What I didn’t expect however was for my right shoulder to get cranky. Feeling somewhat tired and under the weather last week, I decided to take some time off of exercise to rest. Not that I had time for it anyway work was plenty busy! After so many days off from my regular workouts I was surprised to be experiencing pain. I shrugged it off as a one-time-only event, but over the next few days it persisted, to the point where I was afraid to even move my right arm.
I made a last minute call to friend and colleague Dr. Jenn Turner of Moveo Sport & Rehabilitation Centre in North Vancouver on Saturday admitting that I needed HELP! Thankfully I was able to get in, and after some ART and a little kinesio-tape, I was hopeful my planned swim Sunday would still happen.
Sunday morning I was feeling good, and made the call to Tracy Anne – 3pm – we were ON! The first 5 minutes in the water however had me doubtful that I would be able to swim for long. It was a battle trying to decide whether to keep going with the hopes it would ‘settle down’ or stop to prevent any damage from happening. To make things worse, the water was WARM! I WANTED to swim! With every stroke the tendon in my shoulder ‘snapped’ as I completed the pull underwater, accompanied by the now familiar twang of pain. Just when I was about to stop, turn around and get out, the pain disappeared. YAY!
We swam 40 minutes and it was our best swim to date (NO BOOTIES!). Shoulder felt good, a little tender out of the water, but overall better than it had been.
While enjoying some post-swim-sun on the deck of the Hollyburn Sailing Club we set our swim schedule right up to our last Ocean swim July 22nd. . The next time we would swim together after that date would be in San Francisco. Smiling at this, we shared a collective ‘Gulp’.
As an aside, Tracy Anne learned for the first time during this swim that we would be sharing those shark-infested waters with 798 other people. She was convinced the race was limited to 300 participants, but no, I assured her it was 800. While I found it reassuring to know there would be so many other people swimming (the sharks can’t get us ALL), the look on her face said the opposite was true. That, and her comment “OK now I’m freaking out” also lead me to believe this. I then reminded her that this swim was HER IDEA! HAHA! Better to know NOW than on race day :)
This is going to be such a GREAT ADVENTURE!