Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Back in the water

Today was the day.

I was more than a bit anxious when my sister dropped me off at the Y and said she'd see me in an hour. After all it's been almost 5 months since I was in the water and I wasn't even sure if my right shoulder could survive a 25.

To lower the bar I decided to wear board shorts and keep a pair of fins within reach.
Not surprisingly, neither of these were much help.
Board shorts???
I guess I was trying to channel my inner Carlos (from SMAC), but unfortunately 3 fingers on a reattached wrist did not give me much of a catch (If you want to get an idea of what my stoke felt like then try swimming a 1-arm fist drill).

I probably only swam 1,500 yds or so, but didn't grab the fins and the guards didn't throw me the ring so I'd call it a success.

At least it's a start...
and it gives me hope that I might be ready for the spring/summer open water season.

And finally, for those of you that thought I'd swim in circles...


  1. John--this is quite an accomplishment and I hope that this swim was good for your soul as well as your body... Seeing that you are back in the water puts a huge smile on my face.

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  3. Stoked! That is the wonderful!!!

  4. You are amazing John...a true hero and inspiration!

  5. Congratulations John! You are an inspiration!
    Another amazing testimony to the human spirit and attitude!

  6. OMG. I don't know what else to say. ONLY 1500 yards? You are feckin amazing. I don't know you , only of you and you don't know me but. holy cow. You are the pinnacle of inspiration.
    suzie D, San Fran.

  7. A-MAZING! I'll come down for a swim very soon! :) I'll drive too! But we can't share lanes because I don't want people to know that the one-armed swimmer is WAY BETTER then me! Deal?

  8. Huge smile! Look at you!! You are going to add more great things to what you've done already John. We miss you up here in HMB. Congratulations!

  9. That, plus the laugh at the end, was, simply, so great. :)