Swim MS

Swimming to support those with Multiple Sclerosis

Susan January 4 to 10

Weekly Log – Jan 4 to 10


Monday, Jan 4

AM:    I didn’t sleep more than 1 hour last night. Sleep is becoming a really big issue for me, especially after long training sessions. I think my body was pretty amped up from the back to back 100 x 100 IM (I did a repeat of Saturday on Sunday)

I lay in bed most of the night trying not to worry about not being able to sleep and tried to stay relaxed. At 5:30 I decided to get up and go swimming regardless.  Felt nauseous when I first started swimming so decided to kick the workout. 2.5km total.

PM:    My body is screaming STOP! So I listened and went home to bed rather than working out. Decided to try Dream Release (a natural remedy) to help me sleep)

Tuesday, Jan 5

AM:    Wow! I slept 8 hours – haven’t done that in years, and it’s my down day too. Life is good.

PM:    I coached Special O tonight. I had Aly swim 4 x 50 fly as a way to build confidence in the event. It severed as a great reminder to myself to continue to do workouts that challenge me in ways that build confidence.

Wednesday, Jan 6

AM:    2.7km swim with Tyee. Mostly 400s. I worked on breathing patterns. I was able to manage 3/5 quite comfortably and could manage the 3/7.

PM:    YMCA workout.  1.25 hour spin, 2.7km swim, 30 minutes of weights.

Thursday, Jan 7

PM:    Vic Masters IM workout. My energy levels were ok but I wasn’t moving too fast.

Friday, Jan 8

AM:    3km swim with Tyee

Saturday, Jan 9

AM:    Paddling was cancelled due to weather. I am looking forward to warmer weather so I can get back on the water.

 PM:     Went to the Y at noon. 12km swim. Last year I did 10km swims on Saturday but have discovered that I can fit in 12 during the 4 hour period. I’ve also been doing a lot more distance at once. 1, 2 and 3k sets. Am eating every 30 minutes after the first 2 hours.

Sunday, Jan 10

AM:    15km swim. Vic Masters workout with Avila. Some varied sets sprinkled with sprints and then some swimming on my own. Did about 10 x 1km and then some 100s at the end to see if my pace was on point. Yup, same pace at the beginning as at the end.

Beyond the Pool

I used dream release throughout the week. I seem to be sleeping better (deeper) but am still waking up in the middle of the night. I do however feel more rested.

I am finding that after the long swims my sinus is a bit of a mess and it takes about a week to recover from all the water in my nose – just in time for me to jump back in the water again. I will be speaking to my homeopath – Lisa – about that.

Sunday night we had a fantastic planning session for the inside passage swim. We are still working on firming up the course but we made some good headway. We will definitely start in Oceanfalls, but need to figure out if we will go east or west around Denny. There is a 10km difference. On the short side there are tidal surges which cause a 5mph current and on the other side there are whales.

I often find it difficult to tell if it is MS or my training that is causing a symptom or issue. There are two things I am keeping an eye on right now. The first is my energy levels. I would be lying if I didn’t say I am often tired. I don’t know how much to attribute to the training and how much is from MS.

The second thing, and it is connected to fatigue, is my newly discovered hum. When I am really pushing it, like with the 27km of swimming over the weekend, my body hums. It’s a bit of an odd sensation. It’s like my central nervous system has been over stimulated and can’t calm down. I don’t sleep well when I am “humming,” Fatigue often follows.