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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 05/15/13: morning

    by , May 15th, 2013 at 10:50 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    400 FR with snorkel/200 BK/200 IM drill

    Slap on snorkel for:
    K --- Pull with Buoy
    050 - 100
    100 - 150
    150 - 200
    200 - 300
    150 - 400
    100 - 100
    050 - 050

    50 Back easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/2950 yds/50 min)
    --------------------------

    Nice stretch-out swim today in a crowded lane. Worked on technique with the pulls and tried to push the kicks. I was going to keep increasing the swim distance but was running out of time. It has been below freezing during the past few mornings here in Vermont, and the potential for the third straight season of sub-par apple crops is likely. I covered half of our grapevines and we took some potted plants inside. The past five or so years we have seen beautiful weather in early May, but then a cold snap will move in and kill off all the buds. They always say that it is best to be patient and plant the garden around Memorial Day to avoid the frost around these parts; we have always listened.
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  2. Workout 05/13/13: morning

    by , May 13th, 2013 at 10:40 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had a great weekend - went out for a nice motorcycle ride to break in the new tires, had some swimming, then two really good church services (in the morning the pastor looked at 2 Kings 4:8-37 and in the evening we looked at 2 Tim 1:3-7; both portraits of loving mothers stepping out on faith). To honor my wife, I made crepes and my son picked some wild flowers, which we served her in bed. Then a quiet day, which was fine with me!

    Saw this workout from the Kiefer.com email/tweet and gave it a go this morning:

    400 FR with snorkel/200 Back/200 IM Drill

    Go THREE times through on base:
    - 100 Pull with buoy
    - 2 x 50 Kick
    - 4 x 25 Swim
    - 200 swim with Agility paddles
    (I added the buoy and paddles, and did all with snorkel)

    4 x 50 on :55
    - DPS free down
    - FAST IMO back

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2700 yds/50 min)
    --------------------
    Fun repeating workout, and nice to not have to think one up every now and again. Focused on swimming with more intensity each time through, and using the 200 as recovery.
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  3. Workout 05/11/13: morning

    by , May 11th, 2013 at 02:49 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Nice dip with the masters team today. Since a majority of the swimmers do not seem to be interested in competition, I have changed up my strategy: I'll warm up with team, hop out of the water for a period of instruction, then join back in for the rest of the workout. Today is a drizzley kinda day, and only Kevin, Jill, and GregJS made it out. I did:

    W/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IMdrill/100 FR fast/200 kick
    Then got back in for:
    150 FR
    4 x 50 on 1:00 (odds = EZ, evens = fast)
    3 x 100 on 2:00 (descend: Fr = 1:14, :06, :01)
    2 x 150 on 3:00 (50 EZ, 50 FAST, 50 EZ)

    With lack of numbers, we just talked a bit about OW sighting in place of some paceline swimming. Then I finished off with:
    8 x 75 on 1:15 (25 kick/25 FAST/25 pull with buoy)
    -1-4 = FR
    -5-8 = IMO
    150 EZ and out
    (Masters/Rec/2600 yds/60 min)
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    Planning to have a "potluck" after practice in two weeks with some snack food. Our focus will be on incorporating OW training and preparation, as a majority of our swimmers are triathletes. It gets even tougher to attract people to the pool when the weather turns nice, so hopefully this focus should help remind folks we are still in the water.

    Was able to watch some more swimming on the live stream - a great 500 heat as well as Fort teen hammering the 100 breast. It is such a great tool to have in order to stay involved with the action in Indy.

    Also, I would like to wish all you ladies out there a Happy Mother's Day tomorrow. Even if you don't have any kids, the example and guidance that you provide to those around you is a great support. Thank you

    Updated May 11th, 2013 at 05:44 PM by rxleakem

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  4. Workout 05/10/13: morning

    by , May 10th, 2013 at 10:46 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    2 x 500 on 7:00
    - Snorkel and Agility paddles on first
    - Snorkel on second

