I felt like crap today… but I also had a sparkly new FINIS Swimsense swim watch in my bag dying to be tested out! Swim geekery won out over wanting to curl up under my desk and die today although admittedly it was close. I had already read the instructions and got the watch all set up this weekend with intentions of taking it on its maiden voyage today so I HAD to go right? It was programmed for my right hand and a 25 yard pool, locked and loaded! I only made it through half a workout, but at least I got to play with my new toy and start to feel it out. So far it’s pretty cool.

I read the directions one last time on the deck to make sure I knew which buttons to push to stop for intervals and stuff like that and then jumped in, grabbed the wall, started the watch and swam. The original plan was to start with a reverse 400 IM kick/drill/kick/swim, but I just swam it to let the Swimsense count my actual swimming as opposed to confusing it with drilling. So far it’s perfect on guessing my stroke as I swim, but it doesn’t have anything to show you when you’re just kicking which is understandable since your arms aren’t going anywhere.


400 reverse IM
8 x 50 kick @ 1:00

4 x 100 IM Switching @ 1:40

3 x 200 free @ :15 rest

50 fast-ish (sans swimsense)

1450 yards total

I’m still getting the hang of things and have a lot more testing to do, but in the meantime you can check out a really good in depth look at this thing from my buddy Evan in Chicago. He’s much more data minded and conscious of things like stroke rates than I am so his take on this thing is way more solid than anything I’m going to be able to churn out once it gets to review time. In the meantime I’m going to work on feeling better so I can get back to swimming tomorrow!

4 Responses to “I Can’t Be Sick… Not on New Gadget Day!”

  1. Evan says:

    Thanks Rob. Feel better soon. And hey – nice water bottle!

  2. Rob D says:

    thanks dude! amazingly the water bottle was actually a cafepress buy! I’m really stoked on how well it came out

  3. Katie says:

    I hope you feel better soon! BTW, I mentioned you in a blog post yesterday: http://www.watergirl.co/content/cold-water-no-wetsuit

  4. Rob D says:

    Thanks Katie, tonight’s dip in the ocean seemed to help… 55 degree water fixes most things :)