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  1. 07/21/12: Peaks to Portland

    by , July 22nd, 2012 at 11:44 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Another fair warning: long race report blog to follow ...

    This marked my third year swimming in the P2P 2.4 mile swim in Casco Bay, separating Peaks Island from the East End Beach in Portland, Maine. I first learned of this event after stumbling across the blog of Pat Gallant-Charette and asking our friends who live in Portland about this fundraising event for the YMCA in the region. Bobby had heard of it and had a kayak and a willingness to paddle for me, so I began my dive back into swimming (after a ten year + hiatus from the sport) by training for it. Most folks take the ferry out to the island in the morning (although one EC vet opted to swim it as a warmup this year), and after finalizing registration and a brief meeting we are sent off in one of four waves through the Atlantic Ocean to the finish line, passing Fort Gorges. Here is a link to the race map.


    Since the weather was forcasted to be beautiful, we headed up to Maine in two vechiles: Lena took Preston and our nephew Adam in the car and I took the motorcycle. It was cloudy until we hit the border of Vacationland on the five hour trek, but then the sun popped out and did not disappear the entire weekend. What a glorious ride! After checking in at the Y and picking up my packet on Friday, we met up with our Maine hosts and ate at Tortilla Flat before heading back to the house, where Bobby and I took a short motorcycle cruise around town and to the park overlooking Casco Bay towards Peaks Island:
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    JBS contacted me earlier in the week to invite me to join the group that he and slknight swim with for a warmup at the outdoor Kiwanis Pool if I was up for it. I figured that I since I was able to get up to join tjrpatt in Philly for a 6am practice I could do the same in Portland, and Bobby and family was willing to get up so I dropped in for some pool tourism and about 400 meters are stretching out before the race. John gave me a ride to the ferry and I had a new friend, Jeff, snap this picture of your intrepid bloggers for your viewing pleasure:
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    We reached to island and signed off on waivers and got our timing chip. In the process I met up with Bobby, who paddled out with a friend instead of boarding the ferry, and was able to pass off my clothes to him and get duct tape on my feet before the final morning briefings took place. Duct tape? Yes, since the beach is essentially a mussel bed with sharp shells and some rocks, so wading out to the start can be treacherous (I still managed a few cuts on my toes this year). I also finally met Pat before the swim, as I did not find her last year during a season where she completed both the English and Catalina channels. Pat rocks!

    There was a brief moment of silence to honor three pioneers of the race before a warmup period was allowed. After the my experience the first year, shivering in the cold between "warmups" and the start of the swim, I stayed on the beach and watched as the yakers departed from the beach and many got in some practice strokes. After a bit of work on the organizers part to clear the water and line up the waves of swimmers, I slowly entered the water with the first group to the end of the pier to await our sendoff, gazing past the waiting kayakers and towards the far end of the bay.

    As arms and legs started to flail at the start, I found myself towards the center of the pod as we made strides into the cool water, a balmy 64-65 degrees this year. I have gotten a little more accustomed to not only the "ice cream headache" from the cold water but also the bumping at the start of the race, and didn't really get to tied up with anyone besides the usual hitting of hands and tapping of toes. I was able to get my head fully submerged within twenty strokes, and got into a strong swimming pattern. I found Bobby easily off shore due to the American Flag sailing above his kayak, and we made our way out into the ocean. Overall the water was much warmer than last year, but we found some colder spots.

    Low tide occurred about an hour before the race started, so we ventured into the slack tide, which really didn't play into the swim until we rounded Fort Gorges around the halfway point. Bobby kept our line a little more to the west of the Fort, and we didn't have any issues until one of the swimmers without a kayak suddenly cut right in front of us. Bob moved from my right side to the left, then I saw legs appear out of nowhere! He kept heading towards the Old Port, until the police boat on the periphery pointed him in the right direction: we joked afterwards that he must have been swimming to the West End Beach! A few waves from the ferry splashed us around, but the water was fairly calm until the currents picked up after the Fort. I was about to get a quick drink when Bobby announced that we were at 34 minutes, which prompted me to forgo the feed and usual comedic banter to power on towards our goal.

    We were again able to pick off some of the swimmers that stayed on a line closer to the Fort, and as we came closer to the finish area I could see the beach was packed! This year saw the highest number of participants at 316, over half of them were first-time athletes and 19 of us swam "naked," without a wetsuit. As we approaced the boats floating just off the beach, we were joined by three other kayaks. I focused on a strong kick and a faster turnover as I made my way into the finish area. Again I did a few breaststroke cycles before trying to stand up, then did my best to jog out of the water to the finish line. I was excited to hear the announcer mention that "it looks like our first non-wetsuit swimmer is making his way up the chute," and looked up to see a time of 51:52 before seeing John on the beach. Susan was the first female to emerge without a wetsuit shortly after - note that both of them swam without a yaker!

