Monday, February 4, 2008

questions from my faithful fans

Yes, I picked up the pace a little in the last 100 m, but it wasn't a sprint or anything. I could have turned around and kept going if I wanted. Although it wouldn't have been at the same pace. I'm trying to teach myself to swim a consistent 1:50 for 100 m. That gets me down to about an 18:30 K, or 37 min 2 K. That's respectable for a half tri. Even if I can't keep up with swim demons J and K.

Hmmm, I'm not so far off that time now. Maybe what I should do is try 55 second 50 m laps and see how long I can keep it up. And hope that nobody gets in my way.

The watch and heart monitor I use is from Timex. It's the 30 lap model. The hardest part about the whole thing was teaching myself to push the button during the turn. Normally I only put one hand on the wall, tuck my feet, turn and push. The other arm trails behind ready to lead the way. So now I had to figure out how to get both hands together. And remember to push the button every other lap, for 100 m split times.

I've never had any problems with the heart rate monitor, biking, running, or swimming. The only reason I got a new one is that the idiot who replaced the watch battery didn't seal the watch up properly. You can't buy just the watch part. I like this one, once I got used to the buttons. If I'm wearing the heart rate, the review lets me look at minimum, maximum, and average heart rates for the whole workout, and it gives the average heart rate for each lap, the lap time, and the cumulative time for that lap. Not as fancy as the Garmin, but way cheaper.

3 comments:

  1. Keith - PLEEEZE call Greg and pretend you are crying ...lol - the would be hilarious :) Poor Greg. I wish I lived closer to Susi cause I would have shown up on her doorstep with a bottle of wine and a box of kleenex - we could have vented, bitched, cried and drank. All would have been well in the morning...lol

    I have to tell ya - I broke down and bought a garmin305 when I saw them on Costco.ca for 100 bucks cheaper than they are at the running stores here. I am selling my garmin 205 to a friend so I am making a bit of the back. If my Polar HR monitor crashes I will return it and not replace it. My justification was that when i went running the other day, I had a HR monitor on one write and the clunky 2065 on the other. For running I would like one unit - garmin can not be used while swimming so in that regard I could use the Polar if I end up keeping it and I can use the polar on my bike portion since the garmin only charges for 10 hours and that would not allow me to use it on both the bike and run portions of IMC unless I pull a 5:45 bike split and a 4 hour marathon. Yeah - not likely:) i am very curious about my heartrate swimming as I never really feel that put out in the pool. I might try that this next swim ....

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  2. excellent idea jenna! yes keith, you MUST call irongreg all snively and girly like.

    and if you don't jenna and i will call YOU next time we are sobbing and incoherent. haha.

    jenna, next time we have our fits we'll have to go out, buy some wine and then call each other! haha. technically that's not drinking alone....right?!

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