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  1. Workout 10/26/12:

    by , October 26th, 2012 at 11:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 Fr/200 BK/200 IM drill

    10 x 100 with snorkel
    - odds DPS FR on 1:20
    - evens kick on 1:50

    5 x 200 on 3:00
    - 1-4: first 50 hard IMO
    - 5 = 200 IM drill

    50 ez

    10 x 50 Fr done as:
    1-4: Quarters Strong on :50 with snorkel
    5: AFAP with snorkel (28.4) on :60
    6-9: Quarters Strong on :50 (w/o)
    10: AFAP (26.8) on :60

    50 ez
    4 x 25 FAST IMO on :30
    50 ez
    4 x 25 FAST on :30
    - odds: back with start
    - evens: DPS FR

    250 loosen and out with snorkel
    (Solo/Rec/3700 yds/70 min)
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    Another good swim today with a mix of volume transitioning into higher intensity. Alternating swim and kick with the first pre-set is getting easier, and I will try to drop the kick time down next week. Using the snorkel does seem to allow for better leg positioning with the kick, which I can translate into my fast swims. I like that. I tried to descend those swims, and went 1:10,:08:08,:07,:06).

    I was going to repeat my little IM set from a few weeks ago, but the lane got crowded and I skipped the fast 200 IM on #5. I was pretty fried by that one, anyway. On the Quarters Strong, I wanted to see what difference the fast 50 would show with and without the snorkel. About two seconds, which I attribute mostly to lackluster turns with the snorkel (since it flops about a bit). That last 50 is a great practice time for me, especially at the end of that set. Then I tired to bust out some fast stroke stuff before warmdown.

    I have full weekend ahead. I am coaching the local group tomorrow morning and plan to swim myself at some point. Our town has lots of events, including high school fall sports playoff games, Fallapalooza downtown tomorrow (shouldn't snow this year), and Sunday I will be helping at the Wicked Creepy Cyclocross race (registration in the morning, then I will be dressed as a pumpkin during the costumed ride at noon. I was going to enter an actual race, but they all last at least 30 minutes and I'm not that keen on breaking my neck (yet).

    Have a great weekend, and be prepared for Frankenstorm all my east coast friends.
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  2. Workout 10/24/12:

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 03:01 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    wu: 100 Fr/100 Bk

    Did the following as FR with snorkel
    2 x 150 Strong
    2 x 75 (Fast, EZ)
    2 x 100 (Fast, EZ)
    2 x 100 (Fast, EZ)
    2 x 75 (Fast, EZ)
    2 x 150 Strong
    (here the Tri-Train pulled off the tracks and I continued)
    2 x 125 IM (50 Bk) on :15 strong

    50 EZ 10 x 50 with snorkel
    - odds kick on :55
    - evens swim on :45

    100 float with snorkel and out (Tri Train/Rec/2200 yds/45 min)

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    I decided to get up early in order to catch the Tri Train at the pool this morning. I have a tough time waking up early! Had a good swim, and kept going a bit longer after they finished up. No real intervals, just wait for the rest of the train to pull into the depot then head out again. I decided to use the snorkel for the whole set, and felt more fatigued the second time through. I thought that by adding the 2x 125 I'd hit 1650 for the set, but it was early and my calculator wasn't working apparently!

    Looking forward to the water again on Friday .
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  3. Workout 10/22/12:

    by , October 22nd, 2012 at 05:43 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I was able to split the lane with GregJS today for a great lunchtime swim ...

    w/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    10 x 50 with snorkel
    - odds = Fr DPS on :45
    - evens = kick with board on :55

    On to a Broken 1650

    Try to hit your 1650 pace during the broken swim. Pick a Base + :10 for the interval (my base is 1:20 - so 1:30).

