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Left shoulder is on borrowed time. It’s just that shoulder surgery is quite a pain in the ass

  1. 2|21|19 lcm

    by , February 21st, 2019 at 09:46 PM (Blog)
    Another week out of pool while in middle of trying to get started on a schedule. This time was from influenza A. 4 days of fever (at 101.8° I would drop a few advil). Also had to avoid pool a month ago - I had to get 7 stitches in my leg (do have a gnarly pic).

    Shoulders on otherhand, still seem to be tolerating the pool.

    I am free of the flu, except lingering upper respiratory effects. But as of today I should be 24hrs beyond period of transmitting.

    100 fr
    100 br
    1200 kick with surf fins and snorkel
    100 fr

    I’ll start swimming harder when I’m ready to. My only concern with the approaching meet is how I handle entering water from the block. Felt a little scary from the side of pool earlier, but the streamline arms feeling stronger than then

    Actually feels good going to meet once without any expectations or stress

    Updated February 22nd, 2019 at 01:54 PM by __steve__

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  2. 2|14|19 LCM

    by , February 14th, 2019 at 07:53 PM (Blog)
    400 fr WU SN
    • first time swimming over 100 of fr in a year

    100 br 1:55
    200 kick as frog/flutter
    200 IMK
    200 various with fins

    LS felt little loose, but seems to be getting used to swimming positively

    Signed up for meet 23/24 Feb, with a total of two swim workouts (other than kicking) in over a year and a half, or more. Entered seed times 10 - 20% slower than my times 2016.

    Postponing left shoulder surgery until late summer. My right shoulder still improving from its procedure 9 months ago, but it’s very slow
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  3. 1|4|19 LCM

    LCM - bulkhead installed, dove below it ea 50 again (more interesting this way, get a solid mid-pool boost too)

    5 x 200 IMK on 6:00
    • fl done as UWA (atlantis) with 3-4 breaks for breaths
    • br and fr with snorkel

    600 of drills with surf fins

    50SCM left foot kick
    50SCM right foot kick
    • my left leg kicks 10 seconds faster with less kicks though it is weaker, and I account it is due to how floppy and flexible the foot and ankle is compared to the rt.
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  4. 12|31|18 not a resolution at all

    by , December 31st, 2018 at 04:58 PM (Blog)
    Dec 27 LCM danny jones pool
    (Floating bulkhead in use but swam LCM, going under it each 50)
    200 fr ez wu
    1800 lcm various kicking with fins
    5 x 50 flutter kick on 0:90 without fins

    Dec 28
    16 x 0:10/0:30 (AFAP/easy) rogue airbike

    Dec 30
    5 x 0:30/2:00 rogue fanbike/woodland curve treadmill on 4:30
    active recovery on bike

    Dec 31 LCM (pool had bulkhead but went under as I approach it each length to maintain LCM)
    300LCM fr with snorkel
    300LCM UWAK (under water atlantis kick) 10-15m per breath
    6 x 50LCM Br on slow
    1000 LCMkick with snorkel and fins mix of flutter and UWAK
    10 x nb 25 SCM fr on 1:00
    25 fly with fins

    First time swimming fly since april 2016 just to see how my shoulders can take it. My right bicep felt wrong at the lower tendon so I stopped. Probably just not used to the new biceps attachment configuration.

    My lower back started going out a few weeks ago, was worse on 27th, but getting better now. Probably form all the running i’ve been doing in recent preparation for approaching afr fitness test. Hoping for another 100, but i don’t know - fine line between peak fitness and breaking down to unsalvageable

    Updated December 31st, 2018 at 05:55 PM by __steve__

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  5. 12|21|18 lcm/scm/scy

    by , December 22nd, 2018 at 10:27 AM (Blog)
    Ran into a bulkhead that mysteriously appeared in the lane during lcm set. Was the type they just drag in to each lane and tie off. Thought they were only doing the other lanes. One side was a little longer than scm, and the other was a little longer than scy, swam both liking the slightly longer than scy one the best.


    200 LCM IMK
    50 fr ez
    200 SCM IMK
    50 fr ez
    2 x 200 SCY IMK
    50 fr ez
    600 fins

    Fly kick parts done as UW Atlantis with 3 - 4 breaths per 50

    Lactate conditioning is not activity selective I find. For instance I swam just twice past 2 months, but my legs didn’t mind at all 1.3k of straight kicking, even after pushing a few of them. I have been working LP on dryland at least 2x wk which consists of 30s max efforts (peaking to 800 watts rogue / 1100 watts assault) on the airbike followed by 60-90s woodland curve 6-9mph, then remounting airbike 90 - 120s active rest.

    Updated December 22nd, 2018 at 05:07 PM by __steve__

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  6. 12|15|18 LCM

    by , December 16th, 2018 at 04:58 PM (Blog)
    4 x
    100 free
    200 IM kick

    Right shoulder about 70% way to full recovery and whatever was damaged appears surgically fixed. Hand still aches and tingling -probably axial nerve pressure which may improve with regain in strength.

    Left shoulder I plan on addressing early next year. MR with contrast report highlights: “circumferential tear of labrum with displaced fragments into axillary recess along inferior and posterior inferior labrum”, “biceps anchor and superior labrum are nearly completely denuded”, “glenoid thickening”, and “Hill-Sachs impaction fracture” among others. Whatever that means, it doesn’t sound normal. On a good note, my rotator cuff group like the right side, is good. I am looking forward to having this worked on. I’ve been swimming with this train-wreck in my arm since the day I learned proper swimming just over 10 years ago. This recent 2 month break from swimming jumping back in yesterday (like a reset) really exposed this limitation, which I learned to ignore out of necessity during years of stroke development. If this will be a successful outcome, I reckon I will have to redevelop stroke by scratch. I will continue to swim leading up to it

    Updated December 17th, 2018 at 12:55 PM by __steve__

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  7. 7|13|18 25.9 yd pool

    10 laps free with fins
    4 laps back with fins
    2 laps breast


    At physical therapy. Warm-up, stretches, then:
    3 x 30 reps ea of abductions to side, fwd, and between no rest using 1lb db (270 reps).

    PTA wasn’t watching and I was supposed to do 10 reps of 2 sets (PT was on vacation and I wanted to leave early to swim before thunder storms arrive)

    1 x 10 each, on belly 1 lb db arm raises to front and side



    My Shoulder improves every day with range of motion, strength, and decrease in pain. However I have no idear how to judge if I am doing too much or too little. According to the doctor I shouldn’t be even trying to swim for another 2 months, but he is not a swimmer and does not understand I can be fairly gentle with my arm using fins and moderately passive strokes.
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  8. 7|7|18

    1:30 am nearby pool
    2500 yds kick on sides with fins
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  9. 7|6|18 deadpool arm

    assault air bike
    5 x 030 on 4:00
    briefly hit 11XX so arm getting stronger

    weights and stretching doing what I can mostly light weight

    pool
    500 fr with surf fins 8:XX
    300 of various other fins stuff

    every day shoulder is better than before, but only just slightly. Really quite painful when I wake up. Stretching lightly in all ranges with both internal/external rotations.

    My right arm still slightly over an inch smaller than other, wife calls it my deadpool arm lol
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  10. 7|3|18

    100 easy
    300 fr with fins
    500 one arm (non rehab arm) fr with fins
    50 br
    6 x 25 UW atlantis kick on 0:45 fins
    10 x 25 UW atlantis kick on 1:00 fins
    10 x 25 one arm fr on 1:00 fast

    Drylands yesterday
    Assault bike: 5 x 0:30 AFAP on 4:00 (easy with using right arm), hit 1015 watts
    Leg press 1 x 270 x 25
    Stretches
    10 min kicking heavy bag

    2 months since surgery (LHBT tenodesis, extensive posterior and inferior debridment, and chondroplasy), pain still there but finally letting off, range of movement and strength coming back - can finally push off wall with a quasi streamlined arm. It is difficult to tell if I am pushing too hard and aggravating healing. My PT says i can use weights next week at 10wks, but I’ve been doing that at 6 wks, albeit with 1-3 lb db. Good news for me though are signs that I will have promising results with this surgery, the “dead spot” I’ve had during power phase of stroke for 5 years seems to not exist anymore. I will never know if my aggressive approach to rehab gave me 120% or 80% than if I would have followed strict protocol. If I did anything else wrong with recovery, it would be not doing enough pendulum cycles as I am making up with painful stretches now, overdoing it (did active arm raises once at 2 wks), not resting enough. My right arm measures an entire inch smaller than my already skinny left arm

    If schedule permits, might participate in a local meet late next month, NT for all events of course.

    Aruba is around the corner, should be good to go to enjoy the ocean, no cliff jumping however. Plan on saving money and just stay at my in-laws home.