    I met with my family and the Browns on the beach for pictures and celebration. After getting hosed off I took advantage of the free massage for swimmers before watching and cheering all of the swimmers into the beach. The harbormaster sounded the siren as the last swimmers reached the finish - Terry Swain, the aquatics director of the Y had waited near the boats offshore for all of the other swimmers to make land before finding her way there.

    We packed up the cars then headed into the Old Port for lunch at Flatbread before heading home for a nap! We finished off the day by wandering down to Old Orchard Beach for some seashell hunting and relaxing on the beach before eating our way back to the house. It was another great weekend for a swim, and by far the most pleasant on the weather front. Susan sent a link to the Press Herald writeup and agreed that everyone finished about two minutes behind the pace from last year, likely due to the tide. John also saw a link on The Daily News of Open Water Swimming site about the swim that I am sure Pat sent in.

    I can't wait for the excitement of next year's 32nd annual race with my friends in Maine! (I might even try to swim over to Peaks in the morning, but don't hold me to it too much) A lot of hard work goes into making this event happen, and I am very thankful that God has blessed me with a supportive family, a great team (including someone crazier than me that volunteers to kayak and his family, as well as Linda and Ron, who always cheer us on), all the volunteers, and the collective ability of all the swimmers to be able to raise money to help offer the benefits of the YMCA to folks who otherwise could not gain access to them.

    Here is a picture of the best wingman in the business, my yaker Bobby, before the race:
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    Updated July 23rd, 2012 at 12:33 AM by rxleakem

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  2. Workout 07/17/12:

    by , July 17th, 2012 at 02:46 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/200 IM drill

    Go three times through:
    - 4 x 75 FR on :05-:10 sr
    --- Go FAST on the middle 25
    --- Add burst (6/8/10/12) + Cruise last 25 on last rep
    - 100 skull/float

    6 x 50 on :10 SR - Kick/stroke by 25

    4/5 of a Noah's Ark
    - Did 2x2 thru 75
    - Floated 100 w/d, skipped last 100
    (Solo/Hoosick Falls/2300yds/40 min)
    -----------------------------------

    Good swim today. Not as crowded, and the sun was shining magnificently. Picked up the tempo with the 75s and felt strong. Kinda loafed the Ark and got out before the final 100 in order to get to work on time. I'll keep up with bands through Thursday, as well as continue to use the foam roller and tennis ball for back tightness leading up to the 2.4 mile Peaks to Portland swim this weekend.

    No lake swim last night - I guess the Marauders have scrapped it since the kids were complaining about the weeds. Oh well, fun while it lasted. I will have to get a picture of the Rec Center construction process at some point this week. Word on the street is the outer wall is totally gone in preparation of replacing it, and the might be adding some more room on that west side of the pool area to accomodate more spectator space. That would be cool...

    Updated July 17th, 2012 at 09:38 PM by rxleakem

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  3. Workout 07/16/12: am

    by , July 16th, 2012 at 12:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 IM drill/200 build

    1 x Noah's Ark
    10 x 50 on :10 sr
    - 1-2: kick
    - 3-4: pull
    - 5: FAST
    repeat

    200 FR drill
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Hoosick Falls/2000yds/40 min)
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    Made it back from Philly safely. Great city to get to know better as my daughter was at orientation. After that sweet wake-up swim with Tom, my son and I hit the town starting at 34th street: one wind sprint up the Museum of Art steps ("Rocky steps"), then a 4+ mile meander of the city, finally stopping at 5th street to check out the Liberty Bell. It was hot outside, but fun to see lots of interesting sights along the way.

    Friday we booked a tour of Lincoln Park (home of the Eagles), so we took the train to the south end of the orange line. It is pretty neat how the city has moved all of the pro stadiums right next to each other and has mass transit so close. Fun time getting the VIP behind the scene tour of a stadium - even got some goodies for my father-in-law who is a big fan.

    Saturday saw one of very few weekends starting off without any definite plans. My buddy works for the phone company and had to make a call to the other side of the state in Putney, VT, so I joined him on a motorcycle ride in the heat. Haven't been out in a long time for a long ride. Got home and took a ride with my wife before dinner as the temps cooled off a bit - got in around 150 miles.
    Yesterday after church we went to a party for my in-laws visiting from Tennessee - good times.

