I’m very concerned about my shoulder, but I met with Jim (my new physiotherapist) and gave him the details of what I hope to do along with an update on how I think I’ve buggered my right rotator cuff (I’ll do a little special blog on that later).
While I don’t want to put words in his mouth, I did get the impression that the damage is not severe, nor is it something that would impede my planned swim in June AS LONG AS I do all of the necessary stretches and complimentary exercises to keep my entire shoulder system intact and healthy.
So … I’m taking two weeks off swimming and focusing instead on daily routine related to the following:
- Cardio – a minimum 30-40 minutes of cardio exercise, most of which is on the bike
- Weight training – while respecting my shoulder, I’ll do as much weight training as I can. There are many routines that I can follow that will actually help improve and strengthen my stroke.
- Diet – I hope to lose a couple more pounds as I take time out with the pool. Because of the intensity of the swim training, I rarely lose weight while swimming (I either come home and eat everything or I’m actually putting on muscle mass). The latter isn’t so bad, but it’s almost always the former
I don’t anticipate anything really exciting until early next week, which is when I intend to return to my Master’s swim class.