View RSS Feed

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.

Check out my swimmer info page here.

  1. Workout 02/12/13:

    by , February 12th, 2013 at 09:57 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Hopped in with GregJS tonight at masters:

    w/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill/100 kick

    Fort hybrid set:
    1 x50 @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    3 x25 @ 95% @ :30
    200 EZ
    1 x50 @ 100 pace
    2 x25 @ 95%
    200 EZ
    1 x50 @ 100 pace
    1 x25 AFAP
    200 EZ

    Masters minute, then:
    4 x 50 Quarters Strong on :60 (did 5 on :45)
    100 kick
    4 x 50 Quarters Strong on :60 (did 5 on :45, snorkel)
    100 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2400 yds/55 min)

    Good workout tonight. I spent the day working on taxes, which are now complete! With the meet in a couple of weeks, I'm transitioning to more intensity and Leslie's main set fit the bill; we both were hitting our 100 pace on the 50's. Instead of subjecting ourselves to another round, I offered up the old Quarters strong.

    In other news, our recognized meet has been approved for the end of April. If you are in the area, stop by and have some fun!
    Swim Workouts
  2. Workout 02/10/13:

    by , February 10th, 2013 at 03:34 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Got in for a swim after getting home from church and brunch with my wife:

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

    Go four times through:
    - 100 kick on 2:00 with snorkel
    - 200 FR on 3:00 with snorkel and agility paddles

    1 x Noah's Ark pull with buoy

    8 x 50 on :60, done as:
    - 25 down = burst and cruise FR on :30 (8/10/12/full)
    - 25 back = IMO FAST on :30
    (did an easy 50 after #4 and 8)

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

    We arrived home safely from Philly last night; we spent the morning and early afternoon there with my daughter for brunch and then shopping at the Trader Joe's and Whole Food stores. It was a great few days exploring the city with our personal tour guide! When it gets warmer we are planning to head down again to take in more of the sights. We received about nine inches of snow here in SW VT, although my buddies in Maine were pounded with 30+ inches.

    Good swim today, and started to work the speed at the end of the workout. The final 25 (full b/c) was in around 12.5, so that is good. The Western NE meet in early March is shaping up, and I am in the process of getting the paperwork complete in regards to hosting a recognized meet in my home pool at the end of April again this year. I am not able to get into the competition pool tool much this spring (mostly due to work), so at least a few opportunities is better than none.
    Swim Workouts
  3. Workout 02/07-08/13

    by , February 8th, 2013 at 12:25 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, I was going to get some good swimming in Wednesday, but I was run down, mostly from tiling I guess.

    Thursday I got in 1800yds at the Rec solo, nothing too remarkable. Drove to Philly last night, and was able to get into the pool on UPenn this morning, which is a block from the hotel.

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    4 x 100 on 1:40

    Two times thru:
    - 4 x 50 kick on :60
    - 2 x 150 FR on 2:15 pull with buoy

    Four times thru:
    - 25 burst/cruise stroke IMO into 25 dps fr on :50
    - 100 fr on 1:40 with snorkel

    Finish with 200 IM with agility paddles

    4 x 50 Quarters Strong on :60
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Sheerr Pool/3400m/70 min)

    While here to visit my daughter at Drexel, I was able to get in contact with the UPenn folks and access to the pool. It is 55 yards long, with a submersible bulkhead dividing the pool into 25 yards and 25 meters. I choose meters and enjoyed a lane to myself the whole time. Water was a cool 80 degrees, and crystal clear. A good change from the 86 at the Rec yesterday!

    I was going to try to meet up with Tom either tonight or tomorrow for a swim, but with mega storm Nemo bearing down, I'm going to hang out in town and get ready to head home tomorrow night. It the weather is as bad as forecasted (18 - 20 inches back home), we'll stay another night and return Sunday.

    Now, back to eating my way thru Philly!

