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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 04/26/13: noon

    by , April 26th, 2013 at 02:10 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    16 x 50 on :60
    - 4 kick
    - 4 quarter's strong
    - 4 burst/cruise second lap
    - 4 drill

    300 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1700 yds/40 min)
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    Glad that I skipped swimming yesterday before work, need the extra sleep. This morning I brought my motorcycle to the shop for service, and will have to have both tires replaced in order to get it inspected (I knew that was coming). Oh well, when on two wheels safety is paramount.

    I happy to announce that we currently 34 swimmers for the meet tomorrow (one more entry came in the mail today).
    I am expecting a few day-of entries, and have sent some emails out keeping everyone informed of our progress towards the meet. Looks like a gorgeous day is in store, so my hope is that after the meet (lunch time), folks will spend the day exploring our town and the neat mix of history/shopping/food/etc that we offer here. I am entering:
    - 100 Back (this should be a treat)
    - 500 Fly (facebook challenge with the age group swimmers)
    - 100 Fly (only 1 other swimmer is signed up, so what the heck)

    Now to get my motorcycle, help out with a kids ministry activity tonight, then get rested for the big day tomorrow!
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  2. Workout 04/23/13: evening

    by , April 23rd, 2013 at 10:13 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Productive day, including a nap!

    Tonight with the Masters team:

    400 Swim
    4 x 50 kick @ :15sr
    4 x 50 pull with buoy on :45
    2 x 25 sprint @ :30sr
    100 EZ

    Go THREE times through:
    - 50 DPS @ :10sr,
    - 25 AFAP right into 25 EZ
    - 100 social kick

    4 x 50 Burst and Cruise on 1:30
    - did IMO

    4 x 25 AFAP right into 25 float on 1:15-30
    - did RIMO

    100 EZ and out
    (Masters/Rec/1950 yds/60 min)
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    Able to get some fast efforts in tonight with modest rest. GregJS was there and kicked my butt in Breast as usual, and Tim and Carol did their own thing, as they are not swimming at the meet. I'm not going to bother getting up for a swim before work tomorrow, I think that the extra sleep will be more useful until the meet is over.

    Updated April 23rd, 2013 at 10:19 PM by rxleakem

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  3. Workout 04/23/13: morning

    by , April 23rd, 2013 at 10:22 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    6 x 75 on 1:10 (25 kick/25 stroke FAST/25 FR pull with buoy)
    100 kick
    6 x 75 on ? (as above, but more swimmers in lane so no real time)
    6 x 50 on :40
    - 1 = EZ
    - 2-5 = Quarters Strong
    - 6 = EZ

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2100 yds/45 min)
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    I seem to be on a 75's kick lately - a nice mix of aerobic and moderate distance but also some recovery built in. Talked to Steve from the Marauders today, looking forward to the meet this weekend. Errands today and then Masters practice this evening.

    Updated January 5th, 2014 at 04:49 PM by rxleakem

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  4. Workout 04/22/13: noon

    by , April 22nd, 2013 at 04:25 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    400 FR with snorkel/200 BK/200 IM drill

    Go TWO times through:
    - 4 x 75 on 1:10 (25 each: kick/stroke fast/FR pull with buoy)
    - 200 DPS with snorkel and agility paddles

    4 x 50 on :60 two-turn
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2200 yds/40 min)
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    After a busy weekend at work and a great church service last I night, I knew that there was a slim chance of getting to swim this morning before work. I've been running around too much and know that I need the sleep with the meet coming up this weekend. I was able to sneak out of work early and went for a swim at lunchtime. Nothing too fancy, but enough to keep loose after a dry weekend.

    I have Bible Study with the men's group tonight, I plan to double tomorrow, then have a float on Wednesday and Friday. Just a short drop taper. I received 5 more entries today in the mail, so we are at 22, just about even with last year. I know that we'll get a few more tomorrow, and probably some later into the week. Remember, if you want a fun meet this weekend, come up to Bennington - only $20 to join in and you can watch me swim the 500 Fly!
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  5. Workout 04/19/13:

    by , April 19th, 2013 at 11:56 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Rolled out of bed and into the pool this morning as planned:

