5 months out
by, March 26th, 2013 at 06:25 PM (844 Views)
So yesterday was the 20 week mark! And I must say things seem to be going along ~swimmingly~ at this point, haha!
I seemed to have finally kicked the major soreness I wrote about last month. At my last writing I was about to go out of town for 4 days and I decided that I would do NOTHING shoulder-related during that time, not even my PT exercises or stretches. Well, that seemed to do the trick! I guess I just had to listen to my body and take a bit of rest. Iím not sure what my PT will say about this, but I donít think Iíll care anyway since it feels like I did the right thing. Right after that long weekend I went back to the pool and felt GREATÖ.and things have just been picking up since then!
As of yesterday I was able to do a whole 500 yards freestyle non-stop after diving in for warm up, woo hoo! And on top of that, I was able to complete the entire 1500 yard main (freestyle) set with my zoomers and snorkel. So thatís a whole 2000 yards of swimming right there at 5 months post-surgery. Very stoked about that! (And I know Iíve said this before, but I again must give mad props to my snorkel. Seriously people, best. tool. ever!!! Not having to turn my head to breathe has been SO valuable at this point in my recovery. The snorkel has actually been an instrumental tool throughout my entire process thus far. Best $30 ever spentÖ.I <3 my snorkel lol!)
Itís crazy how exhausting these practices have been. I am just moderately swimming along doing about 1:25/100yd pace WITH the zoomers and I feel like I am going to DIE afterwards lol. But I hope this progression can continue at this rate and I can get back to my old self soon. Right now I just want to focus on getting the yardage/endurance back. Still icing after every practice but no need for nsaids at the moment. I still havenít really attempted much backstroke yetÖ.Iím a bit wary of it actually since the first few strokes I did take were nowhere near comfortable. Backstroke was the most irritating to my shoulder before the surgery, so Iím in no rush. At least I got my underwaters all ready to go lol!