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  1. See Pap Sleep!

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 06:26 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    The next appointment at the sleep lab wasn't supposed to happen till June 13th, but I asked them to call me if somebody canceled, and somebody did. So I go back tonight at 8 p.m. for round two.

    A brief recap:

    1. Regular readers of this vlog may recall that from time to time I have complained, well, not complained exactly, more like objectively described without emotion my experience with what sleep doctors call EDS, or excessive daytime sleepiness.
    2. One of our many, many capital fellows in the USMS greater community, Dr. Tom Jaeger of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, wrote in to suggest I take the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (which can be found here: http://www.bami.us/Sleep/SleepScale.html
    3. On the following scale, I was somewhere between very and dangerously:


    • Score of 1-6: you're getting enough sleep
    • Score of 4-8: you tend to be sleepy during the day; this is the average score
    • Score of 9-15: you are very sleepy and should seek medical advice
    • Score of 16 or greater: you are dangerously sleepy and should seek medical advice



    Car crashes--and presumably Honda Metropolitan scooter crashes, as well--are said to be a risk in the untreated sleep apnea patient, especially when the apnea itself is happening at 85 mph.


    Tom at the time suggested going to a sleep lab to find out what was the likeliest culprit. Statistically speaking, sleep apnea is by far the most common cause in the population in general, and middle aged males in particular. However, some of the conventional red flags -- a thick neck, obesity, and very loud snoring -- were not on the Jim check list of attributes, and I tended to discount the likelihood I was an apnea sufferer.

    What I thought was much more likely were any or all of the following:


    1. a drug side effect, particularly my long use of antidepresants
    2. an occult virus -- a slow virus, in my vernacular -- or possibly a tsetse fly bite through which was vectored into my blood stream the trypanosome responsible for sleeping sickness.
    3. Or idiopathic hypersomnolence, AKA, grogginess for which there is no known physical, emotional, or existential cause.

    Time passed.

    The symptoms waxed.

    The symptoms waned.

    The symptoms returned like a Dunan yo-yo strapped forever to my **** you finger.

    Then a new symptom arose: ISH, or isolated systolic hypertension.

    My internal Dr. Gregory House had a field day with this new information. Could the Effexor XR be the cause of my ISH? What about the Provigil I had begun popping to counter my E.D.S.? Could I simply be overtraining? Might there be some sort of gluten allergy lurking in the background?

    But I am not a high-achieving white woman. Surely gluten allergy could be crossed off the list.

    Hovering in the background over all such speculations is the one disorder I Know for certain I do indeed suffer: hypochondriasis of the non-delusional variety.

    Or do I?

    Might there be an alternative, unified, and actual physical illness kind of explanation for why I suffer:


    • morning headaches and sore throats
    • night sweating
    • persistent daytime grogginess
    • neuralgia and myalgia
    • Provigil deficiency
    • and so forth?

    So I checked into the sleep lab and to my amazement was diagnosed with sleep apnea.

    Tonight, I go back in for a second night in the lab, this time to be fitted with a CPAP mask and a second round of testing to see if this reduces the number of apnea events (i.e., where I stop breathing).


    Do Robots Dream of Android Sheep? Naa! Naa!


    Part of me wonders if all of this is actually yet another elaborate scam from yet another scammeister of the Medical Industrial Complex, anxious not only to test and diagnose apnea at no little expense to the system, but to then ladle on with the need of expensive apparatus, the profits from which will line the pockets of yet more medical industrial golf club members hoping for dues money.



    I Googled "picture of a swindler," and this is what it came up with.

    Please keep your fingers crossed that only the best will come of this; that I will not be played yet again for a fool; that persistent daytime grogginess and its innumerable social and cognitive sequellae shall all but disappear from my life in coming weeks; and that a brand new, ebullient, vital, and sleep-restored oxygen hording Jimbo will very soon be taking over this vlog, and bring a new level of interest unfathomable at the present time!



