Question about Timex Ironman Triathlon Heart Rate Monitor
I have owned my Timex heart rate monitor for about 2 years. It isn't working very well, but I'm not quite sure what the problem is. Sometimes, it accurately records heart rate, but other times, it registers much lower numbers than my actual heart rate. Could this be because the battery in the watch is low? Or is there some problem with the sensor? Thanks for any help you can provide!
Here are the things I have noticed that help:
- enough moisture between the HR monitor and your chest. Apply water right before your workout to make sure it isn't all dry between the time you put on your monitor and when you actually started your workout.
- Make sure the strap is tight enough. Mine gets loose over time and the bouncing of running will give me inaccurate readings until I tighten it up again. You can test if this is the problem by using your hands to press the monitor more tightly against your chest - if that seems to fix the problem that a loose strap could be it.
- Use a "conductive gel" instead of water between the monitor and your chest. Conductive gels are pretty cheap.
Posted on Jul 03, 2009
Same problem. My HR monitor reads 240 as soon as I get my HR up. It stays there most of the time until my HR completely drops, then it reads 90. It basically doesn't register anything else.
Can anyone help?
Posted on Feb 12, 2010
As an HR user and not a techie, I can say my experience with the problem you are describing has always been when I am not sweating enough to make the sensor/transmitter work properly. Try wetting your chest and sensor before putting it on and/or using one of the special lubes available for this purpose. It makes the sensor work much more accurately from the very start of your workout.
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
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