    200 fr/200 bk/200 im drill

    2 times thru:
    - 100 kick
    - 200 swim (half fr, half bk)
    (Solo/Rec/1200 yds/20 min)
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    7.5 miles for the week on five swims. Now bad. Planning to get up to ten miles per week by the end of May while adding open water swims to the mix.
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  6. Workout 04/18/13: evening

    by , April 18th, 2013 at 07:38 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    Go THREE times through with snorkel:
    100 kick on 1:50
    100 FR on 1:20*
    100 Kick on 1:50
    150 FR on 2:00*
    100 kick on 1:50
    200 FR on 2:40*
    - R1: Agility Paddles, Pull with buoy, Swim (2:17)
    - R2: Pull with buoy, Swim, Agility Paddles (2:12)
    - R3: Swim, Agility Paddles, Pull with buoy (2:14)
    (One toy per distance per round, rotate)

    50 EZ
    4 x 50 IMO on :60
    8 x 25 IMO on :60
    4 x 50 RIMO on :60
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3700yds/70 min)
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    Had a great day. Helped Lena with yardwork, fired up the motorcycle and went for a ride (including a stop to pay for next season's wood pellets and also the Chamber of Commerce pick up maps/fliers about our area for the meet next weekend), then this swim.

    I was sore to start from raking, but decided to push some fast kicking (held 1:35-1:40 throughout) and FR with the snorkel on base (1:20) with some toys. Really pleased with those 200's. With that swim, my weekly yardage is over 12k and I am ahead of GTD for the second time this year! Planning for a recovery shake out tomorrow before work.
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  7. Workout 04/18/13: morning

    by , April 18th, 2013 at 09:49 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    400 FR with snorkel/200 BK/200 IM drill

    Kick-Swim
    50 - 100
    100 - 150
    150 - 200

    2 x 200 on 2:50 with snorkel and agility paddles
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2050 yds/50 min)
    -----------------------------

    So no swim last night, but was able to meet up with my brother/sister-in-law/niece for pizza before going to an art reception at her preschool. It was a fun time, and nice to spend time with them. Afterwards, we went to the first Wednesday night Bible Study with the church plant and start on the Experiencing God workbook from Blackaby - looks like a great study. So this makes two studies for me a week, which I enjoy, as it is a little less formal way to study the Bible but more importantly get to know people more. Cool stuff.

    A recovery swim was in order this morning, along with some chatting with Steve, one of the coaches for the Marauders and also a masters swimmer. We talked a little about the proposed 15m rule for breaststroke, which I would love since I would benefit from it. It's wild that one stoke has so many rules and seems to be changing all the time as swimmers try to push them. Probably do some yard work today and will plan to swim again tonight - been trying to get at least 5000yds in on a double day, one day per week, and have been successful so far this month.
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  8. 04/17/13: noon

    by , April 17th, 2013 at 04:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    400 FR with snorkel/200 BK/200 IM drill

    400 FR on 6:00 with snorkel and agility paddles
    8 x 50 on :45 FR (b/c 2nd lap)
    100 EZ swim
    10 x 75 on 1:10 (kick/swim/pull with buoy)
    150 with snorkel and agility paddles
    8 x 25 IMO on :40 FAST
    100 flutter kick
    8 x 25 RIMO on :40 FAST
    100 flutter kick
    200 Dolphin Dives in deep
    200 skull/float by 25 as loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3600 yds/70 min)
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    Nice swim today on my day off. Was tinkering with the idea of doubling later tonight, but will plan to double tomorrow. That will give me five sessions for the week - need to be more consistant in attaining that (~5 hrs).

    Our Monumental Masters Mini Meet received five more entries today, so we are at 15 (more than we had last year at 1.5 weeks out). Getting excited for my first (and probably only) SCY meet of the year!
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  9. Workout 04/15/13:

    by , April 15th, 2013 at 10:37 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    300 FR w/ snorkel/200 BK/200 IM drill

    2 x
    4 x 100 on 1:30 followed by 200 FR with agility paddles
    - 25 Kick, 25 Sprint, 50 Pull w/ buoy
    - 1st rd = FR with snorkel, 2nd Rd = Bk

    50 EZ

    4 x 50 two turn FR on 1:00
    100 IM ez
    8 x 25 on :30
    - 25 FR breathe every 5, 25 sprint IMO