    I Googled "picture of extreme excitement" and this is what the Internet thinks I might look like after CPAP treatment, though I have some doubts, I must admit. Some little, tiny, niggling doubts.
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  2. All Systems Go, Tuesday, May 18

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 05:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    700 various

    3 x (25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 fast + 75 EZ)

    3 x (backstroke start + 35 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1350

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Commentary:

    I swam in an old B70 today. Honestly, I didn't feel that much different than yesterday. Perhaps a little floatier. Fly still feels strong, always an indicator for me (like Patrick). My backstroke starts were solid. I must stick with 13 SDKs; with a good start, 14 puts me past the 15 meter mark in a B70.

    I had a light massage where I was told I "wasn't tight." Well, duh, I haven't done a thing lately.

    Otherwise, all systems go:

    taper bitchies -- check, although flashpoint isn't as low as other tapers

    taper munchies -- check, no chips in the house thankfully

    taper hypochondriasis -- check, worried about twinges here, there and everywhere

    taper jitters -- check, today is the high point so far

    taper type A -- check, packing (initial pile of stuff below), printing addresses, USMS card, reservations, split request form, worried that my 4th speed suit is too big , checking toenail polish ...


    Patrick's entry from today sums up how I feel: I've done everything I reasonably can to get ready and I'm feeling optimistic and psyched about my events. In fact, this is the most psyched I can ever remember being for a 100 fly as a master. Let's race!

    Updated May 18th, 2010 at 05:23 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Mon May 17 Tue May 18

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 04:20 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon may 17

    in Scottsdale at westin
    swam in spa pool
    25 yds

    AM did around 800 easy

    PM did around 800 easy


    Tue May 18
    in AZ

    AM did 800 easy
    legs feeling better
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  4. SArasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/25/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 01:00 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:15
    2 X 150 2:30
    6 X 50 1:00

    4 X 200 free 3:20
    4 X 50 free descend 1-4 1:00
    4 X 100 kick 2:40
    4 X 50 kick descend 1-4 1:20
    4 X 100 stroke 2:20
    4 X 50 stroke descend 1-4 1:10

    12 X 50 1:20
    Choice
    odd: moderate
    even: fast

    10 X 50
    odd: blocks, sprint 25/25 easy
    even: build to race finish

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4600M
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  5. SArasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/25/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 01:00 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:15
    2 X 150 2:30
    6 X 50 1:00

    4 X 200 free 3:20
    4 X 50 free descend 1-4 1:00
    4 X 100 kick 2:40
    4 X 50 kick descend 1-4 1:20
    4 X 100 stroke 2:20
    4 X 50 stroke descend 1-4 1:10

    12 X 50 1:20
    Choice
    odd: moderate
    even: fast

    10 X 50
    odd: blocks, sprint 25/25 easy
    even: build to race finish

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4600M
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  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/24/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 12:55 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    1 X 200 3:30
    1 X 250 4:00
    3 X 150 2:30

    1 X 300 4:30 5:15
    1 X 200 3:00 3:30
    1 X 100 1:30 1:45
    Rounds 1 & 3 are free, intervals left.
    Rounds 2 & 4 are IM, intervals right.

    LCM

    4 X 100 kick 2:30
    1 X 100 easy swim

    4 X {4 X 50
    Round 1: 3 moderate/1 fast :50
    Round 2: 2 moderate/2 fast :55
    Round 3: 1 moderate/3 fast 1:00
    Round 4: 4 fast 1:05

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4800 Y/M
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  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/21/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 12:50 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    1 X 100 1:40 1:30
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    1 X 300 5:00 -
    Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, round 2 right.

    1 X 500 free 7:30
    2 X 200 IM 3:30
    2 X 100 kick 2:15
    Twice through

    LCM

    4 X 200 3:15
    8 X 100 4 on 1:40 4 on 1:30

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5200 Y/M
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  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/20/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 12:47 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    2 X 200 3:30
    1 X 400 6:45
    Twice through

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    2 X 100 kick 2:30
    2 X 50 kick 1:15

    1 X 100 stroke 2:15
    1 X 50 stroke/ fast 1:45
    Four times through.
    100 and 50 should be the same stroke.

    2 X 400 free 6:40
    3 X 300 free 4:40

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4700M
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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/19/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 12:44 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    I'll be leaving for Atlanta Nationals early tomorrow morning. I will go ahead and post workouts through May 25th.

