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Swimming with a busted shoulder

Yours truly is taking part in a race this weekend – a brief 2-mile jaunt around Lake Windermere during the Great North Swim!

I’m quite excited about it really. I haven’t done a decent distance in open water for a few years, so it’ll be quite interesting to see how I get on. The last time I raced was back in 2014 when I swam 1.5km in the Thames during the first leg of Challenge Henley. It all went swimmingly, despite having to pace myself for the rest of the triathlon (which also went quite well despite a puncture 5km in to the bike course!).

Unfortunately, this time there is a bit of a fly in the ointment, and it takes the form of massive tendonitis in my shoulder.

Now, I think I speak for people the world over when I say, injuries are a right royal pain in the arse. They make a real mess of race preparation, ruin the best laid plans and (most importantly) they hurt! I couldn’t even open my car door the other day!

I’ve consulted with medical professionals (seen my GP) and I’m okay to swim (I didn’t ask how long or far I’m okay to swim but let’s not split hairs!). However, I’ll have some fairly nasty stabbing pains in my arm with each and every stroke. The moral of the story? Don’t punch punchbags (or anything or anyone else for that matter!) as you’ll do yourself far more harm than good!

Is there anything I can do? No. I’m just going to have to grin and get on with it. I say (entirely rhetorically for reasons of motivation) what’s the worst that could happen?!

It struck me whilst writing this that I needed a race page on the site where you can see my upcoming races and offer me moral support for my training. You can use the link at the top or click here to check it out. Let me know if you’ve got any crazy races you’d like to put me through!


  1. Helen Buckley Helen Buckley

    Sure you haven’t snapped any bones?? Tee hee, that’s rubbish luck with your shoulder, hope you get to do the race OK! You need an addendum in your post though… You didn’t name the most important medical professional that you have consulted…how rude! 😉

    • Matt Matt

      Haha, well naturally your advice is way beyond important! 🙂

      No snapped bones…..I think that’s ligaments!

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