Was late - I know you are all shocked.
2 x 125 Kick
100 IM drill
3 x (2 x 75 (50 drill/25 swim) 4 x 25 build, 2 x 75Kick)
Only one round could be free, you had to do the same stroke the whole round.
Round 1 Fly
Round 2 Breast
Round 3 Free
Ran out of time or else I would have had
8 x 75
Feeling better, antibiotics are kicking in. Meet Sunday will be interesting. DEFINITELY wearing my B70!!!
100 Breast - if I'm under 2:00 it'll be a victory
50 Back - If it resembles backstroke I'll be happy.
Regular vlog readers may recall that I have long made a distinction between two forms of hypochondria:
the delusional form, wherein a sufferer imagines he or she has a serious illness, becomes obsessed with it, and eventually cannot be dissuaded out of this belief despite all medical evidence to the contrary
the non-delusional form, which is identical to the above with but one subtle distinction, i.e., that the sufferer knows full well his or her beliefs are irrational but nevertheless still can't shake their obsessive hold
The Masters swimming world, I have learned, has no shortage of both forms of this disorder. For purposes of lively debate, let me just throw out Leslie "the Fortress" Livingston and Paul "the Hulk" Wolfe as prototypical exemplars of Type 1, and myself as a text book example of Type 2.
Note: if either Leslie or Paul happen to read the above paragraph and take even minor offense at my suggestion, I think we can all agree that this proves, beyond doubt, the validity of my diagnosis.
Call their rancor a positive Thornton Sign.
We armchair clinicians have long understood that delusional hypochondriacs always express a positive Thornton Sign when confronted with an accurate diagnosis of their disorder. The condition is, alas, ego alien, and sufferers will do anything in their powers to spit the hook, so to speak.
Non-delusional hypochondriacs, on the other hand, just as invariably express a negative Thornton sign. To us, hypochondria is hardly alien to our sense of self; it is, alas, all too ego syn-tonic. Thus we will not debate our diagnosis but rather acknowledge it via a kind of hopeless existential shrug with which both Sartre and Kafka were so intimately familiar.
The following passage by Mr. Kafka, I think, perfectly captures the mindset of those of us in the non-delusional hypochondriacal world.
It was very early in the morning, the streets clean and deserted, I was on my way to the station. As I compared the tower clock with my watch I realized it was much later than I had thought and that I had to hurry; the shock of this discovery made me feel uncertain of the way, I wasn't very well acquainted with the town as yet; fortunately, there was a policeman at hand, I ran to him and breathlessly asked him the way. He smiled and said: "You asking me the way?" "Yes," I said, "since I can't find it myself." "Give it up! Give it up!" said he, and turned with a sudden jerk, like someone who wants to be alone with his laughter.
My non-delusional hypochondriacal twin brother, John, is good friends with the non-delusional hypochondriacal screen writer Jon Cohen (Jon's most famous screenplay was Minority Report). Jon, who could be our triplet psychiatrically speaking, coined a term for episodes of our form of the disease: nutties.
I am slowly being sucked into a nutty right now, and I thought it might prove enlightening to those who have never suffered one to see the sequence--and perhaps reassuring to fellow travelers that you are not entirely alone in the murky world where "give it up! give it up!" is the best advice you will ever get.
Step 1. An actual symptom appears somewhere on your body or within your mood. In this case, the actual symptom was the first tiny mottled skin lesion in, well, you know very well where the tiny mottled skin lesion was.
Step 2. Attempt at John Wayning the thing away. Ignore, deny, and assume that the body is resilient, such buboes are temporary, the best cure for any medical problem is to ignore it.
Step 3. Persistence of symptom, with or without worsening, though worsening does tend to get ones attention.
Step 4. Attempts at self cure via over the counter products.
Step 5. Asking friends about it; trying to corner a doctor on your swimming team into looking at the lesion and offering free medical advice.
Step 6. Short-lived last attempt regression to Step 2.
