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Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine

My wife and kids motivated me to get my big belly back into the pool after buying a pair of SwiMP3's for Christmas in 2008. I focused on swimming the Peaks To Portland (Maine) 2.4 mile swim in July, 2010, and have added meets and consistent training since then. I mostly swim on my own because I am only able to get together with the local Master's workout group a couple of times a month. I love the backstroke and short free events, and I have a newly discovered fondness for Open Water, having completed my first 10K in Sept '11 and 10 mile in July '12.


My faith in Christ sees me through the exhausting practices and long hours driving to competitions (well, everything day by day, actually), and helps to keep me grounded in the knowledge that the events are only to give me feedback on how my training is progressing. If you're interested, just ask.

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  1. Workout 10/31/13: morning

    by , October 31st, 2013 at 11:15 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill/ 4 x 50 b/c on :60

    2 x
    - 4 x 125 on 1:50 (25 K, 75 swim, 25 Pull) with snorkel
    - 100 drill

    2 x
    - 4 x 50 Quarters Strong Fr on :45
    - 100 bk
    (Solo/Rec/2600 yds/50 min)
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  2. Workout 10/30/13: noon and evening

    by , October 30th, 2013 at 11:40 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Morning: 200 FR/200 IM drill/4 x 50 b/c on :60

    Kick swim pull with snorkel (board/AP/buoy middle 100 hard)
    050 100 200
    100 150 300
    050 100 200

    6 x 100 on 1:30
    - odds = IM, evens = FR

    100 Loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2550 yds/45 min)
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    A wanted to swim for a longer period of time, but needed to get out early to bring Emma for her driver's license test (she passed ). We went to Chilli's to celebrate (if it's good enough for Michael Scott, it surely is for Michael Scott Leake). With a full stomach, I went in for a duoble:

    100 FR/200 Bk drill/100 IM drill/100 drill

    3 x
    - 4 x 75 on 1:00
    - 50 ick on 1:15
    - 50 AFAP on :45 (:29, :27, :28)
    - 100 float on 2:30

    150 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2150 yds/40 min)
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    Good main set, despite some stomach stitches.
    Got home and carved a #pumpkinswimmer:

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  3. Workout 10/27/13: morning

    by , October 28th, 2013 at 10:10 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    300 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill/4 x 50 b/c

    kick swim pull (board/AP/buoy)
    050 100 200
    100 150 300
    050 100 200

    150 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2300 yds/40 min)
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    Quick swim this morning before work. Had one talk about Shingles Shots lined up, plus two off-site Flu Shot clinics today, so a little stress relief to begin the day.

    I missed two events due to work today, the installation of the NEBC President and the dedication of the college's library, although I did head up after work and got songs came. Kinda bummed about that, but I'll keep on plugging.
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  4. Workout 10/26/13: morning

    by , October 27th, 2013 at 11:36 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Got to sleep oin then headed to the pool armed with jbs's scm main set to try out:

    200 swim/300 kick-pull by 50/4 x 25 b/c on :15sr

    100 easy
    5x100 on 1:40 (I did 125's - held 1:36)
    200 easy (225)
    4x100 on 1:45 (125's - held 1:31)
    300 easy
    3x100 on 1:50 (125's - held 1:26)
    200 easy (225)
    1 x 100 AFAP (did 1:21, then 25 easy)

    GregJS left here, I continued with 900 yds IG (150 segments) then out
    (Masters/Rec/4050yds/85 min)
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    Great workout! I used jbs's scm times for our guys and did 125 instead. We're going to try this flipped around next month sometime just to see how it feels.

    Went to a funeral for my friend, a gentleman in his 90's that I have mentioned was a great mentor to me. His favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10 - good to keep in mind.

    After that I mowed the lawn then tiled for a few hours at the school.

    This morning I helped my brother again at registration for the cyclocross race here in town that he helps to organize. Here is a video of clips:
    BORKED

    Then off to church in the morning, a 3.8 mile run in afternoon, church at night and now I'm off to bed!
  5. Workout 10/25/13: morning

    by , October 25th, 2013 at 02:14 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Ran Wednesday night after work, two mile loop in just under 19 minutes. Felt strong on the hills, and my hands were cold since it is getting a tad chilly in these parts. I found my long sleeve running shirt, now to find some gloves.

