I have a shoulder "issue". I hate to call it a shoulder problem but I have been told my two surgeons that surgery is imminent. That's all I want to say about that. However, in an effort to avoid the inevitable, I asked my swim coach for some tips. And you know what he did? He changed my stroke. I don't know why I am surprised. Did I actually think he would say, "You're perfect. Don't change a thing"?.... NOT. So now I feel like a brand new swimmer; a fish out of water so to speak. Less than 8 weeks before my first race of the season and I am learning to swim all over again.
After last week's practice, the coach asked me how my shoulder was doing. I told him (in a grumpy voice) that it was fine but that I was slow now. He laughed and gave me the old cliche about slow and steady winning the race. UGH!
So it begs the question. Is it better to be in pain and swim fast or is it better to be more comfortable and swim slow? I don't have the answer yet. I am pondering.