A guest post from David Carlson
This is an update to the article I wrote in October on training watches.
Since writing that article, I did buy a heart rate monitor (HRM). I’m sure that most of you will have seen me with my blue “bra strap” on many evening or weekend CMSC swims.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
- It’s a nuisance to wear, as it has to be just the right tightness. Too tight is uncomfortable, yet it will slip, particularly on a push off the wall, if it’s too loose. This may be less of an issue under a women’s swim suit, but I haven’t gone there: Rob ~already~ teases me unmercifully for just wearing the bra strap, that scurvy dog.
- My HRM does not easily show me my current heart rate during the workout. The heart rate monitor communicates with the watch using “ANT+”, which I think is like Bluetooth, but in any case it does work under water. So if I want to see my heart rate, I need to get both the watch and the hrm out of the water by standing up. Leigh has a Mio Fuse that does read instantaneous heart rate, but it doesn’t record the data for posterity.
- The hrm I have is brilliant at recording your heart rate for review afterwards. When I press ‘stop’ on the watch at the end of the workout, the heart rate data downloads to the watch. Then you can review the results in Strava, or better yet, Garmin Connect.