Well, it’s been far too long, but finally I got back in the pool at Swish, a pool that now feels much too warm, which shows I’ve quickly grown accustomed to the regular temperature water at my friends’ place.
I may have been away for over a month, but recent frequency has clearly made a difference: swimming three times in the last four days rather than once every week has definitely led to me relaxing in the water more. I don’t feel like I went particularly fast today, but I didn’t end every lap panting with exhaustion and I even managed to do two and a half lengths – 50 metres – in one go. So that felt great.
We did a lot of drills today. A lot. Most of it was around trying to develop a more powerful, smoother stroke. So you’d pull hard with one arm, then keep it swept back and glide as long as you could before bringing it forward and pulling with the other arm. And remembering not to kick.
All well and good although I did find it hard to remember to breathe, and some of this messing about led to me floundering in the water, but by and large I trundled up and down the pool, not getting worn out half as much as I used to. I lost track of how many lengths I did in the hour, and then it was time to go home and dine on pizza. So that was a nice return.
My knee feels a lot better. I had a bit of pain at the end of my swim, and one twinge walking over from the bus stop, but otherwise it hasn’t had me suffering today. That’s a good sign, right?