Step 7. Internet research
Step 8. Go to a doctor and take his or her recommendation, expecting fairly quick improvement
Step 9. When improvement fails to occur within 17 minutes, more Internet research.
Step 10. Constant monitoring.
Step 11. Attempts to clarify your thoughts on the nature of the buboe and its possible causes by writing these thoughts down.
Step 12. Recruiting new technologies, like a Logitech QuikCapture webcam and blog capabilities, to contribute your thoughts to the Internet
Step 13. Accidentally discover new possibilities for the buboe's cause, possibilities that actually have some plausible connection to your own case, such as a side effect to a drug you have taken for other reasons. Case-in-point:
FDA issues warning for Provigil
(Reuters) UPDATED 2007-10-24
Provigil, a medication used to treat excessive sleepiness, may cause serious skin rashes and suicidal thoughts, according to a warning from the Food and Drug Administration. Rare incidents of life-threatening skin rashes and psychiatric symptoms in patients with a history of depression and mania have been reported with Provigil use. Patients with narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea who take the drug to help stay awake should stop taking the medication if they develop such reactions.
Step 14. Follow up the new suspect with additional Internet research:
Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis are two forms of the same life-threatening skin disease that cause rash, skin peeling, and sores on the mucous membranes.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis usually are caused by drugs or a bacterial infection. Typical symptoms for both diseases include fever, body aches, a flat red rash, blisters that break out on the mucous membranes, and small areas of peeling skin (Stevens-Johnson syndrome) or large areas of peeling skin (toxic epidermal necrolysis). Affected people are hospitalized in a burn unit, given fluids and sometimes corticosteroids and antibiotics and all suspected drugs are stopped.
In Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a person has blistering of mucous membranes, typically in the mouth, eyes, and vagina, and patchy areas of rash. In toxic epidermal necrolysis, there is a similar blistering of mucous membranes, but in addition the entire top layer of the skin (the epidermis) peels off in sheets from large areas of the body. Both disorders can be life threatening.
Step 15. Clammy dread begins to seep into ones pores, and the mind becomes increasingly hi-jacked with thoughts of ones dermis beginning to peel off in sheets, which leads to more frantic internet searches for photographs documenting this outcome
Step 16. The word nonsense! echoes through the back eddies of the non-delusional hypochondriac's mind, often in close tandem with such worries are madness!
From these early stages 1-16, of course, the nutty only begins to gain strength like a ligature being twisted with the help of an inserted stick to provide leverage and torque.
How quickly the narrowing spiral tightens!
Alas, it is only starting. And as much as we know what we must do, we cannot yet do it. We have not become sufficiently exhausted. The prospect of our flesh tearing off our bodies -- such worries are madness! --still seems a fate to be avoided. We remain too energetic to view flaying as salvation.
Much further in the future still is the only mindset that ever ends one nutty and inaugurates the interlude of peace before the next one starts:
"Give it up! Give it up!" said he, and turned with a sudden jerk, like someone who wants to be alone with his laughter.
Pictorial groin update later today, after tennis.
