I have been nursing a swore achilles this weekend. I decided today to ratchet back my running to allow my achilles to take a break. Instead of just scrapping my regimen I did research and swimming is a recommended workout when dealing with an achilles strain. So I jumped in the pool and off I went.
I haven’t swam for distance since high school and that was only because I had to in order to pass swim class. Yes, swimming has always been my “achilles heel” of working out. I started slow by doing 30 laps in 30 minutes. I swam each lap in 30 seconds and took a 30 second breather. I got my heart rate up quickly and kept it up for all 30 minutes. Dare I say I liked it? Okay, I liked it. Time to invest in goggles as now the world is a bit cloudy.
Since I said I want to do a mini-triathlon this year swimming now isn’t a bad thing at all. I did hit the track, but just a slow walk with little pressure on my achilles. I also found stretches to strengthen my calves and achilles to prevent this from happening again.
This is yet another test on my fitness journey. In the past I would have been done and hung it up for a few weeks. Now I find ways to continue to get stronger while healing. Guess I am getting smarter in my old age.
Decide to dominate!