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VegaO3
October 19th, 2017, 05:12 PM
Hello!

I graduated from College in May and I'm just now getting back into swimming. Almost have all my gear but I'm missing one thing, a Pace clock!

Anyone have recommendations for a small pace clock? I can't seem to find any small ones, only the big expensive ones.

pwb
October 20th, 2017, 01:11 AM
Hello!

I graduated from College in May and I'm just now getting back into swimming. Almost have all my gear but I'm missing one thing, a Pace clock!

Anyone have recommendations for a small pace clock? I can't seem to find any small ones, only the big expensive ones.I wrote about my new favorite clock from Swimnerds (http://swimpractice.com/) here - https://www.1001pools.com/single-post/2017/09/04/Beyond-the-Goggles-Swimnerds - but that might be a bit pricey and too large. Click on the links in there for both the PacePal (smallest, most portable) and the Accusplit.

gobears
October 20th, 2017, 09:02 AM
Another option is a pace clock app for your phone. I found a good free app years ago. Only downside is keeping your phone at the side of the pool without getting wet (and you can't see from the other end if doing 25's). Better than no clock, though.

Phillip Luebke
October 27th, 2017, 06:08 PM
Anyone have recommendations for a small pace clock? I can't seem to find any small ones, only the big expensive ones.

I have a few PaceWatch swim watches left. Watch eBay.

Heatherbug
November 4th, 2017, 02:52 PM
Another option is a pace clock app for your phone. I found a good free app years ago. Only downside is keeping your phone at the side of the pool without getting wet (and you can't see from the other end if doing 25's). Better than no clock, though.

I also use an app. I found one called "pace clock" for my iPhone. I put my phone in a zip lock bag and prop it up at the end of my lane.

Swimosaur
November 4th, 2017, 09:33 PM
I'm missing one thing, a Pace clock!

Pace Pal (http://mypacepal.com/)

I've had one -- two actually --- for years. They are small enough to fit in a gym bag & go everywhere. After some teething pains early on, they are now robust, reliable, and durable. The guy who makes them, Larry Day, has been swimming since water was invented, is a Masters World Record holder in 200 fly and 400 IM, and totally knows his stuff. Service and support are quick, fast, and easy.

MSK
November 5th, 2017, 05:33 PM
I'm pretty sure I saw a pace clock watch advertised on Amazon, but you could really just use the second hand on a waterproof analog watch or the stopwatch feature of a digital one. Over the summer I swim a lot in an outdoor pool that has a pace clock that is often not working. I use an interval timer feature of my Garmin watch.

knelson
November 6th, 2017, 10:32 AM
Pace Pal (http://mypacepal.com/)

I've had one -- two actually --- for years. They are small enough to fit in a gym bag & go everywhere. After some teething pains early on, they are now robust, reliable, and durable.

That's good to know. Does anyone else own a Pace Pal that can comment? It's a very intriguing product, but I've always wondered about the durability.

jpetyk
November 6th, 2017, 11:37 AM
I bought a cheapie timex ironman watch. It has a stopwatch setting that works well for intervals, and you don't have to worry about what end of the pool you are on since it's right there on your wrist.

Swimosaur
November 6th, 2017, 09:15 PM
That's good to know. Does anyone else own a Pace Pal that can comment? It's a very intriguing product, but I've always wondered about the durability.

To be sure, durability has improved considerably over the years. Also,


Service and support are quick, fast, and easy.
I suspect the folks who fuss about it don't know how to write an email. "Hey, Larry, I'm having trouble with my clock" has always -- let me emphasize, always -- gotten an immediate, positive, and satisfying answer.

knelson
November 7th, 2017, 12:34 PM
Thanks for the info, Judd.

boom_digs
November 7th, 2017, 12:47 PM
I bought a cheapie timex ironman watch. It has a stopwatch setting that works well for intervals, and you don't have to worry about what end of the pool you are on since it's right there on your wrist.

Same as heatherbug, i used to use the pace clock app in my phone but found it hard to see the time when i use it under the sun; no problem at night time though.

Iím curious on the timex ironman watch that youíre using. Can you give the exact model #? Was actually considering to get one too but iím unsure of the interval features. Like, if you set your intervals at 2:00, would it beep, say five seconds before 2:00, and then beep again when it finally reaches 2:00? Hope you can help provide some inputs. Thanks!!!

Sojerz
November 8th, 2017, 02:45 PM
I bought a cheapie timex ironman watch. It has a stopwatch setting that works well for intervals, and you don't have to worry about what end of the pool you are on since it's right there on your wrist.

I"ve been using the same watch and just let the chrono feature run during my solo workouts. It also worked well for 400m OW course I swim in the summer and for timing sets and reps at the gym.

poolraat
November 10th, 2017, 07:34 PM
I bought the Pace Pal in 2011 and it still works fine.

Lane_7
November 10th, 2017, 11:19 PM
I used to use an IPad in conjunction with an App called Swim Workouts for Coaches. I would enclose the IPad in plastic bag (with ice block in the summer), and set it against the block. I would pre-program my set with rests, and just follow along. It would scroll through the set so I could always check what was coming next. It counted down for starts as well (the rests are timed, and the color would change for countdown to start). This setup was admittedly overkill, but I really loved touching the wall and reading my time directly. It was also nice in that the clock font was quite large. I would have to set the iPad to not automatically shutoff after predetermined time through settings.