300 swim free
300 kick choice
200 IM alt. drill/swim by 25
swim 4 x 50 free descend 1-4 on 50
2 x 75 w/15 sec. rest: 50 drill, 25 swim
swim 4 x 25 build on :40
kick 2 x 75 w/15 sec. rest
(fly on #1, free on #2, back on #3)
swim 6 x 75 on 1:30
(#1 fly/bk/br, #2, 4, & 6 back, #3 & 5 free)
swim down 100
Total: 2800 yards
Tue OCT 20th, 2009
the shortcut to my blog is
jammed my right middle finger on a fast touch yesterday, it's swollen & it hurts
Next MEET: 2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships
December 4th - 6th, 2009 at Long Beach
44 Days till Long Beach
watched [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=196637&postcount=1283"]Morning swim show with Ariana Kukors[/ame]
around 6 minutes in the show she says she has a kick count that she does in practice off of every wall, 6
I tried doing 6 kicks off every wall, it's hard,
for now my kick count is FOUR OR MORE
WEIGHTS world gym
lat press 8 x 40 8 x 45 8 x 50 6 x 55
bench press 8 x 135 5 x 185
lat pull 8 x 165 6 x 195
TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE
SCY no blocks
6:30 - 8:00
UT Swim Center main pool
Swam with paul, marcio, todd, tyler, jon, ned & erin
150 fr 50 fl dr 50 k
150 fr 50 bk 50 k
150 fr 50 br 50 k
150 fr 50 fr 50 k
changed into B70 legs
assigned: 5:00 swim holding 5 k pace
did: 4 easy 50's
100 fly fast for time
worked the SDK cruised the swimming
assigned: 5:00 swim holding 5 k pace
did: 4 or 5 easy 50's
100 BK fast for time
8 SDKs off each wall
assigned: 5:00 swim holding 5 k pace
did: 4 or 5 easy 50's
100 br fast for time
assigned: 5:00 swim holding 5 k pace
did: 2 easy 50's
skipped the fast 100 fr
skipped the 800 IM set with fins
50 SDK fast
roll start off side
Updated October 20th, 2009 at 04:57 PM by ande
I swam with the Nitro Masters this morning. Though I was disappointed that the pool was gull-less, Steve, Tom, Dave, and Lynne were good company.
Lynne was one of my relay partners in the Lake Travis Trek (63 miles). She is planning to enter the MIMS in june and has a couple of other big swims on the horizon.
Nitro is a nice facility... pretty basic steel building built around a 50m pool. I thought it was dark inside. The lighting runs the length of the pool deck, which gives ample light at the walls, but its dark in the middle, so a bit of extra caution was required on the fly sets.
Yesterday, I was swimming in the rain at Aquatic Park... water temp 57 - 58; air temp colder, so I had a bit of a chuckle when I heard some folks complaining that the water was cold... I thought I was going to have a heat stroke.
The main set was an IM ladder:
I shared a lane with Steve and Lynne, and Steve is crazy fast and led the lane (in board shorts). I'm a little embarrassed to say that I didn't pay attention to the interval or my times except for the last 200.... went a 2:14.
Highland Lakes Challenge starts tomorrow with a 4+ mile swim in Lake Buchanan.
......keepin' it weird!
Updated October 20th, 2009 at 10:12 PM by chaos
My right shoulder is still somewhat sore but better. The muscle that lies on top of the scapula is the culprit and I will finish working it out today. My lower back was hurting because I didn't swim yesterday and was stuck sitting so much at jury duty.
500 kick alt by 100 free/fly w/board & fins
4x50 from dive Free sprint for 20 yards then EZ
300 kick w/fins Fly on back to loosen the lower back
5x100@1:25 Free w/paddles & bouy was going to try for 1:20 like Saturday but had no speed
500 Free EZ every 3rd 25 drill
Total 3000 yards
I was planning to swim solo after school but due to a way too long staff meeting I bagged it.
It was a beautiful evening so.......I took a run.
I ended up going 6 miles (44:49) down River Road Trail. The leaves were peaking in their amber toned splendor! The sun snaked through the leaves and created a cool, almost surreal feeling as I floated down the path toward a better attitude for the evening.
A quick bite and a glass of chard later I'm happy, mellow, and thinking about the night's cool cuddly fall slumber.
This is my favorite time of the year!
Did a 5 mile run at noon. Went at recovery pace (9:45), but HR was still a little high today. A friend with some cardio issues told me to stop trying to figure out what kicks this thing up and keep doing what I'm doing - dealing with it as it comes my way.
Contemplated a swim today, but will back off a little and see if this thing blows over.
Since there have been several requests that I take a break from my lesion's progress, today's vlog is taking a temporary verbal sabbatical from groin pathology to groin excellence.
