This was my first week in the water after 13 days-ouch! A very quick scan of my USMS fitness log aka “flog” it appears that this is the longest break I have taken from swimming in over a year and half or likely much longer.
To make it particularly challenging this comeback comes after a the annual MIT Z-Center pool closure for maintenance. Every December when the pool opens 50 meters long course. Not ideal for a comeback!
Post Anacapa Island channel swim in early November I felt fried physically with a sore shoulder and frankly mentally fatigued. Coach Chloe suggested a break. After the long swim I logged about 9 days in the pool with a light work load of just above 3,000 yards. December rolled around with some work travel, a trip to Paris to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and the annual pool closure and we ended up at 13 days without swimming.
I have slogged through this first week back in the water swimming four times averaging about 4,000 meters. It’s always a bit of an adjustment getting use to 50 meters but by the end of the week I felt I was slipping back into the groove. Truth be told I like 50 meters versus 25 yards much better.
There is a small part of me that has enjoyed being a slug…thankfully it’s a small part.