Thursday, March 6, 2014

Garmin swim watch review and upcoming swimming adventures!

Garmin Swim Wrist Watch - Sports - Digital - Quartz 1 of 2

I love this watch. It does many useful things. The most useful thing, however, is the running total of your total weekly yardage that stares you in the face every hour of every day, prompting thoughts like "%&(^&! I need to go to the pool NOW!!"

I would roughly estimate that it counts my laps (displayed nice and big as total yards/meters instead of number of laps, as opposed to the PoolMate) accurately 98% of the time - and it's easy to glance at while turning or even mid-lap for a quick check. I've grown particularly fond of the "rest timer" function - I tend to do my workouts with interval sets that require "10 seconds rest" instead of "on the 1:50", so when I hit the interval button I just have to wait for the rest timer to get up to 10. Easy peasy. Also, it makes a shrill beeping noise every time you hit the start/stop button, which I thought would annoy me, but actually is reassuring - never any question that I've restarted it as I push off the wall.

My other favorite function is the "Drill Set" option. Hit the Swim button a few times mid-workout until it says "Drill", press the start button, let the timer run, and tell it when you're done. It'll prompt you to enter the total number of yards you drilled so your total yardage is accurate at the end of your workout (as opposed to the PoolMate, which doesn't pick up or allow you to add in kicking sets).

I'll be using this watch to track progress and motivate my swim build leading up to Swim the Suck - 10  beautiful miles down the Chattanooga River coming for me in October! I was super psyched that I got in; registration was nuts and filled up in 27 minutes. The boy will be piloting a kayak for me, and lots of training (and a swimskin - recommendations??) is in order. Here's hoping for warm(ish) water and a decent current in October!

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