    SCY

    WARM UP:
    1 X 400 6:10
    1 X 300 4:30
    1 X 200 3:00
    1 X 100 -

    3 X 100 1:30
    1 X 150 negative split 2:30
    Four times through

    2 X 100 1:30
    1 X 50 fast 1:30
    Four times through

    LCM

    2 X 100 kick 2:30
    2 X 100 stroke 2:15
    Twice through

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4800 Y/M
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  10. Was this a workout or play time

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 08:56 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Had to work from 3am-5:30am so did not get to the pool until almost 6:20am. Jut did 10x100 from a dive the first 4 easy then the rest strong breakout to 15 meters. Worked with Coach Walt on getting my starts corrected.

    Total 1000 meters
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  11. Monday, May 17, 2010

    by , May 17th, 2010 at 10:24 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    I don't want to talk about how I felt today. Hope that's a sign of something good to come.

    600 Mix WU (400 ba/Fr 100 BA FR kick 100 BR)

    4x50 BR (alt 25 drill, 25 swim)
    4x50 FR (alt 25 drill, 25 swim)

    6x25 BR with flips down dolphin back flutter kick
    4x25 FR with flips ride high and increase tempo

    8x25 BR easy swim perfects

    100 WD

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  12. Monday, May 17

    by , May 17th, 2010 at 09:24 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Had a light massage and followed it up with a 700 yard swim. Would have liked to do a little bit more, but got to the pool late.

    Here is what I did:

    400 Reverse I.M. - one arm on fly

    4 x 50 kick with 10 seconds rest - no board - did dolphin on back, back flutter, flutter kick on side, back flutter

    2 x 50 - rt arm/lt arm fly


    Plan to get just a little bit more in tomorrow as I had wanted to do around 1200 today. Took both days off over the weekend to maximize rest.

    Now it is all about eating right, drinking lots of water, getting good sleep, and getting to the pool to keep the feel.
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  13. Heading out tomorrow

    I got in a little swim at noon today at Asphalt Green. I did about 1600 yards, with a tad of sprint FR and lots of drills. Then I did a few backstroke starts—Coach Craig pulled some major strings with the facility and got an actual touchpad in for us, so I really enjoyed starting on the sticky wall, and was happy to check off the last thing on my prep list before nats.

    Tomorrow I leave for Atlanta. I’m flying in around noon, then driving down to southeast Alabama for a few days to visit my mom and aunt. I’ll drive back up on Thursday, hopefully in time to get in a quick swim in the competition pool. I’ll swim tomorrow morning before I go out to the airport--I'm planning on just doing my meet warmup, then a nice stretch. Wednesday will be an off day, since there is no place to swim in my hometown.

    Good luck to everyone heading to nationals—travel safe, swim fast, and stop by and introduce yourself to me if I haven’t found you first! (I’ll be with the AGUA team—just ask for Janet. We got some team togs today, so the team should be recognizable.)
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  14. Monday, May 17

    by , May 17th, 2010 at 07:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    500 swim
    300 fly drills

    2 x (3 x 25 easy speed + 25 EZ)
    2 shooter, 2 breast, 2 fly

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 fast + 50 EZ)
    1 flutter kick, 1 free

    100 EZ

    Total: 1400

    Hottub

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    Commentary:

    Felt pretty good today. Had good DPS. Felt tired when I tried to go fast, but that seems to be how it is when I taper. Fly has felt good the last couple days, always a good sign.

    I need to start packing soon. I am an absolutely awful packer, always forgetting something and overpacking. I know Ande has a list of what to bring to a meet somewhere on his tips ... I won't be forgetting extra contacts. And I'll take my speed suits on the plane. Still need to try on my tech suit ...

    I did order 2 pairs of Skins recovery/travel tights for Mr. Fort and me. If you're interested, they run quite large and they seem to be in short supply everywhere. I'm an extra small. Hopefully, I'll get mine in time to hop my plane.

    My flight arrives at 12:55. I'm really hoping there's no delay so that Barb and I can cab over to the pool in time for the 30 minute warm up. Anyone know how long registration is open on Thursday? I'd like to get our relays registered. Anyone that is staying at Ga Tech Conf Center know how far the trolley is from the hotel?

