Some great races today! Got to watch Rich Abrahams set a new record in the 65-69 age-group in the 100 free with a 49! Also got to see Rowdy Gaines do a 46.9 in the 100 free. Totally awesome swims. I missed Brunelli's 42 in the 100 free though. What a spectacular swim that must have been!
Swam my 50 fly in the Pro I used at Athens, Georgia last summer. My theory was that the B-70 was too consticting for my stroke. I used the B-70 on the 200 back yesterday, so it obviously worked well for back. I decided, however, to stick with my plan of going with the Pro. It worked well. Took over a second off my 50 time that I swam at Auburn in the B-70. My time of 28.81 got me eighth place which was another pleasant surprise. My time was not a masters best, but was the best I've done since 2003.
Decided to skip the 100 free today because between the 9 seconds I've cut off my times and poor sleep last night, I was worn out. Skipping the 100 free gave me a chance to go back to my room, eat a good lunch, and rest for a little while.
Swam 50 back later today and swam in a brand new B-70 I had not broken in yet. Big mistake. At least when I raced in a B-70 for the first time at Auburn, I had done some sprints in it and worked out in it once or twice. The new B-70 I used today was so tight I felt like I could barely move on my backstroke. Also, it wouldn't surprise me at all if I have gained 5 pounds since I got here with all the good food I've been eating when we go out at night. No surprise the suit was way too tight. Ended up going 32.02 which is .25 of a second slower than what I did at Auburn.
I'm afraid my lack of a good swimming base is starting to become apparent. When I signed up, I debated not doing any events on Sunday, but since my friend that I am rooming with was going to, I figured I'd go ahead and enter. I'm slated to do the 100 back and 50 free. These events are back-to-back with just one hour in between. I'd really like to get a decent freestyle swim in at this meet, so if I'm super tired when I get up tomorrow, I may end up just doing the 50 free. Not sure whether to use the old B-70 or the Pro on the 50 free.
It has been great to be able to come to this meet, see some friends, and meet some new folks. I feel pretty blessed to be in good health and able to swim well. It is also a blessing that my immediate family members are in good health and that they have been so supportive of my racing in this meet!
Since I may be only swimming one event tomorrow, hoping to be able to visit with other swimmers more and cheer them on!
Updated May 22nd, 2010 at 09:53 PM by elise526
FRI May 21 NATS Day 1
which surprised me
last year I went 28.6
best time this season
but got third
my 2nd cousin mark michael went went 52.29
Dave sims went 50.7 ish
4 x 50 mixed relay
swam anchor did not feel real snappy
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forgot to blog Wed & thu
Wed May 19th
AZ scottsdale westin
swam AM & at noon easy
Thu May 20th
did 500 in well SCY easy with todd & tyler
600 LCM easy
Paul Wolf beat me fair and square. I am happy because we both swam great times, but he did win the gridge and I bow down to him in my shame. LW said I should have titled this post "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Me."
A quick recap of my 200. I went a 1:58.78, which is a little better than 2 seconds faster than I went in December. Because I injured my ribs in January and went to Asia in April, I have only trained about 10 weeks total this year, so I expected to be a little short on the endurance side of things. Splits were going very well until the 4th 50, when I really started to tighten up. I split 27.6, 29.4, 29.9, 31.7. The last 50 was quite painful, but the first 150 was split about right, I just lacked the endurance to finish a 200 right now.
Paul went a 1:57, and split it almost ideally. He was out in a 25 mid and came home in a 32 mid. He told me after the race that he really enjoyed the last 50 more than just about anything he can remember doing, and really wished we had gridged a 500.
I needed to break 2:00.09 to make the USAS A cut, and with the help of Speedo, I should have an A time in the 200 free now added to the SWIMS database soon.
Watched Chris Stevenson's 200 back. Yep, faster than my 200 free
The meet is BIG. Met lots of people from the forums, and watched even more forumites swim. But it is a crowd and there are people I know are at the meet that I never saw and more people that I saw but didn't have a chance to talk to.
Wore a Tyr Fusion 2, which is a FINA 2010 legal suit, today. Tomorrow I think will wear legskins (500 free and 100 free). No real expectations for my swims tomorrow, just here to have fun. Hopefully my 500 and 100 will be in the same pool, and the 500 will set me up for better turns on the 100.