    Updated February 8th, 2013 at 08:05 PM by rxleakem (Corrected pool length)

    Swim Workouts
  4. Workout 02/05/13:

    by , February 5th, 2013 at 09:43 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Hoped into the pool with the Masters group tonight, and modified the workout to:

    300 FR/100 BK/200 IM drill w/u

    6 x 100 FR on 1:30 (descend 1-6; last one 1:01)
    200 Pull with buoy, agility paddles, and snorkel
    6 x 100 FR on 1:20 (descend 1-6, last one 1:03)
    200 choice recovery
    8 x 25 on :30 (did some underwater sdk's, FR, and BK)

    100 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2500 yds/55 min)

    Starting to feel better from the nasal crud, which started to take a detour to my chest but I beat it back with some Robitussin and extra sleep. No basketball on Sunday (due to the almost electrifying football game), and I spent the past two days on my vacation project, tiling the downstairs bathroom. I completed the area around the shower, and will lay the floor tiles when warmer weather comes (I know that I will have to replace the subfloor and don't want to get into all that right now).

    The swim today felt strong, even though my upper body is sore after straddling the edge of the tub and the soap-dish area - the cats were entertained! Planning to double tomorrow, and also start working on my taxes.
    Swim Workouts
  5. Workouts: 2/2-3/12

    by , February 3rd, 2013 at 06:09 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Still under the weather with the nasal crud. Thinking back, same thing was bugging me last spring. Hmmm ...

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

    4 x 50 on :45 FR (descend)
    2 x 300 on 4:15 FR (descend)
    2 x 100 on 1:40 IM (descend)

    200 loosen and out
    (Soloe/Rec/1800 yds/30 min)
    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    10 x 100 on 1:35 (50 Swim,50 kick)
    100 DPS Free
    200 IM
    100 Loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2000 yds/30 min)

    Still not pushing things too much. After coaching the masters practice yesterday Lena joined me with the group for lunch at Maddison's, the local brew pub. Good time, and our first real social in over a year. Preston and I went to catch Williams College men's hockey, one of the best free things to do in our area, before I swam last evening.

    Today I hopped in the water again after church, and before heading up to the nursing home to lead the service - my friend Aline, the first missionary I have ever met (served the Lord in France for a few decades before coming home in the early 2000's for cancer treatment), was able to rejoin us to tickle the ivory and help to drown out my not so wonderful voice on the hymns. I just have to remember; joyful noise. The residents prefer good music! haha
    Swim Workouts
  6. Workout 02/01/13:

    by , February 1st, 2013 at 07:47 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Feling a bit better, but still clogged up from the neck up. Had a meeting at the corporate office this morning, stopped by my wife's grandma's house on the way home to visit, then got to the pool for a swim:

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

    4 x 100 on :10 SR with snorkel
    - odds = kick with board
    - evens = FR with agility paddles

    Go four times through:
    - 2 x 25 on :05 SR (odds = underwater SDK, even ez FR)
    - 50 FAST IMO by round, into
    - 100 FR stroke/stretch
    - :10 SR bwt round

    200 BK with agility paddles, talked to a tri guy looking for stroke helps
    4 x 50 on :15 SR with snorkel and pull buoy, fast turnover focus
    2 x 100 with snorkel, dolphin dives in deep
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2600 yds/55 min)

    Still not pushing the intervals too much until this head cold clears up, but it felt really good to get into the water. I am now off for a week from work; plan to do come projects around the house (not too many, I hope ) and visit Emma in Philly for a few days. Tom, when does the group meet at Ridley on Thursday or Friday, and can I drop in?

    **Breaking news ***
    Harvard meet info (March) is now posted. See thread here:
    I am trying to get the weekend off to compete, but since my boss is on vacation the chances of this happening are near zero.

    Updated February 1st, 2013 at 09:03 PM by rxleakem

    Swim Workouts
  7. Workout 01/29/13:

    by , January 29th, 2013 at 06:35 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Warmup: 200 FR/200 BK?200 IM drill

    6 x 100 FR on 1:30 (mixed some 50'sBK in there)
    6 x 100 on 2:00 (2 kick, 1 IM)
    4 x 50 on :60 (Stroke IMO down, FR back)

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2200 yds/40 min)

    Had a busy weekend at work, with the store's grand reopening on Sunday. Some fun events in the different departments, and we were provided with breakfast and lunch - bonus!

