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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: 02/26/19 evening

    by , February 26th, 2019 at 09:03 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Still on the slow road to feeling better. I opted not to the the one hour swim tonight and will miss the deadline for the postal entry this year, but will get it done sometime next month.

    200 free/100 kick/200 pull (extra 200)
    4 x 50 burst and cruise on 1:00

    3 x 100 on 2:00 (did 150's)
    6 x 75 k-s-p on 1:30 (did 8 on 1:15)
    1 x 300 pull - rotation focus (did 400)
    12 x 25 on :30 (odds fast, even ez)
    5 x 50 warmdown
    [Masters/Rec/2750 yds/55 min]
    Great swim with Noah and Anne.
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  2. Workout 02/22/19: afternoon

    by , February 22nd, 2019 at 09:18 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Feeling better but not great....

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    4 x 150 pull with snorkel and buoy
    3 x 200 kick/swim by 100
    400 dolphin dives in the deep, 200 loosen
    [Solo/Rec/2400 yds/45 min]
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  3. Workout 02/19/19: evening

    by , February 19th, 2019 at 09:26 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    It's been 10 days out of the water. Last week we had a snowstorm that closed the Rec early and I picked up a nasty cold on Friday which left me on the couch all weekend. I did count for the One Hour Swim, which saw Libby, Matt, Kevin, Jeff, Anne, Greg, Jim, and Carol knock out a lot of yards! I will plan to do mine next week (before the end of month deadline).

    Today I worked all day and just took it easy tonight as the team swam. I did 1300 in 25 minutes alongside my wife, who hit a PR of 700 yds in 30 min.
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  4. Workout 02/10/19: afternoon

    by , February 10th, 2019 at 05:11 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    100 kick/400 pull

    75 easy
    8 x 100 on 1:25 [hold 1:15s]
    75 easy
    2 x [4 x 25 on :30] - skd odd, sprints even
    200 loosen and out
    [Solo/Rec/2450 yd/45 min]
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  5. Workout 02/05/19: evening

    by , February 5th, 2019 at 10:08 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim-100 kick-200 pull [extra 100]
    4 x 50 quarter's strong
    100 non free

    2 x
    - 3 x 75 on 1:30 k-s-p [did 100s]
    - 3 x 75 on 1:20 pacing [did 100s]
    - on next top...4 x 50 on 1:00
    - Master's minute rest

    4 x 50 on 1:05 active recovery
    [Masters/Rec/2700 yds/55 min]
    A good workout tonight with a full pool. Lena knocked out 750yds on her own (she is amazing and doing so great in her 4th straight weekly practice) and I swam with Greg, Jim, Carol, Anne, and Sean. I was holding 1:20s on the first round of 75s and 1:15s on the second part consistently for each round of the main set.
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  6. Workout 02/02/19: morning

    by , February 2nd, 2019 at 02:29 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    A good group today. We do not have pool time next Saturday and have the 1 hour swim in 2 weeks.

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull [extra 200]
    2 x 50 breast
    2 x 50 back
    2 x 25 burst and cruise

    5 x 100 on 1:50 [I did 6 on 1:25]
    5 x 100 on 1:50 [I did 6 on 1:25] [Ground Hog Day special ]
    Test swim: 400 [did 5:12]
    5 x 50 on 1:00 [did backstroke - best average]
    100 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2900 yds/65 min]
    Swam with Greg, Jim, Libby, Kevin, Jeff, Anne, and a new swimmer named Colt. He is gearing up for an Ironman this summer and wants to improve his swim leg.
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