IronMike said:Anyone ever use one of those "stationary swimmer" belts? The kind where you connect the end to the ladder or the lane line, and then you can swim in place? I may be left with only a very small pool to swim in soon. Would be very interested in any recommendations you guys have.
Anyone ever use one of those "stationary swimmer" belts? The kind where you connect the end to the ladder or the lane line, and then you can swim in place? I may be left with only a very small pool to swim in soon. Would be very interested in any recommendations you guys have.
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Spacemanspiff said:@loneswimmer what are some of the benefits of earplugs? Do they inhibit hearing (listening for boat traffic or communicating with support people)? I seem to recall earplugs as helpful/necessary for cold water swimming, which I don't have much experience with.
@loneswimmer what are some of the benefits of earplugs? Do they inhibit hearing (listening for boat traffic or communicating with support people)? I seem to recall earplugs as helpful/necessary for cold water swimming, which I don't have much experience with.
I can highly recommend the Aqua Sphere Stationary Swimmer.
I'm stuck to a 12m x 3m pool for two years, yet I want to do some long OW swims. Answer? This stationary swimmer set-up.
Longer review to follow in a few days on my blog. Suffice it to say, I've attached it to the skimmer basket hole on one side of my pool, and the other ends to my ankles, and swim away happy as a clam (see what I did there). No problem with rubbing on my ankles/feet. And it is kind of fun to speed up (intervals!) and then feel the cords pull me back.
So happy to be swimming again!
That is pretty resourceful IronMike!
I bought an ice compression thingie for my shoulder recently, and I like it. Icing does seem to help my shoulder, despite the current research (i didn't read the study, just the media coverage which said icing could be bad, but it seems to be a study of acute injury, not old age chronic shoulder injury). I haven't mastered the art of putting it on perfectly, so the compression is not quite there unless someone helps me, but it does allow me to put ice on and walk around or do stuff, which is a plus. I like ice better than those cold pack things, so I like this. You can use the ice bag separately if you want to use it somewhere besides your shoulder. It wasn't cheap at $59.99, but it's cheaper than renting one of those high end shoulder compression things. They sell them for other parts of the body too.
Cigarette-lighter powered mini-kettle - great for heating warm feeds on a boat lacking a stove.
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thanks for the tip, @david_barra
Oh wow I want one of these!
That would've been nice when the camp stove died and the ship's stove caught fire...
It's always a bad hair day when you work at a pool.
OK, look through all three pages and did not see this yet, so here goes.
Highly recommend the ISHOF SaferSwimmer dry bag.
I used this bag on two recent trips to Issyk Kul (here in Kyrgyzstan) and to island Brac in Croatia. Put about 30-35K on it in both fresh and salt water. No apparently wearing of the straps or rubber of the bag.
Put a huge amount of crap in it. For one swim (7+km) I had a pair of running shoes, shorts, t-shirt, cell phone, money, watch and socks in it. It was tight, but I was still able to flip over the opening the requisite number of times (4) and barely felt it following me through the water. (N.B., I bought the large bag.)
Additionally, I am able to state confidently that the bag is very visible in both stormy weather (blog post to follow on this) as well as good. The bag is very visible pretty far out, too.
Two thumbs up!
Just saw this online. If you buy a Spot Gen3 between now and 14 Sept for at least $149.95, you can get a rebate for 50% of the price. You can request the rebate (request must be postmarked) up to 30 Oct.
Info here (link is a pdf)
Orca jammers - best buy to date. Other 2 is my Swedes and Puttys for earplugs
There are some horrible earplugs out there
Best goggles ever
Blue 70 Elements
Inexpensive, no frills and super comfy without that whole facemask thing that seems popular with the kids these days.
I put them on dry and went 23.5 hours without one single adjustment.
I used B-70 Sirens for a few years, but their lower profile required that I trim my eyelashes... Yes, I have that problem. Don't hate me.
...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Alright @david_barra, I'm trying those goggles out. I bought mine from SwimOutlet as I had a bunch of other things I needed, and the free shipping for $49 or more won out over the $10 shipping from B70 themselves or the $7.95 shipping from Amazon.com.
This'll be hard for me as I've been "sold" on Speedo hydroplex googles for years. But, I'm always looking out for an alternative for the day when, inevitably, Murphy will rear his ugly head and Speedo will stop making the hydroplexes.
A really good massage unit to work out the kinks in between ART sessions.
I've written a review on the range of products but I'm going to recommend the Chillswim Tow Donut as an ideal combination of visibility and storage and useful support for long open water training swims. I can't link directly to the Chill Swim shop due to their site architecture.
Here's my review of the new Swimovate Poolmate2 lap counting watch, which now has added open water features.
Bottom line, it's a good improvement, and the solution to tracking distance, while kludgey, works pretty well, and makes it good value for money.
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I've tried a lot of different ear plug varieties..... From the maleable wax (roll 'em up and stick em in) to custom moulded rubber slugs.
My preferred style is the finned silicon variety. A simple concept that is comfortable for long stretches.
SWim Ears has improved upon this design!
Swim Ears come with enough fittings to size them perfectly. I followed my goggle strap philosophy here: AS LOOSE AS ABLE TO FUNCTION PROPERLY......( No reason to be uncomfortable.) and tried the small size fins for a long pool session. They sealed well, for a normal workout, but off the blocks, I got a bit of leakage in one ear. I went to the medium fins, and tried again.... That did the trick.
I appreciate the benefits of wearing ear plugs most in cold water. Swim Ears are easy to remove; even with frozen fingers that can't operate a zipper. Nice not to have to ask for assistance with that.
Swim Ears are also designed to minimize acoustic loss. Indeed, I didn't experience the impairment levels common to ear plug use, and could carry on a conversation without yelling (any more than usual).