Just like at the Boulder Reservoir, an eye socket fell out of my goggles as I was getting ready to start. It is time to try different goggles. The Sable competition goggles are incredibly clear, but I will sacrifice optical clarity for durability.
The swim to the sandbar was a good warm-up. I hit the lap button and continued on to the end of the pond. At the end of the pond, I took a two minute rest interval and started the swim back. At the sand bar, I took a 1 minute rest interval and then finished my workout. I considered heading back to the sand bar, but decided to call it a day.
I headed home to analyze the data. The streamline bridge continues to frustrate me, but I did manage to get the workout uploaded. My lap/split method worked well and I calculated 953 meters in across and back, although my route varied significantly. The fact that the distance matched was just a coincidence. I also noted that I did not turn off the unit properly upon exiting the gravel pond. My workout shows the route home as well.
Overall, I have mixed opinions on the Hydro Tracker. For $130, I am glad I tried it out. I like having data from my workouts. Open Water Swimming is a new beast for me and I tend to be pretty conservative. My RPE is usually quite low. Although I have not tracked my heart rate, I believe it would be in the 120-130 range. I am not ready to buy an Aqua Pulse yet, but I would love to borrow one.
As far as using the Hydro Tracker for all my workouts, it is kind of tedious to remove from the goggle straps. I am tempted to develop an alternative headband strap or pouch system that I could wear and slip the hydro tracker in and out of.
After trying on the Aqua Sphere Kayenne, Kaiman and Blue Seventy Visions, I decided to give the Kaimans a try. They fit my face best and seem reasonably durable. If anyone has an inside track on polarized goggles (Zoggs), I would love to try those out.