    3 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (went 1:06.50, 107.75, 1:08.43)
    4 x 150 Free @ 2:15 (went 1:46.81, 1:49.00, 1:49.44, 1:51.82)
    3 x 200 Free @ 3:00 (went 2:30.68, 2:27.75, 2:28.62)
    3 x 50 Free @ :45 (went 31.56, 30.87, 31.62)
    (1650 add-up time: 19:40)
    (Total set time: 24:20.68)
    50 ez, followed by 50 breast

    6 x 100 Bk on 1:30 (1:15, :16, :16, :18, :14)
    3 x 200 Fr Pull with buoy and snorkel on 2:50
    1 x 50 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/4100 yds/80 min)
    --------------------------

    Great to run into Greg today and get some feedback on the coached workouts I have been using with our team. Also to pick his brain about technique on breaststroke (here is that link we talked about related to [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=21401"]kicking[/ame] - post 16+).

    I have been wanting to do this broken mile again, and since the lane was not full today I did it. I knew that I would not be as fast as I was in Februrary (different time in the training cycle), and was just under 50 seconds slower today. Oh well - a good quality set none the less

    Since things were quiet, I popped off some backs, focusing on at least 4 sdk per wall and max 10 strokes per length; accomplished. I need to swim more backstroke in practice with the 200 bk coming up at the BU meet in December.

    I mentioned to Greg that I plan to do the Brute Squad events (400 IM, 200 Fly, 1500) at the Riverton meet in a few weeks. Even though they are not running the numbers this year for the competition, I figure I will give it a shot as it is the only meet in our neck of the woods swimming a 1500 scm (which I planned on doing anyways). Should be a good challenge! Wonder if John and Susan are going to give it a go
    Tags: 1650
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    Swim Workouts , Timed swims
  4. Workout 10/18/12:

    by , October 18th, 2012 at 11:21 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM Drill

    10 x 100 with snorkel
    - Odds = Free on base (1:20) - work DPS
    - Evens = kick on base + 30 (1:50)

    50 ez
    6 x 150 Pull with Buoy on 2:00
    - did backstroke on last 25

    50 ez
    200 DPS smooth with paddles
    - alt fr/bk by 50

    100 IM for time (1:07.82)
    50 ez
    4 x 50 on :60
    - 25 FR DPS, leave at the :25 and
    - 25 AFAP IM order

    150 with snorkel loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3300 yds/60 min)
    ----------------------------

    Great swim tonight. Good warmup (see [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=212663&postcount=1437"]Ande's SFF tip[/ame] about kicking with a snorkel I saw last night) to the 150's, which I went 1:46 then held :50-52 the rest of the way, pushing through the heavy arms and engaging my hips to drive the pull and working to incorporate my upper body. Felt consistent, which is good for me.

    Moved into some fast stroke efforts after lowering my heart rate a bit. I was looking through my blogs for the 100 IM challenge - with tonight's swim I've done 35 on the year. Probably won't hit 100, but that was my fastest practice time since March. Faithful readers will know that I am working to improve my breaststroke, and I am feeling like that hitch and lunge thing is finally happening after working my kick and timing. Great ideas from the forums to help out with this. For the 25's my times were (:14, :15, :18, :12) - tiring! I will do these on 1:10 or 1:15 next time to get more rest.

    Planning to stay dry for the rest of the weekend. I have juiced enough grapes for 3.5 batches of jelly, and my wife's friends came through to pick the rest of our harvest. She bartered for leeks and fresh eggs from one gal, and goat milk and cheese from a local organic farm.

    Here is a picture I took today, looking towards Bennington and north. The Monument is towards the middle of the pic, on the left. Gorgeous day today!
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  5. Workout 10/17/12: noon and evening

    by , October 17th, 2012 at 10:12 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Double day for me today

    Noon
    w/u 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    Broken 1700 done as:
    Go two times through (rd 1, rd 2):
    - 2 x 200 on (2:50, 2:40)
    - 2 x 100 on (1:30, 1:25)
    - 2 x 75 on (1:15, 1:10)
    - 2 x 50 on (:50, :45)
    -- Used snorkel on first round, swam free strong on second

    50 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2400 yds/35 min)
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    My plan is at least 4 swims a week, with a double at least once a week, gearing up for the Riverton Meet in Maine a month from now so I can attempt my first 1500. Still planning to mix in more fast swimming with the long stuff, but overall I plan to stay with higher volume as I focus more on OW stuff in the horizon.

