Using a Macintosh with a Timex Data Recorder 2

(Note: This post was moved from my older blog – I’m trying to get everything over to here . . .)

I was given a Timex Data Recorder 2 with a Timex GPS/watch/heartrate setup as a gift. I only use Macs at home, so I needed a way to make this work. Fortunately, there’s software called LoadMyTracks that can download the data from the recorder to my Mac. It seems to crash if I try to use KML, but I can get GPX out of it, and then have a website translate that to KML if that’s what I want. And I can upload to Google Earth or MapMyRun.

The one problem I had was that without the Timex PC software, there was no way to clear the recorder. But a helpful guy at Timex tech support passed on the way to do this with just the recorder itself, so I’m posting it here in that hopes that if you need the info, Google will bring you to it.

From Timex Tech Support:

Clearing the Memory Manually
NOTE: The following procedure should only be performed if you are
absolutely sure that you don’t want to keep any of the workouts that are
stored in the Data Recorder. If there is any data that you wish to keep,
make sure that it is transferred to the PC BEFORE you clear the memory.
Start with the Data Recorder powered off. Then, press and hold the push
button for 5 seconds. When the LED flashes amber, release the push
button and then quickly press and release the button again while the LED
is flashing. If you did it correctly, the LED will change to a solid
green color for a moment, then go out to indicate that the memory has
been cleared. You can now turn the Data Recorder on normally and use it
to record the data from your workout.

(Final note: I’ve since sold this unit and moved on – more on that soon)