Problem: Can’t measure stroke rate or heart rate when OTW.
Problem: Can’t make any modifications to the boat.
I’m sure I’m not the only one here that rows OTW in a club shell. I’ve been wanting a strokecoach or speedcoach, but realized that mounting it in a shared boat is going to be a problem. The same goes for mounting a phone or tablet. I’d love to know if anyone has seen a way to temporarily mount one of these devices in a boat without major hassle or any modifications to the boat itself.
Potential solutions are the strokecoach with surge rate or a rowing app (ex: phone/tablet) as they require no impellor or seat sensor. However, mounting it so I can see it is a problem because I can’t modify the boat and I need to secure the device from the rare (involuntary) flip test.
The best idea I’ve had is to get a heart rate watch. I could easily read that on my wrist or even wrap it around one of the sculls or rigger.
I could continue to use the app on my phone to track the GPS data for the whole workout (time, speed, and splits). That still isn’t stroke rate but I’m not convinced that number is critical when training in a single if you know your heart rate. What do you folks think? Do I really need to know my stroke rate if I’m doing all my training by heart rate? I also do most of my speed work on the erg and tend to focus on form when OTW.
Assuming I’ve come up with the best idea, let’s explore this heart rate monitor a bit more. I was really hoping this would be my excuse to get a personal fitness appliance like Fitbit. There’s a review of them here (not my site, but a good review is worth mentioning): http://www.digitalmcgyver.com/personal/ ... -round-up/
. They all appear to be really bad at monitoring your heart rate so I’ve just wasted your time with this entire paragraph. I am such a jerk.
However, you should know that I wasted far more time researching this topic than you did reading this paragraph.
Since I’m leaning towards getting a traditional heart rate watch, I’m just going to get the Nike+ Sportwatch with the Polar chest strap. Let me know if you’ve used the Nike watch. It could be junk, but I can get it cheap enough to still afford an upgrade later if it is junk. Sound like the best plan?