Thursday, December 29, 2011

More or less...

So when I became frustrated with how I was training this month, I asked myself whether I need to train more or less.  It is a difficult question.  I did not feel overtrained, so I decided to try swimming one or two doubles every week.  I swam again at Life Time yesterday evening in the indoor 25 meter pool.  I warmed up with an easy 400 then swam a set of 5 x 300 @ 5:00.  I descended from 4:15 (just slightly faster than the sixth long course 300 yesterday morning) to 4:07, which was a solid effort for the second workout of the day.  Total distance for the day was 5500 meters.

This morning I swam at Nitro with Stefan and Jean.  Jordan coached.  The pool was set up long course.  I felt a little tight but overall fairly strong.

400 swim, 400 pull
6 x 150 @ 2:45, 50 free/50 stroke (IM order)/50 free
6 x 50 kick @ 1:15, alternate free/fly
6 x 100 @ 1:30, averaged 1:22, which is better than I had been doing earlier in the month
200 easy

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wednesday December 28, 2011

Lifted weights last night, which probably affected my performance in the pool this morning.  I swam with Jackie, next to David, Kirk, Jeff, and Steve.  Jordan coached.  The pool was set up long course.  I have been on call for five consecutive nights.

300 swim, 100 kick, 300 pull
6 x 300 @ 5:00, went 4:26, 4:25, 4:24, 4:22, 4:22, and 4:16
4 x 100 pull @ 1:45, averaged 1:21
8 x 50 kick at 1:10
200 easy

I will try to return to Life Time later today to repeat the set of 300s scm. 

Tuesday December 27, 2011

Swam at Nitro with Kirk and Jean.  Jordan coached.  The pool was set up long course.

400 swim, 200 pull, 200 kick
12 x 100 @ 1:45, 50 free/50 stroke (IM order), tough set but I was averaging :40 on the 50s free, 1:22 for the 100s free
10 x 50 pull @ :45
10 x 50 kick @ 1:05
100 easy

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday December 26, 2011

Cold and rainy yesterday, so I slept in and skipped my usual Sunday morning swim at Barton Springs.  This morning I swam at Nitro with David, Steve, Jackie, and Stefan.  Stephen coached.  The pool was set up long course.  Steve filmed some of us using an iPad2 and gave us feedback on our strokes.  Today I worked on pulling more toward the midline and noticed a definite difference.

400 swim, 200 pull
 12 x 50, odds @ 1:00, evens @ :45, held :39s
8 x 100, odds @ 1:50, evens @ 1:30, averaged 1:20-1:22, felt much better than I have the past few weeks
4 x 200 pull @ 3:30, breathing 3/5/7/3, used a pull buoy but no paddles

Returned to the water later in the day to swim a double at Life Time in the indoor 25 meter pool. 

400 swim
10 x 100 @ 1:30, held 1:21s and felt strong enough to swim a few more but was paged back to the hospital

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday December 23, 2011

I will be on call for 10 of the next 11 nights; it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Swam at Nitro this morning with David, Steve, and Jean.  Tom coached.  The pool was set up long course.

400 swim, 200 kick, 400 pull
8 x 100 @ 1:40, swam these moderate and held 1:23-1:24, a bit slower than I would have liked
4 x 200 pull @ 3:15, averaged 2:45
2 x 400 @ 6:30, went 5:52 and 5:49; should have been faster on these
1 x 800, went 11:55; pretty tired by this point, holding about the same pace I held during my 5K postal last year
100 easy

Clearly there is a lot of work to be done before Nationals...

Thursday December 22, 2011

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

400 swim, 200 kick, 400 pull
10 x (25 kick @ :45, 50 free @ :45)
10 x 100 @ 1:30, held 1:19-1:20; I needed to get to work so I did not swim 15 of these as I normally do, but I am not sure that I could have done five more as I was definitely hurting toward the end
100 easy

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Another day...

And another disappointing workout.  Swam at Nitro with David, Tom, Kirk, and Steve.  Jordan coached.  I am not getting the long endurance sets that I need for the mile.  Patterns (as in this workout) are cute, but I don't find them particularly helpful.  I would rather swim a long set of 200s, 300s , or 400s; Maglischo seems to agree with that philosophy.  I plan to swim doubles twice weekly in January and February.

200 swim/kick/pull
16 x 25 @ :30, drill/build
8 x 50 @ 1:00, kick
4 x 100 @ 1:30, pull
2 x 200 @ 3:00, easy/hard by 50, averaged 2:27 which is barely faster than En2; it felt like I was pushing these but my HR was only 150
1 x 400 build, went 4:58; should have gone 4:48-4:52
4 x 100 @ 1:30, breath control
100 easy

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What have we become?

A physician receives a slap on the wrist from the state medical board despite a pattern of inappropriately implanting 20 or more stents within a given patient.


A dermatology practice advertises "holiday savings on body contouring," including "CoolSculpting," "SmartLipo," and "Thermage."


Following a life-saving procedure on a patient with an impending heart attack, the attending physician is required to speak with a cardiologist in another state who is unfamiliar with the case but is employed by the insurance company solely to determine, after the fact, whether the procedure will be covered.

A large radiology practice places an account in collections although the unpaid balance is only $69 and the responsible party, who was never contacted regarding payment, is himself a physician. 

An oncologist warns one of his patients that, as a consequence of "Obamacare," he may not be able to complete his course of chemotherapy. 

Over two thousand years ago Hippocrates admonished future generations of physicians to do no harm, to refrain from "cutting for stone," and to treat fellow practitioners and their family members as their own.  Centuries later Maimonides wrote, "Let not the desire to amass wealth blind [us] from seeing truth."
The truth is that health care does need to be reformed.  And we as a profession need to take a very hard look at what we have become.

December has been a disappointing month for training, which is why I have not been posting my workouts lately.  Although I have been swimming consistently, I have been consistently slower.  I am realizing that the viral infection I suffered last month depleted me more than I had initially thought.  I definitely do not feel overtrained; one indication is that my HR remains in the moderate (En2) range (150) during most sets.  I lifted weights last night and swam at Nitro this morning with Tom, David, Steve, and Jeff.  Jordan coached.

200 swim/kick/pull
4 x 200 reverse IM @ 3:00, averaged 2:55 (ouch)
4 x 75 kick @ 1:30
4 x 200 Indiana IM @ 3:00, averaged 2:49
4 x 125 @ 2:00 pull; I swam these and held 1:27 (1000 race pace, surprisingly)
100 easy