    Getting very psyched, have great dinner plans. But where is the real party on Sunday?

    Updated May 17th, 2010 at 08:19 PM by The Fortress

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  15. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/18/10

    by , May 17th, 2010 at 02:44 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    Warm Up;

    2 X 200 3:30
    2 X 250 4:30

    2 X 400 free 6:30
    4 X 100 stroke 2:15
    2 X 400 free 6:30
    4 X 100 kick 2:30

    6 X 100 IM 2:00

    12 X 50 1:10
    #3-6-9-12 are fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4700M

    NATIONALS SWIMMERS: SCY

    WARM UP:
    3 X 250 4:00

    1 X 300 fins optional

    9 X 50 1:20
    Choice, #3-6-9 are fast. All others perfect stroke.

    4 X {dive-turn-finish

    1 X 50 easy
    1 X 50 blocks
    1 X 50 easy

    Distance swimmers only:
    12 X 50 1:00
    odd: perfect stroke
    even: race pace

    WARM DOWN
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  16. Dipping my feet into the blogosphere again

    I hate blogging. Honestly - its annoying to feel the need to blog and journal to keep track of the things I do on a day to day basis. However I'm planning on trying to encourage my fitness levels by keeping this thing pretty low key and basically just doing it for myself. I need to grow on my own and remind myself how hard I've worked to get where I am now.

    So I'm going to at least talk about where I was, where I'm at, and where I want to go with this whole "fitness" thing.

    Short History:
    5 short months ago, I was 270 pounds, freshly dumped and working my *** off at my job. My eating habits were less than stellar, I spent a lot of my free time drunk as hell trying to forget how I was feeling and doing my best to lie to myself and just tell myself I'm completely fine. It was taking a lot of convincing and I have a scar on my hand from my birthday that really proves it. (Lets just say it was an alcohol related accident).
    One weekend I tried snowboarding with my friend Tessa and Raul and fell completely in love with it. I realized as I continued trying to to snowboard that I was completely out of shape for a sport that was so dependant on the legs. So I got my rear in the gym and began to lift and workout again. I wanted to really learn how to do this snowboard thing well!
    About a week later I flew out to Baltimore to see my friend Melissa and to go snowboarding with her and her friends. I had gained a little muscle and a little strength in my legs and was able to successfully snowboard at least 2 times down the hill. Regardless - I was still far too out of shape to really take snowboarding and go gung-ho the way I really wanted to. I kept working out and learning and even bought my own snowboard.
    Flashforward another week: At church talking with one of the other choir members about his daughter swimming reminded me of a lot of time I spent in the pool at Carthage. I really started to miss it and resolved immediately to find a masters team in the area. I first looked to Deerfield and made the call to go there. I talked on the phone with their coach for 20 minutes and they actually told me I should look to Libertyville because they would have a better schedule and would be a cheaper option for me.
    So the very next day I called coach Laurel and decided that I would show up and try it out. I've been hooked since.

    The present:
    Since January - I'm now down to 225 pounds, and I feel like I have seriously another 40 pounds to go. I lift much more often, often times 3-4 times a week. I have curbed my eating to the point where I now probably eat about half the calories I was eating before in any given week. I have great muscle definition in my arms and legs and can't wait to see where I go from here. I often times push myself to the point of complete failure in whatever I'm doing. With swimming that usually means my ankles and legs begin to completely cramp up, with lifting that usually means I have a large set of weights that are risking my ability to breath or move.
    Mentally I feel much sharper during the day, and often times with much more energy. I feel more tired physically - but that's usually a compliment of the constant exercise I do. I'm usually pretty taxed at the end of each day. Consequently it really helps me to get to sleep.
    My current activity schedule:
    1) Coaching for the Fluffs (h/s freshman basketball team). *Just finished last weekend*
    2) Libertyville Masters Swimming (averaging 2 miles per practice) (t/th/sun)
    3) Waukegan Park District Men's Softball (Fridays only- double headers)
    4) Lake Bluff Park District Co-ed Softball *Starts in June (t-th)
    5) My Company Basketball League *Starts in June - Wednesdays only.