    Class last night after work was good, even though I was only there for an hour. The teacher made a good example out of me - I used Strong's Concordance but was looking up Hebrew words instead of Greek. FWIT, use Hebrew for the OT and Greek for the NT when doing word searches with Strong's even though the numbers are the same
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    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill
    600 Shark Swim
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1300 yds/20 min)
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    Quick swim before work - had to pick up the day for my boss. Need to do it again in a couple of weeks. Masters tomorrow.
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  6. Workouts 10/22/13: am and pm

    by , October 22nd, 2013 at 10:24 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I forgot that I had a RX Task Force meeting this morning at 9am, so I pared down my swim. It was further reduced due to lack of a guard until about 8:20, so after a warm shower I got in:

    100 FR, 200 BK, 300 IM,
    400 Shark Swim,
    300 (first 25 of each 75 was IMO FAST),
    200 IM drill, 100 skull/swim by 25
    (Solo/Rec/1600 yds/25 min)
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    The weather was overcast and raining, so I bagged the OW attempt for this week. I feel that sun is a necessity for me the next time I get in the lake. Chapel at the college was great, as a team from Word of Life (near Schroon Lake in NY, I think) came and did an all music worship. Tiling has not progressed much there, but will be turned up as they just received a donation to cover all four bathrooms. I'm not sure how serious they were in telling me that I would be getting a key in order to work at off times, but I'll pitch in as much as I can. Went to the grocery store and after cooking dinner (including breaking in a new bread machine), I headed to Masters for:

    - 200 Swim/200 Kick/200 Pull/200 IM Drill

    - 4 x 75 on 1:20 Pull (EZ-Build-FAST) - I did 100's

    - 2 x (3 x 150 on 2:45) - I did 200's
    (1st = build, 2nd = Fast, 3rd = kick. I did half Bk, half Fr)

    - 4 x 25 Kick on :45 (did uw SDK)
    - 4 x 25 Pull on :40 choice
    - 4 x 25 Swim on :30 (did IMO)

    - 200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2900 yds/60 min)
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    Just me and GregJS there for the night. That workout puts my GTD back in the positive, although I'll fall behind Thursday. I believe that I can make my goal for the year in the positive
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  7. Workout 10/21/13: evening

    by , October 21st, 2013 at 09:51 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Busy weekend at work, but I had time for a jog yesterday before heading to work. 3.2 miles in about 33 minuets, the farthest I have run in over 10 years, and I am at the point where I don't need to stop. Great night at church last evening.

    After work today I relaxed a bit, and went for a swim at suppertime. My quads were a little sore, but loosened up after the warmup period:

    - 200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill/ 4 x 50 b/c on :50

    kick swm pull kick swm (board, AP, buoy, board, AP)
    .050 100 200 050 100 with snorkel
    .100 150 300 100 150 with snorkel
    .050 100 200 050 100 back

    4 x 50 on 1:00, done as
    - 25 IMO FAST into
    - 25 skull

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3000 yds/55 min)
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    Good swim. I worked the kicking and the middle 100 on the pull segments. Playing with the notion of attempting another OW swim tomorrow, as well as perhaps an easy swim in the morning and then Masters tomorrow night.
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  8. Workout 10/17/13: noon

    by , October 17th, 2013 at 02:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Chapel at the college ran late, therefore I followed suit:

    200 FR/200 IM drill/200 BK
    1 x Noah's Ark (lane's getting crowded here)
    4 x 100 on 1:25
    8 x 25 on :30 (FR drill down, IMO FAST back)
    2 x 200 IM
    150 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2250 yds/40 min)
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    Going down to drive up Mt. Greylock this afternoon with the exchange kids, hoping to see a remnant of the foliage that is quickly falling. Class tonight then back to work for the weekend.
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  9. Workout 10/16/13: evening

    by , October 16th, 2013 at 10:25 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Back after a great weekend at the Men's Retreat in NH. I met my buddy to ride over Friday afternoon, but we stopped to visit a dear old saint that I consider a surrogate grandfather. Ed is 90 years old, and has been a big encouragement in my walk with Christ, even giving me a great commentary and a guide to the BIble. He has not been well for a while, but recently was diagnosed with liver cancer and some blot clots in his lungs, and not much time left. We prayed with him and he prayed for us - amazing.