    Going to gym later tonight

    Updated July 3rd, 2018 at 09:32 PM by __steve__

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  11. 06|16|18

    SCM
    10 x 25m 1arm free on 1:00 (non surgery arm)
    500 frg kick (arms passive) 14:00
    60 min various things: rehab shldr range of motion, active range, neuromuscular control, and super easy stroke with recovery not fully above surface. also did relaxing stuff: UW swims for CO2 tolerance, Bubble rings etc

    Drylands


    back machine 55 pounds left arm for 45 reps, 0 pounds right arm for 5 reps.
    Assisted dips: 100lbs 10 reps x 2
    assisted pull-ups: 100lbs 10 reps x 2
    arm bicycle: 3 minutes
    back extensions 60 reps
    calf raises 20 reps
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  12. 6|1|18 26.2 yard pool

    snorkel throughout
    Kick, both arms trailing back passively (o: flutter, e: frog)
    20 x 52.4 yd on 0:80

    0-arm fly with surf fins, easy / moderate per length
    5 x 52.4 yd on 1:00

    25 min: sculling, slow kicking with arm at about 110° using frontal drag as mild resistance, and atlantis with and without fins


    31 days post surgery. Just started active range of motion on Tuesday. Md doesn’t want me to push the range too quickly, his theory is it will prevent instability later down the road. So I am keeping it no more than 100° now.

    been swimming 3 x wk doing 500 to 1500m kicking similar to above

    Maintaining base fitness 3 x wk with the Assault air bike (rehab arm free, in brace). 2 workouts:
    1) 6 x 0:45 (500-600 watts) on 4:15 (50-100 watts easy)
    2) 10 x 1:00 (300-400 watts on 2:00 (50-100 watts easy)

    Also doing RC scrap for the other shoulder, and whatever else I can manage.

    6|3|18
    650 kick with fins, arms passive
    200 very slow sculling motion with rehab arm no more than 110 degrees
    12 min of one arm LP on assult bike, 4 x 40 sec 9550 watt) on 3:00
    active range of arm using arm weight to about 80 degrees



    6|5|18
    524 yd kick with arms trailing back, o length frog/e length flutter, 15:00
    15 minutes with fins stretching rehab arm

    6|6|18 scm
    kicking as usual
    passive UW range of motion within comfort as usual

    Updated June 10th, 2018 at 09:15 AM by __steve__

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  13. 5|18|18 scm

    the three entry wounds from surgery are closed- 18 d post op

    1150 kick with arms back

    Updated May 19th, 2018 at 03:27 AM by __steve__

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  14. 3|31 to 4|3

    3|31 SCM / drylands
    3 x 200IMK on 5:00
    10 x 25 flutter kick (0:25’s) on 1:00

    upperbody high reps
    400m run 1:20


    4|1 drylands
    400m run 1:20



    4|2 drylands
    400m rum 1:20
    stretching



    4|3 SCM drylands
    4 x 200 IMK on 5:00

    400m run 1:17.90
    lower body high reps



    Updated April 4th, 2018 at 05:51 PM by __steve__

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  15. 3|28|18 scm

    3|28:
    3 x 200IMK on 5:00
    • arms down on bk kick
    • 12.5m UWDK/12.5m UWalantis on fl kick
    • board/snorkel on br and fr kick


    dryland:
    400m run 1:23

    3|29 drylands:
    400m run 1:19.70 :-)

    Updated March 29th, 2018 at 03:58 PM by __steve__

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    3|25
    Ran barefoot 400M
    Ran fast 700M
    Upperbody light, high reps
    20 min of continuous cyclic yoga

    3|26
    Ran 400M 1:24
    Lower body light, high reps
    10 min of continuous cyclic yoga

    3|27
    SCM
    5 x 200IMK on 5:00
    had to leave pool - grossed out over the floating film and how the water felt
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  17. 3|20, 3|23, 3|24

    SCM Kicking as normal

    200 IMK's

    shoulder shot didn't help

    Been using a kickboard modified from an old skim board - good for UW's

    Used fins today for UW's - was fun

    also did 20 x 25 fr kick 0n 50 striving 4 30's

    Updated March 25th, 2018 at 11:51 AM by __steve__

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  18. 3|18|18 scm

    500 kick, flutter, frog by the 25
    6 x 50 flutter as 25 AFAP / 25 easy kick
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  19. 3|8|18 LCM

    1000 IM kick as touchngo 200’s
    • fly kick done UW alternating between atlantis per 12.5’s
    • board and snorkel for frog and free kicks
    • 25:33

    200 warmdown

    Updated March 8th, 2018 at 04:00 PM by __steve__

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  20. 2|28|18 SCM solo per un calcio

    by , February 28th, 2018 at 06:34 PM (Blog)


    SCM just for kicks

    5 x 200IM kick - 23:45 (4:45 200's)
    • touch and go intervals
    • fly portion as 2x 12.5m UWDK/12.5m UW atlantis
    • grabbed lane line once each bk
    • br and fr - used board and snorkel

    Fastest kick yet, by good margin - pleased. Probably should do 5:00's now and work on split times until consistant at 0:20 r

    Felt right foot was about to cramp from start, but managed to keep relaxed enough to prevent.

    Updated March 1st, 2018 at 12:55 PM by __steve__

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