    I worked the DPS on the first round (200 times ~ 2:33), then went strong swimming on the second round (2:25), aiming to hit the same time with both repeats. Solid swim, with the added bonus of swimming it alone (during lunch time!) 80% of the time. My add up for the 1700 was 19:01 - never done the mile event in the pool before.



    Evening
    w/u: 150 Fr/150 Bk/200 IM Drill
    5 x 50 FR with snorkel on :50
    5 x 50 FR with snorkel on :45

    Mountain climbing:
    50-100-150-200-200-150-100-50
    - Kicked my way up (1:00/50 base)
    - Pulled my way down (:50-55 base - less on longer distances)

    5 x 100 on 1:40
    - 1 and 3 = Backstroke (1:22, :16)
    - 2 and 4 = IM (1:28, 1:17)
    - 5 = FR FAST (1:04)

    4 x 50 AR with :15 sr
    - Dolphin Dives in the Shallows
    (Solo/Rec/2700 yds/60 min)
    ------(5100 yds for the day)------------
    Wasn't sure what to do tonight, and it was crowded so this is what I came up with. I was able to hold :32-3 cruising on the 50's set, then wanted to get some kick work in and took the extra rest since my quads were cramping up a bit. I put more effort into the pulls, and then worked those 100's.

    I have been playing with my backstroke, it just doesn't feel as smooth as I think it could be. There was a drill mentioned in the Oct Streamline to help with hip rotation, which I think is my issue. I also saw a link on Twitter to a [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHNRVvQxzPI"]Coach Marsh - How much elbow bend in Backstroke? - YouTube[/nomedia] which is also helpful. If I followed Ande's advice more, I'd lose some lard and probably be fine! That last backstroke effort was a great practice time for me

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    Riverton Meet (Portland, ME, 11/11/12) info: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6e...ThQVjJ2TlEydzQ

    Adding these drills to my "Stoke Helps" area.
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    Swim Workouts , Planning
  6. Workout 10/15/12:

    by , October 15th, 2012 at 09:16 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    Put on the snorkel and repeat four times ...
    - Swim 150 FR DPS on 2:00
    - Kick 100 on 1:50

    Now for 6 x 100 on 1:30
    - odds: DPS FR
    - evens: no-free IM (fly-fly-bk-br, fly-bk-bk-br ...)

    200 snorkel recovery
    - odds: skulling
    - evens: FR drill

    3 rounds of 5 x 50 on 1:00
    - 1 kick
    - 2-4 - descend
    - 5 = FAST
    -- Did Fr, Bk (focus = 10 SDK off walls), fly (lots of single arm here until the fast one) by round

    4 x 50 Dolphin Dives in Shallows with snorkel w/d
    (Solo/Rec/3350 yds/60 min)
    --------------------------

    I was a slug last week! With the holiday closing the Rec down and my brother visiting from out west, I only got in twice. I was going to swim this morning but fell back asleep. Needed a jump-start tonight and I got it ...

    First thing I did was make sure I didn't forget my snorkel. That first main set was designed to work the lungs, and I was surprised to hold 1:50-ish for the 150s, and got 10-15 sr on the kick (more 10 than 15).

    The lane got crowded so I did the 100 sub-set for some stroke work, really working the 50's same stroke. I was huffing and puffing so did some recovery stuff, then decided to venture into some HIT work till the end of the swim. I was able to descend all three strokes, and my fast times for each were: 29.2, 32.8, 30.4. I really busted a lung on the back, as I don't usually take that many SDK's. The last 50 before the fast one I only did 8/6 - ouch.

    Busy days at work with the retirement of our lead tech and double/triple duty from everyone else. I'm happy to have off Wed and Thursday this week, which means only a long day tomorrow to get through before some more swimming.
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  7. Workout 10/12/12:

    by , October 12th, 2012 at 02:49 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)


    200 fr /200 bk /200 im drill wu
    5 x 100 kick on 2:00
    3 x 200 fr pull with buoy dps on 3:00
    4 x 50 fr strong on :50 (held :31)
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2100 yds/40 min)
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    Busy lane today, likely due to the blustery, cool day. Not really motivated and I forgot my snorkel. Oh well.
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  8. Workout 10/09/12:

    by , October 10th, 2012 at 12:40 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    10 x 100
    - odds: Fr on 1:20
    - evens: kick on 1:50
    Lots of with lane mates
    1 Noah's Ark and out
    (Solo/Rec/2100 yds/40 min)
    -------------------------

    Low key today. Ranged 1:10-6 the frees and felt good in the water. My brother is visiting from Washington state, great evening catching up after I got home from work.
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  9. Workout 10/06/12: OW

    by , October 8th, 2012 at 04:51 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    As planned, I went to a men's retreat this weekend with my son and some guys in the area, fourteen in total. Every Columbus Day weekend in Swanzy, NH, as the leaves on the trees are changing colors and the cool mornings start to invade our region, this retreat is available at Pilgrim Pines, a Christian conference center that just happens to be on the northern edge of a great lake in the middle of the woods. I haven't been there in a few years due to work schedules, but was off this past week and was happy to get the weekend away for "everyday life." Three requirements to go, and you only have to meet two of them: , , and listen. If you forget your Bible, they have plenty there ...

    The weekend was supposed to be a washout, but ended up only having a short sprinkle of rain come through Saturday evening. Otherwise some great weather to go along with way too much good food and a great speaker going through the Beatitudes. Mark is originally from the Seattle area and just moved to Chicago, and was likening his walk with God to a paddle board that he built (which contained seven bulkheads that formed the tension box construction of the board). While hidden, each of the bulkheads symbolized areas of his walk and also correlated with the teachings of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. Interesting stuff.

    Friday and Saturday nights are typically left open for free time after the evening's sessions, and with either cookies or banana splits (this year) and the drink area open, our group will generally stay up for a good portion of the night discussing the Word and how it applies in our lives. Really opening up to the men that we might see during the week at work or in the community, knowing each other's struggles, and also encouraging one another on to make our "self" less and allow God to work more in our lives. So of those three requirements - well, sleep was not attained too much, and I was just fine with that.

    Saturday afternoon from lunch to dinner is also free time. Some guys play golf, basketball, hit the water with the canoes for some fishing, others might go hiking or either relax around the camp, talking or sleeping. This is a great lake, and since this is the first time where I am actually swimming and here, I brought along my swimmer buddy and gear to hop in if time allowed. Glad I did!


    View of the lake from our cabin

    The air temp was in the low 70's, and the water was a crisp 66 degrees - a tad cold when I got in, but quickly acclimated to and comfortable for the entire swim. As I made my way from the cabin to the water's edge, crunching the pine needles underfoot, I set my phone up in the buoy and slowly waded into the water. Only two canoes were on the lake, and despite the overcast skies to the south the trees along the edge of the lake were proudly displaying their new colors. The water was being pushed by a good wind towards the north, so I worked a little harder on the way down to the other side of the lake, admiring the boats and camps that were slowing being put up for the end of the season.