    We headed over and enjoyed great food and teaching. I went for a swim again this year on Saturday, 1.57 miles under cloudy skies in 60 degree water, then we went on a motorcycle ride with Rick's friend Paul. We got back to the camp ground and GregJS came over for supper and the Saturday evening service, so he got to met some of the guys and enjoy a split!



    Back to work on Monday, with a complete computer crash and a crazy busy day yesterday as we tried to catch back up. I slept in today after dropping the kids off at school, and went for a swim before supper tonight:

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill/4 x 50 b/c on :50, 200 IM drill

    10 x 100 with snorkel, as
    - odds = kick with board on 1:50
    - evens = FR with AP and pull buoy on 1:20

    3 x 150 on 2:05 (shift 50 Bk end to front), 50 ez
    2 x 150 on 2:05 (shift 100 bk end to front), 50 ez
    1 x 150 Bk (went 1:48), 50 ez

    4 x 125 IM on 2:00 (first 25 drill, shuffle starting stroke)
    1 x Noah's Ark, with last 200 as loosen
    (Solo/Rec/4050 yds/70 min)
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    I felt pretty good in the water, and am still on target for my GTD! I skipped running on Monday, and will pick up on the weekend.

    Updated October 17th, 2013 at 12:36 AM by rxleakem

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    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  10. Workout 10/11/13: morning

    by , October 11th, 2013 at 12:01 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Jogged Wed after work, 2 miles in less than 20 min.

    This morning:
    200 fr/200 bk/200 IM drill/4 x 50 b/c on 1min

    Kick swim pull (board ap buoy) with snorkel
    050 100 200
    100 150 300
    150 200 400

    100 easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/2550 yds/50 min)
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    Short and sweet. Packing up motorcycle for long weekend, heading to a Men's Retreat in NH with lots of riding and perhaps a swim as well.
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  11. Workout 10/08/13:OW + evening

    by , October 8th, 2013 at 10:29 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Got some extra sleep after dropping the kids off at school, then went to Chapel at college before lunch. My daughter was home so I enlisted her to drive and hand out as I headed to Lake Paran for another swim. With the weekend overcast and raining, plus the showers last night, my assumption of lower water temps were correct. Near the edge of the water I measured 57 degrees, so I disrobed and headed in with air temps around 60 and a fair bit of wind-driven ripples dancinging on the surface.

    I took ViveBene's advice and after a few stokes of free I flipped over to back until I reached the beach on the other side. Checked the temp again to find a temp today of 55! Three degrees below last week's swim. I pressed on, aided by silicone ear plugs, another hint I picked up for helping with cold water swims. Ended up swimming 0.65 miles in About 23 minutes. The folliage is on the downswing here, especially with last night storms.

    I enjoyed a warm coffee and snack in the car, all the while remembering that delightful ginger tea that Greg had at the ready after the Harriman swim in June. Emma snapped some pics, so I'll have to get them from her. Apparently, before I started in she snap-chated a nice pic of my backside, so I'll try to find that for your viewing pleasure.

    Took me about 2.5 hours to actually warm up, in which time I mowed the lawn and headed up to a soccer game. Late start, so we got home as supper was being served - I got to think of my supper all practice. GegJS and I took on a good one tonight:

    - 200 swim/200 kick/200 pull
    - 4 x 50 B/C on 1:00 (I was and only did 2)

    1 x 100 on 2:00 (did 150 with snorkel and AG)
    4 x 25 on :45 AFAP
    1 x 200 on 3:30 (did 250 pull)
    4 x 25 on :45 AFAP
    1 x 300 on 5:00 (did 350)
    4 x 25 on :45 AFAP
    1 x 400 on 7:00 (did 500 as Noah's Ark = 6:09)
    4 x 25 on :45 AFAP

    200 Loosen and out (did 250)
    (Masters/Rec/2600 yds/55 min)
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    Fair amount of swimming today with some other fun. Planning to jog tomorrow night, then swim again on Friday before heading out of town to a Men's Retreat for the weekend.

