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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 12/18/18: evening

    by , December 18th, 2018 at 10:11 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull (extra 150)
    100 (skull/swim)
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    8 x 50 on :10sr ~80% (+50 easy)
    50 kick into 50 pull
    6 x 50 on :15sr [1,6 = even split, 2-5 = quarter strong] (+50 easy)
    50 pull into 50 kick
    4 x 50 on :20sr best average (I did 2fr from push: 2:08.72)
    50 kick
    2 x 50 on :30sr FAST
    150 loosen and out (extra 50)
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    (Masters/Rec/2400 yds/52 min)

    Just me and Greg at practice tonight. Trying to better sombre times for the virtual swim league in a few events over the next couple of weeks, although with work and pool closures I'm not sure how many I can redo.
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  2. Workout 12/11/18: evening

    by , December 11th, 2018 at 10:26 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull [did extra 200]

    2 x
    - 1 x 250 on 5:00 [did 300s: 3:41, 3:36]
    - 3 x 100 on 2:00 even pace [did back]
    - 2 x 100 on 2:00 descend
    - 1 x 50 ez on 2:00
    [Masters/Rec/2400 yds/55 min]
    ==========================
    Still a bit sore from the meet on Saturday and decided that the last round of 100s would be the warmdown so we could have some sauna time.
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  3. Meet: 12/08/18: New England LMSC/Colonies Zones SCM Champs

    by , December 8th, 2018 at 09:39 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I had a good night's sleep and checked into the meet online before heading down to swim during day 2 of the New England scm champs. I was able to get two guys from my workout group to join me and it worked out that our college guy Noah picked me up and drove to meet Greg who drove the rest of the way to the meet. Worcester, MA, is about 2.5 hours from home and since my first event wasn't scheduled until 12:30ish we were able to not feel too rushed driving down.

    Once at the pool we found our buddies from the Pittsfield Y and Simon's Rock teams to sit with and I got in for warmups. Did my 1200 standard in the scy side of the pool that was available for warmup/down throughout the meet while the women swam the 400 free. I felt good and decided against swimming any extra before my first race:

    event 12: 50 fly - 30.28
    - I had a solid swim although I hoped to get under 30. My start underwaters were not great but I nailed them off the turn. Happy with the swim.

    At this point there was a scheduled 30 minute break, so I hopped into the competition pool and swam 700 meters including a few sprints to play with the backstroke wedges, which I only see at these championship meets. I also ate half of a PBJ sandwich I brought along. I didn't warm up again before swimming:

    event 14: 200 back - 2:27.59
    34.88
    37.21 (1:12.09)
    37.46
    38.04 (1:15.50)
    Super excited to come in under 2:30, and this time was 4 seconds faster than last year! I stuck to my plan of starting strong then building into the second 50 before attacking the last 100, and aside from dying a bit at the end I felt like I executed the plan well. My underwaters are not the greatest due to lack of endurance so there is room for improvement there. Should hold up for a Top Ten time. Did 300yds and got on deck to watch Noah and Greg in the 50 free and barely catch my breath for my swim:

    event 16: 50 free - 27.69
    Tired but pumped to get under 28. I was probably a little too conservative on the first lap but locked down for the finish. Hopped in for 400y warmdown and then rested leading into the 400 MR. I have a long shot at making TT in the 100 back and we were able to get help from Pittsfield by having Jack swim with us (although the points didn't count since we are different workout groups). The order was Mike, Greg, Jack, Noah and we all had a fun time swimming in a relay!

    event 24: 400 MR (100 back split) - 1:08.30
    33.67/34.63
    I was aiming to get under 1:10 and felt strong and in control during the entire swim. I employed my strong/build/fast/fast strategy and was able to hit my underwaters at 8/7/5/4 - less than I wanted on the last two walls. We came in at 5:09 and had a great time.

    I finished off with 400 yards warmdown and we headed back to VT. I am a bit sore but really happy to have not only swam well myself but also share in the experience with some of my teammates. Some monster swims were thrown down on both the mens and womens side - swim phone results here: https://www.swimphone.com/meets/even...cfm?smid=10937

    My 200 back here (outside smoke in the green cap):

    Updated December 10th, 2018 at 11:47 AM by rxleakem

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  4. Workout 12/06/18: noon

    by , December 6th, 2018 at 11:40 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Easy 15 minute swim today to keep stretched out for Saturday's meet. I'm working all day tomorrow so I took a longer lunch today to get wet...

    600 warm-up
    300 kick drill by 50
    100 loosen

    No sprints today.
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  5. Workout 12/04/18: evening

    by , December 4th, 2018 at 10:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    300 swim/100 kick/200 pull

    2 x
    - 25 ez, 25 build, 50 DPS
    - 25 Fast into 75 ez
    - 75 ez, :10sr, 25 fast

    5 deep water bobs
    4 x 25 burst and cruise on 1:00
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/1500 yds/45 min]
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    Taper workout #5. Good swim with Matt, Greg, Noah, Carol, and Jim. All set for swimming at New Englands this Saturday, 50 free and fly plus a 200 back kicker. We are trying to find a fourth swimmer to have a 400 MR. My speed is not where I would like it to be and my endurance for the 200 back isn't superb, but I am looking forward to a fun day of racing.
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  6. Workout 12/02/18: afternoon

    by , December 2nd, 2018 at 08:02 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Another quick swim this afternoon after work and leading the nursing home service at one of the local facilities (I do this the first Sunday of every month)...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill

    3 x
    - 50 DPS, :10 sr
    - 25 fast into 25 easy
    - 100 kick

    4 x 50 burst and cruise
    4 x 50 as 25 fast into 25 easy
    150 loosen and out
    [Solo/Rec/1750 yds/37 min]
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    Taper workout #3... I try to get 6 taper workouts in over 2 weeks, but this time around I will only get in 5. Feeling strong in the water.
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  7. Workout 11/30/18: evening

    by , November 30th, 2018 at 08:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    A quick swim...

    200 free
    200 back
    200 im drill

    700 shark swim
    4 x 100 (fast 2nd lap)
    200 loosen and out
    [Solo/Rec/1900 yds/35 min]
    ====================
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  8. Tues 11/27/18: evening

    by , November 27th, 2018 at 10:05 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull [extra 100]

    3 x 150 on 2:45 [did 200's]
    4 x 75 on 1:30 [I kicked]

    Leslie's Livingston "Fort Speed Set":
    1 x 25 Fast
    1 x 50 ez
    1 x 50 Fast
    2 x 50 ez
    1 x 75 Fast
    3 x 50 ez
    1 x 100 build to fast [1:00.5]
    4 x 50 ez [and out]
    [Masters/Rec/2150 yds/55 min]
    ====================
    Taper workout #2 with Greg, Noah, and Matt.
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  9. Workout 11/24/18: morning

    by , November 24th, 2018 at 09:27 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Today was Turducken Day, courtesy of swimsuit addict!

    Turducken set: A turducken is a turkey that is stuffed with a duck, which in turn has been stuffed with a chicken. Iíve never tasted one, but I feel like Iíve 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 had to leave practice early so besides the main set I put a 600 yard warmup and 200 to loosen out. This a fun and challenging set that I bring back every year. The team did a 250's (mixing 100/50/100 with swim/kick/pull) and I only did 1-arm fly this year. Total for me was 2200 yds in 40 minutes.
    Tags: turducken
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  10. Workout 11/20/18: evening

    by , November 20th, 2018 at 11:19 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 free/50 non-free/100 kick/250 pull [extra 200]/100 non-free

    4 x 100 Quarters Strong on 1:30
    4 x 75 k-s-p on 1:15 [IMO on swim, fast]
    4 x 50 burst and cruise on :50
    4 x 25 fast on :40

    300 with every 3rd lap choice non-free
    [Masters/Rec/2200 yds/45 min]
    ===================

    I was the only one at practice tonight so I missed the push that swimming with the team provides, although the clock ticking away kept me honest. The pool will be closed Thurs and Friday but I plan to be at practice on Saturday.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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  11. Workout 11/17/18: morning

    by , November 17th, 2018 at 09:13 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    100 swim/100 choice warmup [plus an extra 50]

    P ull 100-75-50-25 [extra 50]
    U can kick 2 x 25
    M oderate 2 x 150 on 2:45 [did 200's]
    P ull 100-75-50-25 [extra 50]
    K ick 2 x 50
    I M drill 2 x 100
    N egative split 200 [missed it: +1]

    S print 4 x 25
    P ull 100-75-50-25 [extra 50]
    I M drill 100
    C hoice 100
    Ez 150
    [Masters/Rec/2550 yds/65 min]
    ===================

    Fun fall workout that we do every year.
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  12. Workout 11/13/18: evening

    by , November 13th, 2018 at 11:08 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull [plus 200]
    4 x 50 even pace choice

    10 x 100 on 2:00 [did 125's]
    - even pace in pair, descend by pairs

    4 x 75 kick-swim-pull on 1:30
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2650/60 min]
    =================

    I've come down with an autumnal viral infection targeting my sinuses. I took off Saturday and have been focused on getting rest, taking it easy on the 125's instead of trying to crank out 150's. Hope this passes soon.
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  13. Workout 11/06/18: evening

    by , November 6th, 2018 at 10:41 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    2 x [150 swim/50 kick/100 pull] + 200 extra

    9 x 100 on 2:00 [did 125's, with 25 extra at the end]
    1-3 even, 4-6 descend, 7-9 even pace

    4 x 75 K-S-P on 1:30 [did 4 on 1:15, then 50 easy]
    200 loosen and out
    Sauna time!
    [Masters/Rec/2450 yds/45 min]
    ===================
    Starting to come down with my annual fall head cold - hope it passes more quickly than in previous years.
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  14. Workout 10/30/18: evening

    by , October 30th, 2018 at 10:41 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Spooky workout again!

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull [plus 200]
    4 x 50 Quarters Strong

    2 x Spooky set:
    Swim 100 build on :10sr
    Pull 100 even pace on :15sr
    Only breathe to the right x 75 yds
    Only breathe to the left x 75 yds
    Kick for 50 yds
    Yeah - Masters minute rest!

    4 x 100 even pace on 2:00 [did 125's]
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2400 yds/55 min]
    ===================
    Fun workout, made all the sweeter by left over candy from the age group team!
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  15. Workout 10/27/18: morning

    by , October 27th, 2018 at 06:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    #WorldSwimDay modified Poseidon's Challenge -

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull [extra 200]
    4 x 50 Quarters Strong

    3 x 100 on 2:00
    4 x 50 on 1:00 [I kicked]
    5 x 75 on 1:30 [did 100's]
    6 x 50 on 1:05 choice

    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2500 yds/60 min]
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    Good workout from the folks at My Swim Pro. We had a full pool with Noah, Greg, Rebecca, Kevin, and Libby.
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  16. Workout 10/23/18: evening

    by , October 23rd, 2018 at 10:33 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull (plus extra 200)
    4 x 75 k-s-p on 1:40 (did 6 on 1:15)
    8 x 100 on 2:15 (did 150s)
    - 1 to 4 even pace
    - 5 to 6 faster
    - 7 to 8 even pace

    4 x 25 kick together
    4 x 25 build
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2750 yds/60 min]
    ==========================

    A good swim with Greg, Noah, Carol, Sean, Anne, and Carol.
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  17. Workout 10/20/18: morning

    by , October 20th, 2018 at 08:48 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Warm-up:
    200 swim
    200 kick-pull by 50 [did an extra 100]
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    100 EZ
    5 x 100 on 1:55 [did 150 on first, then 125 on 2-5]
    200 pull
    4 x 100 on 2:00 [did 125's]
    200 build by 50 [did extra 50]
    2 x 100 on 2:10 [did 150's]

    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2750 yds/60 min]
    ===================
    Good swim this morning with Greg, Noah, Dedrick, Jim, Rebecca, Mary, and Kevin.

    Looks like Greg and Noah are up for swimming at the New England SCM champs in December. I will likely go for Saturday. I am trying to recruit one other swimmer so that we can field a couple of relays. Greg has been the only other swimmer to compete regionally with me...always more exciting to spend all day at the pool with my swim buddies.

    Here is a picture of the Mrs. and me at the pumpkin patch:

    Updated October 21st, 2018 at 11:59 PM by rxleakem

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  18. Workout 10/16/18: evening

    by , October 16th, 2018 at 10:43 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Warmup:
    3 x 100 swim
    3 x 50 kick
    2 x 75 pull
    4 x 25 together

    8 x 100 on 2:10
    - 75 swim and 25 stroke
    [I did 150's on 1-4 and 125's on 5-8, with last 50 = backstroke]

    10 x 50 on 1:05
    1-4 Pull
    5-6 Build
    7-10 choice and loosen
    [Masters/Rec/2400 yds/45 min]
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    Good swim with Greg and Noah. I can't remember if anyone else was there.
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  19. Workout 10/13/18: morning

    by , October 13th, 2018 at 04:07 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull [plus 200 more]
    4 x 100 on 2:15 even pace [did 100 fr + 50 kick]
    6 x 75 on 1:40 build [did 8 on 1:10 k-s-pp]
    4 x 50 kick
    8 x 25 on :40 [odds choice, even fast free]
    200 pull [plus 50 more]
    5 x 50 on 1:05 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2600 yds/65 min]
    ===================
    Good swim today with Greg, Libby, Rebecca, Mary, and Kevin.
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  20. Workout 10/09/18: evening

    by , October 9th, 2018 at 10:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull [extra 100]

    2 x
    - 150 free on 3:00 [did 200]
    - 100 free on 2:00 [did 150]
    - 4 x 50 on 1:05

    4 x 50 pull on 1:00
    2 x 50 no free on 1:15
    3 x 50 kick on 1:30
    3 x 50 pull on on 1
    2 x 50 loosen and out
    [Masters/Solo/2400 yds/60min]
    ===================
    Good practice with Greg, Noah, Carol, Jim, Anne, Carol, and Beth. It was nice to have Noah push me to go further during the first set.
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