After eight months blogging about his experiences swimming with Jeff King and Curl-Burke, reporter Paul Tenorio takes a step back and reflects on his experiences and what the future holds for his swimming career. Plus one final comparison from Day One to Day 254.
Paul Tenorio catches up on what he's been up to in the pool since his last post in late-January -- everything from getting back in after an extended break due to the snowstorm, to his experiences in power group and his work with the tension cords at practice.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about feeling the rhythm in the pool again, his past love of finding the right warm-up music (and inspirational speeches), breath control sets...and the future addition of yoga to the workout regimen.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about his frustrations with trying to get back to where he was prior to modifying sets and missing time in the pool in December due to a shoulder injury and vacation. Though he knows he's not going to be back where he was automatically, Tenorio writes about the difficulties of feeling slow again.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about breaking down a video from Friday morning's practice and how what he saw might help explain his shoulder injury. He also chronicles his workout this morning that forced him to think about how he could make his stroke more efficient.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about his visit to the doctor's office on Thursday -- one that left him with little more than a referral slip to an orthopedist -- as well as his current dietary habits, which are much less strict that when he first got back into the pool but still an improvement over his former choices before this project started.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio said he would try to push through his shoulder pain and swim full sets, and over the past two days he has been able to do that. Tenorio talks about the excitement of completing full swim workouts after struggling with the shoulder injury for so long.
Paul Tenorio rehashes the ups and downs of testing his shoulder during practices the last two days, describing the pain and lack of pain as he swims through normal sets during training sessions. He also describes a talk with fellow Curl-Burke swimmer Pat Sullivan that has Tenorio thinking about ditching his fins as much as possible, as soon as possible.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about taking vacation, time away from the pool, missing practice this morning after his first day back yesterday and how ready he is to push through this frustrating shoulder injury and get started with Part II of his journey -- becoming a true athlete and hitting new goals the rest of the season.
Reporter Paul Tenorio suffered the effects of a major kick set while he was doing last minute Christmas shopping, and also reflects on the past year and what this blog has meant to him. During the holidays, Tenorio reflects on how much Jeff and the team have become a part of his life.