    The Future:
    Tomorrow I'm meeting with a personal trainer. His name is Jon and he's the drummer for my roommate's band. He's also a huge body builder. The guy is really smart and is pretty cool. In any case - I'm going to present my goals here so I can have them set up for him tomorrow.
    Goals for me in terms of my fitness level:
    1) Create a better diet plan for myself. I want something that's developed a little more intelligently than just me guessing at what I should and shouldn't eat. I need to minimize recovery times and maxmize my physical gains from each workout if I'm going to be able to perform well this summer.
    2) Build a solid workout program. I need a program that's going to challenge me and keep things switched up over a long period of time (> 6 months) but also something that's going to be easy enough so I can survive the other 5 things that I'll be doing on any given day.
    3) Reduce my body fat to < 10%. At that point I will be in a much healthier and stronger state than I've ever been in my entire life.
    4) Develop a year round program that will help me maintain a lifestyle of physical fitness.

    There you have it. My past, present and future. I'm gonna cross my fingers on this one.

    Updated October 1st, 2010 at 12:08 PM by bzaks1424

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  17. Monday, 5/17/10

    by , May 17th, 2010 at 11:42 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, Solo

    200 free & back
    200 kick on side and back
    200 IM drill
    100 easy

    swim 8 x 25 choice on 45: odds easy, evens build to fast finish
    (alternated back and free)
    50 easy

    swim 3 x 50 back on 1:10 at goal 200 pace
    (did these around 40-41)
    200 easy

    swim 4 x 25 from mid-pool, inside the flags should be FAST
    (2 free and 2 back)
    100 easy

    2x
    {
    25 fast
    75 easy choice
    (one free, one back)
    }

    400 easy alternating 100 free/100 back

    Total: 2100 meters
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  18. A Morning Jobbie!

    by , May 17th, 2010 at 08:40 AM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    5:00 a.m. solo at the Monon Center. I was feeling a little mojo today; could it have been the shopping? I always thought selfless acts were supposed to make you feel better.....I'm afraid I may be more along the lines of a materialistic chw!
    Here's my workout. I wanted to keep going but I ran out of time and had to get going to work!
    **500 Freestyle rest :20
    **2 X 250 Free on 4:15
    **4 X 125 on 2:15
    rest :30 sec
    **400 Freestyle rest :15
    **2 X 200 Freestyle on 3:15 (paddles/bouy working on catch and body roll)
    **4 X 100 Freestyle on 1;45
    rest :20 sec
    **300 Freestyle rest :10
    **4 X 75 Free on 1;20
    **6 X 50 Free on 1;00
    rest :20 sec
    **200 Backstroke
    **2 X 100 IM

    4,00 scy

    Absolutely OUT OF TIME. I ran down the deck, jumped into a rapid-fire shower, and barely made it to school before teacher deadline!!!!
    I finally had a swim that was exhilaratingly satisfying! I'm going to have a good day today!
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  19. Blocks, Blocks, Blocks YEAH!!!!

    by , May 17th, 2010 at 07:44 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Yes today I had a block to work with. Had to dive around two other people in my lane but managed.

    5x100@2:00 Free
    500 Free
    10x50 Free from block 25 sprints
    500 free kick w/fins
    5x100@2:00 Free pull
    10x30 free & fly from block to 15 meter mark

    Total 2800 meters
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  20. Saturday May 15, 2010

    Warm-up
    300 free
    200 IM Drill
    300 various drills
    4x 50 kick/build
    50 @ 200 goal pace
    2 x 25 @ 100 goal pace with an ez 25 after

    4 x 12.5 fast breakout 37.5 ez

    150 c/d

    Total: 1500 yards

    Need to work on the timing of my breakout still. I think I need maybe two extra flutter kicks before trying to start swimming. Sometimes it's pretty on, sometimes it's a tad early.

    Other than that my swims are starting to feel good. I plan on another massage this week, and a swim Monday and Wednesday. Probably take Tuesday off. IF I decide to swim on Tuesday I'll do an 800 ez or less.


    Ready to test my training and taper ...
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