    50 ez
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2700 yds/50 min)
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    Nice swim before work today. Felt a bit stiff due to no swimming since Friday, and was able to get some good efforts in (held ~ :30 for the two-turn 50's. Been thinking about something Natalie Coughlin mentioned post-50 Free win at Mesa - taking a few strokes strong before going all out in the sprint. Tried that in with the BK's in the main set.
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  10. Workout 04/12/13: eve

    by , April 12th, 2013 at 07:12 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    The strange day/week continues. Got to the pool, guard runnijg late due to track practice. (I know, but it is true ). My hour swim cut down to 30min was not horrible, as we did some group sharing in the back hallway. Planned to do a IM test set from PWB, but did the first part only and got out.

    200 fr
    4 x 50 IMO on 1min
    200 ez
    200 IM
    200 ez and out
    (Solo/Rec/1000 yds/15 min)
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    Not that the times were spectacular, with 4 people in the lane, but I guess my watch didn't save the splits. Poo.

    Had grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner, thanks to Lena.
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  11. Workout 04/12/13: noon

    by , April 12th, 2013 at 02:53 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Wednesday before work I was able to sneak in 1600 yds in 25 minutes, which was a nice treat. Busy couple of days, along with some issues at home has led to sleepless nights and a bit of stress. It was nice the beginning of the week (like, in the 60's with sunshine), but now it is 38 with sleet, an overcast day to go along with my mood.

    400 FR w/ snorkle, 400 Back, 400 IM w/u

    10 x 75 on 1:10
    - 25 Kick/25 FR Fast/25 pull

    100 FR/100Bk/100 FR continuous with Agility paddles
    Put the snorkel back on:
    - 4 x 50 Quarter's Strong FR on :45
    - 100 Kick, 100 Pull with buoy
    - 4 x 50 FR FAST on :40 (28, 30, 29, 29)
    - 100 Kick, 100 Pull with buoy
    - 4 x 100 Quarter's Strong FR on 1:30
    - 100 kick, 100 Pull with buoy
    - Take off snorkel

    50 Breast (working on underwaters) and out
    (Solo/Rec/3700 yds/60 min)
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    Such a nice release to get into the water and swim today. Like many, I find that my stress level goes up a bit when I can't hit the pool. Sometimes it is nice to think about not thinking very much, and just go. Planning to swim again tonight.
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  12. Workout 04/09/13:

    by , April 9th, 2013 at 09:29 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Busy week so far. After work on Sunday, I went to the nursing home for first Sunday service, then visited my mother-in-law to get some cupcakes from my niece's birthday party that Lena was unable (more like unwilling, I think) to bring home on Saturday. Then we went to church and I helped out again with the projector and also helped to serve communion. It was a long, but good day.

    I got into the water Monday before work, swimming a total of 1500 yds in about 30 minutes. Did 50 swim/kick/pull -> 100 each -> 150 each -> 200 each (and will probably do that tomorrow as well). Went to Men's Bible Study, had a great discussion again as we look at who the Holy Spirit is, then stayed late for the NCAA champs (my team won, too!). Was going to double today, but I was bushed and after dropping Preston off I came home and went back to sleep. Helped Lena around the house until tonight, when I joined the masters team for:

    w/u: 300 choice, 4 x 50 pull (:20sr), 4 x 50 kick (:20sr), 2 x 25 FAST (:30sr), 100 loosen
    Borrowed JBS's "50's on 1:01"
    - Start on :10, finish by :60. Did IMO for the first 3 rounds (12), then FR. Stopped after making the :31 swim.
    Then 100 Social Kick
    1 x 100 Broken FR off blocks (:05sr/:10/:10)
    3 x 50 on 1:00 Active Recovery and out
    (Masters/Rec/2200 yds/60 min)
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    Monumental Masters Mini-meet coming up quickly, so introducing a meet warmup to the crew. I remembered John's 50's set and felt it would be a great high-intensity option for us, and it was a delightfully painful! We had a packed house tonight, seven swimmers including myself, and I was excited about that. Now, off to bed so I can attempt to get up for a swim before work tomorrow.
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  13. Workout 04/04/13: evening

    by , April 4th, 2013 at 09:01 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, we were able to get all of the air back into the house, post-audit, so all is well. Our house was built in 1883, so they found areas of improvement, but were impressed with our ability to reduce our oil usage from ~1300 -> 540 gallons per year by putting in the pellet stove. Looking to find more solutions to making the more house energy efficient. Before supper:

