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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 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]
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    Fun workout, made all the sweeter by left over candy from the age group team!
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  2. 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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  3. 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]
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    A good swim with Greg, Noah, Carol, Sean, Anne, and Carol.
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  4. 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]
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    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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  5. 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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  6. 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]
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    Good swim today with Greg, Libby, Rebecca, Mary, and Kevin.
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  7. 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]
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    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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  8. Workout 10/02/18: evening

    by , October 2nd, 2018 at 10:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull (extra 100)
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    12 x 100 on 2:00
    - 1-4: 75 swim/25 kick [I added extra 50 after each]
    - 5-8: descend [did backstroke]
    - 9-12: even pace

    6 x 50
    - 1-3: choice
    - 4-6: loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2400 yds/55 min]
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    Good swim tonight with Greg, Noah, Carol, Jim, and Sean.
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    Swim Workouts