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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.

Check out my swimmer info page here.

  1. Workout 11/28/17: evening

    by , November 28th, 2017 at 10:10 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim-100 kick-200 pull
    4 x 25 build

    20 x 50's burst and cruise...
    1-6 b/c 10yds on :15sr
    7-12 b/c 15yds on :20sr
    13-18 b/c 20 yds on :20sr
    19-20 b/c 25yds on :30sr

    100 choice - 50 fast (went :26 from blocks) - 50 choice
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2000 yds/60 min]
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  2. Workout 11/25/17: morning

    by , November 25th, 2017 at 01:06 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Enjoyed my 7th year of the Turducken this morning. As always many thanks to swimsuit addict for this great set.

    200 swim 100 kick 200 pull
    4 x 25 on :45 build
    Turducken set: A turducken is a turkey that is stuffed with a duck, which in turn has been stuffed with a chicken. I’ve never tasted one, but I feel like I’ve been reading about them as a novelty food item for at least a decade. The latest article I saw about turducken was not about food at all, but about privacy law, and ever since I read it, the word has been rolling around in my head. So I decided I would assemble stroke turduckens by stuffing a 50 of one stroke into the middle of a 100 of another stroke, then sticking the whole thing into a 200 of yet another stroke. I did four rounds of these; on the first, turkey=fly, duck=back, and chicken=breast; the strokes rotate through the IM thereafter. The set looked like this:

    4 x 350 @ :30-:40 rest interval
    1st 350=100 FL/50 BK/50 BR/50 BK/100 FL
    2nd 350=100 BK/50 BR/50 FR/50 BR/100 BK
    3rd 350=100 BR/50 FR/50 FL/50 FR/100 BR
    4th 350=100 FR/50 FL/50 BK/50 FL/100 FR

    On each round I aimed to do the middle 50 at 200 IM pace; the 50 before it as build and the 50 after it as recovery, and the turkey 100s at the front and back at basic aerobic pace.
    I added in a 200 loosen before doing a 200 warm down with the team.
    [Masters/Rec/2400 yds/60 min]

    Enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with a feast at home prepared by my wife, then we traveled to her mom's house and then my brother's for dessert. Lena and I also ran in a 5k Turkey Trot to start off the day.

    Today I swam with Tim, Rebecca and Kevin. Larry dropped in from NJ as we all enjoyed today's main course

    Updated November 25th, 2017 at 07:34 PM by rxleakem

    Tags: turducken
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  3. Workout 11/21/17: evening

    by , November 21st, 2017 at 10:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Free/50 non-free/150 Kick/250 Pull/5 x 50 b/c on 1:05/100 non-free

    4 x 100 on 2:00 Quarter's Strong
    4 x 75 on 1:30 fast middle 25
    4 x 50 on 1:30 from blocks

    300 warmdown as every 3rd lap non-free
    [Masters/Rec/2200 yds/60 min]
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  4. Workout 11/20/17: evening

    by , November 20th, 2017 at 09:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 free/200 back/200 im drill

    3 x
    - 200 pull with snorkel into
    - 100 kick

    4 x 75 on 1:15 (fast middle 25)
    200 loosen and out
    [Solo/Rec/2000 yds/38 min]

    First snow fall in SW VT today. Was able to sneak in a solo swim (first in a very long time!) after dinner.
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  5. Workout 11/14/17: Evening

    by , November 14th, 2017 at 10:24 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 free, 200 non-free, 150 kick, 150 pull, 4x50 burst and cruise, 100 non-free

    1 x 50 on 1:00
    2 x 100 on 2:00 even pace
    3 x 150 on 3:00 descend 1 -> 3
    1 x 100 on 2:00 non-free
    2 x 25 on 1:00 fast!
    3 x 50 on 1:00

    wd: 200 yds
    [Masters/Rec/2200 yds/55 min]
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  6. Workout 11/11/17: morning

    by , November 11th, 2017 at 08:34 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Fun little workout that I saw on facebook:

    wu: 100 swim/100 choice

    Pull 100-75-50-25 on :15sr
    Utmost kick 2 x 25
    Moderate 3 x 150 on 2:45 [did 200's on 3:00]
    Pull 100-75-50-25
    Kick 2 x 50
    I.m. 2 x 100
    Neg split 200 (made it! 1:13, 1:12)

    Sprint 4 x 25
    Pull 100-75-52-25
    I.m. 100
    Choice 100
    Ez 200 warmdown
    [Masters/Rec/2600 yds/70 min]

    Fun little workout with a full pool. Eric, Jim, Melissa, Rebecca, Beth, Kevin, and Greg.
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  7. Workout 11/07/17: evening

    by , November 7th, 2017 at 09:27 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    wu: 200 swim/100 kick/200 pull

    16 x 100's (did 150's)
    1 on 2:30
    4 on 2:20
    1 on 2:40
    3 on 2:10
    1 on 2:50
    2 on 2:00
    1 on 3:00
    1 on 1:50
    1 on 3:30
    1 easy and out

    [Masters/Rec/2900 yds/60 min]

    Ran out of time with Greg, Jim, and Beth. The last one should have been a timed one, but we started a little late due to the age group team's practice. I felt good and made all of the descending efforts (even if just barely on the last one).
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