When a man gets an ankle and leg injury thereby preventing him from his usual aerobic activity, he takes up lap swimming. A pair of prescription swim goggles helps him see properly, and gradually he gets back into shape.
I began swimming for exercise about nine months ago due to an ankle and leg injury which prevented me from doing any other aerobic activity. When I kept bumping into the side of the pool, I realized I would need prescription swim goggles. I found an online store that carried something called a Platina prescription swim goggle made by TUSA and a Splaqua prescription swim goggle.
I remember my first time in the 20 meter pool at my gym, and thinking that ten lengths without stopping was a respectable distance for a first time, and also considering I hadn’t participated in any aerobic activity for almost three months. Wrong! The next day, my entire rib cage ached as well as my biceps and triceps which perplexed me because I do push-ups and lift 15 pound free weights twice per week, even with my leg injury. Obviously, my muscles were not prepared for the physical demands of swimming, or anything else for that matter.
I decided that since this was the only physical activity I could do, I would push myself. I researched online and found a six week plan that would enable me to swim a mile without stopping. My rehabilitation, both mental and physical, had begun.
I achieved the one mile continuous swim in six weeks, but the aching muscles persisted. When I was able to bike and later jog again, I continued swimming because I felt that the workout was entirely different, and it allowed my still weak leg and ankle recovery time.
The truth about me and swimming, however, is that we have a love/hate relationship. I loathe counting laps. I hate flip turns because I lose my breath, and water gets in my nose. If I could only breathe on my right side. I took a few private lessons, and learned bilateral breathing, and have just about mastered the flip turn, although I still can’t count laps. The prescription swim goggles help, though.