Things I Can No Longer Do at the Pool:
- Not pee in the pool.
- Breaststroke kick.
- Push off the wall with power.
- Pull myself out of the pool at the end of the lane.
Things I Can Still Do at the Pool
- Just about everything else! Flip turns, full laps of butterfly, normal yardage...
It's been a humbling experience not being at my "best" and making these accommodations, but that's what athletes do, right? When something isn't working, or they're tired, or they're injured, they make adjustments. I'm pregnant, and this doesn't mean I have to stop doing what I love; I just have to make adjustments.
Before I went to the Y this morning, I selected a 4,000 yard workout from my collection of swimming workouts. I was able to complete it almost as written, except I added 10 seconds per 100 yards to each interval, used a dolphin kick instead of a breaststroke kick when needed, and used 1 fast/1 slow method for 25 yard sprints at the end.
I'm a little tired now, but otherwise I feel great. Swimming makes me feel like me, whether I'm in top shape or looking like I've swallowed a basketball.