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Jo-n-NY2010-05-01 20:23:54 +0000 #1
Here is another question for you. I was going to get a watch with a dual timer, but someone mentioned a heart rate monitor. Does Polar make a monitor that is also a watch with dual timer? If so, what model?

Thanks ~ JoAnn
KSH2010-05-01 20:36:16 +0000 #2
Have you checked out their website? They have a ton of different products that offer all kinds of features.

So what is the dual timer for? What are you hoping to achieve?

Just asking, as there might be other products out there that will suit your needs... depending on how much money you are willing to spend?
Jo-n-NY2010-05-01 20:43:06 +0000 #3
I want the timer so I can time my walk/run segments, ie.run 1 min, walk 2min etc. It was suggested in the book I was reading and I thought it was a good idea so I didn't have to keep looking at a watch. I will have to get one anyway because my everyday watch does not have a 2nd hand.

When emailing a my future sis n law she suggested to get a heart rate monitor (I never used one) with the watch/timer. My husband knows someone who works for Polar and probably can get me one.

In the mean time I will do some research.

~ JoAnn

PS...I personally would be fine with just a Timex. I am sure one them have a dual timer. I will research them also.
SadieKate2010-05-01 21:40:09 +0000 #4
In Polar language, I think you mean an exercise set. Certain models let you design and load training programs. At least in my simplied world, it works this way. A beeper or something goes off when you are to change whatever. It sounds like you're just running/walking intervals.
KSH2010-05-01 22:11:00 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Jo-n-NY

I want the timer so I can time my walk/run segments, ie.run 1 min, walk 2min etc. It was suggested in the book I was reading and I thought it was a good idea so I didn't have to keep looking at a watch. I will have to get one anyway because my everyday watch does not have a 2nd hand.

When emailing a my future sis n law she suggested to get a heart rate monitor (I never used one) with the watch/timer. My husband knows someone who works for Polar and probably can get me one.

In the mean time I will do some research.

~ JoAnn

PS...I personally would be fine with just a Timex. I am sure one them have a dual timer. I will research them also.

Ah. I got ya.

Yea, I know the Timex Ironman watch has a timer for run/walk intervals.

I have a Polar HR monitor and I just use the time elapsed display to time the intervals myself. I wear an iPod/headphones so I probably wouldn't hear the beep from the watch anyways.

I also like to monitor my intervals myself, because it gives me something to think about. When I'm on a 2+ hour run, I need some kind of mental stimulation. That does it. It's so sad, because after about 1.5 hours, I even have a hard time remembering when to stop walking and when to run again. Yea, it's like a dog chasing it's tail really. Keeps my entertained though!
Jo-n-NY2010-05-01 20:56:54 +0000 #6
Yes that is what I mean. I see a Polar F4 for women that looks like it will do the timing. If my husband can get it, fine, otherwise I will just buy a timex ironman.

Well, do not feel bad KSH...I just got off the treadmill and just had to count 6 sets of run/walk and lost count. I am going by program in a book I read. Tonight was my first time at the program, my memory did not serve me correct, I thought I was suppose to run/walk 1 minute each. Nope it was suppose to be 1 minute run, 3 minute walks. Oh well

~ JoAnn
baskingshark2010-05-01 20:47:00 +0000 #7
A very low-tech method for counting run/walk intervals on a treadmill....

I used a ponytail band - wrap it around your little finger and then move it to the next after your next interval. It helped me a lot because otherwise I couldn't keep track, with or without a watch (I keep hitting the wrong button)
Grog2010-05-01 21:49:03 +0000 #8
Without being a dual-timer watch, the Timex Ironman can do "laps." You press a button and it starts a new "segment" of the timed event. You can have the watch display your lap (segment) time in small digits with the total time in big digits, or the total time in small digits with the lap time in big digits. I love the latter setting because it feels like I've just been running for 3-4 minutes.

There is a Timex Ironman watch with a heart rate monitor. It looks pretty good.

There is also a Polar model (but not the F4 I think, unless they changed it) that separates laps.

I currently have a F4 and a Timex Ironman without HRM. I've been caught wearing the two at the same time once.

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