Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"All wind and smoke."

In case you missed it, health care reform was dealt a fatal blow yesterday when the Senate Finance Committee, led by Senator Max Baucus (representing one of the country's least populous states), not once but twice rejected the so-called public option. Without a public option, there can be no meaningful reform. Without a public option, private insurers will continue to run roughshod over consumers, unencumbered by the threat of real competition. Without a public option, there can be no federal mandate that all individuals purchase coverage. Without a public option, tens of millions of Americans will remain uninsured. The last election was a repudiation of eight years of Republican politics, yet the Democrats lack the courage to lead with the public mandate they were given, instead capitulating to their conservative counterparts for fear of losing their re-election bids (and the generous campaign contributions from the insurance industry). And here I agree with Howard Dean: no tax dollars should be wasted on health care reform if there is no public option.

Swam at Nitro this morning with Lynne, Steve, Ron, David, Chuck, and Jordan. Tom coached. The main set was my suggestion, a favorite of my coach in New Bern, Frank McGrath.

300 SKP
20 x 25: 1-4 @ :40, 5-8 @ :35, 9-12 @ :30, 13-16 @ :25, 17-20 @ :20, first three in each round no breathers, number four easy; made all of them except the last no breather on :20
Main Set:
10 x 4 x 50 @ :50, descend 1-4 in each round (no breaks in between rounds) as follows: #1 En2, # 2 En3, #3 En3-1, and #4 En3-2. Averaged :37/:35/:33/:31-:32 and on the last round went :36/:34/:32/:30
100 easy

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday September 29, 2009

Swam at Nitro with David, Steve, and Tom. Clint coached.

300 SKP
8 x 125 @ 1:45, 100 free/25 fly; tough first set, averaged 1:35s
8 x 50 @ 1:00 IM order
8 x 175 @ 2:45, 100 free/75 choice (I swam back), had to leave after #4 but averaged 1:08s on the free and swam the back easy

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hungry

Since today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement (which is a day of fasting), I didn't swim. On this day we pray that our names (collectively) will be written in the Book of Life for the next year. Which reminds me of a joke my son heard at school (Jews always tell jokes in times of hardship). Two baseball fans are debating whether there is baseball in heaven. They make a pact that whichever one of them dies first will check it out and report back to the other. Some time passes, and one of them dies. He goes to heaven and, after having a look around, returns to find his friend. He tells him, "I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that there is indeed baseball in heaven." "That's great," his friend says, "But what's the bad news?" "You're pitching tomorrow."

Anyway, I did swim at Life Time yesterday afternoon in the indoor 25 meter pool.

400 swim, 200 kick, 400 pull
15 x 100 @ 1:30--held them all under 1:20; this was my best effort in quite a while. A few years ago I swam a similar set in New Bern at the YMCA (scy) with my training partners Mark Doyle and Andrea Packard--15 x 100 @ 1:20 holding 1:10s; they led the lane for most of that set so I did pick up a bit of a draft.
200 easy

Swam at Nitro on Saturday with Steve, David, Greg, Tom, and Larry. Clint coached.

500 SKP
Drop down 50s:
12 x 50 @ 2:00, subtracting 5 seconds from the interval after each 50, swam these fly
12 x 50 @ 1:00, subtracting 2, swam these free
12 x 50 @ 1:00, same way
Started a final round beginning at :50, dropping 2 seconds after each until we missed the interval, but the age groupers arrived and we had to leave

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday September 25, 2009

Skipped practice yesterday because I was fighting off a cold. Felt better this morning and swam at Nitro with Dave, Kirk, and Ron; Tom coached (and did an excellent job, as always).

250 SKP
1000 free: 25 easy/25 hard, 50 easy/50 hard, 75 easy/75 hard, 100 easy/100 hard, 100 easy/100 hard, 75 easy/75 hard, 50 easy/50 hard, 25 easy/25 hard; went 13:03
500 pull: 25 easy/25 hard...100 easy/100 hard
500 kick (no fins), same way
4 x 250 @ 3:45 descend, went 3:13, 3:07, 3:03, 2:54 (one of my fastest 250s I believe)
100 easy

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Born to Run

Today the Boss turns 60, which is a bit surreal--almost as surreal as seeing the cover of the Born to Run album (released when I was a senior in high school) framed and hanging in my daughter's college dorm room.

Swam at Nitro next to Steve and Ron. Tom coached.

400 SKP
12 x 50, 1-3 @ :55, 4-6 @ :50, 7-9 @ :45, 10-12 @ :40
8 x 25 @ :30 build
6 x 100 @ 4:30 best possible effort with active recovery after each one, went 1:03, 1:02, 1:02, 1:02, 1:01, and 1:01
200 easy

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Personal best

Swam my fastest 200 IM in three decades today in practice. We have increased our yardage to 4000 on average, and it is paying off. Had my own lane and swam next to David, Steve, Tom, Eryn, and Jeanne. Clint coached.

