Wednesday, July 2, 2008

FLIP TURN — THE MUSICAL

BUT FIRST, THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
Hey! I'm beginning to feel normal again. I really believe I was so under prepared for the marathon, mostly mentally, that it is going to take me a while to fully recover. I'm going through post-marathon blues and have been pretty depressed. Worrying about my knee and that by running on it I may end up having to have surgery, I think that wore me down physically during the race.

So, back to feeling normal. I swam Wednesday. Not a long way, just 600 yards or so nonstop and then some 200s and 100s. That is the farthest I've swam since Honu. And now that my legs are starting to fire again, I can start putting in the swim yardage. I even aqua jogged a little (my knee didn't like that one). My quads are still pretty sore — stairs are my mortal enemy right now — my right foot is still feeling weird and then there's my right knee. It'll "click" once in a while when I take a step and occasionally grind, but I am praying it will get back to it's usual self soon and no surgery will be required just yet. I also did some much-needed yard work on Thursday.

I was hoping to do the Hapuna Rough Water swim this weekend, but I'll have to see how the rest of the week goes. Also Masters is swimming at the pier Friday morning instead of the usual laps at the pool so I'm looking forward to that. I love group swims. Hopefully I'll have enough energy to keep up.

AND NOW, THE MUSICAL
I've been working on my flip turns also. They are coming along slowly, but at least my feet are coming out of the water most of the time. Karen and I bought a digital camera that also works underwater. So I've been able to get some different angles of my swim and flip turns. I now have a whole list of form flaws to work on.

Anyhow, combining a new camera, a little bit of depression and way too much time on my hands, I made a quick video of my flip turn progress, or lack there of. I even threw in some music. The top video is from Saturday, the bottom video is from a few weeks ago. PRESS PLAY! and don't laugh (too hard).

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