Posted by Stu @ 8:24 PM, Wed 17 Mar 10

Filed under: Personal Life


As part of the process of recovering from my knee injury, I decided that it would be a lot safer for my knee if I tried to strenghthen it by learning to swim.

I never learned to swim as a child. I hated being in the pool, and even today cannot approve of what passed for swimming practice at the time. Making someone float face down in a pool of water that they don’t want to be in in he first place is a sure-fire way to make them panic. Badly.

Swimming twice a week has strangely become something that I really look forward to every day. In the water, I can move around without the knee hurting, because it isn’t bearing any weight. I get more relief from pain in the pool than even in bed at home.

I swim with my wife whenever possible, and being physically more active has lifted both of our moods considerably. I’m now managing around eight hours a week of activity, and once the knee has recovered enough for me to return to martial arts once more, that’ll go up by another five hours – and further still if I’m able to add a third Tai Chi class to my teaching schedule.

Every time I’m in the pool, I still feels very strange, very alien. I still swim like a brick, but I’m just pleased to be taking positive steps to coping wih the injury.

Now all I need is for the medical professionals involved to finally agree and execute the next course of treatment!

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  1. Robert Zaleski says:
    March 18th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I hear you on the face down part. I’ve been trying to teach my kids the backstroke more with me helping them float. Getting used to having your ears fully under water, and the motions helps them a lot.

    Glad to hear you’re getting over the fear though. Good luck with the knee re-hab.

  2. Stu says:
    March 18th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks! Good luck with teaching the kids.