Heart Rate monitors and swimming

IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member
edited November 2012 in General Discussion
Anyone out there use a heart rate monitor while swimming? More questions:

What model do you use?
How do you design your training around the HR monitor?
Do you wear it while doing group workouts, like with a masters group?
Do you wear it in open water?
How did you find your (swim) max heart rate?

I remember reading somewhere about a pro triathlete whose coach designs his training week by week solely based on his heart rate during the previous week's training. And apparently this triathlete does really well in races.

Just here troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries...

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  • SuirThingSuirThing Carrick-on-Suir, IrelandMember
    I tried it with a cheap one but couldn't get it to stay on .... resistance from the water kept causing it to roll back, especially when pushing off the wall

    triathlete wearing a wetsuit wouldn't have this problem

    I tried to convince myself, but, orange flavour electrolyte, mixed with hot chocolate,
    tastes nothing like Terry's Chocolate Orange ....

  • WaterGirlWaterGirl Scottsdale, AZCharter Member
    I have a Polar heart rate monitor. Sometimes it works in the water, sometimes not. My best guess is that it works when the water temp is at or below 82F.

    I've heard that the Finis hrm is the only one that works reliably in the water. (Hard to imagine a reliable Finis electronic product, but there you have it.) That one doesn't save any data, it just audibly tells you your heart rate however often you tell it to.

    I thought the information I got from wearing the hrm was interesting. For example, on days when I'm swimming badly (slowly), my heart rate isn't any lower.

    You'd have to be really consistent technique-wise to be able to use it the same way runners and cyclists use it.
  • Ramous62Ramous62 londonMember

    I use the polar A300, it works well but you have to swim with a rash vest to hold it in place, a tight one as well. Otherwise, it will be moved by the water as you swim. Simply...a strap is never going to hold it in place.

    It has been consistent with it recording and as far as I know, the only option that works in the water. There may be newer watches out now that have the equivalent tech, I haven't had the need to keep up with those advancements.

    Whats great about heart rate training is you can see exactly how hard you're working. No mind games where you think you are pushing it but the monitor says no your not. This can help battle those days when you're mind and body aren't being honest with each other. :)

  • BogdanZBogdanZ Bucharest, RomaniaMember

    I use a swim HR monitor from Garmin, but the feedback comes post-training, not during the practice itself, in water; when the watch will search for HR save data and display it with the other statistical data.

    Sara_Wolf
  • sean80304sean80304 Boulder, CONew Member

    Anyone out there use an Apple watch? thinking of picking up a Apple 5. I am looking to do a 21 km swim summer 2020 and want to track my training as well as the event. Can't seem to find out from Apple if this can be used for a long swim. Any other suggestions for trackers?

  • BogdanZBogdanZ Bucharest, RomaniaMember

    @sean80304 said:
    Anyone out there use an Apple watch? thinking of picking up a Apple 5. I am looking to do a 21 km swim summer 2020 and want to track my training as well as the event. Can't seem to find out from Apple if this can be used for a long swim. Any other suggestions for trackers?

    Hi. Make sure to read the rules of the event. There are events were watches are not allowed for swimmers. You may give it to your kayaker/ boat for almost accurate data.

    SaraMcSwim
  • GoBlueGoBlue MichiganNew Member
    edited November 2019

    @sean80304 said:
    Anyone out there use an Apple watch? thinking of picking up a Apple 5. I am looking to do a 21 km swim summer 2020 and want to track my training as well as the event. Can't seem to find out from Apple if this can be used for a long swim. Any other suggestions for trackers?

    I know Apple and Garmin both work really well with a swim training phone app called MySwimPro. You may want to check it out at www.myswimpro.com
    I'm an ambassador for them so let me know if you are interested in exploring a subscription.
    The app creates a great community of swimmers (we also have a closed Facebook group you can join) and the training is top notch. The watch keeps track of all sorts of metrics. Interval times are personalized for you and transfer instantly from the app to your watch, which will run you through you workout. Let me know if you need help or have questions.

  • ColmBreathnachColmBreathnach Charter Member

    FYI, Garmin have a new watch out, the Swim2, which has optical heart rate monitoring (no chest strap needed). Logic would indicate that it may not be the most accurate, given the environment. There's a review here

    You could always take your pulse for six seconds and add a zero......

    PasqualeLakeBagger
  • My Garmin forerunner 945 works well enough....it’s wrist based as well. But, as others have said, its a store now read later path to the data. Not real-time.

  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    My old Garmin 310xt works just fine tracking my swim. Don't wear it during official events though; I have the boat/kayak push the buttons. I'm sure it does HR but I've never tried.

    Just here troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries...

  • ColmBreathnachColmBreathnach Charter Member

    As an update to last post, I got a Garmin swim2 (From Santa), and it gives realtime heart monitoring. It seems pretty accurate, when compared to my 6 second add a zero method.

    IronMike
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