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    5 x through with snorkel:
    - 100 kick on 1:50 (~1:40)
    - 100 FR agility paddles on 1:20 (~1:10)
    - 100 FR pull with buoy on 1:30 (~1:15)

    50 EZ

    5 x 100 on 1:30 (~1:15)
    - 25 FR strong, 50 BK Fast, 25 FR DPS

    50 EZ

    8 x 75 on 1:10
    - odds = no free IM's (~1:02)
    - evens = Dolphin Dive in Deep (~ :55)

    50 EZ
    1 x Noah's Ark pull with buoy
    50 EZ

    2 x (50 from blocks into 100 EZ)
    - FR ~ 25 (huge calf cramp heading into the turn)
    - BR ~

    50 EZ and out
    (Solo/Rec/4250 yds/75 min)
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    Apparently I found some motivation yesterday, and the pool conditions helped to keep me going as it was practically empty! Split the lane the whole time, in fact, which is a great bonus. Felt like a good mix and I was happy with the 50 FR at the end, despite the cramp - just tried to swim through it. It probably didn't help that I went from the blocks, as it was a longer practice for me with lots of kicking, and tensing up for the start is likely what did me in.

    I'll be dry through the weekend, but might try to hit the gym. I have restarted some drylands recently, including pushups and core work. Working on flexibility, too. Have a great weekend, everyone!
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  14. Workout 04/04/13: morning

    by , April 4th, 2013 at 11:20 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    2 x (150 Kick/150 Pull with buoy/150 Bk)
    4 x 50 FR on :40
    100 Loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/45 min)
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    Preston's appt in Albany was fine yesterday; had his heart checked out due to some issues while playing basketball and the fact that he has grown so much. I had heart surgery when I was two, so the doctor wanted to get some more specific testing done to be sure. We are relieved.

    Very quick swim this morning. The folks from Efficiency Vermont are here at the house doing an energy audit, which is only $100 due to a promotion that I signed up for at the town voting day last month. Of course, I now pay around $9/month for a charge on my electricity bill to help fund the program, so I am paying for the darn thing anyway. They will be pulling all of the air out of the house shortly, so I will get some hypoxic work here at home.
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  15. Workout 04/03/13:

    by , April 3rd, 2013 at 09:55 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    5 x
    - 50 kick on :60
    - 100 FR pull with buoy on 1:20

    1 x Noah's Ark pull with buoy
    1 x 100 loosen
    4 x two-turn 50 FR on :50 (from mid-pool)
    1 x 200 Rotissery kick/drill by 25
    1 x 100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2450 yds/50 min)
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    Busy few days at work, as things always pick up at the beginning and middle of the month. Yesterday the new orders kept piling in, even after 6pm, so it seemed like little headway was made. Momma said there'd be days like that.

    Nice swim today, although I am still feeling a little stiff in the water. I haven't slept well over the past few nights, which is common after seeing Emma for a bit. Speaking of which, Ihave to get to the post office in order to mail down some items that didn't fit in her suitcase, then I'm heading over to Albany with Preston for a doctor appointment he has. Might try to swim tonight, but will have to see how the day goes. Perhaps I'll find some motivation along the road somewhere.
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  16. Workout 04/01/13:

    by , April 1st, 2013 at 09:06 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    kick-swim
    25 - 100
    50 - 150
    75 - 200
    100 - 250

    6 x 75 on :10 SR
    - 25 Rotissery Kick drill, 25 burst/cruise, 25 fast

    4 x 50 drill

    1 x Noah's Ark
    - used last 100 as loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2550 yds/50 min)
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    My shoulders were stiff today, so did a recovery workout. Looking back, I swam a lot last week so aimed to loosen up today, knowing that I have to work tomorrow and can't swim. The Rec was closed yesterday, which was the last day for Sunday swimming until November. Too bad the lakes are still chilly.

    Had a great time at the service last night. Pastor Peter was able to organize and lead the appox. 40 folks there, and I was able to help with greeting people at the door, setting up and running the choruses on the overhead, then collecting the offering. Afterwards we had a bit of a celebration with cake, punch, and coffee - I was able to snag three more pieces of cake than I should have. Looks like Sunday nights at 6pm is going to be his spot now, so I will go there to continue to support him (and be used as needed) before hitting the court for some bball.

