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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 05/29/14: afternoon OW

    by , May 29th, 2014 at 03:55 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Finally made it to the lake today for my first OW swim of the year

    Lake Paran:
    1.12 miles in 36 minutes
    61 = water temp
    62 = air temp
    Full sunshine

    Quite a few folks out fishing, but no lake traffic. Paran doesn't allow motor traffic, anyways. The water was refreshing and mostly clear as I started off from the boat launch towards the beach with some backstroke to get used to the temp and keep my breathing under control. I made my way to the eastern part of the lake and found some vegetation and fish in the shallower areas. The wind picked up as I headed back towards the beach, then I watched a guy videotaping a group of people on the beach. I met back up with my wife and then dried off in the sun as some of the folks fishing were asking what I was doing.

    The group in the Berkshires have started their lake swims, so I hope to get down that way a few times this summer for the fellowship and meals afterwards. Williams is shut down for the summer for renovations, which means that nearby LCM is out. I also heard that the outdoor pool in Hoosick Falls is also staying dry, so my opportunity to getting outside will rest in OW adventures.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  2. Workout 05/28/14: noon

    by , May 28th, 2014 at 02:16 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Wow, it's been over a week since I was in the water.

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM Drill

    Kick Pull Swim (board/buoy/AP)
    050 100 200
    100 150 300
    050 100 200

    100 EZ

    4 x (25 B/c into 25 DPS) on :60
    4 x 100 (IM, Bk, Fr, Fly) on 2:00

    4 x 75 on 1:20 (kick, fast swim IMO, pull)
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2950 yds/60 min)
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    Last weekend we took the exchange kids to NYC for their visit after school on Friday, which was actually their school-wide Serve-a-thon day as each class did different projects in the community (the guys in Preston's class helped me to finish grouting the 3rd floor bathrooms at the college!). We head out from SW VT to Poughkeepsie, NY, and take the Metro North commuter train into Grand Central, a comfortable and inexpensive trip. A thunderstorm greeted us as we explored Times Square, drenching us and all the other people (including the soldiers there for Fleet Week):



    Saturday morning was beautiful as we toured Manhattan on foot. We checked in to many sights in the city and even took took the Staten Island Ferry for some great views of the lower part of the city:



    Looks like a quiet rest of the week on the home front, but then the final week of school and graduation parties for Jinho will pick up, so I need to make sure I get into the water.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , NSR
  3. Workout 05/20/14: evening

    by , May 20th, 2014 at 10:09 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I was able to get out on the motorcycle for the first time this afternoon, a nice ride. After supper I made it to the pool for masters practice:

    400 mix warmup (I did 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill)

    4 x 50 descend on 1:10
    2 x 100 pull with buoy (focus on "push back") <- I did 150's
    1 x 200 long and strong <- did 300 with snorkel
    1 x 400 neg split <- did 500, 3:10/3:13
    1 x 200 Breath control (25=6,50=5, rest=4, but only looking at eastern wall) <- did 300
    2 x 100 pull with buoy (focus on "push back") <- did 150
    4 x 50 (2 kick, 2 loosen and out) <- did 100 kick on first two
    (Masters/Rec/2650 yds/60 min)
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    Good workout tonight, and it was great to see the team again (it's been awhile). Renee competed in her first triathlon this past weekend up in Stowe -

    On other Vermont swimming news, the VT Senior games will be taking place in Williston on 06/08/14, for folks 50 and over. You can find info in here:
    http://forums.usms.org/showthread.ph...402#post297402
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  4. Workout 05/16/14: morning

    by , May 16th, 2014 at 09:59 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 IM drill
    400 Shark Swim

    200 Fr

    4 x 100 on 1:25 (75 Fr/25 Bk)
    4 x 50 (25 Fr DPS/25 IMO Fast)

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/35 min)
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    In before work.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  5. Workout 05/14/14: morning

    by , May 14th, 2014 at 09:36 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Nice dip this morning after dropping kiddos off at school:

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    2 x (with snorkel)
    - 100 Kick, 100 AP, 100 Pull

    3 x
    -200 on 2:45 (did free with a 50 back in the middle)
    - 4 x 50 on :50 (mixed in strokes)

    100 IM drill easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/2500 yds/50 min)
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    I had been taking it easy at the pool over the past few months and decided to get back into training. I'm hoping to get in an OW session tomorrow, as long as the air temps get into the mid-70's as forecasted. All depends on how cold Lake Paren is
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  6. Workout 05/12/14: morning

    by , May 12th, 2014 at 09:49 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    2 x (50 kick, 100 pull, 200 AP)

    100 Fr/150 Fr/100 Bk/150 Fr/100 Fr/150 FR

    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2150 yds/40 min)
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    I had a different main set in mind, but traffic derailed those plans. I may not be able to touch my toes, but I can be flexible.


    Overheard at Men's Breakfast this past weekend:
    "God doesn't make junk."
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  7. Workout 05/10/14: morning

    by , May 10th, 2014 at 12:45 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Kick/200 Pull/100 IM drill
    8 x 50 on 1:15 (1->4 even split, 5->8 neg split)

    2 x Breath control set
    - 250 Fr (25 breathe 6/50 breathe 5/75 breathe 4/100 breathe 3) <- I did extra 100
    - 50 choice swim (did fly)
    - 50 kick

    12 x 25 as group (6 of us)
    - Swam in the middle two lanes, start on one end of line and rotate through, leaving together and learning to be comfortable with traffic

    1 x Breath control set
    200 IM drill warmdown
    (Masters/Rec/2950 yds/90 min)
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    Busy week is now in the rear view mirror. I was able to get my research paper finished and survive some busy days at work. There was a youth event that I helped out at last night with one of the kids from the college at an area church, then went I took the boys to Men's Breakfast early this morning before swimming.

    I'm starting to transition into open water training and the focus today was breath control and then some fun 25's to get used to some bumping around a la race start. The group had a good time with these.

    Now I'm off to do some yard work and then be free tomorrow for whatever my wife would like to do. Happy Mother's Day to ALL of you ladies out there - even if you don't have children of your own, each of you serves as a source of help to the people around you with your encouragement. Thank you
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  8. Workout 05/09/14: noon

    by , May 9th, 2014 at 01:49 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    2 x
    - 100 kick, 200 pull w/ buoy, 300 swim with AP
    (free on first round, mixed in half back on the second)

    10 x 100 FR, as:
    - 2 each on 1:20, 1:25, 1:30. 1:25, 1:20

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3000 yds/50 min)
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    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  9. Workout 05/05/14: evening

    by , May 5th, 2014 at 06:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Another busy weekend at work, but I was able to get out early today since I have to go to the main office for a meeting tomorrow. I continued to do some grouting at the college with my extra time.

    After watching my niece, I had time for a quick swim:

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    With snorkel:
    kick Pull Swim(AP)
    050 100 200
    100 100 150
    050 200 100

    100 easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/1750 yds/35 min)
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    It was fun watching and reading the race reports from this past weekend. Great job around the country to those that competed!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts