I don't usually post swimming stuff here anymore, but hey.
Since last spring, I've had a sketchy shoulder, courtesy of my usual all-or-nothing approach to workouts. I don't know why, but I'm not very good at setting small, easy-to-reach goals. I like the other kind more. Maybe the intercollegiate athlete in me is still lurking somewhere beneath the surface.
So I've been on the massage table, and recently the acupuncture table. Mr. Needles instructed me to "push it a bit" and I did today. I only swam a mile and a half (the half was a warmup), but I did the mile without holding back (aka I swam slowly, but it felt fast to me) and sprinted (aka swam a little less slowly) at the end. No pain, no problems.