It was an exhausting hour. Then the swim team finished with their practice and it was my turn to get in the pool. We cleared the lap lanes and I set up my camera gear.
Each day I try to run three cameras: one to shoot me on the boards so I can keep the footage and go back and watch it. The second camera is my iPad on a delayed playback so that we can instantly review the dive and see how to improve on the next. The third camera I occasionally use is either facing Coach Jose or underwater to get either his feedback or the entry.
I jumped on the board to begin warmup for a day of 1-meter. As I was jumping my right knee started to bother me. I tried to ignore it and began my first approach. I made my way down the board and as I put all my weight on my right foot to take off, I felt a pain shoot through my knee and it felt like I was about to buckle!
Jose immediately kicked me off the board and told me to go to the athletic trainer's office. I walked over there still completely dry. I was put through a series of tests to diagnose the problem and then was told to roll out my leg on a foam roller. I did that for about 10 minutes. I could feel the knots in my leg. Hopefully it's nothing more than muscle knots putting strain on my knee and it'll be gone in a few days.
Jose and I reviewed video of me diving, of Jose diving and of Greg Louganis diving to study his approach and take offs and to see how I can improve.
I went home without even getting wet.
Today I didn't go to practice cause my knee was still not better. I'll ice it tonight and hopefully that will help. I'm getting nervous cause there are only seven more practices before the first meet. The clock is ticking and I'm not able to practice and I really want to start off with a win. But this is not looking good!