A number of you may have met my good friends and Sewickley YMCA Sea Dragons (Elderly Division) teammates, the former Mr. Jeremy Cornman and the former Miss Jocelyn Smith.
Jeremy is the only swimmer on our team to still have his name up on the Big Board where the Quaker Valley High School record times are kept. He is a superb sprinter, particularly in butterfly, capable of swimming a 50 SCY fly in the 24.8 range.
Jocelyn is an adult-onset swimmer and former college running star who became more serious about swimming after A) meeting Jeremy and B) swerving to miss a groundhog on her then new $3000 triathlon bike and ending up with metal pins in her collarbone.
In recent years, Jeremy has made a name for himself in two sports: triathlons and steam bath endurance. He is great at the former, and legendary at the latter.
Both he and Jocelyn qualified for the Boston Marathon this year, then Jeremy qualified at Lake Placid for the Iron Man in Hawaii. Jocelyn almost made it but not quite.
In any event, the two just got back from Kona, where Jeremy did quite well.
If you have ever wondered what this is like, I highly recommend you look at Jeremy's blog where he deconstructs his race and provides some great pictures. Fascinating: http://jeremycornman.blogspot.com/
The day after his slightly over 10 hour triathlon performance, the two got married and became, officially, Mr. and Mrs. Jocelyn Smith.
No, just joking.
I think they are now both Cornmans. Or Smith-Cornmans. Or Cornman-Smiths.
In any event, I present to you the incredibly lovely couple, J & J--both of whom, I would venture to bet, score close to 100 on the groin scale (though I have nothing to go on here, just imagining what it would be like, especially Jocelyn, while trying to explain to them both the concept of droit de seigneur, so far without much luck):
Note: I am pretty sure J & J had this wedding picture taken in black and white because they knew they were coming back to Pittsburgh and wanted to prepare themselves for the shock.
As indicated in the title, there will be no verbal mention of the unmentionable here, however, I am going to add today's picture beneath yesterday's picture to see if you can detect any changes.
'Nuff said about that.
(Above photo taken on Sunday)
(Above taken Monday)
SCY with Carrie
200 swim free
200 kick choice
200 IM swim
200 pull breathe 3/5 by 25
200 swim back
swim 8 x 125 on 1:55
(kept these between 1:35 and 1:40)
kick 12 x 75 w/15 sec. rest
(did 1-4 flutter w/board, no fins; 5-8 on flutter back, no fins; 9-12 dolphin on back w/fins)
100 swim down
Total: 3050 yards
Mon OCT 19th, 2009
2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships
December 4th - 6th, 2009 at Long Beach
45 Days till Long Beach
watched [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=196637&postcount=1283"]Morning swim show with Ariana Kukors[/ame] and decided to attempt her kick count on everything
6 SDKs, did it for about 200 in warm up then switched to 4
TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE
SCY no blocks
NOON to 1:15
UT Swim Center diving well
Swam with Max Jon & Erin
assigned 4 x 200 desc on 2:50
did 4 x (100 fr, 50 rest, 50 fr)
assigned 400 fr
did 4 x 50
assigned 4 x 100 desc on 1:25
did 3 x 50
assigned 400 fr
did 4 x 50
4 x 50 br on 50
jon & I did
3 x 25 fast for time
1 fr easy speed went 11 something
1 SDK went 11.3
1 fl went 11.0
jammed my right middle finger on finish, it still hurts
Updated October 19th, 2009 at 05:23 PM by ande
Did this on the Ande plan (M = 1900 + medium weights)
long arm crunches, 2 x 25
bird dogs w/broomstick on back, 2 x 15
bicycles, 2 x 50
back extensions, 2 x 15
prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
seated straight arm dips, 60 x 2 x 25
scapular wall slides, 2 x 25
bench press, 80 x 2 x 10
HS hi row, 110 x 3 x 12
alternating hammers, 15 x 2 x 20
10 minutes stretching
10 x 50, done as 25 shooter (no fins) + 25 EZ
odds = on back
evens = on tummy
2 x (50 AFAP back w/fins + 100 EZ)
went high 24ish
4 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ)
2 free, 1 evil, 1 fast doggy paddle drill
After taking two days off and getting lots of sleep, I woke up today and was groggy and sleepy and lazy. WTH?! It's now late afternoon and I still feel groggy. I think I probably should have gotten in an easy recovery swim yesterday instead of taking the whole day off. I hope I wake up sometime this week ...
