2x [3 x 50m free / 50m fly] on 1:45 is way harder than a similar set on 2:00. But achievement unlocked. I even descended each set of 100s as requested by coach. Racing 100 fly on Saturday (yes, I celebrate Xmas with a swim meet, lol)
Swimmer & triathlete with cerebral palsy
I finally got to swim today for the first time since my hip surgery on December 17th! I hugged my doctor yesterday after he removed my stitches and gave me the "ok" to return to the pool today.
When I arrived at the pool, I turned on the music system and cracked up laughing, because the song playing was my anthem, "Feeling Stronger Every Day" by Chicago.
LIFE IS GOOD!
Elaine K., so glad you're back after your hip surgery! Congrats!
My "swim happy" post for now--not impressive distance-wise, just a happy 1200 yards when, at first, having just returned from Sat. evening mass last night, I was ready to hole up, fix dinner, have some wine--and the cold, rainy day didn't make me want to run off to swim. But I knew that if I didn't get the pool time, I might miss out for the weekend, since today I wanted to focus on a run and some work stuff. There wasn't a lot of time left for a swim, but enough to get something accomplished, however small, and better small than wishing I'd done it. So off to the pool--and happily discovered that I had it ALL TO MYSELF!!!!
So after 200 each of swim, kick, and pull (did I mention that I hate kick sets? -- so I give myself props for doing 200 w/out any coach there to tell me to do so), I did 4x100, each one faster than the one before--that definitely surprised me b/c I was feeling sluggish when I got there, then 6x25, with the last one being the fastest (wasn't really noticing the times of the others, just trying to remember to give myself 8-10 seconds between), then easy 50--and then the pool was about to close. So not a lot of time, but I was feeling 100 percent better leaving than when I arrived, and so glad I didn't succumb to the temptation to bag it.
So glad to hear you're back in the water Elaine!
My husband and I spent the last two weeks in Laguna Beach, Florida, and I swam daily at the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center. FABULOUS! The facility was well-maintained, the water temperature ranged from 79-81, and I always had my own lane. In the early mornings and on weekends, the 50 meter pool was set up for long course (WooHOO!) and at 10:00 on weekdays, it was short course for the remainder of the day. I was even able to practice fly and free race starts for the first time since my hip surgery. (Still too soon for backstroke and breaststroke starts.)
Kudos to the staff and lifeguards for doing a great job and making my training experience at your pool and enjoyable one.
WooHOO! I saw my surgeon today, and he released me to return to competition (except no breaststroke kick yet). I'm five weeks ahead of his original schedule for me!
That's wonderful news! Congratulations Elaine!