Beyond the Goggles: Swimnerds

I have done the odd crowdfunding campaign over the years, almost always swimming-related. My best one to date (and still highly recommended) was the open water swimming documentary Driven, but, when my Swimnerd Pace Clock arrived in the mail this weekend, I hit the jackpot. When I built my 25 meter lap pool back in 2010, I shopped around for a digital pace clock. I figured I could pick up a typical clock like is used at many facilities, but even the 'low-end' clocks from Colorado Timing started around $1,000 and went up from there. As my needs were pretty basic - be able to see the clock from both ends of the pool - I couldn't justify that price. Over the ensuing seven years, I have used

Could I be done in 12 years?

If you were to ask me how hard I trained over the last twelve months, I'd tell you it's been the lamest period of effort since I returned to Masters swimming in 2000/2001. Between my forced time off for physical therapy at the start of the year, my extended trip to Nepal and India, and my lackluster motivation to race this summer, I've really not been committed to any sort of real training program. What I have been committed to, though, is swimming in new pools. Over the last twelve months - September 2016 through August of 2017 - I have swum in 60 new and different pools, spanning four countries and, within the US, 11 different states. If I can keep up this very brisk pace, I'll have this

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