    As I crossed the end of the lake and turned around towards home, the clouds were beginning to get darker and the sun slipped away. For the most part I could not see the bottom, although there were times when the rocks would kind of pop up in front of me. Not really scary, but just noticeable, as were the few fish that I observed from above. I happened upon a man with his wife and daughter in a canoe heading back to their home on the lake. I offered my standard pleasantry: "Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?" Always gets a laugh, even more than a sight of some lunatic swimming in the middle of the lake! Finished up, avoiding the pontoon boat that was setting of to circle the lake, and after drying off I was welcomed at the beach with this sight:


    All in all, a great swim in the midst of a super weekend, enjoying God's Creation. I ended up swimming just over 1.5 miles in 48 minutes, the map of the swim is here. I was grateful for the opportunity to squeeze a swim in, and also for the time with my son and friends in this great place.
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    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  10. Workout 10/05/12:

    by , October 5th, 2012 at 02:18 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    4 x 100 FR on 1:20 with snorkel
    10 x 50 on 1:00
    - odds kick
    - evens stroke - strong DPS

    1 x 300 pull with buoy
    - 100 each Fr/Bk/Fr

    12 x 25 on (dodge lane traffic)
    - odds underwater work
    - evens FAST stroke

    1 x 200 with snorkel loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2300 yds/45 min)
    --------------------------

    More or less a recovery day today that got me over the 200 mile mark for GTD. Time to run some last minute errands, then off to the Men's Retreat this weekend in NH - might try to hop in the lake there during our free time tomorrow afternoon. Always nice to get away and put into practice that quote from the Faith Lane box to the left:

    "I need some time with God and a mental vacation." TobyMac
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  11. Workout 10/04/12: morning(?) and noon

    by , October 4th, 2012 at 06:09 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, not really a double, but I tired.

    With rain and overcast skies still looming (remember, it is my vacation week), Greg and I canceled our plans for an OW adventure. Since my morning was quiet anyways, I decided to head up to Woodford State Park to check out the lake there, which is about 15 minutes from home. Here are some pictures, although fog was the primary sight instead of the brilliant colors that are hanging from the trees.


    Road to the lake


    Noted.


    Feeling a little creeped out about now ...

    So, now I pop on the suit that I had in the car and venture into the water. I setup the GPS on my phone and started into the water. Burr! Water temp was about 66, with air temp in the upper 60's. Not really a problem as I have been in colder water before, so I took some time to wade in and get "comfortable." Still couldn't see much of anything when I started swimming into the mist. After about ten strokes I realized two things - I could not really tell where I was, and the water there is clear. At this point, I made an executive decision - get the heck out!

    All I could think about the clip AZTimm left on a blog post earlier in the summer. Oh well, a lesson learned here - best to actually be able to see 50 yards in front of you when trying out a new place to swim.
    -------------------------------

    Anyway, I girded up my loins and got to the Rec for a swim at lunchtime.

    w/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    2 x 500 FR on 7:30 with snorkel
    4 x 100 Kick on 1:50

    1 x 50 ez
    8 x 50 on :50
    - Quarter's Strong
    - 1-4 Fr (hold 34's), 5-8 Bk (hold 38's)

    200 loosen and out with snorkel
    -------------------
    (Solo/Rec/2650 yds/45 min)

    Still using that snorkel. I went 6:45 on the first, then 6:52 on the second, and worked on keeping spl around 12-13. Dropped the interval on the kicking down from 2:00 and was able to get 10-15 seconds rest on each. Then worked on those Quarter's Strong to make the 12.5yd sections AFAP.

    Off to my coworkers retirement party tonight, then plan to hop in for a swim tomorrow.
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    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  12. Workout 10/02/12: evening

    by , October 2nd, 2012 at 10:53 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I was still not feeling altogether enthusiastic about swimming tonight, but I was encouraged when I saw Matt and GregJS's cars in the parking lot of the Rec Center. While waiting for the age-groupers to hop out I suggested that IM set I didn't get to do yesterday, and they both were crazy enough to try it with me as the main set.

    w/u: 200 FR/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    5 x 200 done as 50 Stroke Hard + 150 DPS free, IM order rounds 1-4, then 200 IM for time on the last one. - I did ...
    - Fly (50 yds) plus Free on 3:00
    - Back (75 yds) plus Free on 3:00
    - Breast (50 yds - got smoked) plus Free on 3:10
    - Free (50 yds) plus, well, it's all free on 3:10
    - FAST 200 IM: went 2:31
    (I came in around 2:40-5 for the first four)

    4 x 50 FR Active Recovery (:45, :50, :55, :60)
    4 x 100 Kick on 2:15 (IM order)
    1 x 50 loosen those arms up for ...

