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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 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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