Yes, yes…I posted something similar on my SparkPeople page. Meh. I am fairly certain that of the two people who read this blog, only one even knows the address to the SparkPeople page. Read it anyhow! LOL
OK, let’s just back up a sec. I swim. I like it. But when I am at the gym? I look like a complete idiot. A swim “nerd”, if that’s possible. Because I get bored so easily. And I have no air cuz I’m a fat girl. And I’m a nerd…LOL
First, I wear a swim cap. I don’t like stuff pulling on my hair. So I have a lycra swim cap. And goggles. I don’t like the water in my eyes. So. Goggles. Then I realized that I was struggling so much with my breathing, that I wasn’t seeming to really get much of a workout. So, I got one of these:
…which is awesome. I can swim my hour without stopping, except to drink.
I also wanted to get more work on my legs. I read that short training fins create more resistance and work the muscles in your legs more. So, I got some:
I have these:
…but I feel like I work my arms enough and I don’t want to get too bulky. I’m not training for competition.
I also have one of these:
…but I don’t use it much since I got the snorkel, cuz I don’t need to rest as much.
So, then, there was the boredom. Counting laps, making up blog posts, shopping lists, design ideas for my store …just, your mind goes wild with things that frankly, are frustrating, cuz you cannot do a thing about ANY of them while you’re doing laps. I always thought, “If I just had some music…”, but at the time, the technology was for only the very elite. Several hundred dollars that I was unwilling to spend. But, I recently found a cheap [$40] mp3 player at my local Fry’s. It was not a case, but a waterproof mp3 player, with a pair of earplugs that looked like clear, soft rubber Christmas trees. I used it about 4 times…and honestly, even though the sound was just so-so, and if water got past the Christmas trees it was pretty much gone…it was still awesome. I could still hear the music for most of my workout [an hour of laps] and I would have been tickled. As it happens…I have sissy ear canals. I can’t wear any kind of ear plugs, not even the foam ones, for any length of time…and I am talking minutes…without breaking down the skin inside my ears. Then I have days of crusting and healing before I can wear them again. I thought if I just kept redoing the process it would toughen up in there. But at one point my left ear was nearly crusted shut. So sad.
I researched some more and found something called “bone conduction technology” in reference to underwater music players. Used to be very expensive. VERY. Now? It’s not so pricey!! I got this Saturday:
I put almost 3 hours of my favorite workout music on it over the weekend. I used it for the first time today. And…O.M.G. Awesome is not even close to how cool this is. First, it doesn’t go IN your ear. It clips to the strap on your goggles and the speaker part [the large end in the picture] sits on the skin in front of your ear, near your cheekbone. This conducts the sound through the bone directly to the inner ear. It was loud and crisp and wonderful…then I put my head under water. My ears filled with water and…LOUDER, CRISPER, even MORE wonderful! I stopped and asked my lane mate if he could hear it. He said, “Hear what?” I lifted the speaker from my cheek and he leaned in and said, “OH! I can now…” It sounded for all the world like the whole Natatorium could hear it! I swam for an hour and the only thing that changes the sound is when I swim without the snorkel, there is a bit more noise in my ears from turning and lifting my head to breathe…so it interferes a bit in hearing the music. But really, not very much. I have no idea how this thing is waterproof, but it seems to be, and is just completely amazing.
I can only see one issue with it. I am certain to want to swim MORE…and might very well hurt myself with this…