Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday September 30, 2010

Swam at Nitro with David, Steve, and a visiting Masters swimmer from Atlanta, Chris Weissman, a National champion in the 50 and 100 breast. Mary Anne coached.

300 SKP
8 x 50 drill
Main set, 2 x through, 1:30 base:
50 stroke/50 free recovery, 75 stroke/75 free, 100 stroke/100 free, 200 stroke/200 free, 100 stroke/100 free, 75 stroke/75 free, 50 stroke/50 free; swam IM on the stroke repeats and averaged 1:20s for the 100s, went 2:45 and 2:42 on the 200s. Held En2 pace on the free repeats. Great endurance set.
100 easy

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday September 29, 2010

Lifted weights Monday evening.  Missed practice yesterday morning because of an early conference downtown and briefly considered swimming last night at Life Time, but I knew James would have a challenging workout planned for us today.  Felt rested this morning and swam at Nitro with Anthony, Zach, and Tom.

400 swim, 300 pull
8 x 75 kick/swim/kick @ 1:30, IM order
Main set:
3 x (50 fast @ :35, 150 easy, 50 fast @ 1:00, 300 fast); held :31 for the 50s, descended the 300s 3:34, 3:32, and 3:29, which is my best set of 300s yet.
200 easy

Monday September 27, 2010

Swam at Nitro with Zach, Tom, Anthony, Melanie, and Eryn.  Stephen coached.

600 swim
12 x 50 kick with fins @ :55
6 x 50 build @ :50
6 x 150 @ 2:15, held 1:46 which hurt a bit
400/300/200/100 pull @ 1:30 base, breathing 3/5/3/7
10 x 50 swim with fins @ 1:15, 25 underwater no breather/25 choice
100 easy

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Saturday September 25, 2010

Swam at Nitro with Anthony, Tom, Jean, Eryn, and Larry. Stephen coached.

600 swim
15 x 100, 1-5 @ 1:45, 6-10 @ 1:35, 11-15 @ 1:25, held 1:11, HR was 156
16 x 25 kick @ :40
500 pull
3 x 200 @ 4:00, swam these strong and tried to hold my 100 pace, went 2:24, 2:22, 2:20
100 easy

Friday, September 24, 2010

"Ain't that America..."

The income gap in this country is at an eighty year high. One in seven Americans are living in poverty. Meanwhile, a letter from a young ER physician in Mississippi resurfaces and goes viral on Facebook, a letter which blames our health care crisis on a "crisis of culture." Shortly thereafter, my blog post of March 6 ("An open letter to Roger Starner Jones, MD") attracts over 8,000 views and 120 comments from around the world. Many of those posting comments express anger and resentment, questioning why they should bear any responsibility for the care of those whom Dr. Jones refers to as "the careless." What does it say about us as a society when we rush to the defense of a physician who writes, "Life is really not that hard. Most of us reap what we sow."

Friday September 24, 2010

Swam at Nitro with Anthony and Steve.  Tom coached.

400 swim, 300 kick, 400 pull
Transition set:
3 x 100 @ 1:30, 80% effort, averaged 1:16
1 x 100 kick
2 x 100 @ 1:30, 85% effort, averaged 1:12
1 x 100 kick
1 xs 100 @ 1:30, 90% effort, went 1:09
1 x 100 kick
Main set:
3 x (3 x 100 @ 2:00, broken at the 75--75 @ 1:15/25 @ :45), easy 200 pull after each round; averaged 1:04 (:49/:15) on the first round, 1:02 (:48/:14) on the second round, and 1:00 (:46/:14) on the third round
100 easy

Thursday September 23, 2010

Swam at Nitro with David, Jean, Tom, Rachel, Steve, and Kirk.  Rob coached.

1000 warm up
12 x 50 kick @ 1:00, IM order
5 x 100 IM @ 1:30, held 1:20 (this was our interval for IMs back in the day)
5 x 200 @ 3:15, odds IM (went 2:42, 2:39, and 2:35), evens free (went 2:25 and 2:24)
8 x 25 @ :40 fast, IM order
4 x 100 @ 1:15, averaged 1:11
100 easy

Wednesday September 22, 2010

Swam at Nitro with Steve, Jean, David, Anthony, Tom, and Anita.  James coached.  The water was a bit cooler today, and I have finally shaken off the cold I was fighting for about a week.

300 swim, 200 kick, 300 pull
8 x 25 @ :30, fly/back
2 x (1 x 400 @ 5:30, 1 x 400 kick with fins @ 8:00, 4 x 25 @ :20, 3 x 100 @ 1:10), went 4:57 on both 400s and made the 100s on 1:10
100 easy

Tuesday September 21, 2010

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

200 SKPS
16 x 25 kick @ :30
2 x (4 x 125 @ 1:45, 4 x 75 @ 1:05, 4 x 25 @ :20); averaged 1:34 and :55 on the first round, 1:31 and :53 on the second, still not great but HR was only 160
100 easy (skipped the pull set because of a meeting)

Need to re-focus on my distance training and choose my next meet.

