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Post by Tom65 on Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:56 am

Broke two ribs in June, would've been back in the pool by September but then broke two fingers (open breaks, no swimming) so today finally decided to take the plunge and get back into the weekly habit.

Having learnt to swim late in life I was curious to see how hard and how unco it'd be. Turns out it's like riding a bike even for a late learner. Straight into a smooth stroke, breathing bilateral without giving it a thought, not like when I was learning and every single movement required conscious thought.

Didn't do a lot of distance, just enjoyed the perfect temperature water, did all my usual strokes and tread water for several minutes, might even go tomorrow.
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Post by cottmiler on Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:52 am

Wonderful!

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Post by Don Wright on Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:39 pm

Hi Tom!  What have you been up to, to get such injuries?

  My wife, while out on her bike just before Xmas, slipped on "black ice" and broke her wrist - the plaster cast is now off, but she is in a lot of nerve pain from it still - and moaning about when she can get back to swimming/cycling again.  It's gonna be at least 2 or 3 months after cast came off - will she "survive" that long???  No hospital Physio session or advice yet,  so "surfing the web" for info.  She is reduced to just sitting on the exercise bike and pedaling-away, also using treadmill in our garage, plus walking some 2 or more hours daily - except she has now damaged the heel of one foot while "jogging" . Oh these fitness fanatics, it makes me feel quite tired just thinking about it! Rolling Eyes


  I liked the recent SS blog's clip of Shinji's apparently effortless 2 beat kicking FS - although the gliding was overdone.  I've "come back" to trying that style with a whip-like action of a lower leg as each recovered arm enters the water, to offset "pushing drag" as the arm extends.  But old "muggins" takes it a stage further by delaying the recovery of the arm on the non-breathing side, leaving it momentarily by the hip with elbow poking out of the water.  It gives me more time to complete an exhalation, then a quick recovery and "breathing stroke", to do an in inhalation again. It helps me by giving a moments muscular rest for the weary arms during the glide phase!

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Post by Tom65 on Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:34 pm

Redecking 300 metre Pedestrian bridge, carrying flooring offcuts, stepped on flooring overhanging a beam, threw me forward and landed me on the chest on the next beam, broke 6 and 7, can't afford impacts higher up, Aorta may not take it.
Fingers loading steel City Bench seats from truck to forklift, intended to pick up two, fork almost had the third so I went to roll it on, awkward things with legs that go a foot into the ground, so they all slipped and crushed two fingers over the edge of the tray, nails have nearly grown back.

No good for the Wife, hope she's prepared for the stiffness and time getting full range of motion back, that was a shock to me and my breaks were pretty simple.

I still haven't played with 2 beat kicks etc, I hope my natural rhythm isn't to inefficient.
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Post by Don Wright on Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:52 am

Hi Tom!
 How did the medicos treat your broken rib injuries - was it just a case of placing a big sticky patch over the area to minimize movement - and then hope that natural healing would take place and new connective bone would form?

It brought back memories of my post-op consultation 6 weeks after heart surgery.  I nearly had "kittens" when the consultant pushed the heel of his palm against my chest, to see how things were going! (I didn't know it at the time but they pull back into place the pulled apart sawn-up-the-middle sternum  and "lace" opposite ribs together - so lots of "shoe-laces" (well probably they are just plastic-covered short wire ones inside now! Smile  I  only discovered that after seeing an X-ray!

 I forgot as a long-time retired bloke, that some are still working hard!!!



Very best wishes for your full recovery!


  Am hoping to try out another of my "FS variants"  at the pool this morning - but some hopes get dashed when I discover the latest ideas just don't work in the water, and it's "back to the drawing board" once more!


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Post by Tom65 on Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:35 am

MRI to confirm 2 breaks nondisplaced, three days later swelling collapsed lung, three days in hospital on pain killers to allow deep breathing to prevent Pneumonia. Healed up fine.

Pain was something else, getting out of bed was the hardest thing to do.

My regular pool and everything associated has been demolished, supposed to be opening late this year, just mud and PVC pipes on site at this stage. My daughter is a swim instructor now at the pool I was going to prior to the accident, so will be swimming there to get back ion the habit.
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Post by Don Wright on Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:31 am

Hi Tom!  That "collapsed lung" business sounds scary to me - hope it doesn't impinge on your swimming later.  All the very best for your full recovery, and hope that your pool re-construction is done in good time! Is there some other, not too distant, pool you can use?


My wife is due to go for her first "Physio" session at the hospital tomorrow for her broken wrist, now free of the plaster.  It will be interesting to hear their opinion as to when Jill might be able to do the pull/push FS arm action when swimming, and when she might be able to put pressure on that wrist when clutching a bike handlebar, or trying gentle "press-ups" etc (I did say earlier, that she is a "fitness fanatic! Rolling Eyes ) She is hoping to gently resume normal activities after 2 months.  - Hmmmm?  We shall see!

BTW the little experiment I mentioned, was not very successful! I was trying to "match up" normal FS arm action with both legs together doing dolphin waggles.  Tried that idea 'cos one of my fairly successful FS variants (aimed at  keeping my inflexible feet out of the way) involves thrusting the hip on my breathing side, down vigorously as the recovering arm on that side makes water entry - letting the relaxed legs do their own thing!  So muggins thought "How about giving the legs something positive to do" (other that is, than my normal pathetic flutter kicking) by adding some body undulation - pushing the head down momentarily ("pressing the buoy") at the arm's water entry, so as to start an upward ripple along the back, with the legs following on with a dolphin kick downbeat (although that may be more of a diagonal action, rather than an straight up/down one)  I wont discard the idea yet, but do some more "tries"!

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