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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 07/29/30: evening

    by , July 29th, 2013 at 08:36 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Busy weekend at work, compounded by my tech calling in sick yesterday :eyesroll:. I am back on my regular cycle so was thrilled to be out early today in order to: check on Emma after she had two teeth extracted, help out with the local age-group team, and swim myself! Emma is doing well, with only a little n/v after the anesthesia wore off. Relaxing now :chill:

    A few times a year I get invited to drop by the Marauder's practice, usually around championship time, to hold a clinic. The big focus is always starts, turns, and streamlines, so that is what we did today for 75 minutes. Two coaches were away, and the other two helped as the kids got an easy swim day. We ended with my famous cap relay, where the group splits up, stretches a standard latex cap enough that someone can fit inside, then swim the person inside the cap to the other end of the pool. Lots of fun!

    Then I did:
    - 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    - 10 x 50 on :50 with snorkel (o = kick, e = agility paddles)

    Main set from an old Fort workout:
    - 4 x 100 on 1:45 (did FR pull with buoy, held :06)
    - 4 x 50 on 1:00 (o = FAST Fr, e = EZ Bk, went :30, :29)
    - 4 x 25 on :30 (supposed to be no breather, I did 'em 1 breathers )
    - :30 sr
    - 4 x 25 on :30
    - 4 x 50 on 1:00 (o = EZ Fr, e = FAST Bk, went :33, :34)
    - 4 x 100 on 1:45 (did FR pull w/ buoy descend: 1:12 -> :06)

    100 loosen
    200 easy Fr with snorkel and agility paddles
    (Solo/Rec/2800 yds/55 min)
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    Felt good in the water, although a little clumsy since I have been slacking a bit as of late. Not really used to swimming with this much rest, but it is good since I am utting more effort into the swims. I'll have three more pool swims this week, and possibly an OW swim with the group on Sunday over near GregJS, who has been feeding us great intel about a wonderful lake off the beaten path. Hope that OW comes together.
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