I have officially been back in the pool and swimming for the past 3 weeks, and I’m loving it. It’s amazing how quickly the comfortability comes back after just some consistency. I had some scary moments in my races this year during the swim, and I’d like to avoid that, at all costs, moving forward. Who knew after 7yrs of racing, you could still get panic attacks in the water? What do I think caused this? To be honest, not swimming enough AND swimming too often with a snorkel or other devices that we rely on because it makes swimming more fun because we swim faster, aka a pull buoy or fins.
Looking forward and wanting to learn from those experiences, I have made a few requests of myself as I begin my new swim journey.
- Always warm up without a pull buoy – even if it’s just 300yds.
- Only do snorkel sessions 1x per week
- Swim without my buoyant swim shorts at least 1x per week
Now, in addition, to getting my comfortability back in the water, I want to get faster, which means, I have to not only work on my fitness but my technique. One of the first things I learned about when I started training for triathlons is: Distance Per Stroke (DPS), and Stroke Rate (how many strokes does it take to get you from one end of the pool to the other). If you watch Olympic level athletes, you will see they get from one side to the other side in a 50m pool in practically the same amount of strokes that I take in a 25yd pool. Who do you think is more efficient? Yea, me too.
The key is to increase your distance per stroke and take less strokes. As you work on your technique it’s nice to see how you are improving and track that data. I always love trying out new gadgets in the triathlon world, and I was fortunate to try out the latest launch by FINIS – SWIMSENSE.
What you need to know:
- Offers stroke specific data – utilizing algorithms to identify and record intervals and distance for all four strokes. (Just like other devices, except for the latest Garmin, it does not track kicking)
- Bluetooth Compatible – download the mobile app and sync with the device to review data on the go
- Has up to 7hrs battery life
- Analyzes – stroke count, distance per stroke, total distance, time, and pace.
Now, I want to highlight an error I made when I wore the FINIS Swimsense for the first time, and it does show this in the instruction booklet, but the buttons on the watch face your fingers. I had them facing my elbow and it told me I did breast stroke the whole time. haha. Whoops! So, make sure that no matter which wrist you put it on, the buttons face your fingers. 🙂
There is also a web application that you can download and review, and sync it with your Training Peaks or MyFitnessPal and various others, if you keep your data in one place for all your swim, bike, run, strength, workouts. I’m excited to put this watch to good use!