Yep, we're extremely pleased that Timex has donated an Ironman Race Trainer Heartrate Monitor system for us to give away to a lucky Cranky Fitness reader.
And there's more good news: they're willing to ship internationally, so anyone can enter to win!
Would you like to find out how to enter, learn more about the product, get some training tips, and listen to Crabby's little lecture on Number Theory?
Wait a second, did she just say Number Theory? Sorry, we just all remembered we had an important appointment to have our Cockapoo's toenails trimmed ...
Yes, I did say number theory, but don't run away! I don't mean the kind of number theory that mathematicians talk about. If you want to learn about Euler's theorem, the law of quadratic reciprocity, or the Möbius function, you'll have to go elsewhere. I don't know bupkus about that stuff. This is a different kind of number theory.
Crabby's Theory About Fitness and Numbers
As it happens, the Ironman thingy is not just a way to measure your heartrate so you don't kill yourself by running too fast until your heart explodes. It also lets you "analyze comprehensive workout data to enhance workouts, track progress and ... attain training goals."
Which made me think a warning was in order. I figured it might be a good time to offer up my Numbers Theory, even though I don't follow it very well myself.
When using workout data to improve exercise performance and motivation, only pay attention to the GOOD numbers. Bad numbers don't count.
Run your fastest 3 miles ever? That's excellent! You rock! A great reason to keep training.
Fail to do eight push-ups today when last week you could do twelve? Screw it., just ignore that Bad number. It didn't count.
What counted is that you tried, and that you're going to keep doing push-ups until you can do more again. You still rock!
So in addition to your awesome new fancy-pants fitness gadget, remember to consult your effortometer. Whichever gives you the most credit, that's the measurement that counts.
(Note: If you are a professional athlete, ignore this advice. Listen to your coach instead or you may find yourself out of a job).
Now enough about Number Theory, let's get on with the giveaway!
Why You Might Really Like the Ironman Race Trainer HRM:
I'm not lucky enough to own one myself, so I'll quote from the promotional materials:
The Timex Ironman Race Trainer Kit is a downloadable HRM system that includes:
- Race Trainer digital heart rate monitor
- Digital 2.4 heart rate sensor and strap
- Data Xchanger USB device, and
- Free access to Timex Ironman online training site.
I gotta say I'm pretty jealous.
More Stuff Over at Their Training Website
Timex also has a website you can check out at Timextrainer.com. It's got training programs, downloads, videos, and a blog, all of which sounds very nice and whatever, but what caught my eyes was that there is a 60 minute FREE RUNNING MUSIC DOWNLOAD there.
You guys, go ahead and download training programs and run your asses off. I'm going to check out the music. It sounds likes it's fast (150bpm) and I'm all about FREE.
How You Can Win the Ironman HRM System
No poetry necessary this time (although we always appreciate health and fitness poems, haikus, and limericks. It really brightens our day).
To enter, just leave a comment saying why you might like an Ironman HRM, so we know you're actually entering and not just stopping by to chat, which we also love. (We'd just rather the prize goes to someone who wants it). A random number generator will pick the winner. Note: if you leave more than one comment, only your first comment will be assigned a number.
Contest closes Midnight (EST) Tuesday December 9th, winner announced sometime the next day, Dec 10th, and prize must be claimed (by emailing us or leaving a comment) by Friday night, December 12th.
Good luck, and may the Random Number Generator pick a Good Number--yours!
UPDATE: So sorry, the winner was chosen. But if you'd like to get your hands on a similar one, here's a handy Amazon link: