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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 01/29/19: evening

    by , January 29th, 2019 at 09:54 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Another big storm is setting aim on our region and I thought that only my wife and I would be at practice, but Carol came as well.

    200 swim/100/ kick/200 pull [extra 200]
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    bunch of 300's [all on 1:40/100 pace] ...
    1 x 300 [did 350]
    2 x 150 [did 200's]
    3 x 100 [did extra 25 on first two]
    4 x 75 [did extra 25 on first two]
    6 x 50

    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2750 yds/50 min]
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  2. Workout 01/27/19: afternoon

    by , January 27th, 2019 at 07:58 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Rare Sunday swim for me. The Rec is only open on Sundays during the winter months and with nothing on the agenda today after work I headed to the pool. To my surprise the usual moshpit was absent and I was able to split the lane for the whole swim. I did the workout the team did yesterday.

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    6 x 125 on :15sr [25 fr/75 dps/25 no free]
    1 x 100 pull

    Test swim: 1 x 200 on goal OHS pace
    [2:30 = 4800 yds, I did 2:28. I am aiming for 4500yds in the OHS this year]

    100 kick
    14 x 25 on :30 [odd fr fast/even choice]
    4 x 50 active recovery
    [Solo/Rec/2300 yds/45 min]

    Updated January 28th, 2019 at 06:50 AM by rxleakem

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  3. 01/22/19: evening

    by , January 22nd, 2019 at 09:43 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull [extra 150]
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    pacing set: all on 1:40/100 pace [3600yd OHS goal]

    4 x 75 k-s-p on 1:30 [did extra 50]
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2300 yds/55 min]

    Good swim with Greg, Matt and Carol. I tweaked my shoulder shoveling last week so I didn't swim the main set on a 1:30 interval. My wife also joined us in the water with her own program that she is working on. She is doing a super job!
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  4. Workout 01/19/19: morning

    by , January 19th, 2019 at 12:47 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Still on a 50's kick lately...

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull [extra 100]
    2 x 25 burst and cruise
    2 x 50 breast
    1 x 50 kick
    2 x 50 back
    41 x 50 on 1:00 [did 4 x 75, 2 x 50 kick, 2 x 50 back, then 41]
    100 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/3550 yds/70 min]
    Good workout with Greg, Jeff, Kevin and Libby. The 41 is in honor of my birthday yesterday. Now to get ready for an 80's Dance Party at one of our local breweries with my wife tonight as the big snowstorm barrels in for the weekend.
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  5. Workout 01/15/19: evening

    by , January 15th, 2019 at 09:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Good swim tonight made great because my wife decided to swim! She has a workout goal and I did my best to be supportive, and I noticed that she swam even more than she had planned on!

    200 swim/100 back/200 pull (did extra 200)
    4 x 100 quarters strong

    4 x 75 ksp (did 4 on 1:15, 50 extra)
    6 x 150 on 2:45 (did 200s)
    4 x 25 on :30
    200 loosen
    [Masters/Rec/2950yds/55 min]
    Working on pacing with Greg, Jim and Carol.
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  6. Workout 01/12/19: morning

    by , January 12th, 2019 at 01:34 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I helped do a special coaching session with the high school swim team yesterday that consisted of butterfly technique development and flip turns. Once a year I try to help them out and the kids are generally receptive to having someone hop in the water and show them the correct way to do things. I swam about five hundred yards during the course of the hour along with the kids. Today the Masters group worked on preparing for the one hour swim which we will do in 5 weeks.

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull (extra 200)
    4 x 50 burst and cruise

    2 x (2 x 25 stroke lesson, 3 x 50 stroke)
    -- backstroke 1st round, breaststroke 2nd)

    8 x 100 on hour swim pace + 10sr
    (I did 10 on 1:30, holding 1:15)

    4 x 25 on :30
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2600 yds/75 min]

    A good workout with Greg, Jim, Jeff, Melissa, Kevin, Libby, and Mary. I was planning to hold 1:20s on the 100s so next time I do it I will shoot for 1:25 interval.
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  7. Workout 01/08/19: evening

    by , January 8th, 2019 at 10:00 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Jeff couldn't make it on Saturday so we did our 50x50 again tonight. I did the same...

    we did our annual 50 x 50s on :60.

    I did...
    300 warm-up
    :60 swims as:
    5 x (4 x75, then 3 pairs of 50s: kick, back, free)
    Extra 50
    [Masters/Rec/3350 yds/60 min]
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  8. Workout 01/05/19: morning

    by , January 5th, 2019 at 10:44 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    First practice of the new year for my Masters group and we did our annual 50 x 50s on :60.

    I did...
    400 warm-up
    :60 swims as:
    5 x (4 x75, then 3 pairs of 50s: kick, back, free)
    Extra 50 at the end.
    [Masters/Rec/3450 yds/60 min]

    Everybody looks forward to this workout each January, and my game plan was to up the yardage a little bit with the 75 and I was able to make it free to them throughout the set. As in years past, I set up my phone in a portable speaker so that we had some tunes blasting while waiting on the wall, this year I swam with Jim, Greg, Libby, Sean, Rebecca and Melissa.

    Updated January 6th, 2019 at 10:28 AM by rxleakem

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