How To: Theraband work for shoulder strengthening

I’ve been picking up pain in my left shoulder for the past couple of weeks again, so I’ve just started doing a little Theraband work, good old swimmer’s shoulder. Therabands are just large elastic (latex) bands, categorised according to resistance/strength, which can be used to isolate and work specific muscles. The colour indicates the amount…

Asthma – sometimes you can’t figure it out

Feel fine and normal, go the pool, get asthma attack after 2 k and have to stop. Come home to find email request for asthma advice from another swimmer. Write long email with said advice, based on personal experience. Go back to pool same day for another try, get another asthma attack, and come home…

Endurance Recovery

Part of the design of Eilís’ training regime was to enable quicker post-Channel recovery. Given the extra work I had to do during the swim, the six hours extra duration over what I was expecting, I wasn’t sure how long before I felt recovered. Jen was definitely back before me. I was also injured afterwards.…

My shoulder, 2 days later

I’ve been asked about the shoulder more than a few times. Here’s a photo we took 2 days after. It hadn’t turned black yet so it’s hard to see that the bruising stretches about halfway across my left pecotral muscle or over the top of the shoulder. You also can’t really see the swelling. Dee…

A few minutes after getting on the boat…

Taken in Force 5 winds while the boat was being thrown about the place, so it’s a bit blurred. I’m bloated from the previously mentioned Third Spacing of Fluids. (This actually passed within a few hours due to urination.) Anti-fouling paint from under the boat. Channel grease and accumulated dirt. Ocular orbits swollen and white…