I love to swim, I love being in water. It hurts my heart to know that my shoulders are in such bad shape that one bad stroke could end it for me. A few months ago, I injured a muscle in my back while I was channeling Katy Ledecky. I really feared that I had torn my rotator cuff for the third time. In this case, the third time would not be a charm The doctor said I probably had a muscle strain or tear in my lat, which is not a rotator muscle. I was relieved and the pain from the strain kept my mind off it. It felt like I had a knife in ribs. If you have never had a rib injury, I don’t recommend it. It is intensely painful and it lasts for months. I had to stop swimming for six weeks.
When I got back into the pool, I was really worried about a re-injury. I have been working my way back to my regular speed and timing. But I think about my poor shoulders all the time. The next time I tear it, and the chances are very good that it will happen, I get reconstruction surgery. Sounds like fun, huh?