Okay, so now I feel bad that I gave Elena a hard time in my previous post.
Tina and I went to swim laps tonight and I pumped out 1250 yards (not quite 3/4 of a mile) with no real problems. Coincidentally 3/4 of a mile is the distance of the swim portion of the first tri (UVAS Tri) I've signed up for this year. Considering that I haven't been to the pool in ages, or the lake either, I was pleasantly surprised. I think it's attributable to better cardio endurance and increased upper body strength. Both are in some part due to working with Elena, especially the upper body conditioning. Maybe now I won't feel so bad when my shoulders outgrow all my t-shirts. :-)