    4 x 75 on 1:15
    - 25 kick/25 FAST IMO/25 Fr Pull with buoy
    4 x 50 on :45
    - Quarters Strong Fr
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2300 yds/40 min)
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    Busy two days at work - thankfully it is my short week. Spent over 90 minutes on the phone yesterday with an insurance company issue, so other work had to be stopped. I don't like it when the production stops at my end. These things happen, I suppose. A good swim today was just the trick to help with stress reduction. Not sure if I will swim later, but I do plan on hopping in with the team tomorrow morning after some instruction. It's been great following the Natsy folks online - looking forward to some live-stream today.
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  5. Workout 05/07/13: evening

    by , May 8th, 2013 at 12:03 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    300 Swim/100 Kick/100 Pull

    Did the "W" set that David posted recently.
    300-200-100-50-100-200-100-50-100-200-300
    - did this on my Base (:40/50 yds)
    - added 20 SR after the last 200 since I came in right at 2:40
    - 1700 of aerobic fun in this set - I liked it.

    100 social kick
    5 x "2-turn" 50's choice on 1:00
    100 social kick
    100 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2775 yds/60 min)
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    I received the results from our Monumental Meet last month - updated my blog with them. Emailed them out to the participants and also to the TT folks for addition to the USMS database. Will post a copy of the pdf the LMSC NE forum post as well.

    It is always a great joy to get in with the team, to visit and also get some serious lane space. GregJS, Carol, and Tim were there tonight - four of us in the whole 6 lane pool.

    I will plan to be dry through Friday. I wanted to take a moment and wish all of you bloggers/forumites a hardy "Swim Fast" at Indy this weekend - I'll be trying to catch as much as I can from the live stream.
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  6. Workout 05/07/13: noon

    by , May 7th, 2013 at 02:25 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    400 FR with snorkel/200 BK/200 IM drill

    K --- Pull with Buoy
    050 - 100
    100 - 200
    150 - 300
    200 - 400

    5 x 100 fr on 1:20 with agility paddles and snorkel

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3000 yds/50 min)
    -----------------------------

    Great day trip to Philly last week to see our daughter. Been dry since then, and ok with it. Nursing home ministry and church on Sunday, and another excellent study last night with the men's group. Today I volunteered at teacher appreciation day at my son's school - thanks to all you teachers out there. Motorcycle should be ready today from the shop, complete with brake service and new tires front and back. This swim puts me over 100 miles for the year.
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  7. Workout 05/01/13: evening

    by , May 1st, 2013 at 10:36 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Hey, I was able to get into the water a second time today!

    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill
    10 x 100 FR (on 1:20 - 1:40 sendoff)
    100 float
    300 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2000 yds/40 min)
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    I was able to accomplish a lot today, including charging the lawn mower battery with the trickle charge for my motorcycle and also helping my wife with some projects, and my son mentioned that there was a lap swim tonight before Bible Study. I forgot that the Rec has added 2 lanes for laps during the family swims, so I had the treat of a second splash.

    Split the lane with my son and another for about 15 minutes before a mom and three kids decided to swim "laps." I finished the 100's, and was going to "Build a 200 IM" but scratched that - all I gotta say is that signs are clearly posted that private swim lessons are prohibited, and that is what was going on. After almost pushing off on a 5 year old that jumped just before I flipped at the wall, I tried to remind them what the circle swimming concept is, and it did not sink in. I'll mention that to the director next week when I see her.

    Oh well, I was able to sneak in an extra 2k yds, while Preston swam 500! Not sure why, but my family has gotten the swim bug lately. Pretty cool!
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  8. Workout 05/01/13: morning

    by , May 1st, 2013 at 11:09 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    400 FR with snorkel/200 BK/200 IM drill

    Put on snorkel:
    50 Kick/200 Agility paddles/100 pull with buoy :20 SR
    50 Kick/300 AP/100 Pull :30 SR (take off snorkel)
    50 Kick/400 IM/100 Pull

    8 x (25 Kick/25 Fast/25 Pull with buoy)
    - 1-4 = FR
    - 5-8 = back and fly

    150 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2900 yds/50 min)
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    Busy couple of days at work. Last night I stayed late in order to start the biannual narcotic inventory that our company has us do annually. There is never any extra time built into the schedule to actually do it, which involves counting each controlled medicine by hand and comparing it to the on-hand inventory in the computer, so instead of changing our days around for the week I convinced my boss that the best approach was for me to stay an hour late last night to start it and then him come in an hour early to finish it. Our pharmacy student also was able to come in last night to help, so there was only a few items to count this morning and the paperwork to finish up for my boss to do.

    A nice treat to come to the pool this morning and find that it was mostly empty! I did a modified version of the workout that I left for the team practice last night, which my wife actually attended! She told me not to get any ideas of her swimming another meet, but I am encouraged that she is looking at the sport for the fitness benefits it provides.
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  9. Workout 04/29/13:

    by , April 29th, 2013 at 11:52 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    04/29/13

    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    K --- Pull with Buoy
    050 - 100
    100 - 200
    150 - 300
    200 - 400

    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2100 yds/40 min)
    --------------------------------

    Nice recovery swim before work today. I had a good remainder of the weeked, going to church Sun morning in NY (great day for a motorcycle ride) and then to my friend's service last night, with some more yardwork in between. Tired, but not too sore. I'll take it easy this week, as I only have Wednesday and Thursday off, and we are planning a day trip to Philly on Thursday to visit Emma (which equals 10 hours of driving, but worth it for a few hours of seeing my daughter). Back to the grind next week
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  10. 04/27/13: Monumental Masters Mini Meet (2nd Annual)

    by , April 27th, 2013 at 04:10 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, months of planning and also some training came and went today as we welcomed swimmers to the local Rec Center pool for our 2nd meet, again dedicated to my mom. We had 34 preregister, one couldn't come, and added 5 same-day entries for a total of 38 swimmers! Last year we had 23, so I am really excited for the increase in numbers.

    I got to the pool around 8:30 and helped with setting things up. People started trickling in and warmups began as scheduled at 9am. The local age group team, the Marauders, again did a great job of running the meet for us, providing timers and counters for the 50, and we had three officials altogether.

    There was a large contingent from the Pittsfield Polar Bears, some from Smith Collge and also a team out near Blechertown, MA, and other unattached swimmers (Lisa Ann won the farthest distance traveled, coming from New Jersey). It was fun getting to meet new people that share my passion for swimming. My brother, Jeff, swam again - he swam from Springfield College but hasn't been in the water since then, save last year's meet, and looks fresh as a daisy swimming. Stinker! My wife also swam in her first ever meet, rocking out the 50 free and proudly proclaiming afterwards, "I did it, now don't ask me ever again."

    In addition to meet director, I coached the three area swimmers that came (GregJS, Jill, and Kevin). Greg dropped time in the 100 free and blasted out a smoking 100 IM - great job again, Greg! Plus, he is a really good chef and made some delicious muffins for the food spread we had in the lobby for swimmers.

    I was not sure what to expect myself for times, and I did the 100 breast with Dan during the women's heat so no one swam alone as a warm up for the 100 back. My goal was to SDK 8,7,6,6 off the walls, but only was able to get 5 on the last one as I swam 57.73. I did the 500 fly in 6:48.08, and the 100 fly in 58.72. I'll update the times when the results are official, but all of the these swims were masters best for me!

    Lots of great help, a full pool (which is such a great sight to see), and some fun swimming on a gorgeous day made for a memorable event, complete with our signature 25 Sprint Challenges, the Monument Kick and Tarzan swims. Now for a nap! (I was also able to FLOG 2350 yds for the day)

    Updated May 7th, 2013 at 11:44 PM by rxleakem

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  11. Workout 04/26/13: noon

    by , April 26th, 2013 at 03:10 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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  12. Workout 04/23/13: evening

    by , April 23rd, 2013 at 11:13 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)
    ------------------

    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 11:19 PM by rxleakem

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  13. Workout 04/23/13: morning

    by , April 23rd, 2013 at 11:22 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)
    -----------------------------

    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 05:49 PM by rxleakem

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  14. Workout 04/22/13: noon

    by , April 22nd, 2013 at 05:25 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)
    -----------------------------

    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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  15. Workout 04/19/13:

    by , April 19th, 2013 at 12:56 PM (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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  16. Workout 04/18/13: evening

    by , April 18th, 2013 at 08:38 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)
    ----------------------------

    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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  17. Workout 04/18/13: morning

    by , April 18th, 2013 at 10:49 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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  18. 04/17/13: noon

    by , April 17th, 2013 at 05:37 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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  19. Workout 04/15/13:

    by , April 15th, 2013 at 11:37 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)
    --------------------------------

    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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  20. Workout 04/12/13: eve

    by , April 12th, 2013 at 08:12 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)
    -------------------------------

    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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