    Today I really didn't want to get up to swim, but kinda have to with Peaks coming up this weekend. More or less a stretch-out swim as I got there late (it was drizzling so I waited for the skies to clear out a little before making the twenty min drive over) and it was packed. No lane lines, and I squeezed in between two black lines until a lady decided she'd join there. Just swam around her.

    Plan for the week: swim at Lake Paren tonight with the Marauders (if it isn't storming) before Bible study, get in again tomorrow morning before work to do some harder efforts, work thru Thursday night, then stay dry until Saturday, where I am planning on taking the motorcycle on the five hour trip to Maine!
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  4. Workout 07/12/12: early am

    by , July 12th, 2012 at 07:31 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    wu: 400 swim/200 kick/300 pull/200 drill/200 im

    Go five times thru:
    200 FR on 2:55
    - neg split by 100
    100 FR on 1:40
    - 50 DPS, :05 sr, 50 sprint (breathe every 7)

    200 loosen and out
    (Tom's masters prac/Martin's Dam/3000 Lcm/65 min)
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    I got into Philly last night around 9:30, and made arrangements with Tom to meet up for a swim. Options were an evening practice today at Ridley High (where I joined him in March), or Martin's Dam, a long course, outdoor pool near Villanova. Either was fine with me, but after I told Tom I'd never swam Lcm, he suggested I get up for 6am practice at Martin. Glad I went
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    Well, I got up at 5am and called the valet to get the car before making the 30min drive to Wayne. Got there the same time as Tom, then checked in with the coaches at the pool. I mentioned I was in the area for my daughter's orientation and was excited to swim Lcm for the first time, and they chuckled that we'd be doing a lot today. Paid the drop-in fee and hopped into Tom's lane.

    I modified the warmup a bit: supposed to do a 400im, but I only did a 200im since Tom was already finished up. The main set was tough - the last time I did 200s scm they were on 3:00, but today was able to get in with 10->05 sr. I went third, with three more behind me (I think), and made the 100s with :05 sr, but I could not do the breathe every seven deal.

    By this time, 7am was nearing so I headed over to the far area of the pool to warm down, knowing that I needed to be back into Central Philly by 8:30 to get the kids up and to breakfast. Tom told me to avoid taking 76, so I used the gps and took some back roads into the Drexel area, then across the river to the hotel. Tom and the guys were getting ready to embark on a 1000 pull, and then a crazy distance swim after that. Did I mention that this was the VN team workout, and Tom led it as written? Tom is an animal!

    Spent the rest of the morning at orientation, then spent the afternoon exploring the city - climbed the "Balboa Stairs," then took the long walk through town to Independence Hall. The Inn at Penn has complimentary iPads in the room, so we're relaxing for a bit now before puttering around UPenn tonight. Tomorrow we are going to take a tour of the Eagles's stadium and eat some cheese steak sandwiches before collecting Emma at 3:30 for the five hour ride home. Where is the best place to strap on my feed bag?

    Updated July 12th, 2012 at 11:17 PM by rxleakem

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  5. Workout 07/10/12:

    by , July 10th, 2012 at 02:33 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/200 IM drill/200 Kick

    400 FR Pull with buoy
    10 x 50 on :15 SR
    - 1-4, 6-9 Quarter's Strong
    - 5 + 10 = Breaststroke

    1 x Noah's Ark FR Pull with buoy
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Hoosick Falls/2200yds/40 min)
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    Took a spin on the motorcycle over to HF this morning for adult swim. Not as crowded as last week, which was nice. Beautiful day (bright blue skies with a few high clouds floating by) for an outdoor swim. Nothing too difficult, more or less stetching out due to soreness from last night's pushup swims.

    Took the longer way home and enjoyed the ride. I am on vacation this week and too time to wash and buff both my bike and van. Yesterday I mowed the lawn, did some weedeating, and got the pool into shape. I just remembered my wine experiment in the basement - racked it for the first time, will need to do it probably two more times to get it clear. This afternoon I am going to help my wife with some upgrades to the downstairs bathroom (going to make up some moldings and repair the broken door frame) and probably take a nap or work in the garden. Might do both.
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  6. Workout 07/09/12: OW

    by , July 9th, 2012 at 10:45 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 360 FR, 120 IM

    Drills:
    2 x 60 FR
    1 x 180 FR
    1 x 60 FR (broken halfway to 1 min Vertical Kicking )
    10 x 60 (with 5 pushups halfway through)
    2 x 60 w/d
    (Marauders/Lake Paren/1560yds/55 min)
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    Since the Rec is closed, I have been weighing options for training. Lake Paren is in North Bennington, about fifteen minutes from my house. The age group team, the Marauders, are also without a pool, and using the Hoosick Falls pool in the morning and Lake Paren in the evening, three times a week. Since the coaches don't want to swim in the water, I have volunteered to swim with the kids to provide some motivation, and it happens to fall very nicely into my schedule Monday evenings from 5-6.