Really having a great time visiting with folks at Nationals. Everybody is so nice and encouraging. Aquageek gave me a really cool swim cap from MAC. What a super guy! Have really enjoyed chatting with the Fort, Qbrain, Medicine Woman, Lisa Groves, Speedo, and Swimstud. Got to meet Pwolfe, Chris S., Dana B., and Michelle Kagy-Swartz, just to name a few, and they are super nice!
Got my first race of Nationals, 200 back, done today. I was a nervous wreck beforehand as I always am before my first event of a meet. Had no idea what to expect and tried to remain as positive as possible about the race. Every now and then the committee in my head would try to remind me that I was nuts for entering this race with 10,000 yards a week as my base. Also, this was going to be only the second time I had done the race in the last six years. The first time since early 2004 that I did this race was at Auburn this past February. I used this time at Auburn as my seed time (2:33). I almost wondered if I could do that time as I had done such a drastic taper for Nationals. In the end, I reminded myself no matter how I did, it really didn't matter. Just the fact that I am here and able to swim the event is a blessing.
My goal was to win my heat and pehaps break 2:30. I had decided that no matter where I was, I was going to start to really turn it on the last 75. When I jumped in, the water felt cold and somewhat shocked my system. I could feel the start of an asthma attack coming on. Made myself remain calm. I became acutely aware of how tight my suit was on the second 50 and how my breathing was not going well. Reminded myself to hang on and focused on my breathing. Was able to gather myself together and start to turn it on at the last 75. I could see Tracy Bachmann next to me in lane 6 was winning the heat. I really tried to catch up to her a little on the last 50 so that I could win the heat. Couldn't catch her, but was stunned when I looked up at the clock and saw a 2:25.60.
The time was a masters best and placed me much higher than I thought possible - 8th. I'm so excited about this that if I do poorly in my other events, I'll still be super happy.
Below are my splits. Pretty happy with these.
34.65 1:11.90 (37.25)
1:49.23 (37.33) 2:25.60 (36.37)
I had an amusing first day in Atlanta. I arrived early (in an impressive thunder and lightning storm) and got in a good warmup—it wasn’t too crowded, and I was glad for that. I was glad to have gotten in some starts at the 30-minute session yesterday, as the line for starts seemed very long.
Then it was time to swim. Here’s how my events went (today's time and comments appended to my pre-meet event goal sheets):
Masters/Lifetime PR: 5:13.51 (1999) (1:12.9, 1:22.8, 1:26.1, 1:11.7) (84.4 swim rating)
40-44 PR: 5:20.62 (4/2006) (1:17.8, 1:20.2, 1:31.6, 1:10.9) (SR=85.3)
2010 best: 5:33.43 (January) (1:17.3, 1:24.6, 1:36.4, 1:15.1) (SR=84.1)
Time needed to beat best swim rating: 5:28.47
Other goals: a well-paced race
Keys: relaxed FL, establish rhythm on BK, head down on BR, exuberant FR, accelerate into walls on all strokes.
Time: 5:19.01 (1:13.32, 1:19.17, 1:32.03, 1:14.49)
Comments: I felt really nervous about this swim. I think I got too excited and went out too hard on the fly. The only time I swam 100 FL this season, I went 1:11.5, so I probably need an opening fly split more than 2 seconds slower than that. My legs felt dead the rest of the race, and I suffered. I didn’t do a good job of thinking about my keys because I was hurting too much. I was scared to look at the clock after, but when I did I was thrilled. I was hoping to go under 5:30, and secretly thinking I might have an outside shot of under 5:25, but I never imagined I’d break 5:20. So, I got a 40-44 PR and a best ever swim rating (87.9) in my first swim! I still think that better splitting might produce an even better swim, so that’s an exciting thought for future scy seasons.
Masters/lifetime PR: 34.08 (2000) (87.1 swim rating)
40-44 PR: 34.83 (3/2006) (SR=87.0)
2010 best: 35.52 (3/21) (SR=86.8)
Time needed to beat best swim rating: 35.38
Other goals: <35?, good turn
Keys: build into fast turnover on first few strokes; head down; coherent, powerful turn
Comments: I was really excited about swimming this event—the timers were laughing at me because I was so eager to get in the water. I felt I executed my keys well, and my time was a lifetime second-best, just .04 off my best from 2000. I also picked up a swim rating PR with a 90.3—I’m not sure how many ratings over 90 I’ve ever gotten in scy. Maybe the key to blissy swimming is to just swim 50s—this race was all fun.