400 SKP
6 x 275 @ 4:00, 200 free (averaged 2:24)/75 back
100 IM drill
400 IM pull
100 IM drill
200 IM kick (no fins)
100 IM drill
200 IM for time, went 2:28
200 easy

Next meet will be the weekend of November 21-22, short course meters, either San Antonio or Dallas. The meet in San Antonio is closer and will be a two day format, so I could swim both the 800 and the 400 free as well as the 200 free. Probably my last shot at a top ten time until I age up again in 2013 (and possibly my last chance to wear my Blue Seventy).

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday September 21, 2009

Swam at Nitro with Steve, David, and Tom. Clint coached.

300 SKP (got in late and swam about 400)
2 x 500 moderate @ 7:00, went 6:24 and 6:14
400 pull
3 x 250 (200 swim/50 drill) @ 3:30, went 2:23 on the second 200 and 2:21 on the third
5 x 50 kick @ 1:00 no fins
6 x 75 fast @ 1:10, averaged :48-:49
200 easy

Saturday, September 19, 2009

L'Shana Tova (Happy New Year)

To anyone I have wronged in the past year, accept my apologies. (This is a tradition on the Jewish New Year; you know who you are--no response necessary!)

Slept in this morning, then swam at Life Time in the indoor 25 meter pool.

400 swim, 200 kick, 400 pull
8 x 50 @ 1:00 drill/swim
12 x 100:
1-4 @ 1:40, 5-8 @ 1:30, held 1:18s
1:00 rest
9-12 @ 1:20, made 'em
200 easy

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday September 18, 2009

Swam at Nitro with Tom, Steve, David, and Kirk. Clint coached.

400 swim, 300 kick, 400 pull
10 x 125 @ 2:00 breathing 3/6 by 50 then 9 on the last 25
300 pull
8 x 75 @ 1:10 breathing 3/6/9 by 25
300 kick
5 x 50 fast @ 1:00 breathing 6/9, held :31s
4 x 25 lung busters
200 easy

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday September 17, 2009

Swam at Nitro with Steve, Jordan, James, and Tom. Clint coached.

500 swim, 300 kick, 500 pull
8 x 75 @ 1:15, 50 free/25 choice
10 x 100 @ 1:45, reverse IM order
8 x 50 kick @ 1:00, reverse IM order, no fins
10 x 25 fast @ :35, reverse IM order
200 easy

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wednesday September 16, 2009

Swam at Nitro with Steve, David, Ron, Chuck, Jordan and James. Tom coached.

400 swim
8 x 50 @ :50 build
8 x 100 @ 1:15, made 'em
8 x 25 kick (no fins) @ :30, odds build, evens fast
8 x 75 @ :55, made the first four, then swam the last four on 1:00
4 x 5o kick @ 1:10
8 x 50 @ :40
2 x 100 kick @ 2:10
8 x 25 @ :18, made 'em
1 x 200 kick
200 easy

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tuesday September 15, 2009

One of the nice things about Nitro is that the pool is open for lap swimming from 9 until 3 during the school year, so on days like today (when I missed the Masters workout because of an emergency case) I can swim on my own later in the morning. For some reason Mike (Koleber), the head coach, reassured me before I started that the AED was functional and that he would ask the instructors in the lessons pool to keep an eye on me. He must know something I don't. Anyway, I had the main pool to myself and followed Clint's workout. And I remembered to swim away from the light.

300 SKP
8 x 150 @ 2:30, 100 free/50 stroke (IM order), averaged 1:10 on the free
50 sprint, went :28
8 x 100 IM pull @ 1:45, averaged 1:23
50 sprint, went :29
400 kick IM
50 easy
200 IM fast, went 2:30, a personal best
100 easy

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday September 14, 2009

Just finished reading Every Patient Tells a Story which illustrates how all too often we as physicians rely on test results rather than actually listening to and examining our patients. This morning I was called to see an elderly woman who was transferred in by helicopter from an outlying hospital where she had been admitted after a fall. She had injured her shoulder and was scheduled for surgery later today, but the computer-generated interpretation of a routine pre-operative ECG incorrectly stated that she was having a heart attack, or STEMI, prompting the emergent (and unnecessary) transfer.

Swam at Nitro with Tom and Eric, next to Steve, David, Lynne, Greg, Ron, and Kirk. Clint coached.

400 swim, 200 kick, 400 swim
3 x 400 @ 4:00 "easy", averaged 3:50
500 kick, no fins
5 x 200 @ 2:30, made 4 of them
500 pull
100 easy

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Saturday September 12, 2009

Swam at Nitro with Jeanne, Tom, David, Ron, Chuck, and Steve (both Ron and Steve are national champions). Clint coached. He intended for this to be a recovery workout.
800 swim
5 x 100 @ 1:30, #1 and 2 twinkies (breathing 2/3/4/5 by 25), # 3 easy, #4 and 5 zingers (breathing 5/4/3/2 by 25)
500 kick
400 pull
300 back
200 kick
100 pull
200 swim, went strong on this one for a 2:21
300 kick
400 pull
500 swim, went strong on the first 400 for a 4:49, then 100 easy
600 pull, breathing 3/5/3/7 by 100
100 easy

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday September 10, 2009

Swam at Nitro with David, Kirk, James, Tom and Jordan. Clint coached.

