by, June 19th, 2009 at 02:17 PM (919 Views)
Had a follow-up with my GP yesterday and my cardiologist at UAB today. Both agreed that the running was a factor in my HDL readings. In fact, the cardiologist stressed that I will need to do exercise into and beyond my menopause years to keep the total cholesterol/HDL ratio at a good level since my LDLs are in a borderline area. (I hope that menopause is at least 10 years away! Tends to run very late in my family so I am probably looking at 15 years from now.) Both were very pleased with the ratio as it is 3.3 right now. GP indicated as long as my LDL was below 160, with my HDL count as high as it is, he was not worried about the LDL level right now. Cardiologist said that levels were not in area that needed any type of medication.
Both docs liked the exercise program I have going. The lab work that came back was ideal. Cardiologist who is also a triathlete obviously liked the fact that I wear an HR monitor when I run. He also is very pleased that I opt to stop and walk when the HR level gets too high (like on my birthday run).
Yesterday, got in 3,000 yards of high intensity swimming. Used the fins a good bit. Particularly enjoyed the last set that was without fins: 6 x 50 on 1:20 - odds are free/fly, evens are free/back. These were power swims. Felt good on all.
This morning, my appointment at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) with cardiologist was at 8:15. UAB is about 70 miles from where I live, but well worth the trip as it has some of the best medical treatment facilities in the country. Five of its treatment specialties rank in the top twenty nationally. Anyway, Birmingham rush hour is a bear, particularly the route I have to travel, so I left my house at 5 AM and got into Birmingham a little after 6 AM. Even then, there was traffic. I hit the downtown YMCA and ran on the treadmill for 5 miles, doing the following:
Warm-up: 2 miles at 9:13 pace
2 miles: alternated 1 minute hard with 2 minutes of easy jog/fast walk. On fast intervals, got faster with each one minute interval. The first was at 7.5 mph. Added .5 mph to each interval until I got up to 9.5 mph on one interval and then went back down .5 mph on each one minute interval until I got to 7.5.
1 mile cool-down at 8:34 pace.
Hope to swim easy this afternoon or early tomorrow morning. After having my thoughts on running confirmed, I hope to get a run in this weekend.