Masters/lifetime PR (and coolest-ever splits): 2:26.52 (2002) (35.10, 37.14, 37.14, 37.14) (SR=83.4)
Best swim rating: 2:31.30 in 2009 (SR=84.7)
40-44 PR: 2:30.07 (2007) (SR=84.2)
2010 best: NT
Time needed to beat best swim rating: 2:32.34
Goals: <2:30, a well-paced swim
Keys: still head; think rotation on 1st 3 strokes off each wall, then push turnover; accelerate into walls
Time: 2:26.27 (35.33, 37.33, 37.07, 36.54)
Comments: I was really happy with this swim. That time is a lifetime best for me (just beating out my time from 2002), and I executed most things well (the start was conservative because I was worried about slipping, and my first turn was too close to the bulkhead, but everything else seemed good to me.) My swim rating on this one was 88.3.
So, three 40-44 PRs, 1 lifetime PR, and 3 best scy swim ratings. It was a successful swimming day.
I also had a lot of fun at the meet—got to hang out with teammates from past and present, and see some folks from faraway who I never see except at big meets. There were some really impressive swims and races going in—with 2 10-lane pools going at once, it seems a bit like a track meet where there’s always something good to watch.
I got a neck treatment from our team’s trainer (yes, we have one here!) once I was done for the day, so I’m feeling good despite swimming a lot today. Tomorrow if I’m not swimming a morning relay I may go warm up elsewhere before driving over to the meet, since my first event (200 IM) doesn’t start until later in the session.
Congrats to everyone who swam today, and good luck tomorrow!
**500 Warm-up Swim
**10 X 300 Free on 5:00
3,500 short course meters
10K Training is a little monotonous I'd say! To make it interesting I did every 3rd swim with paddles and buoy.
Good Luck to all you swimmers in Atlanta! I can't wait to hear your stories and see videos and pics!!!!
Sunny, cold windy
100FR, 200FR, 200IM drill, 100P, 100K
4x100 Fly on 2:30 (1:32-1:40) Ouch!
4X100BK on 2:00 (1:30's)
4x100 BR on 2:00 (1:40's)
4x100FR on 1:40 (1:17-1:20)
2x200 IM on 4:00
Kick (cramps, did last 2 pull)
There was some sprints I could have done at the end, however my calf's were cramping, and arms were falling off.
But, the water was perfect and I really enjoyed the pain (not) and completing some 100 fly's , however had to dice up the last 2 with swim/drill.
I really love the 100 and 200 IM, I enjoy the transitioning and just gotta get the BR to cooperate, its holding up production!
The morning was the usual pilates /dry land routine.
Just snuck into 10th place in the 1650 Free with a 21:50.37. Only 4 seconds off my time from last year so that is fine by me.
I am hoping to get my sprints back so this ok. Would like a colder pool but then I really like to compete in 78 degree water.
Total yardage Wed - 2000 yards and Thurs 3150 yards
Next up short stuff
I had an easy trip to Atlanta on a flight with my teammate Barb and Jazzy. Jazz was very psyched to learn that Speedo had procured him a LZR for his upcoming grueling 200 free.
We headed straight from the airport to the pool. Got there with sufficient time to check in, register our relays and swim for 30 minutes in the competition pool. The pool is sweet and feels very fast. I felt pretty good in the water. My backstroke was a little funky at first, but then smoothed out. I did 2 forward starts, one good and one blah. The backstroke starts will be interesting. They've got both vertical and horizontal bars. I'm going to use the vertical ones. However, the FINA wall is somewhat slippery. I did one start with my feet placed high on the wall, but felt like I went too deep. I may try and do another start tomorrow when the day's events are over. Otherwise, I'll put my feet a bit lower.
Off soon for dinner with friends. Then time to let 'er rip!
I've met some new people, and hope to meet more. Hopefully no one will want to punch me like they do Geek.
