The first 50 I felt like Dara Torres, (just double the time in this video and add a lot of stroke imperfections hahaha) and by 75 yd mark, my left shoulder was aching and I was already "feeling the burn". Unaccustomed to any form of rythmic exercise, my upper body muscles were screaming "wtf do you think you are doing moving through water????" as I struggled to find some semblence of a partially decent stroke from years past. Key words: 'years past'.
Well, not quite years, more like many many months (August actually) but it certainly felt like years since I last swam with any regularity. Suffice it to say that my body is much happier moving through air these days versus water but I am hoping to turn this around in a matter of a few weeks. I swam 1000 yards (that sounds soooooo much more impressive than "20 minutes" except if you are a swimmer and then that's your warm up!) and I probably could have swam a little more but I touched the wall at 1000 and decided that 20 minutes was enough for the first time out. The cool thing about swimming is this: it's like I swam for an hour. I left the office at the lab at 1:02, by the time I got out of the building and across the street to the pool it was 1:12 when I walked in. By 1:17 pm I was in the water and at 1:37 I was out and in the shower. At 2:02 I was unlocking my car. That's an hour.... that is also the horrible thing about swimming, when I am finally back up to an hour of swimming
While I was swimming the one and only "speed" that I could, I was telling myself that all swim workouts through April 19th would be for recovery purposes so I might as well focus on stroke techinique and I spent the better part of the 1000 yards doing some skills and drills and trying to get maximum distance per stroke. I decided that maximum distance per stroke would be my focus on the way back to swim fitness.
I ran 4.5 this morning on the treadmill while it continued to pour cats and dogs here in the Northeast and no sooner did I finish running and quickly headed out the door to work did the water table hit its limit in my driveway, I now have a lake in the basement. Good thing Dave got the most important things off the floor: bikes, computrainer, treadmill up in the air on the 15% incline. I do not want to look in the laundry room... it is not going to be a pretty site. It looks like I am getting my wish to get back into moving through water in more ways than one.