't do. Particularly nice is the ability to program it for Tabatas (20/10 intervals).

Dan Silver 05-28-2005 04:28 PM

Hey Matt, before the battery goes dead on your watch, is the "indiglo" the first feature to go? Mine just vanished. As I am lazy, I want confirmation before I change the battery.


Matt Gagliardi 05-28-2005 05:02 PM

Sorry Dan, I don't know. I expect that would be the case, but I've not run into that yet.

Michael Keller 05-28-2005 11:15 PM

I've wondered the same thing. I got the new Ironman w/200 lap feature, interval programming, etc. that was recommended here a while back. My indiglo died after about two weeks. I was wondering if the battery might be weak or if it's something else. Does anyone know?

Tyler Hass 05-29-2005 03:26 AM

Does anyone have one of the Timex GPS units? Apparently it can tell you exactly when you've hit 400m to 99% accuracy. That's good enough for me and Helen.

Matt Gagliardi 05-29-2005 03:52 AM

Tyler, the only issue with the GPS unit (told you I've got a watch fetish) is that the GPS part of it resides in a separate unit...the size of a pack of cigarettes...that you've got to strap to your upper arm.

It's in the perfect place to get slammed into by Oly bars, etc. If you're just running it works brilliantly, but it's a PITA if you're doing anything else.

Michael Rutherford 05-29-2005 05:00 AM

I went with Matt's recommendation last summer. I have set up multiple countdown sequences and it works great for my coaching.

I find the morning alarm to be one of the most annoying sounds ever created. If I don’t hear it, it wakes the little biscuit who in turn cracks me in the dome. Mission accomplished.

Larry Lindenman 05-29-2005 08:52 AM

As you may remember, My name is Larry, and I too am a watch addict! Been using the Timex Sleek for about a year. THe only issue I have is when doing overhead lifts, the back of my hand sometimes hits the STOP/TIMER button. Also, the timer alarm, for Tabata's, is a little soft. Other than that, I wonder why other watches can't seem to get it right. I even have found new features on the sleek: In any other mode (timer, stopwatch) press and hold the "mode" button for > 2 sec. and you can see the time, when you let go of the mode button you go back to the function you were in.

Matt Gagliardi 05-29-2005 09:19 AM

Larry, I've run into that. Solution: rotate the watch so the face is on the underside of your arm. Typically it's your top of your hand flexed back that contacts the stop button.

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