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  1. Retired ... for now

    by , March 27th, 2017 at 05:57 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I had my follow up at Hopkins and the news was not good. The extensive clot is still there and the axillary and subclavian veins have re-closed since the balloon venoplasty. I suspect the re-closing was what I perceived as a strain in the thoracic area a few weeks ago. Vein reconstruction surgery is not a good option because it would require a bypass with only a 50% or less chance of success. So I need to grow some collateral veins; I may already have some since my arm is not all that swollen. But there is some fear for my left side, which is showing some pre-thrombolytic symptoms.

    I will have another ultrasound on both sides in 2 months. If the left side is showing more signs of damage than last time, I may have another first rib resection at that time. That surgery may have a better likelihood of success than the one in December if we avoid a clot. Or I could just use a conservative approach ... The downside of that is that I think I would have anxiety over getting another clot/ruining another vein. And I really couldn't swim without compressing the vein further. Streamlining is ultra compressive. And of course my sister had bilateral VTOS.

    I have been in the water some. But just kicking with my arms at my side is not very inspiring. My dr said that I could start some swimming, but I am leery about my left arm. I have been on the treadmill regularly; did 14 miles the other day after the bad news. So I am going to put all thoughts of competing aside for now. I may pop into the pool to see friends from time to time. But I am basically retired right now. Maybe next year I can re-assess. Without the primary veins on the right side, it is unclear whether I could ever return to my previous form.

    On a happier note, I have a trip to Paris and environs planned in April. And I had a really kick ass 2016 before the VTOS reared its ugly head in October. The Fina rankings have come out and, in the 55-59 age group, I ended up with:


    50 back #1 (WR)
    100 back #1 (WR)
    50 fly #1 (WR)
    50 free #1 (WR)
    50 breast #4 (NR, that was subsequently broken)
    100 breast #8


    50 back #1 (WR)
    50 fly #1 (#WR)
    50 free #1
    50 breast #3

    SCY (1 meet, done with a blood clot)

    50 fly (NR)
    50 back (NR)

    Adios for now! I wish everyone well in their swimming endeavors.

    Updated March 28th, 2017 at 11:04 AM by The Fortress

  2. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/28/17

    by , March 27th, 2017 at 02:33 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)

    Warm up
    4 x 100 1:45
    3 x 100 IM/stroke 2:00
    1 x 200 3:00
    6 x 50 desc 1-3/4-6 :50
    4 x 125 kick last 25 fast 2:45

    IM/stroke set (John Sylvester's Fav Set)
    4 x 25 :25 [1 of each stroke]
    8 x 25 :30 [2 of each stroke]
    12 x 25 :35 [3 of each stroke]
    16 x 25 :40 [4 of each stroke]

    Free/pull set
    1 x 250 long & strong 3:45
    5 x 50 build each swim :55
    1 x 200 neg split 3:00
    4 x 50 desc :50
    1 x 150 last 50 strong 2:15
    3 x 50 all strong :45
    1 x 100 neg split 1:30
    2 x 50 make them :40

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4300