Which SCM Meet?
Here are the two meets I can attend:
December 5-6: Colonies Zone SCM Championships at Flushing
December 11-13: New England Masters LMSC SCM Championships
in Boston, MA http://www.greatbaymasters.org/09scmchamp.php
Originally, I was just planning on Zones in NY. But I'm so cross about the order of events and lumping together of sprints, that I am considering going to the NE meet. Pros of NE meet: slightly later start, bigger meet so more rest, women swim separately from men, slightly better order of events. Pros of NY meet: somewhat closer, pool may be faster, more folks I know will be there, then I could go to Mermaid's meet the next weekend. I'm going to compare costs next.
Ande had alerted me to an interview with Ariana Kukors. As he noted in his SFF tips, she is a big proponent of underwater work as set forth here:
P: "For someone who has asthma you can kick pretty darn well at the end of a 200 IM."
A: "Lot's of training, lot's of training. During sets I work on kicking underwater all day long. I have a kick count that I do and we do a lot of underwater kick at practice. Just from the training I've taught myself how to be comfortable under there."
P: A kick count, what do you mean by that?
A: "I try to take at least 6 kicks, when I'm swimming warm up, when I'm swimming main sets, 6 kicks off everywall."
A: "Underwater sets, it's all in your head, whether or not you can make it."
Bird Dogs w/Broomstick:
I tried this today just for a little variety. It's not that easy. Here's the Auburn youtube clip where they do this: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E_MKU2EyCI"]YouTube - Auburn Weight Workout, Part 1 April 19, 2008 on Floswimming[/ame]
Updated October 19th, 2009 at 05:06 PM by The Fortress
Ok, so in theory I will be at all four practices this week. I have a meet on Sunday. Last week I had my suit mishap on Tuesday and blew off practice on Thursday because I was still battling whatever this infection thing is that is terrorizing my body. Went to the doctor on Friday he gave me antibiotics. He remarked, you are never sick. You haven't been on antibiotics in over a year. That's right doc.
Anyway - was pretty much on time, YEAH!
200 kick choice
200 pull (I dragged my legs)
200 choice non-free (only did a 50)
8 x 125 Free on 2:05 nice easy interval descend 1-4, 5-8
6 x 75 kick choice on r:15
Water was way too warm for me. I hate cold weather but LOVE cold water (to a point).
Didn't feel as bad as I thought it would. I won't get a workout or run in tonight
This is the first time in along time I took a day other than Sunday off. I had jury duty today and since I did not have the wireless card but still needed to do some system checks I chose to stay home and do the checks then go for jury duty. I made it out without getting put on a jury, YEAH!!!
3x100 Kick BR@2:15
2x100 Drill@2:00 1=BR, 2=FL
1-5 = Pull Des
6-10 = Fins and Paddles Des
6x50 Kick FR@1:00 w/fins
2000 SCY Indoors Solo
Mon Oct 19th
I had every intention of making it to the 5:30 am work out this morning, set my phone alarm for 4:30 am, but it was on vibrate and I slept right through it. I woke at 4:00 am then went back to bed & didn't wake till 5:30 am. I should have gone to bed earlier last night. Tuesday night I'll go to bed around 10:00
Hope to make today's noon practice.
POTS was a little kicked up today. Wasn't sure why as I didn't work out yesterday and the weather was cool today. What I did out of the ordinary was eat a little bit more sugar than I normally do. Saturday night, had some ice cream after dinner. Also had hot cocoa with whip cream while watching the football game (Gee, wonder why it has taken me 7 months to lose 10 pounds? ). Today, had some ice cream after lunch.