    I had planned to swim yesterday but there was a power outage at the Rec (also my street) for a little over an hour, so they closed. This after basketball didn't happen yet again on Sunday. Was not weather related (although we had a mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain), but rather a fire at an apartment building at the beginning of the street - all ok. Men's group was also canceled, so I just relaxed at home.

    Day off today, but I think I am getting another bout of the sinus crud. Two hour delay this morning was a nice treat for extra sleep, and I took a nap during lunchtime adult swim. I was going to skip tonight as well, but decided that a stretch-out swim would be beneficial so I didn't push the intervals too much. I'll be heading back in a bit to oversee the Masters practice, then home to an early slumber.
    Swim Workouts
  8. Workout 01/24/13: OHS

    by , January 24th, 2013 at 09:54 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Cold weather continues, so I was able to take advantage of two factors today: the occupancy in the lanes was sparse and GregJS was available to observe my attempt for the One Hour Swim. With a goal of 4300yds, I pushed off and did ...

    0500 5:59.25
    1000 6:22:66
    1500 6:31:67
    2000 7:06.00 (water break)
    2500 6:30.69
    3000 6:32.12
    3500 6:58.38 (water break)
    4000 6:35:62
    4500 6:31.94
    4565 0:51.57

    I felt good in the water, and was able to reign in the last third by really focusing on EVF and consistent body roll in route to a regular SPL. This is almost 300 yards more than last year! I kept an eye on Greg as well, and he expanded on his tally from last year as well, so all in all a great contribution from the Bennington Monument Masters to Team New England Masters total for the national championship!

    In other news, I also volunteered some time today to help with the age group team in town. I was able to get in an additional 1600 (so total of 6165yds on the day) as I helped to reinforce proper streamlining skills off every wall, and also long-axis body rotation. It is fun to work with the kids, and they again paid attention to me as I helped to be a for fast swimming with less effort.
  9. Workout 01/23/13: AM and PM

    by , January 23rd, 2013 at 08:53 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    A tad chilly this morning, in fact the van did not spit out any heat even after dropping my son of at school and hitting the pool:

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

    Go 3 times:
    - 100 Kick :10 SR
    - 100 with Agility paddles :10 SR
    - 200 Pull with buoy :10 SR
    (Rd 1+2 FR with dorkel, Rd 3 Back)

    4 x 50 on 1:00 (IMO)
    8 x 25 on :30 (IMO)
    100 Loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2300 yds/45 min)
    More or less a stretch out swim. The pool was packed so no intervals, just counted off the rest and weave through traffic. I helped my wife around the house in the afternoon and sorted through last year's paperwork in preparation for taxes. I need to stick with my organization all year long in order to prevent this time drain in January.


    200 FR/200 BK warmup

    Build a 200 IM (5 x 200 on 2:50):
    - Rd #1-4: 50 Stroke FAST into 150 FR DPS
    - Rd # 5: 200 IM timed (2:32)

    50 EZ

    Go 3 times through:
    - 100 Kick on 1:45
    - 4 x 50 on :45
    (Rd 1: Quarters Strong, 2: B/C 2nd 25, 3: B/C 1st 25)

    Master Minute: 50 FR FAST (25.9 - wow)
    50 EZ

    Go 2 times through:
    - 4 x 25 on :30 IMO
    - 100 DPS on 2:00 with Dolphin Dive in deep
    - 4 x 25 on :30 (odd underwater SDK, even BK EZ)
    - 100 DPS on 2:00 with Dolphin Dive in deep

    100 Loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3350 yds/60 min)

    Should have planned to do the One Hour Swim - still freezing cold and I had the pool to myself for the first 25 minutes of adult swim tonight. Oh well, decided to go with a more intense workout. I am staying with my plan to double at least once a week, just need to start in with weights again. 5650 yds for the day. Feels good.

