Alrighty, this is embarrassing but I can't be the only one that has this problem. I have been a long-distance swimmer my whole life. In high school I was a competitive swimmer and I swear, I would have never been able to do it if it wasn't for someone counting the laps for me with one of those GIANT flip chart counters. I can NOT count laps in the pool. I am terrible at it. My mind wanders and I think, "wait.... what lap was that?" I have taken to sprinting or swimming with people who do the counting for me.
I am thinking about doing this 3-mile open water swim and it means that I am going to have to spend a lot more time in the pool doing long distance swims (and open water swims, of course). Someone recommended the SportCount Chrono
on a website I read. Any other recommendations?