500 swim, 200 kick, 500 pull
8 x 150 @ 2:15, 100 free (held 1:10)/50 IM order
10 x 50 kick IM order @ 1:00
2 x 400 IM pull
1 x 200 IM fast, went 2:31
100 easy

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday September 9, 2009

Lifted weights last night. Swam at Nitro with Steve, David, and James. Tom wrote the workout and coached. We are averaging 4000 yards these days.

200 SKP
3 x 500 @ 7:30, went 6:26, 6:16, 6:08
150 easy
2 x 500 @ 7:30, went 6:19 and 6:13
150 easy
1 x 500, went 6:06 (first 300 was under 3:35, but I fell off the pace after that)
150 easy

My goal for some time has been to consistently hold a 1:10 pace/100 in practice, but this has been elusive for repeat distances greater than a 150. I have decided to try for a 1:12 pace/100, which would be fast enough to break 20:00 in the 1650.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tuesday September 8, 2009

Slept in yesterday and swam at Life Time in the outdoor 25 meter pool. I couldn't find a pace clock, so I did a 2000 straight, then an 800 pull, then 8 x 25 fly, then a 200 warm down. This morning I swam at Nitro next to Tom, David, Jordan, Jeanne, Eryn, and Melanie. Clint coached.

400 swim, 200 kick, 400 pull
10 x 100 IM drill @ 1:45
6 x {200 IM @ 3:00 followed by a 25 lung buster @ 1:00}, averaged 2:45 or better on the IMs, went 2:39 on number 6
4 x 50 free @ 1:10, averaged :29-:30
100 easy

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saturday September 5, 2009

Swam at Nitro with David, Steve, Greg, and Tom. Clint coached.

500 swim, 300 kick, 300 pull
5 x 100 drill @ 1:45
8 x 200, 1-4 @ 3:00 (descended from 2:30 to 2:21) and 5-8 @ 2:45 (descended from 2:26 to 2:20); Greg and Steve swam 10 @ 2:30, descending to 2:02; David (aka Sammy Save Up) went 2:39 on number 7, then blasted number 8 for a 2:12; Tom pulled these and descended to a 2:08.
8 x 25 lung busters @ :45
100 easy

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Days gone by

Back in the day we were taught that caring for patients is a privilege. And traditionally, caring for another physician or a physician's family member was considered a special privilege. Perhaps this sentiment has become obsolete. My son has been recovering from reconstructive surgery on his foot and was excited about the prospect of pin removal and application of a walking cast which would free him from the wheelchair he has been forced to use the past month. He had an appointment yesterday in San Antonio with his orthopedist, but we learned the night before that his surgeon was in fact out of town, consequently he would be seen by one of his associates. We confirmed that the plan was to remove his pins at the time of the visit. After waiting 2 1/2 hours to see the overbooked orthopedist yesterday (without any updates during that wait), my wife and son were told that it had only been three weeks (when in fact it had been four) since the surgery and that the pins would not be removed. When I questioned the surgeon by phone, he reiterated that he was only "helping out" and could not explain why the appointment had been scheduled for that day. I told him that my son (who was pretty upset by now) was in fact his patient that day and that I would appreciate it if he would stop telling me that he was just helping out, at which point he hung up on me. He proceeded to tell my wife that he had been on call the night before, had performed surgery that morning (which is what surgeons do, he added), and was seeing 42 patients in clinic. Consequently, he did not believe that he deserved the "grief" he was receiving.

Swam at Nitro yesterday morning with David, Kirk, Eric, and Tom. Clint coached.

500 swim, 300 kick, 400 pull
8 x 150 @ 2:15, 100 free/50 stroke IM order, held 1:10 pace on the freestyle
4 x 200 IM pull @ 3:15
400 IM broken :10 at the 100
200 easy

This morning I shared a lane with Tom, next to David, Steve, Larry, Eryn and Kirk. Clint coached. This was intended to be a recovery workout.

1000 swim
3 x 300 @ 4:00, swam these at a moderate pace, averaged 3:45
200 kick
500 pull
12 x 50 @ 1:00 from the middle of the pool, did 2 SDKs off the wall on each turn, averaged :31-:32
200 easy

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wednesday September 2, 2009

Swam at Nitro with Tom, next to Greg, Steve, and David. Clint coached. I told Tom (who is about ten months older than me) that sharing a lane with him reminded me of what my Dad likes to say about Florida--too many old people.

400 SKP
10 x 100 @ 1:30, kicking at the wall for :10 before the next 100, averaged 1:15s
500 pull
5 x 200 @ 3:00, 1 & 2 moderate (went 2:26), 3 & 4 easy (went 2:33), 5 fast (went 2:17)
200 easy

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tuesday September 1, 2009

Swam at Nitro next to Tom and David. Clint wrote the workout and coached.

500 SKP
5 x 100 IM drill @ 1:45
200 back
200 breast (leaving on Clint's send off, which wasn't much rest)
200 free (pull)
200 fly, broken :10 at each 25
12 x 50 kick, IM order, @ 1:00 (no fins)
16 x 25 @ :30 sprint, held :14
200 easy