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Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!

Wed, Feb. 20, 2013 7:00-9:00pm

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I tweaked my back somehow over the past day. Not sure if it was from the dives at the end of last night's practice, or from something at work today, but I was a bit tender during the later half of my workday. I injured my lower back working as a laborer at a saw mill when I was about 23 years old, and I've had issues off and on with it since then. Lower back pain sucks, and I'll probably have to be careful about it for quite a while.

I decided to try out swimming tonight, just to see how it felt, with plans to vacate if the pain was there. No pain, but I just took it fin dolphin kicking today, all freestyle, and "slow" swimming in place of the broken fast efforts.


600 (25 Free/25 V-sit scull)

12 x 100 Kick w/ fins
3 @ 1:25, 3 @ 1:20, 3 @ 1:15, 3 @ 1:10
I did 12 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board EZ while the kids worked hard.

Main Set = Circuit Set (5 stops)

Lane 6:
3 x Broken 200 Free @ 5:00 w/ :15 rest @ each 50
I was around 2:05-2:10 for my add-up times. Just cruising.

Lane 5:
6 x Broken 100 Choice (did all Free) @ 2:30 w/ :10 rest @ each 25
Around 1:00 or so on these

Lane 4:
2 x Broken 400 IM (did 400 Frees) @ 7:30 w/ :20 rest @ each 100
I was going around 1:08s per 100 on these. My back was beginning to loosen up a bit now so things were much better. Still wasn't going to push anything.

Deep Tank Stage 1:
15 x cross pool Sprints @ 1:00

Deep Tank Stage 2:
15 min. of vertical flutter kicking w/ arms hugging yourself


~3400 Yards of 90% easy efforts today. I left the pool not tired at all compared to normal.

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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    James, that sucks. Is this in a similar spot to your back injury from a couple weeks ago? I hope you start feeling better soon.
  2. ekw's Avatar
    Get better soon!
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Lower back pain seems to be as commonplace as shoulder pain for many swimmers. Hopefully, you won't have any spasms. Good idea to have laid off the dolphin kick.

    I like the VK hugging yourself bit.
  4. fdtotten's Avatar
    There is nothing like nagging back pain to induce moments of misery reducing functionality in daily activities. I hope this passes soon for you!

    Everyone is different, but we all endure lower back pain in some way at some time in our lives. During my late 40s and early 50s I had on and off issues sometimes even triggered by taking dishes out of the dishwasher.

    My personal remedy over the last four years has been doing 100-300 mini back lift "crunches" almost daily on a Roman chair I bought specifically for that purpose. So far (knock on wood), lower back issues are none or very minor at most. But everyone is different, so need to find/discover a personal lower back management strategy that works.
  5. jaadams1's Avatar
    Doing much better today, Thanks everyone. It's just one of those nagging things that comes and goes at times, but I'm sure some of the stuff I do at work has a tendancy to bring back the pain moreso than sitting at a desk all day long.