I made my first appearance this year at the kibbutz swimming pool: it's been open since 1 June, but I haven't had a chance to get there yet.
My general level of fitness allowed me to swim sixteen lengths without too much bother. I could have carried on but I don't want to overdo it at first. The only problem which I had was that my left forearm started hurting after a few lengths, but even this pain went away as I continued. It's not surprising that the forearm hurts as it doesn't get much exercise - as opposed to my legs.
Whilst sixteen lengths may not seem that much, last year I think that I started with only six lengths, then increased this by four every week. Of course, last year saw the debut of my swimming mp3 player which at least removes the boredom of long swims. I charged the player yesterday and took it with me today: at first, I barely heard anything through the right ear, but towards the end of my swim, something in the ear cleared and I could hear the songs properly.