|This is my pool.|
I woke up this morning and headed out to the Great Salt Lake Marina to meet Gordon. On the way out, he called to let me know he was going to be late because of an incident involving a trophy this morning. I would have like to wait for him, but had to get going because I had a physical therapy appointment I had to get to.
I got in the water at about 6:30am. The water has definitely been feeling cooler lately, but it was still very comfortable to swim in. I headed out to the red buoy outside of the marina and then started my watch. My shoulders were a little stiff from Monday's adventure at Bear Lake and I had just planned to take it easy and stretch out. Once I got going though, I decided to pick it up a little. I struggled with the last mile on the last two 10K swims I have done and I kind of wanted to be a little tired at the end of today's first mile and push the second mile to try to simulate that last mile in a race. I got into a good pace and almost swam right past Black Rock. Part of the problem is that the sun is rising later and I had a hard time seeing Black Rock with my blue lens goggles. I guess I need to get a clear pair like Gords.
I stopped at Black Rock to get a drink and to look for Gords, but I never saw him. I figured he must have started out going towards the end of the buoy line. On the way back I was pushing a little harder and ended up with a much faster time than my first mile, even swimming into a breeze on the second half. I laid back and used my SSD for a pillow while I had another drink and took in the view. I think people would change their minds about the Great Salt Lake if they were out in the water in the morning and saw the sun rise.
As usual, I sprinted from the marina entrance back to the boat ramp. I figure it is good practice to be able to sprint at the end of the workout to simulate sprinting to the finish line of a race.
I had to rush to get to my physical therapy appointment at TOSH. I was actually thinking about cancelling it because I have been feeling so much better. I swam 6 miles and paddled 13 on Monday and then 2+ miles this morning and felt only minor pain. Except for Monday, I haven't taken any Ibuprofen for a couple weeks. In the end, I decided to keep the appointment. My therapist had me do more of the same exercises and also added some new ones. The thing I am learning is that even though the pain I have been feeling is in my chest, the muscles I need to work on are the ones in my back and shoulder. He said my upper back is kind of stiff and gave me some stretches that I can to to try to loosen it up. I set up another visit a few weeks away and, if I'm still feeling this good, I'll probably call it good and not make another appointment.