    4 x 50 on 1:00
    - Hypoxic work down (breathe 4/5/6/7), FAST back to the start
    - I used the snorkel on 2-4

    10 Deep Water bobs into
    4 x 25 on :35
    - odds = 12.5 Race pace, 12.5 cruise
    - evens = 12.5 cruise, 12.5 Race pace
    (I did Bk odds and Fr evens)

    100 loosen with snorkel and out
    (Masters/Rec/2650yds/ 60 min)
    ------------------------------
    I forgot how much fun that little IM/stoke set was! It has a good blend of "get the heart pounding" on the stroke, then "settle down" into a techniquey DPS free interlude before some rest. Both Matt and Greg are excellent "evil strokers" (I like that, Fort), so I knew that I would be staring at toes but it pushed me to really work it. I then set to building each 50 of the IM and was happy with that time.

    Matt picked the kick set, and it had enough rest that I made it despite my abysmal breaststroke kick. We then went into some speed work to finish out the night and ended up tacking on some extra rest so as not to swim these too fatigued.

    So it was just us three tonight, and both these guys really pushed me to dig deeper. Greg did a fantastic job getting through these hard sets, and we all left a tad winded! I'm planning on staying dry tomorrow, but will likely hit the gym for some weights. Greg and I are looking at perhaps a lake swim on Thursday, then I'll get in on Friday before leaving on a Men's Retreat with my son for the long weekend. Maybe I can swim in the lake over there on Saturday afternoon
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  13. Workout 10/02/12: morning

    by , October 2nd, 2012 at 01:11 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Today was a prime example of wanting to just get out of the pool before warmups were complete ...

    w/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    10 x 50 on :45 (5th one back, rest free)
    5 x 100 kick on 2:00
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/30 min)
    --------------------------------

    Tuesday mornings are well know for being crowded, so I didn't bring my bag of toys with me. Ended up splitting a lane the whole time I was there. Felt horrible in the water, but muddled through with a focus on DPS.

    Plan to get back tonight for Masters practice and swim, with more gusto than I have now.
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  14. Workout 10/01/12:

    by , October 1st, 2012 at 06:13 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Played basketball last night with my son as planned. Not a large turnout with nine guys, so we played 4 x 4 with my team having a sub every five points. We played three games to 21 over 90 minutes, and then I had to leave to get home. Still need to get basketball shoes ...

    Got in today at lunch for the following swim:

    w/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    3 x 500's done as a 400 Fr with snorkel + 100 back active recovery, all on 7 minutes
    - Rd 1: 1 x 400 (5:10)
    - Rd 2: 2 x 200, :10 SR (2:31, :30)
    - Rd 3: 4 x 100, :10 SR (1:10, :14, :13, :12)
    (started to get crowded here) ...

    4 x 100 Kick Quarter's Strong on 2:00
    2 x 200 DPS Pull with buoy (one free, one back)
    (keep avoiding traffic, keep avoiding traffic)
    1 x 200 with snorkel loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3100 yds/60 min)
    --------------------------

    Not as sore from basketball. Used my running sneaks instead of my cross-trainers, which seemed to help. I'm still in organization mode at the house, and fired up my old pc with Windows 98 to aid in logging numbers so I can shred the papers I don't need to keep. Why do I mention this? Not sure ... Thought That Guy might get a kick out of it Anyways, I was sucked into watching The Promise on Hulu - really interesting series. Missed the last half of the fourth and final episode to go to bball, so I need to finish watching that. This is why I try not to watch the boob-tube: too distracting.

