Maybe I'm Too Sentimental

>> Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The watch that I've had since I got into the sport of triathlon has officially died.

I had to change the battery (for the second time ever) this morning, and it stopped beeping once I had the new battery installed. Not a good sign. I made sure everything was snugged up nice and tight, and it still didn't beep when it should. Then I went for a swim after class today, and it died and looked like this by the end of my first 100:



No, those aren't WATER drops under the face - those are AIR BUBBLES! The REST is water!

I've worn this watch for every race since 2007. My parents bought it for me after my first year of triathlons for Christmas in 2006. Here I'm wearing it for my Ironman nearly 4 years ago:



I kept those Ironman splits on that watch until the battery died.... again, maybe I'm too sentimental.

And make sure to stop back tomorrow! Sometime tomorrow there will be a big GIVEAWAY post going up!! Come on back to check it out!... Now excuse me, but I have to go out and buy a new watch.

16 comments:

Chad 6:32 PM, May 17, 2011  

Dude!
I have my first watch from when I got into this. Ironically, it cracked and died during my first/only Ironman.

Matt 9:18 PM, May 17, 2011  

I know what you mean, Steve. I always kept my first marathon splits stored in my watch, and when the battery died, I felt like I lost a little piece of my self. Now strap on the watch is about 1 month from snapping for good...

Megan 9:53 PM, May 17, 2011  

I've been holding onto my $15 watch I got from Target for ages. I love it, although it only does the basics - stop watch and tell time. Still, I couldn't do my swims without it. :)

PS. I hope your giveaway isn't your broken watch... hehehe

Richelle 12:31 AM, May 18, 2011  

I found it difficult to throw out my first pair of real running shoes. They got me through my very first 10K and my first two half-marathons. So, although my story isn't about a watch, I know what you mean.

Rachel 12:41 AM, May 18, 2011  

So sorry to hear about your watch passing away.

I'm sure you'll get a really nice new one that will make you forget all about your lost love.

kT 7:40 AM, May 18, 2011  

Are you giving away your dead watch? Because that would be sort of lame.

Steve Stenzel 8:47 AM, May 18, 2011  

Ha! No, I'm NOT giving away my dead watch! But (ironically) I'm giving away something that helps you use electronics in the water WITHOUT them dying.......

Greenking17 "TRI-harder" 9:00 AM, May 18, 2011  

I think someone in the watch world should be giving you a watch...a nice new watch...and some watches to give away on the blog!! That's what I think, get on it! ;)

it's all about pace 9:53 AM, May 18, 2011  

i have the *same watch* oh... but mine still works :-)

SteveQ 10:30 AM, May 18, 2011  

I had a cheapo watch I loved because it was accurate to one second per year, completely by accident. A mile after a hard fall in a race, I discovered I had lost it. For years, I'd go back over that course looking for that $10 watch.

Richard 10:52 AM, May 18, 2011  

I still have an Timex Ironman watch . . . takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'.

May your watch RIP.

--Richard

Thomas 12:20 PM, May 18, 2011  

Actually, you could still wear it. It would not assist in anything but it would be there.

Cyborg Queen 1:55 PM, May 18, 2011  

we should have a burial of your watch....

Dr. TriRunner 2:48 PM, May 18, 2011  

BOOO! I had the same issue with my Timex Race Trainer after I had the battery changed. BY PROFESSIONALS!! >=/ I ended up replacing it with the same kit (Timex Race Trainer +HR) but "upgraded" to the one that lets you upload data to your computer. Have yet to experiment with that yet...

Detroit Runner(Jeff) 6:09 AM, May 20, 2011  

I would e-mail Timex. I bet they would give you a new one. That should not happen.

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman 6:39 AM, May 20, 2011  

Think you'll get the same watch this time around or will you search out a new, improved version?

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