This is the fourth Nationals I've been to and have to say that it's looking like the best run I've seen yet!
1. Located much larger locker room as qbrain mentioned. It is down the hall from the smaller one.
2. Hospitality room is on the hallway on the way to the bigger locker room. Very good food selection and lots of tables on deck where you can sit down and eat.
3. Glad I got the gold parking pass. The parking lot is right out the door and not crowded at all. Kind of glad I can leave lots of stuff in my car since it is so close.
3. Got a chiropractic adjustment from a darling young man who is with Life University. The adjustment was great and it was FREE!
4. Swam in the diving well after the adjustment - about 1,000 yards. Not overly crowded - about 3 or 4 to a lane. The water temp was warmer than competition pool which I like because I don't like to get cold when I'm warming up.
5. Free shampoo, conditioner, and body wash provided in the locker room in the shower area! This was awesome as I forgot my shampoo.
6. Lots of vendors and very easy to get to.
7. Many more mesos today, both swimming in the distance events and warming-up.
8. I actually changed in the small locker room just to see how crowded it was and it was not crowded at all! It is so close to the pool that I may stick with it afterall.
Lots of friendly folks around. Looking forward to seeing some more tomorrow.
Congrats to Geek for a fine swim in the 1,000! Looks like his training is paying off! Also, congrats to Kristin Aziz for breaking 20 minutes in the 1650!
Updated May 20th, 2010 at 03:29 PM by elise526
Light Drizzle - 60's (Last year it was 98)
Warm 2x100FR 200 IM Drill
3x300IM on 5:00 S/K/P
1x300 BR K on 6:00
10x50 P Fly/BK/BR 1:00
10x50 K w/mono Fly Bk / Fly on 1:00
8x50 IM order on 1:00
(workout cut short, everyone was leaving early)
Started Pilates in the morning when I first wake up (4am) about 2 weeks ago, its made a difference in my flexibility and my cervical rediculitus; base of the neck vertebrae pinching the exiting nerve. Which by the way has healed faster with the Pilates routines than the bogus physical therapy. Started going to the gym last week, mostly just to change after getting off the bus and get some dry-land in before pool time. I'm doing Assisted Pull-ups and dips and pull downs and whatever I can get in in 15-20 minutes. The gym has slowed me down a bit and made the workouts more painful, but that's the price of progress.
Got to the Tech pool around 4:30 today to register and do a warm-up/workout in the pool. Really glad that I got over here today as there was only one guy in my lane. After he got out, I even had the lane to myself for about 15 minutes.
I hear tomorrow is going to be a zoo with everybody coming in to grab a swim when the pool opens up after the competition. I had not planned to swim tomorrow as I've got plans to possibly see some family and friends. I felt a little bit tight today, so I may have to go over to Emory at some point tomorrow and snag some pool time there just to avoid the crowds.
Today, I got in about 1800 of various sets and easy swims. Part of me wanted to get my HR up, but another part of me, the super protective part, wouldn't let me get my HR up over 140. No good to leave my race in the practice pool. On the other hand, I'm hoping I won't be sluggish when I race.
1. The meet planners and volunteers seem to be extremely prepared and very much on top of things.
2. There are plenty of signs directing you where to go.
3. Water temp was great. Very refreshing, but not too cold. Perfect for racing.
4. Walls are flat and easy to turn on the 25/75, but hard to get out when you finish. I swam over to the side ladder to get out which I never do.
5. Lifeguards are being very helpful.
6. Enjoyed the music they were playing. I heard some good fifties and sixties stuff playing. Sorry Geek.
7. Air felt good to me. Didn't have any breathing issues.
8. Do not like the locker room. It has no benches and just a few stools. The changing area is one big area the size of a classroom. No privacy vis a vis rows of lockers at all. We will be staring at each other as we shove our bodies into our suits. I'm even considering putting on my suit in my room and leaving the straps down and unzipped. I'll throw on a pair of shorts over the suit and a t-shirt and just drive/ride over to the pool.
9. I'v heard there may be another locker room around. May have to check this out tomorrow.
10. I was a goof-off today in the pool compared to most in there swimming. I guess the distance types are in there. I know some that probably go nearly as fast in these types of workouts as they do in a race. In any case, I felt like a seriously lazy sprinter.
