Recently I realized that one reason it’s hard for me to keep up my pace in the pool for an hour to an hour and a half every day is because it gets kind of boring. Sure I can swim laps and change the stroke or try different things in the diving well, but it gets boring anyway. My mind wanders and I slow down. To combat this problem, I invested the $30 in a waterproof mp3 player. There are waterproof ipods but they cost a lot more, so I went for this one. So far I have had no problems with it. The armband wasn’t so great, but I just replaced it using two strips of velcro and that worked fine. The earbuds are also earplugs which is great since I have to wear earplugs anyway. I can feel a difference in my workout because of this little player. I listen to various kinds of fast-paced music and it keeps me moving. I also find that I don’t focus on how tired I am and oh dear God is it over yet. I don’t keep track of how far I go and I’m not training for any events or anything like that. I just water jog and swim for my health, but it was starting to become a chore instead of something I enjoyed. If you swim or water jog, I highly recommend this. Apparently it will work for up to ten meters depth as well, but I haven’t tried that yet.