For about two years I have been swimming laps on a regular basis and for about two years I have spent my early mornings with a mantra. The mantra went something like this, “Fourteen, Fourteen, Fourteen, Fifteen… oh wait, was that Fourteen?” Like many swimmers I have spoken to over the last few years, while in the pool, I found myself mesmerized by trying to remember my lap count. This cheapened the experience by transfixing my thoughts on my lap count and not more productive issues like mastering the two beat kick.
At the time, I was swimming in a 25 meeter pool (a problem in and of itself) and my numbers were getting really high. I was frustrated so I explored some of the options on the market. Needless to say, there are some horrible products ripping people off. One product in particular is deceptive by appearing to be a nice small wall counter when in actuality it is huge and I wouldn’t be caught dead using it at the pool.
The best product available for counting laps is the SportCount. The user wears it like a ring on the index finger and counts laps with a simple press from the thumb. It is visible underwater and reliable. It comes in four variations, from the most basic which just counts laps to the more advanced which provides split times.
Locally (NYC), this product is available at Paragon Sports (shipping available).
My swimming is much more enjoyable because of this product. I hope you enjoy it as well.