You Think Your Injury’s Better, But It’s Not
This evening I was supposed to be going to the NE31’s swim session. But that’s always a tough session, and after only a couple of 100m repeats on Friday, my shoulder was feeling a bit rough on Saturday (kinda aching all the way from shoulder to elbow), and I’m racing again this weekend, so I didn’t want to push it.
But then again, I couldn’t just duck out, and record a zero activity Monday. That’s not a good way to start the week.
So I went up to the gym to do a somewhat easier workout in the pool by myself. I started with 150m mixing front and back crawl on alternate lengths for a warm-up. Then I did a 400m against the clock - not flat out OMG my lungs are going to burst but this is a race, but not ambling along either. My time of 9:04 was 30 seconds up on the time trial I did in July (which is great - ‘cos that was flat out, so I’ve obviously improved), but a minute down on the time I did for the Hebburn Tri. So the pace seemed about right.
I took a few minutes to recover, and gulped down some fluids, and then set off for a long, leisurely cool down - surprisingly hard in this pool, which is 28ºC (84ºF). My aim was to swim 800m slowly, and just to work on the technique. I think I’ve been guilty of three errors, and wanted just to work hard on each one:
- Too much glide and not enough switch in my stroke
- Taking the stroke too deep in the water
- Still lifting my head to breathe. Not a lot, but enough to be a problem.
Anyway, I’d got toward the end of the first 100 I felt something go wrong in my neck & shoulder. Not the kind of “twang” that I’d imagine goes with serious injuries that real athletes get, but enough of a jolt of pain to tell me that it was time to call it a night right now.
So an early shower . . . but a long, long shower, with the spray on the massage setting, and hot . . . and then I remembered what I’d read somewhere about un-tightening muscles after a workout, and switched it to COLD. Given the length of time I spent under the shower, and the extremes I was going to with it, I thing that some of the guys passing through must have thought I was some sort of masochist.
Oh well. 400mg of ibuprofen down my neck and time for bed. I’m sure I haven’t done any real proper damage, and it’ll all start to feel fine again in a couple of days.
- Type: Swim
- Date: 09/03/2007
- Time: 20:45:00
- Total Time: 00:16:00.00
- Distance: 650 m
- Average Pace: 2:28.14/100m