September 18

MySwimPro review – the first test

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I’ve never had much of a memory. But I do love swimming. And those two don’t really mix. I have trouble counting the number of lengths I’ve swam – I have no chance at remembering any attempt at a complex session plan. This is where MySwimPro is set to help out.

What is MySwimPro?

MySwimPro is an online coaching platform for swimmers that is available on iOS and Android (unfortunately there is no web platform). It costs $95.99 per year or $14.99 per month, but they do provide a 7 day trial period.

Within the app you can sign up for a training plan, and there’s quite a range from Beginner’s Freestyle to 10K Marathon.

And here’s the crucial part: it will send the sessions to my Garmin Fenix 5 sports watch!

How did it go?

Tonight I tried MySwimPro for the first time. I have to say I’m a little disappointed.

I had a warmup of 400m freestyle in 7 minutes, but I don’t think it tracked it right. My watch beeped to tell me I had finished after (what I felt was about 12 of the 16 lengths).

Maybe I am that bad at counting.

The other problem I faced is that I couldn’t keep up with the workout. And there wasn’t an intuitive way to stop my watch racing off into the distance while I caught my breath. I ended up cutting it short and doing my own session.

The final problem I had with it was the lack of data provided into Garmin Connect after the session. MySwimPro talks about how nicely it plays with Garmin, but where’s my data?

In the image below you can see my Garmin Connect data for the first half of my session (with the MySwimPro plan) compared to the second half (using the standard Garmin Fenix 5 features).

Garmin Connect data from MySwimPro swim
Garmin Connect data from MySwimPro swim
Garmin Connect data from normal swim
Garmin Connect data with standard data points

As you can see, there’s a lot more data available when you don’t use MySwimPro.

So, what next?

I’ve reached out to the devlopers, and will keep on testing. I hope it’s just a setting that I haven’t enabled, so will be quite a quick fix. We’ll see.


Tags

Garmin Fenix 5, MySwimPro


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