Mike Alexander wrote:
I have heard this before. Why do "real swimmers" not use a watch in the pool? Do they not find value in recording performance or sharing that data with a coach?
Ok, I'll play against the grain. Yes, Real swimmers (tm) do not wear watches, but we are not real swimmers and as such do not train like "real" swimmers. We often train alone, without coaches on deck, and without fellow swimmers in our lane pushing us and helping us know how the day is going. We also seldom do the same sets that they do, as we are usually geared to a far longer swim. We bring in "toys" that most teams would be horrified at.....snorkels, bands, different pull buoys and 3 different paddle choices, and yes, a watch. I grew up swimming and swam though college, but my watch is now with me, even thought I know how and do use the pace clock (analog, for SURE!). My times are recorded, perhaps with a slight time lag and it wrecks my drive to the wall, but I am consistent in that and then have a record. I calculate my 100 and 400 times to see progress in test sets and then can see which part of my game needs work....speed, or endurance? I can visually see how things are progressing or regressing by a simple view of my account online when my mind is able to see the accumulated stress of 3 sports on the same page.
So yes, for many of us there is a huge value in wearing a watch, and very few of us will be now mistaken for "real swimmers". That's ok, because we can do much more after the swim portion than most of them. How many of train like real cyclists or real runners? Peter Reid tried that and was out of the sport with fatigue for a couple of years. We train like triathletes and along with other "old school" swim myths as hypoxic and underwater swims, bilateral breathing and a few other disproven techniques the no watch idea is in the same category. Don't be a swim "poser", be a triathlete.....it's ok.