Monday September 20, 2010

Swam at Nitro with Jean, David, Anthony, Steve, and Tom.  Stephen arrived late, so we swam one of Tom's workouts.

200 S/D/K/P/S
3 x 500 @ 7:30, #1 build, #2 25 easy/25 fast, etc, #3 moderate; descended from 6:34 to 6:18
100 easy
3 x 500 @ 7:30, #1 moderate, went 6:16, #2 pull, #3 fast, went 6:11,  not great, but my HR was only 160
100 easy

Stroke felt off today.  Not sure if taking two days off was a great idea.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday September 19, 2010

Swam at Nitro on Friday morning with Anthony, Jean, David, and Kirk.  Tom coached.

300 SKP
10 x 50 @ :50, build by 50 to 90%
Main set, 1:30 base:
2 x 100 En3, held 1:07
1 x 200 En1, went 2:32
2 x 100 En2, held 1:10
1 x 200 En2, went 2:24
2 x 100 En1, held 1:16
1 x 200 En3, went 2:20
2:00 rest
1 x 200 En3, went 2:20
2 x 100 En1, held 1:16
1 x 200 En2, went 2:24
2 x 100 En2, held 1:10
1 x 200 En1, went 2:39
2 x 100 En3, held 1:07
200 easy

Skipped practice on Saturday and fasted for Yom Kippur.  Had planned to swim at Barton Springs this morning but just couldn't drag myself out of bed. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"The quality of mercy is not strain'd..."

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath; it is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

I was reminded of this quote the other day when my blog, which was conceived as an eclectic mix of Masters swimming, medicine, and politics, was picked up  by search engines because of my March 6 post (An open letter to Roger Starner Jones, MD).  Dr. Jones, an emergency room physician in Mississippi, had written a letter to the editor of his local newspaper entitled, "Why pay for the care of the careless?" which later began circulating via email and more recently on Facebook.  I took issue with his views, specifically his characterization and obvious disapproval of a patient, and responded as one physician to another in the form of an open letter.  My point was that, regardless of how we may feel about society's ills and the flaws in our health care system, we as physicians have no business judging our patients.  I have received nearly seventy comments within the past few days, and I must say that I am surprised at the volume and, in some cases, disturbed by the content.

Swam at Nitro this morning with David, Tom, Eryn, Melanie, and Zach.  Rob coached.  Felt tired from call last night and still fighting off a bit of a cold.

400 swim, 400 pull
4 x 200 @ 3:15, odds free moderate (averaged 2:32), evens IM (averaged 2:49)
6 x 100 @ 1:20, averaged 1:11
8 x 50 kick @ 1:10
10 x 25 @ :40, odds underwater dolphin with fins (no breath), evens choice
1 x 200 fast, 2:00 rest, went 2:15
1 x 100 fast, 1:00 rest, went 1:02
1 x 50 fast, went :28
100 easy

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wednesday September 14, 2010

Swam at Nitro this morning with David and Jean, next to Tom, Kirk, and James on one side and Melanie, Eryn, and Zach on the other.  Stephen coached.

400 swim, 100 kick, 300 pull
12 x 25 @ :45 drill
2 x (4 x 125 IM @ 1:55, 4 x 75 free @ 1:05, 4 x 25 @ :35, IM order), held :50-:51 on the 75s (1000 race pace)
4 x 50 @ 1:10, 2 free, 2 fly
2 x 200 IM @ 3:00, went 2:38 and 2:39
200 easy

3700

Not too bad on three hours of sleep!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday September 13, 2010

Swam at Nitro with David, Anthony, Steve, James, and Tom.  Stephen coached.

600 swim, 400 pull
Main set, no additional rest:
4 x 100, odds free @ 1:30, evens back @ 1:40
4 x 50 kick @ 1:00
4 x 100, odds free @ 1:20, evens back @ 1:30
4 x 50 kick @ :50
4 x 100, odds free @ 1:15, evens back @ 1:20
4 x 50 kick @ :45
Held 1:10 or faster on the 100s free, touch and go on the kick repeats.
10 x 50 @ :45, descend 1-5, 6-10; descended from :35 to :31
12 x 25 @ :45, no breath, swam the last two as a 50 no breather
100 easy

Saturday September 11, 2010

Swam at Nitro with David, Steve, Jean and Tom.  Stephen coached.

200 SKPS
14 x 25 @ :30, breathing 3/5/7/9
8 x 75 @ 1:30, drill/swim
8 x 75 @ 1:30, kick/drill/swim
8 x 75 @ 1:05, swim
10 x 100 @ 1:20, held 1:11
200 easy

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday September 10, 2010

Swam at Nitro with Steve, James, Zach, and Anthony.  Tom coached.

