Originally Posted by sclim
My latest challenge is a cracked or badly bruised rib 2 weeks ago. I find the pain so distracting that it's hard to get any good well focussed technique practice for long. But I'm sure I would find the cold even more distracting -- I find it difficult how you guys can focus on technique when your body is hurting from the cold.
I had a cracked rib and it was almost as bad as a broken collar bone so I can imagine that swimming is nearly impossible.
But cold water swimming is not painful to me anyhow. Maybe the best description is that it is numbing. The part of my body most susceptible to cold is the back of my neck and the back of my shoulders. Also, after a long while, if my mastoids get cold that will definitely end it.
As I recall, a tight wrap around the rib cage seemed to offer some relief during the healing.....no fun!