    Updated January 23rd, 2013 at 09:01 PM by rxleakem

    Swim Workouts
  10. Workout 01/21/13:

    by , January 21st, 2013 at 08:49 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM Drill

    3 times through:
    - 100 kick on 1:40
    - 200 swim on 2:40

    100 w/d
    (Solo/Rec/1600 yds/30 min)

    Quick swim before work, didn't really want to get or of bed and almost missed adult swim altogether. Basketball was canceled last night, so I was able to watch the Patriots stumble to a loss
    Swim Workouts
  11. Workout 01/19/13:

    by , January 19th, 2013 at 03:21 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Coached the Masters team this morning, had 7 swimmers in the water!

    Did the following this afternoon:

    200 FR/200 Bk
    10 x 50 on :50 with snorkel
    - odds = kick with board
    - evens = strong FR

    Did part the main set from Masters this morning (with different intervals):
    1. 2 .3
    1, 2, 3 x 200 (on 2:50) pull with buoy
    2, 2, 2 x 100 (on 1:30) with agility paddles, dolphin dive in deeps
    3, 3, 3 x 50 (on 1:00) underwaters down, stroke back (IMO, no FR)
    * I only did the first two rounds due to time constraints.

    200 w/d and out
    (Solo/Rec/2400 yds/50 min)
    Had a good time with the group this morning. It is really neat on the coaching side of things to see how some modifications in stroke mechanics can help someone move through the water more efficiently and faster. Nice to stretch out today after yesterday's yard fest. Now off to a spaghetti dinner!
    Swim Workouts
  12. Workout 01/18/13:

    by , January 18th, 2013 at 04:28 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill for warmup

    35 x 100 on 1:30, done as:
    1-5 = 50 kick, 50 FR with snorkel (1:25s)
    6-10 = FR with snorkel and agility paddles (1:16s)
    11-15 = FR with snorkel (1:11s)
    16-20 = BK (1:22s)
    21-30= odds FR, evens IM (mostly drills)
    31-34= various
    35 = Fast one: went 1:01

    50 EZ

    4 x 25 on :30
    - Stroke IMO Burst and cruise
    4 x 50 on 1:00
    - 25 stroke IMO, 25 FR ez
    4 x 75 on 1:30
    - 50 FR ez, 25 stroke IMO

    300 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/5050yds/85 min)

    This qualifies as my longest pool practice as a master. Decided to break up the 100's to keep the repetition from getting old; it was interesting that throughout my lanemates would change; went from three to five at one point! I kinda miss using the swimp3; need to find those and charge them up for some entertainment during practices.

    Going out with my wife tonight to a coffeehouse music thing at a friend's church, then I'll coach tomorrow morning and swim myself after lunch before heading down to spaghetti dinner to help a cousin's church raise money for a new roof in the spring. It'll be a busy weekend off for me, which I like.
    Swim Workouts
  13. Workout 01/15/13: evening

    by , January 15th, 2013 at 09:29 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Yeah for double days! In with the team this evening after supper:

    200 FR/200 BK/100 ez w/u

    1 x 200 on 3:00 (did IM)
    4 x 25 on 1:00 No breather AFAP
    1 x 300 on 4:30 (did Bk/Fr/Bk by 100)
    4 x 25 on 1:00 Kick (did underwater SDK's, surfaced at flags)
    1 x 400 FR on 6:00
    (and then back down the ladder)

    (Did the last 200 was warmdown)
    (Masters/Rec/2300 yds/60 min)

    Good workout, nice mix of distance (aim to keep even pace over 100's), and some fast work to help keep the lungs burning. Greg and Carol were there, and we settled into a nice rhythm. Carol's son Andy is training for his third Olympics in the sprint cross-country ski events, he was a little dude on the swim team when I was in high school.
    Swim Workouts
  14. Workout 01/15/13: morning

    by , January 15th, 2013 at 11:03 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk w/u

    Put on snorkel and do (:05 sr between all):
    400 FR with agility, 50 FR fast, 50 kick with board
    300 FR strong, 50 FR fast, 50 kick with board
    200 FR with agility, 50 FR fast, 50 kick with board
    100 FR strong, 50 FR fast, 50 kick with board

    4 x 25
    - evens skull
    - odds underwater SDK (rotate 90 degrees every 6 yds or so)

    4 x 50 stroke (Medley Relay order)
    50 ez and out
    (Solo/Rec/2150 yds/40 min)

    Nice to hop in the water this morning. It's been a long week at work after the pharmacy move, and relative lack of workflow. This weekend I established one, and also played bball on Sunday night with the guys (Preston stayed home to watch the Patriots game). Was going to swim last night, but had the opportunity to organize a last minute Bible study at my house with some of the guys and James, whose dad sometimes joins us at study and is home from Seminary in Louisville. Nice to get his perspective about some of the issues that seem to be coming up when us old folks get together.