    Slept in again today. The swim was good. I had intended to get into the water 30 minutes early but went for a walk with my wife so just swam for an hour. I forget where I saw that main set - could've been an old pwb workout or maybe from the marathon swimmers forum. I forget. Goal is to descend add-up time 6-8 seconds as you go through, which I accomplished (5:10, 5:01, 4:49), and kept the snorkel in check for the most part.

    I was going to go into a nice 200 stroke set I found from my blog in October of last year, but there were too many people in the lane. I just went to near-IG mode with some kicking and technique work. Did some nice conversing with lane-mates as well

    Off to the shredder!
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  15. Workout 09/29/12:

    by , September 30th, 2012 at 12:45 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Coached the morning Masters group today during our open house. GregJS and five others made it out and I think everyone left a tad tired, so I did my job well. Meg noted that she has had some interest, but folks plan on starting back when the fall session starts in two weeks.

    This evening I jumped in and did:

    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    2 x Noah's Ark on 7:00 with snorkel
    - 1st: FR pull with buoy (6:32)
    - 2nd: FR swim (did extra 50: 6:51)
    1 x 50 EZ

    4 x 125 IM's on 2:00
    - fly-bk-br-fr-fr, bk-br-fr-fly-fly, ...
    4 x 50 kick on 1:00
    4 x 75 IM rotations on 1:30

    200 w/ snorkel loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2850 yds/50 min)
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    My arms were tired after the Ark's, probably from the swimming as well as moving some furniture in the basement in my attempt to organize. I ended up doing half of the flys in the IM's as single-arm since I figured drill is better then poor technique.

    Planning on some basketball tomorrow night, after I look at some basketball shoes. My cross-trainers are low-tops, and my knees have been bothering me since last weekend.

    Here is my final yield for jelly this season, assuming the rest of the vines are picked clean by friends. You'll notice Nila modeling for your viewing enjoyment ...
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  16. Workout 09/28/12:

    by , September 28th, 2012 at 11:25 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM
    5 x 200 Fr on 2:50 dps with snorkel
    4 x 100 kick on 2:00
    - all out 25 shuffled first to last
    1 x 50 ez

    4 x 75 on 1:10 pull with buoy
    - o back, e free
    30 sr
    2 x 100 on 1:15 fr with paddles, right into
    4 x 75 on 1:10 swim fast
    - held :56 for bk, :51 for fr

    200 w/d with snorkel
    (Solo/Rec/3050 yds/50 min)
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    Great swim tonight after feeling crummy all day. Of course, today is the first of twelve days of vacation with rain and cool temps so I lacked motivation.

    I tried to vary the workout a bit. I was able to again hit all the turns with the snorkel, although they are not as natural with the dorkel. Maintained a stroke count of 12-3 per length and good form throughout. Went after a faster rotation on the 75s and worked that last round.

    Tomorrow is the open house for our local Masters club, which I am going to start coaching. We'll start in October for a twelve week training cycle looking to improve techinique and also speed (as the two concepts are connected).
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  17. Workout 09/25/12:

    by , September 25th, 2012 at 10:38 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Recovery day ...

    w/u 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    1 x 400 kick
    2 x 150 Fr on 2:00
    75 ez, 100 IM timed (1:14.6), 25 ez

    200 loosen and out.
    (Solo/Rec/1700yds/30 min)
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  18. Workout 09/24/12:

    by , September 24th, 2012 at 11:00 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    8 x 75 on 1:20
    - 1 thru 4: kick
    - 5 thru 8: 50 kick, 25 swim IMO

    6 x 100 Fr on 1:35 DPS with snorkel (flipped each turn)

    1 x 300 Fr on 4:00 with pull buoy, no breathe in reds
    3 x 100 on 1:30 (Fr, Bk, IM)
    2 x 150 Fr on 2:05 pull with buoy

    6 x 50 Fr on :40 strong with paddles
    300 w/d with snorkel various skull, drill, smoothed stroke
    (Solo/Rec/3300yds/60 min)
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    I was beat from basketball last night! My left ankle, previously broken from a snowboarding accident ten years ago, always swells up after running, so that is annoying. Quads were a tad barky today, too. Slept poorly as well, so I stayed in bed late today and took it easy. Finished rounds 4 thru 9 of jelly making and now I am blogging from the hot run, not an easy task!

