Aw, thanks so much for the kind words Pete. Its so nice to hear, especially after having a horrible night & still feeling out of sorts this morning.
I was a distance freestlyer, although I was pretty good at everything & swam all-around events. I was a backstroker when I was younger! I remember the 50 yrd backstroke was the first event I got national recognition for, when I was 9 or 10. Unfortunately, I had to give up USS swimming when I was 15 because I basically destroyed my shoulders (although I did swim most my high school seasons until I graduated -- I was very stubborn, but that was a huge mistake, as I only injured myself even more, despite barely practicing & having had forcibly converted to a sprinter). I still miss it all the time! Although, I think being a swimmer was actually part of what got me in trouble in the first place, since we were taught to swim through the pain, no matter what. So I raced an entire weekend of trials & finals through a torn labrum in my shoulder, then after that was fixed I kept going despite drastically stretching out & damaging my ligaments (first in one shoulder, then in the other, you'd think I would have learned) to the point where they barely held my should together anymore. And then there is this whole eye thing, where I waited waaay too long to see my doctor, despite having seriously injured my eye (and later learning that I came about
a millimeter away from losing my eye). I stubbornly adopted the the "swim through the pain" philosophy, a very bad call on my part, as it probably set back my recovery by months & may even have helped to contribute to the problems I currently face with it.
Okay, I'm going to take a completely random guess & guess that you were a butterflyer. I guess I have a 1 in 4 chance of at least getting the stroke correct!
Hope your feet are feeling a little better today after that nasty injection!