May 2015

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On the mend

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 10:11pm (May 21st, 2015)

I took a week off from the pool with the concept that I was going to take it easy and let my body heal.  I should know my tendencies better by now.  All I really did was shift from workouts in the pool to construction around the house.  I still healed a bit and felt ready to hit the water again a week later.  I felt a little awkward but after 500 meters I was back in the groove and had a solid few workouts in a row.

Fast forward a week of doing well and I go and mess it all up.  I bent over to grab a laptop charger, a fairly routine motion, and felt a debilitating amount of pain in my lower back.  I nearly fell over in pain.  Pulled back muscles are some of the most annoying injuries I've ever sustained.  This is getting ridiculous.  I'm seeing a massage therapist as soon as I can.  I was back in the water today.  No more breaks, my chiropractor said to keep swimming since it's so easy on the muscles and joints.  Feeling better but quite annoyed with this pulled muscle.

Practice Information
Dist: 2,000 SCM - (Short Course 25 Meters)

Strained/Ripped back muscle, time for a break unfortunately

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 11:56am (May 5th, 2015)

A few months ago (as long as last fall), I pulled/strained/ripped a muscle in my lower back.  The pain comes and goes but I simply haven't stopped exercising in that long.  I'm seeing a massage therapist and taking a week off the pool.  I've had such a successful run of daily workouts, this isn't ideal but I want to have a great fall season and I can't further my training without a healthy back.  It's been affecting my workouts and my daily life.  I seem to move through the water just fine but basically every other moment of the day is filled with moderate to severe pain.

Time for a break, simple as that.  Afterward, I'll attack my training again!