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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 05/29/18: evening

    by , May 29th, 2018 at 11:14 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 free/100 kick/200 pull [did extra 100]
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    2 x 100 pull "pull back"
    1 x 200 long and strong
    1 x 400 negative split [diid 500]
    1 x 200 breath set [6/5/4/4 x 2]
    2 x 100 kick-pull by 50
    4 x 50 descend
    8 x 25 ez-fast
    100 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2500yds 60 min]
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  2. Workout 05/26/18: morning

    by , May 26th, 2018 at 03:12 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    2 x [150 swim/50 kick/100 pull]
    4 x 25 together

    4 x 75 pull on 1:30 [breathe 3/4/5 by 25] (did extra 25 on #2+3)
    4 x 150 on 2:50 [fast 50 last to first, 45th = strong] (did 200's - last 50 stroke)
    4 x 100 on 2:10 [descend 1->4] (did back - last one = 1:06)
    1 x 50 easy
    1 x 50 for time - did breast
    4 x 50 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2600 yds/55 min]
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    Swam with Greg and Libby today. A hot and dry day in Bennington, our annual Mayfest to kick off the summer season.
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  3. Workout 05/22/18: evening

    by , May 22nd, 2018 at 11:54 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull/200 strong pull with blue paddles

    10 x 50 on 1:00 (breath right/left/build x 3, then ez
    5 x 100 on even pace [decreasing rest: :20, :15, :10, :05]
    6 x 75 k-s-p on 1:15
    50 ez
    300 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2500/60 min]
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    Just me and Carol tonight, with Tim on his own.
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  4. Workout 05/15/18: evening

    by , May 15th, 2018 at 10:21 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull

    3 x 100 pull on 2:15 [did 4 on 2]
    4 x 25 choice on :40
    1 x 300 pull on 7:00 [did 400]
    4 x 25 choice on :40
    6 x 50 on 1:00 [did 8 on :50]
    4 x 25 choice on :40
    2 x 150 on 3:00 [did 200's]
    4 x 25 on choice on :40

    4 x 50 active recovery
    [Masters/Rec/2700 yds/60 min]
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    Good workout with Greg and Carol, Tim and Jim on their own
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  5. Workout 05/12/18: morning

    by , May 12th, 2018 at 03:28 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    8 x 25 together

    The Davis Mile, broken 1650
    Subtract 2 ½ minutes for total time:
    275 swim (11 lengths) @ 20 seconds rest
    250 swim (10 lengths) @ 20 seconds rest
    225 swim (9 lengths) @ 20 seconds rest
    200 swim (8 lengths) @ 15 seconds rest
    175 swim (7 lengths) @ 15 seconds rest
    150 swim (6 lengths) @ 15 seconds rest
    125 swim (5 lengths) @ 15 seconds rest
    100 swim (4 lengths) @ 10 seconds rest
    75 swim (3 lengths) @ 10 seconds rest
    50 swim (2 lengths) @ 10 seconds rest
    25 swim (1 length)

    150 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2500 yds/60 min]
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    Full crew today. Times before subtraction:
    Mike (23:25), Rebecca (28:08), Libby (28:10), Greg (28:16), Kevin (28:48), Melissa (33:48 - rest :20 each time). Mary was in for a bit and got in about 1000.
    Tags: davis
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  6. Workout 05/05/18: morning

    by , May 5th, 2018 at 01:18 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Before practice this morning I met up with my first boss for his monthly breakfast with former employees at a local diner. Afterwards I made it to the rec to share in the Cinco de Mayo celebration...

    Uno: 500 warmup (200 swim/100 kick/200 pull)
    Dos: 5 x (200 on 3:30, 100 on 2:00)
    Tres: 5 deep water bobs
    Quatro: 5 x 50 on 1:10 (1-4: Quarter's Strong, 5: FAST)
    Cinco: 5 x 25 (decrease stroke count each time) then 125 loosen and out
    (Rec/Masters/2500 yds/60 min)
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    Another full pool with Greg, Jim, Sean, Rebecca, Kevin, and Beth. I did quarter's strong on the 200, holding 2:23s then using the 100s as recovery. I descended the 25s 13 -> 9. Now to enjoy a beautiful day in New England!
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  7. Workout 05/01/18: evening

    by , May 1st, 2018 at 10:38 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    300 swim/100 kick/200 pull

    kick-swim-pull
    50 - 200 - 50
    50 - 300 - 100
    20 - 400 - 100

    1 x snake swim together
    3 x 50 loosen
    [Masters/Rec/2500 yds/60 min]
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    Good swim with Greg and Carol. Tim was on his own.
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