11. Saw mainly two body types with the men and the women: ectomorphs and endomorphs. Saw very few mesos, but I guess the meso events aren't until Friday, so maybe this is why I didn't see many. I'm a meso, so kind of felt out of place.
During my workout, there was a skinny girl in the lane next to me moving it out really fast in freestyle. I'd use her to try to get my HR up when I was doing a few 50s. To get my HR up, I even tried to remind myself that the little skinny girl should not be able to swim that fast. Alas, the overprotective side of me made me back down.
Updated May 19th, 2010 at 10:54 PM by elise526
and that is to kick Paul Wolf's ass in the 200 free. Hopefully the massive amount of razor burn now covering my body will aid in that endeavor.
I will see everyone who will be at Nationals Friday.
Lots of PT today and yesterday to loosen back, hammies, hip flexors, and glutes. I sure hope the loosey goosey pays off. I am not liking the pressure I feel tonight. Try to dissipate it in a sec here.
Dan feeling better-AWESOME!
WU 200FR/BA mix
KICK 100 alt FR?BA
KICK 100 BR work wide and high heels
4-6 x 25 BR
4x50 FR on 1:00 build up rest 1:00
4x50 on 1:00 BR build up
8x25 (alt kick 25, easy swim 25)
4x25 sprints (IM order)
Last team workout for the season:
WU (Coach cut us short to do more as a team).
200 mix BA/FR
2x50 Kick work foot speed (1 FR, 1BR)
4x25 stroke count work long on :40
4x25 stroke count work faster hold 15-16sec on :30
2x50 kick foot speed (1FR 1BR)
2x4x50 FR on :45 hold average
2x (50 drill on 1:30, 50 BU on 1:30, 2x25 swim hard on :45) 1st set BR 2nd set FL/BA
relay exchanges (about 8)
warm down and practice turns (flat walls)
Tuesday morning I did my 1000-yard warmup at the Y right down the street from me. Since it was before 6am, the pool was not at all crowded, but I did get to see a couple of open-water swimmers I hadn’t run across for a while (one of them training for MIMS—her yardage and mine that day were way on opposite ends of the spectrum!)
Then I headed off to the airport—my flight was super crowded (the one an hour before to ATL had been cancelled) and about an hour late, but that’s par for the course at Laguardia. After landing in ATL, I got my luggage and car and headed off for Alabama.
The drive from Atlanta to my hometown takes about 4 hours. The first 1.5h is on interstate, and isn’t all that interesting. The last 2+ hours, though, are on a little 2-lane state road that meanders through woods and farmland and down the main streets of a half-dozen small towns. It is a gorgeous drive, and the really amazing thing about it is that not once do I pass by a chain restaurant or store or even gas station—no McDonalds or Gaps or Walmarts in sight, and definitely no Starbucks! Except for the other occasional cars on the road, nothing I see would look out of place in the 1960s or 70s It’s pretty amazing, and makes me feel way far away from New York City very quickly. When I start passing through towns that my basketball team played back high school, I know I’m getting close to home.
(I don’t think all the little towns I drive through have really been passed over by the modern world. It’s likely that they’re like my hometown, where Main Street is home to older local businesses, and fast food places and Walmart have congregated a bit outside of town. But it’s funny to not even see any billboards or signs for them on the state road.)
So far my time down here has been very relaxing. Enterprise is beyond mellow. I’m visiting with my mom and aunt, aka “Thelma” and “Louise,” and they are quite a pair.
Death and burials seem to be a theme this visit. So we’ve discussed T&L’s 20 aunts and uncles (they all have names like Buford or Condy or Mina Lee), and when and how each died (only 1 is still living, and they’re not absolutely certain about him). Today, we visited two different cemeteries in order to refresh various plastic flower arrangements. While there, we also drove verrrrry slowly through the car pathways while discussing who is buried where, what sorts of flowers look best on graves, and whether new graves should be reseeded immediately or allowed to “settle” for a few months first. This whole town is also plastered with campaign signs—for coroner. It seems that is the intriguing race this political season.
