I went swimming again today. I’d spent the morning doing physical therapy, which involved a brisk walk in Bridle Trails State Park and some yoga as well. The walk was great, but the yoga was pretty sad. I definitely need to work on my Sun Salutes.
The swimming felt great. I did 1200 yards, and could have done more. Following my PT’s advice, I held myself to just 30 minutes, so as not to overdo it.
The first 1000 yards were all crawl stroke. It wasn’t pretty. I slogged each 100 yard interval out at a pace over a minute slower than my pre-accident peak. My kicks were weak, and I wasn’t able to fully extend my left arm during the stroke, because of the pain related to my broken clavicle and scapula. I specifically did not try to speed up because I want to build basic stamina.
Getting back into shape after being laid up for almost three months is interesting. I must be careful not to use the pre-accident Paul as an expectation for performing. That is sometimes a challenge, but my better sense often wins out. I suspect it will be hard when I begin running too.
Anyway, after the 1000 yards of freestyle, I finished with 100 of breaststroke and 100 of kicking (no board, just face-down in the water). Next time I might mix things up a bit, just to work more muscles, and improve that cruddy kicking.
If I keep swimming twice or three times a week, I’ll get back to 2000+ yards pretty soon, and my stamina will improve throughout.
Wish me luck.