    Had to wait a bit as the lifeguard called in sick and the Rec director was running late (plus she forgot her keys). It was a good thing, though, as we just huddled in front of the entrance and talked, those going to swim and those headed for the weight room, about upcoming weddings, family news, and the like. Then a nice swim.

    Updated January 15th, 2013 at 12:26 PM by rxleakem

    Swim Workouts
  15. Workout 01/10/13:

    by , January 10th, 2013 at 08:47 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Wow, first time I have done two days in a row all year!

    200 FR/200 back warmup

    4 x (with snorkel):
    - 50 kick with board on :05 SR
    - 100 strong FR with agility paddles on :10 SR

    1 x Noah's Ark with snorkel (went ~ 6:15)

    1 x 100 EZ, then
    1 x 400 IM (1:20, 2:45, 4:30, 5:45)

    10 x 50 on :50
    - odds: FR dolphin dives in the shallows
    - evens: Stroke (Medley Relay order), extra BK to finish (31.6)

    1 x 200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2600 yds/50 min)

    It has been weird so far this year, the pool has not been inundated with New Year's Resolutionists. The past two have yielded super crowded lanes, so I am a little confused, but perfectly ok.

    After the swim today I mailed out a printer to my daughter at school, and went to a basketball game to cheer on my son. Their team is not the most coordinated, but they were able to tie the game against the local high school, where basketball is all the rage. (Funny, the varsity team is not doing great (0-8), but of course the local paper only covers them, not the swim team, where the girls are undefeated and the boys have only lost one meet). Well, Preston's team lost in OT 45-39, but he played a good game (his best effort so far this season), and was putting some of the moves that we work on during the Sunday night practices into the game.

    I'll most likely be dry through the weekend due to work, but have gotten within two miles of my GTD. I plan to catch up to my goal pace by the end of next week.
    Swim Workouts
  16. Workout 01/09/13:

    by , January 9th, 2013 at 02:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK w/u

    2 x (with snorkel):
    - 50 kick with board on :60
    - 2 x 50 smooth on :45 with agility paddles

    4 x 125 IM's on 2:00
    - Shuffled 50 stroke Fly -> Free

    4 x 125 FR on :10SR
    - Shuffled 50 FAST last on first, first on last

    1 x Noah's Ark with agility paddles and pull buoy
    1 x 500 of something (I forgot)
    1 x 200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3100 yds/60 min)

    The move of the pharmacy Monday to Tuesday was a tad crazy. We were able to get some extra help from two college students. I stayed until midnight, and didn't sleep well at all, then blistered through a twelve in the midst of continued construction. Ugg.

    Nice to get into the water today at lunch to work off some stress.
    Swim Workouts
  17. Workout 01/07/13:

    by , January 7th, 2013 at 10:10 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Feeling really sluggish today, no doubt due to two swims, a snowshoe hike, and basketball this weekend.

    Got this in before work today:
    200 Fr/200 back warmup

    Went twice thru:
    200 Fr on 2:45, 2 x 50 Fr on :50
    (Used snorkel and pull buoy)

    100 ez
    8 x 75 IM cycles on 1:15
    1 Noah's Ark (last 200 ez)
    (Solo/Rec/2200 yds/45 min)

    Ready to physically move the pharmacy tonight after work. I am scheduled until 10pm or so (it'll probably finish up around 1 or 2 am), then back tomorrow morning at 8 for a regular twelve hour shift. It will be great to finally have this construction complete for us (been going in for three months!).

