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I swam today

This wouldn't be such a big deal, except I haven't gone swimming in at least fifteen years, as far as I can remember. I did ok for the most part. I was able to swim across the pool, tread water for about a minute, and dive to the bottom (8 feet). My right shoulder (the one that had the serious impingement) felt fine while swimming, but my left shoulder hurt a bit. I think I'll be ok for my trip, as long as I take it easy in the water.

There was a time when I could swim a mile (in open water), or tread water for a half hour, and think nothing of it. However, those days are gone; probably forever. I don't envision that I will ever spend the time necessary to bring myself to the point where I was when I was a teenager. I probably spent as much time swimming then as I do now on piano. Truth be told, if I'd had the opportunity, I would have rather learned piano instead of swimming. If I could convert the time spent on swimming to piano practice, I'd probably be good enough to accompany my chorus, at least.


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Jun. 17th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
Yay swimming! I bet you could get to the point of swimming a mile again without much effort. You're in better shape than me, and I did it a couple of years ago for a <a href="http://www.wcrc.org/swim/index.htm>charity.</a> Before doing the charity event I spent maybe three months swimming once or twice a week for 30-60 minutes.
Jun. 17th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Your shoulders are probably in better shape than mine. Impingement is a rotator cuff injury, and swimming relies heavily on the proper usage of the shoulder joint. I probably wouldn't have been able to do what I did today a year ago; I would've been in too much pain. Even six months ago, I probably couldn't have done it. The pain may subside, but the shoulders don't necessarily fully heal right away. I don't know how baseball pitchers throw with rotator cuff injuries; these guys are out there pitching when they should be having surgery. (I was fortunate that my injuries didn't require surgery; just doctor-prescribed physical therapy.)

Also, I don't have enough time for the things I do right now; I can't squeeze in an hour or two a week without sacrificing something else I really want to do. At this point, I'll trade (future) swimming ability for piano, dancing, etc. I'm glad I can swim well enough to stay afloat; that'll do for now.

Speaking of time commitments, I'll be spending a fair amount of time (re)learning Spanish after I return from France. If I can bring my Spanish back to the level it was at while I was in high school in a year or two, I'll be very pleased. I hope my chorus goes to Madrid in a couple of years, as has been proposed, but maybe I'll just go there regardless.
Jun. 17th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
I hope your shoulder continues to heal. And have fun re-learning Spanish!
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