got one? Like it? Hate it? have one to recommend for me?
I have a bare-bones Nike model that displays HR, stopwatch and current time, but not much else. No memory, no alarms, no zones. Plus the chest strap is tricky -- when it works its way up out from under the bottom of my sportsbra, I get random readings, like 87 in the middle of a 10-miler. Um, not really. And then of course there was the time that I forgot to switch the reading from stopwatch to HR, and I looked down a few minutes into my run and saw 240! Dumbas$ here thought I was having a stroke!
So it's time for a new one. I don't need GPS or distance functions -- I can get that with the Garmin and NanoMark. I'd like to be able to wear the watch as a regular wristwatch as well, seeing as my Disney watch from the cruise in '05 bit the dust before Christmas. If I'm going to buy a new watch, I'd rather have it be useful and not just pretty to look at. That's the one thing keeping me from biting the bullet and getting a new Garmin 305. One that I could wear whilst swimming might be a good choice, seeing as I've got to get some of that in sooner than later.* I've not really set a budget for it - I don't think I can spend $200 or so, though.
So, bring it on. I've done a little bit o' research, but all the choices are a bit overwhelming. Help a girl out here, plz! Muchas grassy-ass, as my dad likes to say.
*speaking of the swim -- I called the aquatics coordinator at the university where i work today to arrange for private lessons. I am going to split with another woman in my area, so 5 half-hour lessons will cost us each $75 instead of $100. The lessons will be at the pool in the campus gym/fitness center, so we can do it over lunchtime. It should be enough to get me going on lap swimming by early February so I can start the Sprint plan full-force at the end of March. Eeep!