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    Just remembered this post from the Kingdom Swim website related to training for a big #OWSwim this summer: Training Tips: 10-Mile

    Updated April 1st, 2013 at 10:11 PM by rxleakem

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  17. Workout 03/30/13:

    by , March 30th, 2013 at 07:19 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill/100 Kick

    6 x 250 on ~ :20sr
    - Descend 1-3 FR (with snorkel)
    - Descend 4-6 BK
    (Did Pull with buoy, swim with Agility Paddles, Swim)

    8 x 75 on 1:20 (~ :15 sr)
    - Kick/Swim/Pull with buoy by 75
    - Mixed in strokes, even one BR

    100 Loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2900 yds/55 min)
    ----------------------------

    This morning I coached the masters team in town and we had two new swimmers stop by! We did the above workout, but abbreviated to allow for some POW (Pool Open Water) training, where I took the lanes out and had the team swim diagonally down the pool length, across the pool width, and then back up the length of the pool to the starting point. Did it "paceline," where you swim on the the feet of the person in front of you, trying to stay even the whole way. Also worked on some sighting drills, then 8 x 25 AFAP on :50, which I joined in on.

    The Easter Egg hunt at the house this afternoon was great! A total of four nephews, two nieces, and three other little family friends came around 1pm for the hunt, then we had desserts to share. I also played some basketball in the driveway with my daughter, son, two brother-in-laws, and a couple of older nephews. The game was "knock-out," where you form single-file behind the free throw line and use two balls. First player shoots, and the race is on to get the ball in the hole; if the player behind you makes the basket (either on the free thrown or off the rebound) before the first player makes it, the first is "knocked out." Then the line keeps moving until only one person is left. Played for about 30 minutes, mostly nonstop.
    A really good

    Hopped in tonight before supper and was able to swim the workout with Matt, a good swimmer that makes it to practice with us every now and again. Always good to have some to push you and vice versa, especially on those 250 descends, which were a good kick in the pants. I suggested cutting the 75's down to 4 in order to do some 25 AFAP, but Matt opted to finish out the 75's.

    Tomorrow morning the family will be getting to a sunrise service and the brunch they have before the regular service, which we will have to miss in order to bring Emma back to the train station. Tomorrow night I will be helping out my friend (who recently became a pastor) as he leads his first Church service. The Northeast is typically not "very religious," but my son's school has helped to start three churches in the past five or six years get established before launching out into their own building. Really neat to see God working in our community in this way, and I am blessed to be able to take part in it.
    RT*@menofintegrity1*The miracle of Saturday ...*bit.ly/10t8Erk

    Updated March 30th, 2013 at 09:52 PM by rxleakem

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  18. Workout 03/29/13:

    by , March 29th, 2013 at 10:20 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    10 x 200 on :10sr with snorkel
    - kick/kick/kick/kick
    - kick/kick/kick/Agility Paddles
    - kick/kick/Agility/Ag
    - kick/Ag/Ag/Pull with buoy
    - Ag/Ag/Pull/Pull
    - Ag/Pull/Pull/kick
    - Pull/Pull/kick/kick
    - Pull/kick/Ag/Ag
    - 100 Back easy, 200 FR fast (1:06, 1:04 = 2:10), 100 Bk easy

    4 x 50's on :50
    - 1 = EZ, 2-5 = Burst and Cruise (stroke choice)

    200 loosen (Dolphin Dives in Deep)
    (Solo/Rec/3000 yds/55 min)
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    Good workout this evening after a busy day around the house. The bonus was being able to sleep in for the first time all month, which I really needed. Went to a Good Friday service tonight, then we colored Easter Eggs in preparation for a hunt at our house tomorrow with our siblings and nieces and nephews.

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  19. Workout 03/26/13: evening

    by , March 26th, 2013 at 09:51 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had a good afternoon: helped my wife with the kids that she nanny's and got a nap in, bonus. Then I helped one of the guys from Bible Study with a project: he recently became an ordained preacher and is planting a church in our town. I went door to door with him, inviting folks to an Easter evening service that will also be the first for his church. Not beating folks about the head with the Bible (that doesn't work too well), but just inviting them to come and check out how God is using Peter. I will also help on Sunday by greeting folks at the door and probably ushering - I feel blessed to help him and be involved in this great answer to prayer.

