Slept poorly due to a persistent cough, so I missed the 5:30 workout at Nitro. Since the morning was quiet, I slipped away around 10:30 to swim at Life Time in the indoor 25 meter pool.
500 pull breathing 3/5/3/7/3
3 x 200 @ 3:15, averaged 2:47
3 x 200 @ 3:00, averaged 2:45
3 x 200 @ 2:50, went 2:40, 2:42, 2:41...my best set of short course 200s yet. I was joined on two of these by a former Masters swimmer named Wayne, 59, who swam for University of Washington and trains at Life Time regularly.
Actually found time to write the first paragraph of Peer Review, then received a free smoothie from Jamba Juice courtesy of one of the pharmaceutical reps, so it turned out to be a pretty good day. As Tom Hanks said in Cast Away, "Who knows what the tide could bring?"
It was hot that summer, even by Houston standards. Years earlier, during my rotation as a third year medical student at Jefferson Davis Hospital, which for reasons that were never clear to me combined obstetrics with the city’s only tuberculosis ward, we were taught that everyone in Houston has night sweats (a classic symptom of the disease according to our textbooks). While I never learned why the Allen brothers decided, during the month of August no less, to build a city on the muddy banks of Buffalo Bayou, I do know this: when we first arrived in Houston from the Bay Area, my sister threw up.