    There is a dock 30 yards from shore, hence the funky distances. It is a weedy lake, and the eight kids swimming were freaked out by it. I just laughed since the weeds were hiding various fish and salamanders, so I had a great time enjoying the waterlife. We used the dock for pushups - up the ladder, flex those muscles, then dive back to shore. I issued the challenge - the kids had to do six before I completed ten; if not, a long swims through the weeds! They beat me

    Updated July 10th, 2012 at 08:46 AM by rxleakem

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  7. Workout 07/03/12:

    by , July 3rd, 2012 at 10:33 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/200 IM drill

    10 x 200's various
    - drills, kicks, swim, stroke work

    200 float and out
    (Solo/Hoosick Falls Pool/2600yds/45 min)
    -------------------------------------

    Wow. This last week has been a blur due to a nasty head cold, which was very similar to one I had at the beginning of the year. Last Monday during my double I swallowed some water, then the sore throat, mucous machine and sinus clogging began. I missed the Berkshire's swim at Richmond Pond (although Brent was able to go) and battled this illness while working, taking a nap during lunch and basically sleeping whenever I have been home. Big disappointment. Add to that the closing of our town's pool for at least July and August for repairs to the building around the pool due to chlorine exhaust corrosion, and I am bumming!

    The nearest pool is just across the NY border in Hoosick Falls, an outdoor, five-lane 25yd pool built in the 60's. I have never been there before, but since I am feeling somewhat better I headed over today for the "workout" above just to get into the clear water on the beautiful morning we had. The pool is concrete, but has a liner like the KMart pool I have in the backyard. You can't really do flipturns (and I didn't) because when you push off, there is two inches of play between the two membranes. Wild stuff. There is a really interesting cross current too, between the diving well on the southwest side of the pool and the kiddie splash area on the northeast side, which was pretty trippy.

    Hey, it's a place to swim. I have tomorrow off and then work Thursday, and on Friday the family and I are heading up to Newport to get checked in for the Kingdom swim. Not exactly the type of taper I was planning on before my first ten mile swim. Some things we just don't have control over, and can only make the best of the circumstances were in. I am not able to take a full breath without coughing, so my focus for the swim is completion and also meeting the forumites who will be there.

    I do have access to one of the gyms in town now, so I will be dropping in next week to work on cardio. Peaks for Portland is two weeks after Kingdom, and I plan on supplementing my training with some more lake swims to keep jbs and slknight at bay. Next week I will be heading back to Phili for my daugther's orientation at Drexel, so I might try to meet up with Tom again for a swim. After Peaks, I will restart the lifting program in earnest (although I am still using my bands to keep my shoulders strong for the swims at this point).

    Good luck to all you Natsy folks this weekend, that pool looks amazing! Maybe they'll keep the flame throwers loaded for a few swim!
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  8. Workout 06/25/12: evening

    by , June 25th, 2012 at 09:35 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I did a slightly modified version of Fort's [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=20835"]workout #4 (6/11-17/12)[/ame] tonight as time allowed:

    Warm up:
    400 choice
    8 x (25 drill + 25 kick) @ 1:15
    -- 2 of each stroke
    4 x 50 torque drill @ 1:30
    50 EZ

    Speed sets:
    8 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    1 x 100 AFAP FR (went 58.3)
    200 EZ

    2 x through:
    -- 1 round free/kick
    1 x 25 @ 100 pace + 25 EZ @ 1:30
    1 x 25 AFAP + 75 EZ @ 2:15
    1 x 50 AFAP + 100 EZ @ 4:00

    8 x 50 @ 1:30
    - 1-4: IM rotation
    - 5-8: Quarter's Strong FR
    100 EZ
    (Solo/Rec/2850yds/65 min)
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    I was able to say hi to GregJS tonight during the Monday evening swim - I miss getting there recently as it is more of a social time for me. I was picking his brain on breaststroke tecnique, as I regard him as my coach for for this horrible stroke.

    This was a great speed workout - the intervals are almost spot on for really putting in the effort and getting rewarded with a little rest. Truth be told, I almost did the Lactate Production workout but after I wrote it down it dawned on me that I might have made a mistake. The 100 fast time was really good - not sure when I have gone that fast from a push in a while, and since I am not feeling very speedy of late it was nice to hammer out. I am still trying to balance store rate speed and not cutting my pull short on the fast swims - still more work to go. I don't have a parachute so I just modified that section a bit.

    With work tomorrow I will likely not be able to swim, unless I get out right at 8pm and make the last 15 minutes of masters practice to stretch out. I may not be that motivated, though.

    Oh, for your viewing pleasure, here is a look at the shirts I had made up for my open water swims this year. My yaker Bobby came up with the slogan and my talented sister Jill did the drawing (Bob's mom works for the Army/Navy shop in town and got us a good deal on printing). The Kingdom mountains to the Portland Light ...

    Updated June 25th, 2012 at 09:56 PM by rxleakem

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  9. Workout 06/25/12: noon

    by , June 25th, 2012 at 02:52 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK/200 RIM drill

    Go three times through:
    - 400 Swim
    - 200 Kick
    - 300 Pull with buoy

    1 x 500 Noah's Ark (last 200 cooldown)
    (Solo/Rec/3200yds/60 min)
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    As planned, Sunday was laid back for me. Met up with my brothers and sister and our families for breakfast at the old A&W in town, took some pictures, then I went out for two motorcycle rides in the afternoon. We had dinner with my mother-and-sister-in-law at home, then I mowed the lawn. A relaxing day ...

    Today I planned on a long continuous swim with a twist, so I did some SKP's. The middle one I did a 400im out in front, pretty slow but I did it. I plan to get back tonight since Men's Group is on hold for a few weeks and get in more of a HIT-ish workout.
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  10. Workout 06/23/12:

    by , June 23rd, 2012 at 02:07 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK/200 RIM

    assigned: Did:
    1 x 500 ... 1 x 700 pull with buoy
    5 x 100 ... 5 x 100 IM
    1 x 500 ... 250 kick, 150 swim, 250 pull with buoy
    5 x 100 ... 4 x 100 Quarter's Strong + 1 IM
    1 x 500 ... 1 x 700 pull with buoy

    Added on:
    4 x 75 on 1:00
    - 25 stroke/25 FR Sprint/25 FR DPS
    - Did 2 Fly and 2 BK

    100 loosen and out.
    (Masters/Rec/4050yds/90 min)
    -------------------

    Great to finally get in with the team today. Like many of you, I always put a little extra effort into my swims. Bethany, who is also doing the Kingdom swim (she did it last year) was there, as well as Kevin, Meg, Jill, and Nicole, Tom, and Marie who did their own thing.

    I added some yardage to the long swims so that we could all stay at the same intervals. We had plenty of time to between swims, and the first set of 100's were on 2:00 and the second set were on 2:15 to really work the AFAP quarter. Felt really good in the water today.

    Yesterday the afternoon swim didn't happen, which is fine. I met with my brothers and family for some mini-golfing, and then enjoyed a great massage with Lena. Dinner at Chili's and then dessert with the extended family at Clearbrook Farmsfor strawberry paloza - BYOS (bring your own shortcake). Delicious end of the day!

    Today my aunt is coming in from Boston for lunch, then we have a graduation party and my nephew's first boxing match before Relay for Life tonight. Tomorrow might not be so busy.
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  11. Workout 06/22/12:

    by , June 22nd, 2012 at 11:12 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/100 BK/200 RIM drill
    5 x 100 kick on 1:50

    Build a 200 IM:the IM chasm of doom(tm) scares me
    4 x 50 IMO on :10sr
    3 x 100 on :15sr
    - FL/BK, BK/BR, BR/FR
    2 x 150 on :15sr
    - FL/BK/BR, BK/BR/FR
    1 x 200 IM (went 2:46)

    12 x 25 IMO on :30
    - I haven't done a 25's set since March.

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2500yds/50 min)
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    Well, it has been hotter than a cat on a tin roof around these parts lately - it would be nice if we had a/c in the pharmacy but the swivel fan provides marginal relief, even if the Focalin capsules are a bit sticky. My only true reprieve from the heat is ice cream, so I have decided that it is a good time to find six pounds that I lost over the winter and call it "bulking up for the Kingdom Swim."

    I missed the Tri Train this am, and am kind of sorry I did because a peculiar thing happens when 4-5 are doing a workout in the adult swim time - people get out of the way! During the workout today I switched from circle to splitting the lane three times, just for some folks to swim a 200 then leave. Oh well, not really complaining, just making an observation.