    Updated October 9th, 2013 at 08:05 AM by rxleakem

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    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  12. Workout 10/07/13: evening

    by , October 7th, 2013 at 09:06 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Finished out the weekend with all items accomplished, including leading the first Sunday service at the nursing home in the afternoon and finishing up my reading assignments after church in the evening. I was even crazy enough to log two miles running last night around 9pm - first time without needing to stop! Back to working this morning, leaving a bit early to give flu shots at a community care home as a line of heavy rain moved into town.

    Bible study was canceled tonight with the guys (Mike is back from a month at the St. Lawrence River, but had to back out tonight), so I went for a quick recovery swim after popping back into work to finish up some of the billing from the afternoon:

    - 200 Fr/200 IMdrill
    - 600 Shark Swim
    (Solo/Rec/1000 yds/20 min)
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    Masters tomorrow night, after a soccer game and perhaps a dip in the lake. SHould be much chillier after three days of rain and little sunshine!

    Updated October 7th, 2013 at 09:24 PM by rxleakem

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  13. Workout 10/05/13: morning

    by , October 5th, 2013 at 07:13 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Went to a men's Breakfast this morning, great food and a testimony from Bill about his being sober for 25 years this coming Monday - awesome!

    Went to Masters with a full stomach and not expecting anyone else to show up, as Greg is away and Kevin is visiting his son for parents weekend at UVM. I was happy to see Meg and Jill ready to swim! They were doing their own thing since they haven't been in the water in two months, so I did some main set stealing ...

    w/u:
    200 Fr/100 Bk/100 IM drill
    400 continuous as 50 kick, 50 pull with buoy

    MS1: Water Rat's 16 x 150's via slknight:
    1 on 2:30 (1:40 base)
    4 on 2:20
    1 on 2:40 - used snorkel and AP to this point
    3 on 2:10
    1 on 2:50 - used snorkel
    2 on 2:00 (1:20 base)
    1 on 3:00 - did back
    1 on 1:50 - 1:46
    1 on 3:30 - did back
    1 AFAP - 1:38

    MS2: fun with 75's
    - 9 x 75 on 1:15
    Done as kick/swim (IMO)/pull with buoy by 25's

    1 x Noah's Ark
    Did the final 200 as loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/4600 yds/75 min)
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    That 150's set is great - a nice mix of pleasure and pain! The increasing easy effort is just the right recovery, and I did back to help keep my shoulders stretched out.

    Just got home from an exhange post-arrival orientation for #2 at the school, with the 17 area host families. Good info and I think that the kids enjoyed getting together. I liked the food from different nations as each student made a dish from home. We're about to leave for a German dinner to support the area food and fuel fund, and to give #2 a taste of home.

    Last night I was able to check out ourtown's latest attempt at a Guiness World Record for the largest peanut butter cup. 229 pounds! Pieces were then sold off to raise move for PAVE, the Project Against Violent Encounters that supports women in leaving abusive situations.

    Updated October 5th, 2013 at 11:49 PM by rxleakem

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  14. Workout 10/04/13: noon

    by , October 4th, 2013 at 02:21 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had another great class last night, although I was a bit behind the curve since I missed last week altogether. I'm thankful to be able to take college Bible classes so close to home.

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    4 x
    -100 kick with board
    - 300 Swim (focus on middle 100)

    2 x
    - 4 x 50 on :45 Quarter's Strong
    - 1 x 50 ez Back

    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2800 yds/50 min)
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    Busy day to finish out here (soccer game, meeting a friend, Kid's Club through church, beholding perhaps the largest peanut butter cup in the world, and maybe the tail end of the hs football game). The rest of the weekend looks pretty booked already as well.
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  15. Workout 10/03/13: OW

    by , October 3rd, 2013 at 10:43 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I was able to pound the pavement again today and went for 2.3 mile run in just over 24 minutes this morning. I was not really feeling like it, but since I didn't run on Tues due to the (scrubbed) OW swim on Wed, I pushed myself out the door. It worked out well, since I had time after some Rx Task Force stuff to knock out before going to the college for Chapel. Lena and I had lunch out, then I headed over to Lake Paran for an OW swim.