My main swimming-related focus during my time down here is eating healthy—I’m trying to stay away from fried foods and desserts. I finally got out my B70 to show to my aunt, who loves pushing desserts on me, and she reluctantly agreed that maybe cake was not the best thing for someone hoping to fit themselves into such a garment. I was also successful in staying away from the fire ant beds in the cemeteries today, so that’s probably also a plus on the meet prep side.
I’ll leave tomorrow morning for Atlanta. Looking forward to the meet finally starting!
4 x 25 long evil pullouts w/2 quick strokes
4 x 25 no breather free
I'm becoming a vacuous airhead. I missed my ART appt thinking it was at 1:30 instead of 1:00. Oh well, more time to pack and try on my suit.
I've heard the Georgia Tech pool conditions are arctic. So I'm bringing my parka and ugg boots. My USMS fleece jacket has mysteriously disappeared.
I'm all checked in for my flight, which I hope is on time.
For those staying near the pool, here is the tech trolly route/schedule:
I will miss my wolfpack member, Jimby. But his twin photo shopped my lovely new profile pic just in time for Nats. For recent blog readers, the pic reflects the outcome of an inane "which superhero are you?" quiz I took years ago (thanks to Stud). The quiz result for me was "The Flash -- fast, athletic and flirtatious." Hence, the use of FAF in my blog title. The AFAP, of course, stands for my penchant for going as fast as possible in workouts. Ande suggested the blog title The FAF AFAP Digest, which I have always used.
Good luck to everyone at Nats!!!
Events for Nationals:
50 breast, 12:15 pm
100 fly, 2:50 pm
200 mixed free relay, 3:50 pm
(leading off w/a split request)
200 mixed medley relay, 10:05 am
50 fly, 11:55 am
50 back, 3:55 pm
100 IM, 11:10 am
100 back, 1:50 pm
Real Time results link:
Updated May 19th, 2010 at 05:12 PM by The Fortress
Can't believe I'll be racing in less than 72 hours! Looking forward to seeing friends and swimming in the Georgia Tech pool for the first time.
Have been so busy tending to end-of-the year stuff with my son that I've not been able to pack or really think about the meet too much. Scary thing is that I'm hoping to get over to Atlanta at some point tomorrow. At least I have my swimsuits, caps, goggles, and towels packed. I'll be breaking in one of my B-70s at the Ga. Tech pool tomorrow just to be sure it fits o.k. Same size as the one I wore at Auburn (26), but just want to be sure it feels o.k.
Was talking to a fellow masters swimmer in my age-group who currently holds the top time in the 100 free and she agreed with me that the Pro provides much more flexibility in the legs. For this reason, I'm wearing my Pro for the 50 fly. I felt too constricted in the B-70 when I swam it at Auburn. The Pro has 4 swims on it from the one day meet at Athens in June 2009, so it should still be good. Also, it is my good luck suit as I swam a top ten LC time in it.
Will use my old B-70 from Auburn for the 200 back. I want to make sure I can breathe well! I'll break out the new one for my 100 free and later events.
Got in a 1,000 yard swim today. I'm actually going to do a little bit more tomorrow when I get to the Tech pool as I will need to loosen up after the drive over there. I was a little tight today, so can tell that I will need to do decent warm-ups each day.
A strange workout short course meters:
**400 Freestyle Warm-up swim
**7 X 200 Freestyle on 3:30
**300 Kick (I did backstroke swim)
**13 X 100 Freestyle on 1:45
**200 Backstroke stretch
**300 Freestyle (extra measure)
**I ended up with 3,700 scm
I did a little extra after practice. I did a 175 every other 200 and a 75 every third 100 since I was getting very little rest on the interval.
All said I hung in there pretty well.
I think I'm getting used to extra meterage and extra practice. I'm starting to feel normal again.
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:
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.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.htmlOn the following scale, I was somewhere between very and dangerously:
Score of 1-6: you're getting enough sleepScore of 4-8: you tend to be sleepy during the day; this is the average scoreScore of 9-15: you are very sleepy and should seek medical adviceScore 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:
a drug side effect, particularly my long use of antidepresantsan 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. Or idiopathic hypersomnolence, AKA, grogginess for which there is no known physical, emotional, or existential cause.
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 throatsnight sweatingpersistent daytime grogginessneuralgia and myalgiaProvigil deficiencyand 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.