300 swim, 200 kick, 300 pull
4 x (4 x 25 @ :30), #1 build to 85%, #2 six- or eight-beat kick, #3 build to 90%, #4 six- or eight-beat kick
Main set:
4 x 25 fast kick @ :40
8 x 50 @ :40
1 x 50 easy
4 x 25 fast kick @ :40
4 x 100 @ 1:15, held 1:10
1 x 50 easy
4 x 25 fast kick @ :40
6 x 50 @ :35, made five
1 x 50 easy
4 x 25 fast kick @ :40
3 x 100 @ 1:10, made two
1 x 50 easy
4 x 25 fast kick @ :40
2 x 50 @ :35, made both
1 x 50 easy
4 x 25 fast kick @ :40
1 x 100 for time, went 1:02, expecting a 1:05, but I had decided to breathe every stroke and tried not to overkick; this was one of my best workout swims yet considering that it came at the end of a tough practice.  Louis was racing me from two lanes over but was a body length or more behind most of the way.
200 easy

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Intolerable

A pastor of a small church in Florida has drawn worldwide attention by announcing his plans to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday. A Tea Party follower tells a reporter that he learned all that he needs to learn about Islam from the events of 9/11. And Gov. Rick Perry, at a campaign stop in Temple, is quoted in the Texas Tribune: "We're creating more jobs than any other state in the nation...Would you rather live in a state like this, or in a state where a man can marry a man?" Tough choice, Governor, but I think I'll go with the state that practices tolerance. I'm just not sure where that is right now.

Swam at Life Time in the indoor 25 meter pool this morning because of street flooding down the road from Nitro.

500 swim, 200 kick, 300 pull
10 x 50 @ 1:00 drill/swim, felt choppy
15 x 100 @ 1:20, averaged 1:21-1:22, :02/100 off my usual pace, HR at the end was 150
100 easy

Thinking I may be overtrained this week, especially after lifting last night. I had planned to take tomorrow off anyway for Rosh Hashanah. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday September 7, 2010

Swam at Nitro with James, David, Tom, and Rachel.  Stephen coached.

400 swim, 200 kick, 300 pull
4 x 25 @ :30, IM order
4 x 50 @ 1:00, IM order
4 x 75 @ 1:30, kick, IM order
4 x 100 @ 1:45, IM drill
5 x 100 @ 1:30, IM, averaged better than 1:18 on all five, went 1:15-16 on the last one
5 x 100 @ 1:30, averaged 1:09s
100 easy

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day

Slept in on Saturday after a late night trip to the hospital. Swam in the outdoor pool at Life Time which felt a bit cooler after the recent rains. As there was not a pace clock available I swam 4 x 800s.

This morning I swam at Nitro with David, Tom, Jean, and Fernanda. Stephen coached.

300 SKP
10 x 25 kick @ :30
10 x 50 drill @ 1:00
4 x 25/4 x 50/4 x 75/4 x 100 (held 1:13)
4 x 100 (held 1:12)/4 x 75/4 x 50/4 x 25
@ 1:20 base
200 easy
Then David and I decided to swim 4 x 100 @ 1:15, felt very strong on these and averaged 1:10s
200 easy

Friday September 3

Swam at Nitro with Jean, David, Kirk, and James.  Tom coached.  The water was warm again.

300 swim, 200 kick, 300 swim
4 x 50 build @ :50, felt sluggish on these
Main set, no additonal rest:
4 x 125 @ 1:50, moderate, descend; held 1:33s
2 x 250 @ 3:20, held 3:09s
1 x 500 for time, went 6:07 (ouch)
200 easy
1 x 300 @ 4:15, moderate, went 3:49
2 x 150 @ 2:00, held 1:52s
3 x 100 @ 1:15, held 1:11s
100 easy
4 x (4 x 25 @ :30/:25/:20/:15)
100 easy

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thursday September 2, 2010

Swam at Nitro this morning with Daniel, David, Tom, James, Fernanda, Melanie, and Rachel.  Rob coached.  I wanted to swim one quality set after yesterday's short rest endurance work.

500 swim, 100 kick, 400 pull
4 x (200 IM @ 3:00, 150 drill/swim/drill @ 2:30 IM order, 100 kick @ 2:00 IM order, 50 stroke @ 1:00 IM order)
8 x 75 @ 1:15, swam these free instead of IM as written and held :49s (500 race pace). I tried to focus on technique and felt very strong on these.
100 easy
1 x 50 sprint, went :27, fast enough to beat Louis and Daniel, but I trailed Tom by nearly a body length (I can only hope I am that fast when I am his age!)
100 easy

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Shameful

Yesterday a patient of mine mentioned that he had recently been diagnosed with lymphoma.  I asked him about the prognosis, and he replied that his oncologist had told him it would all depend on whether "Obamacare" continued to pay for his chemotherapy.  I am not sure which makes me angrier, the fact that a colleague insinuated politics into the physician-patient relationship, or that he is perpetuating Republican scare tactics in an effort to preserve the status quo and protect his income.  Not that any of this should surprise me, as I learned earlier this week that TEXPAC (Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee) is endorsing Rick Perry for governor.  They needn't bother calling me for a contribution. 

Swam at Nitro with Jean, David, Kirk, Steve, Tom, and Anthony.  James coached.

300 SKP
Main set, no additional rest:
10 x 50 @ :40, 5 x 200 @ 2:35 (average 2:32), 5 x 100 @ 1:15 (made 'em)
200 easy
4 x 50 @ 1:30, 25 underwater/25 sprint
100 easy