    Updated January 7th, 2013 at 10:18 AM by rxleakem

    Swim Workouts
  18. Workout 01/06/13:

    by , January 6th, 2013 at 07:09 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Got in for a swim after church this morning:

    200 FR/200 Bk warmup

    Go three times through:
    - 100 kick, 100 w/ agility paddles, 100 w/ paddles and buoy, 100 hard
    - All on :10 seconds rest, with a Masters Minute between rounds
    - Did FR/FR/Bk by round (used snorkel on the FR, went 1:07 on the BK)

    200 stroke loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/30 min)
    Had a full day and not a lot of time to swim, so this is what I did. Can't let the Flog get to far away this early on!

    After the swim I went to one of the nursing homes in town and led the Sunday service, which I am blessed to do the first Sunday of every month. Good turn out, despite some flu-ish bugs floating through the nursing home.

    When I got home, I packed my son up in the car and went to basketball with the guys. We played 4x4, three teams, over two hours. Our team lost all of the games, but I scored a few buckets and sweated up a storm. Next up, I need to buy some basketball shoes ...

    Updated January 6th, 2013 at 07:38 PM by rxleakem

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  19. Workout 01/05/13:

    by , January 5th, 2013 at 09:34 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I finally had a chance to get into the water today. Since the turnout was not to much, I was able to swim a bit with the team:

    150 fr
    3 x 50 Fr on :55
    4 x 50 kick on 1:15
    (break to talk with new swimmers)
    200 Fr, 100 Fr with snorkel

    5 x ? on 2:00 (pick a distance)
    - did 150s with snorkel
    - 1 smooth, 2 build, 3-5 descend

    4 times through:
    - Vertical kick x 30seconds, then 50 Fast

    4 x 50 Active Recovery on 1:15
    (Masters/Rec/1950 yds/60 min)

    Work has been busy, as our remodel continues and we actually move the pharmacy on Monday night. I was happy to sneak in a swim today with the group.

    This afternoon, I went snowshoeing with a friend who had never used them before. It was supposed to new a short trek, but turned into over 4.5 miles! Ready for some

    Updated January 5th, 2013 at 09:55 PM by rxleakem

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  20. Workout 12/31/12:

    by , December 31st, 2012 at 04:04 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had a busy weekend at work, as well as some more snow overnight into Sunday so I was able to keep up some drylands in the beautiful cold - just waited for a bit after finishing up before heading inside to admire the quite snow slowly drifting to the ground.

    For the second week in a row I was able to get basketball in on Sunday. Last week it was 3x3 half-court for about an hour, and last night was old dudes vs young bucks, 3x4. full-court. I am usually the oldest; we played for just under two hours and won the first game.

    Slept in this morning and hit up the rather busy adult swim lanes at lunchtime:

    - 200 FR/200 Bk w/u

    Go 4 times through with snorkel:
    - 100 kick on 1:45
    - 2 x 100 FR pull on 1:30 with agility paddles

    200 (very broken) IM and then a 100 back with agility paddles

    10 x 50 on :45 pull with buoy
    - maintained 33-34 throughout

    Go 4 times through:
    - 50 fast stroke on :60 (IMO by round)
    - 100 strong on 1:40

    - 100 IM for time: 1:08.8

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3300 yds/75 min)

    My back has been stiff from shoveling and bball, so today was more or less another stretch-out swim. I had notions of 100 x 25 (since that is about my max time limit available to do), so settled on at least 100 lengths.
    Mission accomplished.

    So, GTD for the year looks like:
    My Go The Distance 2012 Progress
    261.46 miles swum (=460,165 yards, =420,775 meters).
    Made my goal of 250 miles at the BU meet a few weeks ago. I really like the flogging ability that we have with our USMS membership to keep track of our yardage. For comparison, I swam 235.24 miles in 2011 (goal = 200), and 137.17 miles in 2010 (goal = 100). With no planned absences from the pool (vacation or closures) for 2012, I will set a goal of 300 miles. I have already signed up for the USMS 10 mile wave at Kingdom Swim, and if I can get clearance from Lena I would really like to splash in one of the 8 Bridges stages.

    Here is to a happy and healthy new year to all of my swimming friends and their families. Many blessings from Vermont.
    Swim Workouts