I’ve been highly desirous of some sort of waterproof GPS tracker for my swims ever since I read about the one my buddy Sully out in Ohio has. These types of things are pretty expensive though so I never quite went as far as to buy myself one… fast forward to Christmas and all of a sudden I have a Garmin Forerunner 310xt! Yay thanks mom :)
So in the name of science I went for a short bike ride and a short swim to test it out. My bike ride was just a 5 mile loop and I attached the GPS to the straps on the saddle bags on my bike (can you tell I’m a serious roadie by my rack and bags, haha). The tracking on my bike ride was pretty much spot on. If you check the map there’s a little gap missing at the beginning, but that’s my fault I wanted to try and change a setting and had to reset it within the first 10th of a mile.
After taking a few minutes to check out my findings I packed a swim bag and drove up to SLO to try this thing out in the pool. My gym in SLO has a 50m outdoor pool, so even though that’s not where I intend to actually be using this thing, I figured it was a good place to do a somewhat controlled test.
This one wasn’t quite a success, but it wasn’t quite a failure either. With these GPS things you can’t wear them on your wrist and expect to get a signal from underwater… not gonna happen. So I surgically removed the watch straps and jammed it up in my swim cap. I swam about 500m normally and then took the unit out of my cap and kicked 100m so that I could watch the meters add up.
Fun fact… my top speed was 86 miles per hour! How about that! I’m going to say that my initial satellite hook up placed me a little off course. I swam 600m but was credited with about 820. Alright free meters :)
I’m hoping to take this to the ocean with me Tuesday or Thursday to give it a chance to work out in the open water. I think it will deal with that a lot better than it would switching back and forth on the same line in a pool. I’ll keep experimenting and keep you guys updated! In the meantime I need to make some modifications to hold it too my goggles more securely so it doesn’t drift off to a watery grave in the case of a wave ripping my cap off…