    Found this IM set on a workout card on the Masters' board, and decided to go for it. Depending on traffic in the lane, I shuffled stroke order to prevent collisions. The 25's were fun - did them at about 85% since the water is 85 degrees. I thought it was cooler, but I guess when the air temp is 90+, the water will feel that way.

    I would like to double at lunch today since I have a massage booked for 3:45 with my wife. My brother and family are still out from Washington State, so may not happen. If not, I am going to get in with the Masters group tomorrow morning anyways. I am already at my weekly yardage from last week (14.6k yds), due to that long swim on Monday. The family (including cats) are getting a kick out of my recent foam roller purchase and use ... Now, where did Ben and Jerry go?

    Updated June 22nd, 2012 at 10:49 PM by rxleakem

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  12. Workout 06/20/12:

    by , June 20th, 2012 at 10:59 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/100 BK/200 RIM drill

    4 x 200 FR Pull with buoy on Base (2:40)
    4 x 50 kick on :55
    1 x Noah's Ark (last 200 was loosen and out)

    (Solo/Rec/2000yds/30 min)
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    I slept in a bit today and missed the Tri Train during my swim before work. Started off with other swimmers about pool options with the Rec closing July and August for pool building repairs. More and more I am seeing that these months will be more of a rest for me than anything - I can get into the outdoor pool in Hoosick Falls 8:30-9:30am, or hop in some lakes. It'll be good to not be so focused on swimming 5-7 times a week by dropping down to 2-3 times a week, especially after the couple of events in July are complete.

    Swim in today before work, and tomorrow I will dry since I am working the whole time the Rec is open. I'm planning on a double on Friday and hopefully a splash with the Master's group on Saturday, but we'll have to wait and see how the rest of the week plays out.
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  13. Workout 06/19/12:

    by , June 19th, 2012 at 02:17 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/100 BK/200 RIM drill

    4 x 50 kick on :55
    4 x 100 FR Pull on Base (1:20)

    4 x 50 kick on :55
    1 x 150 FR Pull on Base (2:00)
    1 x 100 FR Pull on Base
    1 x 150 FR Pull on Base

    4 x 50 Kick on :55
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2000yds/35 min)
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    My shoulders were stiff today after the long swim yesterday, so I focused on kicking and also technique to stretch out. The idea was sets of 600: 200 kick then 400 pull, but due to lack of time I missed the last two 400's (would have done 2 x 200 then 1 x 400). It was quite in the pool this morning so I was able to cruise through, getting 5 sr on the 100's and 8 sr on the 150's.

    Happy swimming to you all
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  14. Workout 06/18/12:

    by , June 18th, 2012 at 09:49 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Today I was able to meet up with GregJS near his home, just over the Green Mountains from me, to take a dive into the Harriman Reservoir for a long swim. I took up his offer to paddle as we embarked on a 2.5-3 hr swim, and it worked out that today was the day. I slathered on a total of two coats of the Coppertone kids spf50 (with zinc oxide) and headed out from the house.

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    I met up with Greg at 1:40pm and we headed to the Oxbow Boat Launch area right off Route 9. I was interested in putting my feeding schedule to the test during a long swim, and also trying the storage and method of feeding. I have The Big Bobber cooler and have found that it does float in the water while fishing, so I roped it onto the kayak thinking that it would just float along. Well, it didn't. A few minutes after starting our swim around 2:30, I noticed that Greg had not caught up to me. I looked back to see the bobber sinking as it filled up with water! Must have been the force of dragging it through the water that did it in. It so happened that it sat comfortably over his lap on the kayak (minus the extra water, of course) and didn't impede paddling, so he just ported it that way for the rest of the swim.

    It was another glorious day for a swim. The water was clear and clean, with visibility to about 8 feet. The sun was shining high above through the blue skies, occasionally hiding behind a passing cloud. Air temp was around 74, water temp perceived at 69. We swam into a headwind the first half of the swim, as well as some passing swells from powerboats. Overall, not very busy on the lake and we picked out objects ahead to swim to.

    Here is a link to the path of the swim. We made it withing sight to the first island and decided to turn around and head back. Swimming from the eastern to western bank was perhaps the most scary part of the trip, as boats were coming in both directions. I used it as a midway sprint to lessen our exposure, and it turns out the boats stayed away until we were on the other side.

    I again used my safe swimmer buoy and experienced no issues with it. It did tug a little more today when the chop on the lake increased, but not to the point of being a distraction. It was fun swimming the reservoir, as there were no weeds to contend to . The only freaky thing was the random, but regular bubbles rising up from the abyss. I convinced myself that these were from the decomposing plant matter at the bottom of the lake, and not a snapping turtle or sucker-fish. Greg confirmed that the Harrimonster was reeled in at some point in the past few years, but could not fully confirm that it did not leave a spawn that might be following me.

