In my last post, I expounded on my dislike for swimming. I’m just not very good at it and I don’t like doing it. I find it boring. Now, every year when I give my little motivational talk to the new members of my running group, I review some common excuses that people use for not running. One of them is “It’s boring.” My response to this is, “Activities aren’t boring. It’s up to the person doing the activity to find the pleasure in running.”
Well, I’ll say it right here. Swimming is boring. Going back and forth in a pool, staring at a black line on the bottom…zzzzzzzz. It’s like being on a treadmill. And yes, treadmills are boring. But I have also vowed that I WILL swim more, so that I don’t end up being one of the last finishers again in my next race.
When the weather is bad and I’m relegated to the treadmill, I listen to music or audiobooks. It’s the only thing that makes the treadmill bearable. I figured there’s got to be a way to do the same while swimming, so I started researching waterproof headphones. It turns out there are options! I was initially attracted to the Finis SwiMP3. Instead of earbuds, it has these paddles that clip to your googles and lie against your temple and cheekbone. The soundwaves transmit through the skull, and it’s supposed to work really well. However, the MP3 format doesn’t support the Audible.com audiobooks that I listen to, so I nixed that option.
I eventually decided on the Waterfi Waterproof iPod Shuffle. Since I love all things Apple, this was a good fit with me. It would allow me to sync my already existing iTunes library without any difficulty, and I could also listen to my audiobooks.
The device itself is pretty cool. The people at Waterfi actually take regular Shuffles and completely waterproof them. The resulting product looks like any other Shuffle, but it’s waterproof up to 210 feet. The kit comes with waterproof headphones.
It also comes with velcro to attach to shuffle to the goggles strap, but I found it just as easy to just clip on the Shuffle. The headphone wires are needlessly long, which was kind of annoying. I followed the directions and looped them around the velcro to make them shorter.
Then put on a swim cap, googles on, and good to go!
I have to admit, upon getting into the pool there was a moment of panic. I mean- I was willingly entering the water with an electronic device strapped to my head. This went against nature in a very fundamental way. Well, I had come that far, and I wasn’t about to do that boring swim without listening to my book. I took a deep breath and plunged in. To my relief, my head did not catch on fire. Even better…it actually worked. I was listening to my book and swimming!
It made the swimming much more pleasurable. Before I knew it, a half hour had gone by. I did have to stop a few times to adjust the earbuds until I figured out the best way to position them for both good sound and no water in my ears. Once I had that down pat, it was smooth sailing.
So, a big thumbs up/ 5 stars for the Waterfi iPod Shuffle. Happy swimming days are ahead.