    Plan to swim tomorrow am before work, then hit the pool again on Friday. Have a good week, everyone!
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  19. Workout 09/20/13: evening

    by , September 20th, 2012 at 10:03 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 150 FR, 150 Bk, 200 IM
    10 x 50 on :45 (#5+10 = BK)
    500 FR with snorkel (25 DPS, 25 drill)

    Go Four times through:
    - 200 FR pull with buoy on 2:50
    - 4 x 50 FR on :50
    -- Round 1/3 = Quarter's Strong
    -- Round 2/4 = Burst 6/8/10/12 and cruise
    - :30 sr between rounds (next top or bottom)

    200 with snorkel (skull/dps by 25) warmdown
    (Solo/Rec/3300yds/65 min)
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    Did I mention that I forgot my goggles at noon? I did,so I made sure to bring them tonight. Good workout, despite a crowded pool when I first got it. Still getting used to the snorkel, but think it would be more beneficial for training LCM (less turns). The main set was tough; I stopped the intervals off a tad the 50's for a little more rest, plus took :30 between rounds. I intended to descend the 200's, but went 2:29, :31, :34, :30 - really pushed the last one. Quads sore from earlier, so I dropped a kick set.

    Now back to juicing some grapes
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  20. Workout 09/20/12: noon

    by , September 20th, 2012 at 02:47 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Did some followed by a brief swim:

    Rowing Machine: 15:07, 3529 meters
    (Note: they physically move under 1:55m/500 pace)
    Back extensions: 3 x 10 @ 0/5/10# per round
    Bench Press: 3 x 10 @ 65/95/105# per round
    Seated leg extensions: 3 x 10 @ 30/40/50# per round

    After a quick talk with the director and auatics director of the Rec related to upcoming changes to the local Masters program as well as thoughts about the "new" pool, I gingerly hopped in and ...

    Kick with board: 150yds flutter
    Kick w/o board: 150yds back
    Swim 300 yds long and strong
    (Solo/Rec/600yds/15 min)
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    Made the trip to Philly and back yesterday to drop Emma off to school at Drexel. Thankfully no major issues on the road or there - they actually had a very streamlined process for checking into the dorms (with street closures and free garage parking), so that was good. Left the house at 8am, got to Philly around 1pm, then left at 5 and got home around 11pm. Long day!


    (Life, packed away before entering the dorm)

    Was able to meet her roommates and also get all of her books as well as some odds and ends for the dorm room before a quick bite there. It was hard leaving her there, but I trust that this is where God wants her to be, and He has equipped her with all the tools to do good things there, both in the classroom and out. I am blessed with a tenderhearted young lady who is a lot more adventurous than me, and I am waiting to see all that she experiences there. It'll be different around here; lonely.



    I was able to sleep in this morning, and after a quick breakfast headed out the vineyard to start the grape processing for the year. As you may recall, we have about 50 feet of Concord vines in the back yard, and I am the chief jelly maker in the house. My attempt at last year was not completely successful, partly due to not using enough grapes. We have a bumper crop again this year, and we are processing jelly/juice earlier than normal so I'll give the wine another shot after the jelly is done. It didn't help that I forgot about it in the basement and never took the must off.

    Plan to get back into the water a bit later this evening for a good workout - I ate at Five Guys on the way home last night so I feel the need to work off some of that lumper of a supper I had (anyone have an extra Lipitor to send my way?).

    (*This meal is approved by James Adams)