Lap Counters

Lap Counters

Post by Nancy Swee » Sat, 24 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Has anyone had luck using a lap counter--not a watch, but the kind that
fits around the finger?  Are they easy to use?  Comfortable?  I find it
too difficult to hit the "Start/Stop" and "Lap" buttons on my watch
while I'm swimming, but I'd like to be able to track my splits.
 
 
 

Lap Counters

Post by Bruce Maxwe » Sat, 24 Jul 1999 04:00:00

I use one and am very happy with it. Very easy to use. Gives total laps,
total time, fastest lap, slowest lap, average lap. Alos momentarily
displays each laps time after the button is pushed. Also handy if your
pool doesn't have a timing clock (like my pool :-( ).
Quote:

> Has anyone had luck using a lap counter--not a watch, but the kind that
> fits around the finger?  Are they easy to use?  Comfortable?  I find it
> too difficult to hit the "Start/Stop" and "Lap" buttons on my watch
> while I'm swimming, but I'd like to be able to track my splits.


 
 
 

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Post by Robert W. McAdam » Sat, 24 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Has anyone had luck using a lap counter--not a watch, but the kind that
> fits around the finger?  Are they easy to use?  Comfortable?  I find it
> too difficult to hit the "Start/Stop" and "Lap" buttons on my watch
> while I'm swimming, but I'd like to be able to track my splits.

I've been using one for 2 1/2 years.  When I first started using it, I had
trouble remembering to press the button at the end of each lap, but then it
became part of my turn routine.  I do it now without even thinking about
it.

Bo

 
 
 

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Post by (Pete Cresswe » Sat, 24 Jul 1999 04:00:00

RE/

Quote:
>Has anyone had luck using a lap counter--not a watch, but the kind that
>fits around the finger?  Are they easy to use?  Comfortable?

I've been using speedo's for about two years.

Try not to push the buttons when your hand is too deep.

Get two.   The first one will die eventually due to leakage and you might as
well have the spare ready to go.

I wear it on my ring finger, facing inwards for free, outwards for back.
-----------------------
Pete Cresswell

 
 
 

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Post by Bill Geise » Sat, 24 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Haven't used one. What's the objective?
- Counting laps?
- Counting efficient laps?
-  Other?

Bill G.

Quote:

>Has anyone had luck using a lap counter--not a watch, but the kind that
>fits around the finger?  Are they easy to use?  Comfortable?  I find it
>too difficult to hit the "Start/Stop" and "Lap" buttons on my watch
>while I'm swimming, but I'd like to be able to track my splits.

 
 
 

Lap Counters

Post by Gleshna » Sun, 25 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>Haven't used one. What's the objective?

Counting laps

Bob

 
 
 

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Post by (Pete Cresswe » Sun, 25 Jul 1999 04:00:00

RE/

Quote:
>Haven't used one. What's the objective?
>- Counting laps?
>- Counting efficient laps?
>-  Other?

I think it's psychological.   Some people like to work to the numbers.

I'm one of them.   Just *love* my stair climber that shows the little graph that
tells me how hard I worked for each 3 minute interval and how much work I did
overall for the workout.

For swimming, I like to do things like pull 500, kick 500, pull 500, kick 500,
swim 500.....and I keep the total distance covered each day in a little book -
sort of a little ceremony...

The lap counter lets me forget about counting and concentrate on my style.

Probably not the optimal program for a competative swimmer.   But I don't care a
whit about competition.   My #1 goal is to not get injured and my #2 goal is to
keep enjoying my workouts....Both of which lead to #3, which is to keep doing
those workouts...
-----------------------
Pete Cresswell

 
 
 

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Post by Nancy Swee » Sun, 25 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Thanks to all who replied to my inquiry about lap counters.  In response
to Bill G.'s question: I'm working on pacing in middle distance and
would like to track my splits.  I find it nearly impossible to look at
either clock or watch while swimming freestyle.

And I will also confess to occasionally losing track of my lap count at
about 350 yards into a 500 yard swim.

Do any of you who use a lap counter have recommendations on brands?  The
Speedo version looks a little expensive.  The Kiefer catalogue offers a
much cheaper model that appears to have the same functionality.

Nancy

Quote:

> Haven't used one. What's the objective?
> - Counting laps?
> - Counting efficient laps?
> -  Other?

> Bill G.

 
 
 

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Post by Robert W. McAdam » Sun, 25 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Haven't used one. What's the objective?
> - Counting laps?
> - Counting efficient laps?
> -  Other?

> Bill G.

When I first got mine, I was working on 800m freestyle (= 35 lengths in a
25y pool, 32 lengths in a 25m pool).  The first problem was that it was very
difficult to time using the wall clock (since I had to worry about both
minutes and seconds).  The second problem was that I would occasionally
count wrong (e.g., I'd be swimming a return lap and realize that I was
counting an odd rather than an even number, and then I'd have to try to
figure out what the correct count was).

The lap timer solved both of these problems (since it gives you both total
time and number of laps).  But it also provided other useful data.  The
first thing I discovered when I used one, e.g., was that my first lap was a
whole lot faster than my subsequent laps.  It was literally twice as fast as
my slowest lap!  And, unfortunately, my average lap time was a lot closer to
my slowest lap time than it was to my fastest lap time.

I realized from this that the primary limitation on my ability to swim
faster was not a mechanical inability to swim laps fast enough, but rather
an inability maintain that speed through the entire 800m.  And part of the
problem, I subsequently realized, was that I was losing time on my turns.
So the lap timer provided information on what I most needed to work on.

Bob