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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 8/21/18: evening

    by , August 21st, 2018 at 11:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Last practice before the pool closes for 2 weeks. Just me and Greg in the water ...

    6 x 100 on :20sr (swim, kick, pull by 100)
    6 x 75 on :20sr (fast middle 25, went on 1:15) + extra 50
    4 x 100 on :20sr (k-stroke by 50. Did 200 breast for time on first (1:38, 3:20))
    3 x 50 on :20 sr (pull)
    2 x 125 on :20sr (fast second 50) + extra 50
    1 x 400 - build by 100. (Did 400 IM for time: 1:22, 1:26, 1:37, 1:13= 5:38)
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2600 yds/1 hr]

    It's been fun competing in the FlowSwimmers Virtual Swimtathlon this year. We are in the third stage which is made up of 200's of each stroke + 400 IM. I did the two events today, so added to my swims at Harvard I only have the 200 free to get in before the end of Sept. During the final quarter of the year we have the opportunity to reswim any event for a better time. Nice motivation to stay consistent, or close to it, with training.
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  2. Workout 08/18/18: morning

    by , August 18th, 2018 at 02:59 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Last Saturday practice before the Rec's annual two week shutdown. We still have one more practice this coming week on Tuesday.

    200 swim - 100 kick - 100 pull

    Broken Mile:
    3 x 100 on 2:00 (even pace)
    4 x 150 on 3:00 (even pace, a little faster)
    3 x 200 on 4:00 (even pace, a little faster)
    3 x 50 on 1:00 fast!

    5 x 50 together (close quaters...ows experience)
    200 loosen and out
    (Got in am extra 200 as well)
    [Masters/Rec/2700 yds/60 min]

    Had a good workout today with Greg, Libby, Mary, Kevin, and Jim who joined us late. I was able to hold 112s on the hundreds, 150s on the 150s, and 230s on the 200s. I tried but was not able to crack 30 on any of the 50s.

    Updated August 18th, 2018 at 03:27 PM by rxleakem

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  3. Workout 08/11/18: morning

    by , August 11th, 2018 at 06:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    It's been a week or so out of the water as my wife and I make the drive to Prince Edward Island, with stops along the Bay of Fundy and Maine along the way. It was fun to see all of the Anne of Green Gables sights as well as the natural beauty of the island. Their masters teams take the summer off and I missed a tri group's ows.

    Here is today's Master workout with Greg and Libby:
    4 x 100 swim on :20sr
    1 x 200 pull on :15sr [extra 50] with snorkle
    2 x 100 k/s by 50 on "20sr [extra 50] with snorkle
    4 x 50 build on :20sr [extra 50] with snorkle

    100 ez, :15sr, 1 x 100 fast on :30sr, into...
    100 ez, :15sr, 2 x 100 even on :30sr, into...
    100 ez, :15sr, 3 x 100 descend on :30sr, into...
    100 ez, :15sr, 4 x 100 even on :30sr

    100 loosen [did extra 150]
    [Masters/Rec/2800 yds, 55 min]
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