I noticed early this afternoon, that HR was higher than usual. Was going pretty high when I would stand up (up to 142), which is a sign POTS is kicked up. This is exhausting and it is very tempting to just lie down and take a nap. I've discovered, however, that the best thing to do is to do some easy to moderate exercise. This seems to re-regulate things. Anyway, as I've discovered, eating lots of sugar on days I have not worked out and eating it early in the day seems to play a part in getting things kicked up. I have been tested for diabetes. What was really strange and threw the docs off was the fact that through the whole test, my blood sugar never went any higher than 70. Apparently, this is all part of the autonomic dysfunction thing.
So, went out to the track for a light to moderate workout of 4 miles. Got a chance to check out my stride a little. Ran an easy 1 mile to warm-up and then did 1 mile where I strided the straights (very moderate) and went easy on the curves. Next mile, I alternated running a 400 moderate with a 400 easy. On final mile, alternated a 200 moderate with 200 easy for an 800 and then cooled it down with an easy 800.
HR is doing better as I am writing this. Looking down right now, HR while sitting is in mid-50s. When I stand, it is hanging out in the low 90s which means POTS is still a little kicked up but nowhere near as bad as it was this afternoon before I ran.
Updated October 19th, 2009 at 12:06 AM by elise526
Board of Directors Meeting.
The board requested that I take the meet directorship again for the 2010 meet. Admittedly in some ways, I would like the job again. There is a satisfaction at running a successful meet where many swimmers enjoy the meet, express gratitude and a desire to return, and do so the next year. And maybe I am afraid that someone else will screw things up, discouraging swimmers from returning again.
But on the other hand, I would like to swim in the meet as a participant. I found it mentally and physically difficult to do so a few years ago when I tried.
As meet director, I signed up to swim the breaststroke events. All three races were disasters, with the 200 breast race the worst. I was unable to do a pullout at the last turn, having run out of steam, even though there was plenty at the pool. . .
This was the year the water temperature clocked in at a tropical 88 degrees. I like to blame my poor races on the water temperature. But it was also mentally hard to run around the event ensuring things were running correctly, and then jump into the hot water warmup lane, loosen up, and swim a race. I decided to give up trying to swim and direct at the same meet.
The pool manager was told in no uncertain terms that if the water ended up this way again for our meet, we would rent another pool. One thing that Fairfax County pool managers hate more than the seniors complaining about the cold water temperature is the loss of revenue. Since then, that manager has moved on, and new managers for the subsequent meets have been very cooperative and working with us to solve problems (like the water temperature.)
BOOK OF WISDOM
Only Superman and Wonder Woman can swim in the same meet they are managing.
Updated October 21st, 2009 at 12:07 AM by Rnovitske
Well, I've sent in my first meet entry for this season and my first since May. It's a sprint meet on November 21 (no events longer than 100 meters). And it has the extra added advantages of being in the afternoon (so I can sleep late on Saturday morning -- one of my favorite things) and it's only a 10 minute subway ride (the only closer meets ae the ones at my own pool - a two block walk).
So it's the perfect meet for a lazy ba---, um, sprinter like me.
I may also do a meet on Long Island on November 8, if I'm not out of town that weekend, although that one takes a lot longer to get to, and it starts earlier, so I'd have to get up around 6AM (yeah, I am lazy). I'm also definitely doing SCM zones.
Weights SUNDAY World Gym: 5:00 pm
bench press 8 x 135 6 x 185 5 x 195 1 x 205
lat press 8 x 40 8 x 45 8 x 50 6 x 55 4 x 60
lat pull 8 x 167 8 x 197 5 x 207 4 x 215
leg press 8 x 180 8 x 270 6 x 360 4 x 410
also did some one legged bench steps
created a short cut to my blog
Updated October 18th, 2009 at 10:24 PM by ande