    Ended up swimming 4.42 miles in just under 2 hours 28 minutes (1.8 mph pace). The feedings went well, although I am going to change the first hour to include a half feed of carbohydrate and electrolytes - I was really craving the salty stuff and didn't taste it until the 2nd hour. I was really fortunate that Greg (THANKS GREG!) was able to take time out of his day to slowly explore the Harriman with me, as well as let me borrow a cap (since I forgot mine). Great day for a swim all around!

    Oh, graduation was also a real blessing over the weekend. Emma's ceremony was not too long nor boring, and she went to the "all night party" as we rolled some deli meat and got prepared for her party on Saturday. Lots of family and friends came to enjoy the sunny afternoon, which included a bouncy house that only tipped over when I was in it. I also had a relaxing Father's Day, which included a hammock assembled by the kids and Lena, and a campfire and smore's at night. Adding to that, my big brother Bryan and family are visiting from Washington State for the week, so it has been fun catching up with them (including my ten-month-old niece).
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  15. Workout 06/15/12:

    by , June 15th, 2012 at 11:05 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    100 FR

    250 FR (25 DPS/25 FAST repeat)

    100 FR swim moderate/100 kick fast
    50 swim/50 kick
    100 swim/100 kick

    500 "Shark swim"
    - Hold kickboard between legs and pull 25, then kick FAST 25

    250 loosen and out
    (Tri Train/Rec/1600yds/35 min)
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    I was a little late to the pool this morning and just hopped in with the Tri Train. The Shark swim was fun - the goal was to swim the 500yds, or until I caught the group. I finally reeled 'em in (lapped them) on my #10, and we were all gassed. The reason was to give me a motivation to go faster, but they all laughed that they were at the point of puking so it was fun all around.

    Work until 2pm, then off the rest of the day to prepare for Emma's graduation this evening and the party tomorrow.

    Updated June 15th, 2012 at 03:10 PM by rxleakem

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  16. Workout 06/14/12: evening

    by , June 14th, 2012 at 10:50 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    100 FR/100 BK/200 RIM drill

    Go two times through:
    2 x 50 Might Mouse kicks
    4 x 50 FR on :45 DPS

    Gotwo times through:
    1 x Noah's Ark on 6:30
    4 x 50 skull/drill on 1:30

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2600yds/50 min)
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    What a busy day I ended up with. After the morning swim, my sister-in-law and her boyfriend stopped by the house to help me clear some brush piles in preparation for the graduation party on Saturday. Bonus: the dump didn't charge to dispose of the woody stuff!

    I got home to find my father-in-law, who is visiting from Tennessee and celebrating his birthday today, taking measurments in the basement for an electric hot water heater I have been talking about for a while. He was bored hanging around town so volunteered to help me put it in. With the help of some shark-bites, a mini geyser capped and small shower of sparks (yes, in that order), I was able to rig the new unit up. Success mostly due to non-reliance on the oil furnace for our hot water now.

    Then I joined my neighbor for a short motorcycle ride on some of the back roads near home. He just bought his sister's Vulcan and got his permit, so we took it easy cruising around. Always good to have another riding buddy.

    I felt better during the swim tonight, and only had one other swimmer in the pool. Mighty Mouse is a variation of the corkscrew drill from Pat's blog that I do while kicking - right arm in front while rotating from back to stomach every 5 or so seconds, in the opposite direction on the second lap -- left arm in front the next time. I really attacked the Ark's, going 6:16 on number one and 6:11 on number two. Felt strong and in control - nice.

    After the swim, we went to dinner at the brew pub in town, in honor of Emma's graduation. Some ice cream for desert and now I am ready for some sleep. Swim in the morning before work (more Sharkys, no doubt), then most likely dry through the end of the weekend.

    Happy Father's Day to all you dad's out there on the intertubes, and especially you men that do not have kids but serve as mentors and encouraging influences to the folks around you.
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  17. Workout 06/14/12: morning

    by , June 14th, 2012 at 12:11 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/100 BK/200 IM Drill

    100 FR EZ

    Repeat four times:
    2 x 50 Kick on 1:00
    1 x 200 FR pull with buoy on 3:00

    200 w/d
    (Solo/Rec/2000yds/40 min)
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    I was feeling very unmotivated this morning, a lot of it I attribute to only eating a PBJ sandwich last night after that lake swim. I had a tough time getting out of bed so I muddled through a relatively low-key workout this morning. I did manage to descend the 200 FR by round (2:34, :31, :26, :23) - at least there is a positive.
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  18. Workout 06/13/12

    by , June 14th, 2012 at 12:04 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Drove to Monterey this evening to join the PaceMakers for their Wednesday evening OW swim. Not California, silly, but rather Massachusetts (a much more reasonable 80 minute drive.