    Tonight I finally tried a fun set from JBS's blog: Swedish 2:01. I have been wanting to try it for a while, and figured that GregJS would be the perfect victim, er, companion, to give it a go.

    W/u: 100 Fr/100 Bk/100 Kick/100 Pull
    Stole this set from Aquageek: the Swedish 2:01. As he described it:
    "1. Start at the :40
    2. Swim a 100, which has to be completed before the :00 (so, under 1:20)
    3. Start the next 100 at the :41 (hence the 2:01 portion)
    4. Again, this 100 has to be completed by the :00.
    5. Start the next 100 on the :42.
    6. Again, this 100 has to be completed by the :00.
    7. This continues, always starting the 100 2:01 after the previous one and finishing before you see :00 on the clock.
    8. Go until you fail."
    We left on the :30 to start, something that JBS has been doing. I also set it up that if you fail, you drop distance down to 75's. We ran out of time, but we did make it to the :50 sendoff. I basically did rounds of 4 x100:
    1. Fly, Bk, Br (barely made it), Fr
    2. Fly, Bk, IM, Fr
    3. Fly, Bk, IM, Fr
    4. Fly, Bk, IM, Fr
    5. Fly (-2), Bk (+1, fail), IM (+3, fail), Fr (went 1:03)

    50 Easy and out.
    (Masters/Rec/2450 yds/60 min)
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    Glad I was finally able to do that set. As JBS had explained in one of his posts, it seems "fine" for a bit in the beginning, but then the :00 starts to come at you super fast and the extra rest doesn't seem to be all that helpful! I figured I would only be able to sneak in one full Br, so switched to IM's. I noticed that time was running out for practice so I loafed the last Bk, but I was honestly trying to make the last IM. Then I wanted to make the last one a fast one, and it hurt.

    In oddball news, I finished the jug of Cookies and Cream whey protein powder that I bought - it was nasty and I just wanted to get through it! Back to regular old chocolate, which I sometimes add a smidge of peanut butter to. I got an email that it will change from 26 grams of protein per scoop to 30 soon, and I might try the strawberry flavor when that happens. I almost always mix it with 3 ounces of skim milk, and I was able to get a knockoff Magic Blender from Aldi's for $15 so mixing is a breeze. After every workout, so today I drank two.
    Now off to
    Tags: swedish 2:01
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  20. Workout 03/26/13: morning

    by , March 26th, 2013 at 10:44 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    Kick - Swim (various)
    25 - 100
    50 - 150
    75 - 200
    100 - 250

    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1650 yds/30 min)
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    Kiefer posted this on twitter the other day and it really got me thinking that starting late is better than nothing at all. I sometimes lose motivation when I have time to swim but can't get started on time, so I hope that others out in USMS-land can find some encouragement. Today I planned to get in for 50 minutes or so (after dropping my son off at school), but my daughter was still at home at 8 waiting for her ride to NYC. So, my plans (happily) changed as I was able to spend a few extra moments with her before swimming.

    Spoke with Steve this morning, one of the age group coaches that sometimes swims with our Masters team but also competes. Additionally, he is a ref and just received his USAS level 2 certification for that (although I probably have the terminology wrong), so he is eligible to officiate at a Zones meet. I think that it is really cool that he is getting the additional training, and he might possibly try to go farther and look to officiate for the next trials. He is a retired principal and loves all aspects of swimming, so it has been great getting to know him more these past few years. Needless to say, my swimming time (again, happily) was reduced a tad ...

    Just cranked through the above, somewhat distracted by the moderate construction doing on near the hallway to the showers. Our facility has no "family" changing area, and kids under the age of 3 are not allowed in the lockerroom of the opposite sex, so there have been some issues raised. The Rec is converting a utility room into a family area with a shower (which they were moving into posistion today) to help make the trip in for swimming more enjoyable to all. Since the major construction last summer (that closed the pool for two months), there is storage space on deck that makes this a great option.

    Off to not do too much today, then might give the Sweedish 2:01 a try tonight with the Masters group.
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