[workout] easy swim [health] update

There hasn’t been a workout post here in a while, and that’s because – well, okay, because I’m busy right now, but it’s also because I’ve been putting off fitness until after my surgery/procedure. I’ve been in too much pain to really think about doing much of anything.

Well, two days ago, I got steroid injections in my spine. The herniated disc in my neck has been treated! It’s hard to tell as of right now whether its better / worse / nothing / a puppy because a) the injection site itself is really sore (they have to punch through some stuff to get in there, okay) and b) the steroids do take a little while to work their anti-inflammatory magic. However, it’s been done, and the preliminary results do feel good, so I’m waiting and eager to see what happens this week.

Since my ultimate goal is to find a treatment / surgery / way of dealing / puppy / whatever that allows me to live the life I want to live, without pain (aka no limitations on my activities), I’ve decided that this week I’m going to try – gently and carefully of course – to get back into working out. A solution that only works when I’m sitting on my ass doing nothing isn’t a solution. So, I’m going to – gently and carefully – test it.

Today I did an easy swim. 1650 yards, 35 min, broken up as follows:
– 250-300 freestyle, easy-moderate (I took an extra 50 if I needed it)
– 250 pyramid IMs (1 lap fly, 2 back, 3 breast, 4 free), moderate

I’ve decided that I’m going to aim for every other day right now, and that I’m going to put priority on swimming because it’s low impact – the most gentle I can get for my back – and I’ll only do another type of workout if there isn’t a lane available. I have a check-up next Thursday morning, one week from the procedure, so I should find out some interesting things then.

Wish me luck!


About sevdrag

Sev Dragomire is a professional chemical engineer, a legitimate nerd, and a certified terrible person. She has the paperwork to prove all three.
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