    I arranged with Brent to carpool, as he works on the way to Lake Garfield and is also doing the Kingdom Swim. Great to get the chance to know him better, and prove that I can get lost even while following the GPS with someone besides my wife in the car.

    Meet Bill and a total of five others for a swim in this gem of a lake: 70.5 degree water, visibility ten feet, and buoys making key sections throughout. I tried out my new Safe Swimmer orange buoy and found no problems with it at all, actually having to stop from time to time to make sure it was still attached! I had my sandals, shirt, shorts, keys, and phone secure and dry the whole swim.

    We swam to the big rock after the dogleg, stopping a couple of times to regroup before meeting two of the late-comers on the return trip. We went at a leisurely pace, enjoying the full blue canvas dotted with fluffy white clouds above the small chop and glistening evening sun of the surface. Not a boat to be seen, but plenty of birds sailing through the air and singing to us. Glorious Creation!

    All told, a great 2 mile swim in 70 minutes, followed by a small potluck if bbq chicken, fresh greens, potato salad and Tabouli, and some cookies! Some goof from Vermont only brought granola bars, but he seemed to get the hint that more is expected next time.
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  19. Workout 06/11/12: noon

    by , June 11th, 2012 at 10:59 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    100 FR/100 BK/100 drill (Fly and BR)

    go two times through:
    500 Free on 6:30
    4 x 50 IMO on :50
    4 x 50 Quarter's Strong FR on :50

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2300yds/35 min)
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    I was able to sneak out of work early today and get in for a swim before lunch. GregJS was there so I got to say hello - haven't seen him in weeks. I'm going to take up his offer to kayak for me at a resoviour between our towns next week (if the weather holds) - thanks again, Greg.

    I had wanted to do this set three times, but the clock did not allow for that. My aim was to mix a strong distance swim with some peppier 50's (kinda like the middle of a longer race when you want to pass someone). I actually descended the 500's, going 6:13 first then I really put effort into the second one, going 6:02. After that, I puttered around the house, moving some of the summer furniture outside and mowing the grass.

    It has been a crazy week with working extra to get time off for my daughter's graduation this Friday. I plan to keep doubling up one or two days a week for the next two weeks heading into Kingdoms swim. I dropped weight lifting last week (even though I haven't really blogged about that aspect in a while). Might try to play one more game of basketball, but since that has moved outside and my chances of getting hurt will increase, I will likely drop that until they head back inside.

    As promised, here is a pic of my daughter and her friends. Emma is wearing the green dress - don't know where she gets all that craziness from ...
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    Bible study tonight with the men's group, then my last long day tomorrow of work. Planning on a swim in the Berkshires on Wednesday night after a meeting at the corporate office - if the weather holds out this week ....
    Oh, I also updated my Charles River race report with my official time and a link to a picture album I have on facebook if you want to check it out.

    Updated June 12th, 2012 at 12:12 AM by rxleakem

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  20. Workout 06/11/12: morning

    by , June 11th, 2012 at 02:38 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/100 B K/200 RIM drill

    10 x 50 kick on ~ 1:00

    4 x 200 FR Pull with buoy on :15 sr
    1 x 200 IM-ish

    4 x 75 FR on 1:00

    50 EZ
    100 IM for time (1:13.47 - ouch)
    50 EZ 100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2600yds/50 min)
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    The Tri-train did not pull into station this morning, so I just departed for the journey on my own. I plan to swim again at lunch. The weekend was almost a blur - worked, went to the drive-in's Friday night, Emma's Senior Ball after work on Saturday (I'll put up a picture when I get to the computer tonight), and yesterday I put motorcycle riding on hold to work around the house.

    Of note, there have been three motorcycle fatalities in the past week in my neck of the woods. I do my best not to be an idiot when riding, and these serve as a reminder that I need to always be processing what is happening around me while riding. I think the higher number is due to Americaide wrapping up last week and lots of folks (like, 2,000+ bikers) heading east to Laconia, NH, for the rally there during the next 10 days or so.

    REMEMBER TO LOOK TWICE FOR BIKES, no matter what you're driving.

    Updated June 11th, 2012 at 06:18 PM by rxleakem

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