    The weather the past week has been gorgeous, with hardly no precipitation and daytime highs in the low to mid 70's under almost fully sunny skies. Never happens on my vacations! haha I couldn't get into the normal parking lot above the beach due to construction, so I went the back way to the boat launch on the other side. No one was around at 2pm, so I ventured into the water.


    "Cold" I thought as I tried to splash some water on my body. After my belly button dipped below, "wicked cold." I reserved myself just to swim to the beach, where I measured the temperature. 58 degrees. I could tell it was under 60 since I swam heads-up free the whole way. Since I didn't turn into a popsicle on the way over, I worked at keeping control of my breathing and went to the far northern edge, aiming for a beautiful red-leaved tree. I finally got over the "ice-cream" headache after eight minutes, but then my neck was super stiff. I expected this, but not the discomfort for as long as it lasted (about 15 minutes). No wonder other endurance athletes use warm water drips around their necks!

    As I circled back to the launch, I was startled by some orbs of green globs in places. The water is shallower in that area, and I don't need any help getting freaked out in the OW. (I still think of that "Jason" clip Tim posted last year with dread, especially when I swim alone.) I made it back to the area of the van, then did a smaller loop. Oddly, there was an older lady, in her 70's, doing breaststroke near the beach. Back and forth she went. Cool.

    So, to test my cold water tolerance, I made it 0.91 miles in 58 degree water in just over 30 minutes. That temp is 4 degrees colder than my previous low. Like the limbo, I'll try it again next week, as long as Jason stays away.
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    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  16. Workout 10/02/13: noon

    by , October 2nd, 2013 at 02:20 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, OW swim was scrubbed.
    Oh well, I really appreciate that Greg was up to paddling for me, even though he didn't have to

    So, I went to the Rec and did:
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill/4 x 50 burst and cruise on 1:00

    4 x 200 on 2:40 pull with snorkel and agility paddles
    4 x 100 on 1:50 (odds = kick, evens = back)
    4 x 200 on 3:00 (1st 50 stroke, IMO by rep)

    200 float and out
    (Solo/Rec/300 yds/60 min)
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    Made the first round of 200's, then started to feel less than wonderful and decided to get out even though I had an extra 15 minutes to play with.

    Looks like the tentative date for New England SCM champs at BU is 12/13-15, and I have to work. Will try to swap a weekend, but that will not be easy so close to Christmas.
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    Swim Workouts
  17. Workout 10/01/13: evening

    by , October 1st, 2013 at 11:15 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Dropped the "new" old van off at the mechanic - it's a 2001Honda Odyssey (yes, I finally juked the old gray van) with 107k miles and overdue for a timing belt/water pump change. I biked from the shop to the college and did some more tiling, taking a break for Tuesday Chapel (a great thing to take in during the day). One bathroom is now 75% complete, the other ~55%; both floors of the college are still using one bathroom in the teacher's lounge. After school let out, I watched another of exchange student 1's soccer games (oh, Preston's team lost yesterday, although he played great). Biked home, totaling 2.6 miles.

    After supper I made it to Masters with GregJS, doing:
    - 200 Swim/200 Kick/200 Pull
    - 4 x 50 Burst and Cruise on 1:00

    3 x
    - 2 x 75 on :15 SR (kick/swim/pull) (did these on 1:15)
    - 100 AFAP into
    - 150 choice loosen

    10 x 50 on :15SR (did these on :55)
    - 25 drill/25 swim
    - odds = free, evens = non-free

    ( I squeaked in 200 extra for the night)
    (Masters/Rec/2700 yds/55 min)
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    If I get the van back tomorrow, Greg is going to paddle for an OW swim I would like to do. If I don't get the van by 11am, I'll have to call it off. You'll have to wait until tomorrow's post to find out ...

    Updated October 2nd, 2013 at 12:08 AM by rxleakem

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