Guess I'm doing pretty well, consistency-wise. Managed to do a treadmill run plus weights on Saturday. Followed by stretching. Sunday, biked on the trainer for an hour. Followed by stretching. Monday (today), biked to and from lab. Then swam in the pool for a bit.
The rib muscle definitely hurt, and definitely limited my stroke twist, reach, and mobility, but I was able to hang in there for a solid 30 minutes. I found if I focused on my form and slowed down the pace, I could swim pretty effectively. Matter of fact, it may have even been conducive to helping me find a stable pace and maintaining a straight form. I also increased the frequency of my kicks, which also seemed to help.
It hurt the most during the first 5 minutes before subsiding to a dull ache. To be honest, bringing my legs up to push off the wall hurt the most. Backstroke hurt the least. I limited the swim to 30 minutes before making myself get out. (I wasn't tired and wanted to do more so at least my endurance is better!) I want to see if it hurts more, less, or the same tomorrow before swimming again. This was sort of a test. If it hurts more, I'll know I can't swim until it gets better. If it's the same or less, I'll know I can swim a bit without injuring myself more...as long as I'm careful. I followed the swim by a nice soak in the hot tub for 10 minutes, which felt delightful.