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My wife and kids motivated me to get my big belly back into the pool after buying a pair of SwiMP3's for Christmas in 2008. I focused on swimming the Peaks To Portland (Maine) 2.4 mile swim in July, 2010, and have added meets and consistent training since then. I mostly swim on my own because I am only able to get together with the local Master's workout group a couple of times a month. I love the backstroke and short free events, and I have a newly discovered fondness for Open Water, having completed my first 10K in Sept '11 and 10 mile in July '12.


My faith in Christ sees me through the exhausting practices and long hours driving to competitions (well, everything day by day, actually), and helps to keep me grounded in the knowledge that the events are only to give me feedback on how my training is progressing. If you're interested, just ask.

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  1. Workout 04/30/12: Introduction to Mystery

    by , April 30th, 2012 at 10:15 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Last night I played basketball at my son's school. He is not feeling well, so I went solo and joined 5 other guys in 3x3 halfcourt fun for 2 hours. Two observations:
    - I was able to comfortably descend stairs today, so I will limit my once weekly dabble to that time
    - I really suck at basketball, and it is less obvious when playing fullcourt because I am there for the running, and if I get an outlet pass I just pull up and wait for the team to come down. This helps to hide the fact that I can't shoot

    Today I decided to go to Men's Bible study group a little late and hit the gym before a quick swim, in keeping with my plan to start up Jazz's lifting regimen.

    - Rowing machine:
    8 minutes: held a 2:26/500m pace
    - Inclined shoulder press with dumbbells:
    5 x 10 x 10# each side (keeping true to starting light)
    - Chin-ups:
    3 x 3 x 194#

    Then for a quick dip more or less to stretch out:

    200 FR/200 BK
    3 x 100 Kick on 2:00
    4 x 100 FR pull with buoy on 1:30
    200 loosen
    (Solo/Rec/1300yds/20 minutes)
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    I felt weird in the water after basketball and lifting, but on the upswing was able to descend the pulls (1:14, :12, :11, :09).

    I'll be back at both the weights and swim on Wednesday. I can get to the weights 4 times this week, and will try 3 sessions next week to see how it feels. Men's group is taking a two week break, so I will be able to get in some quality swims on Monday night, when I am able to chat with GregJS a bit (looks like the lanes have thinned out a bit = bonus).

    Updated April 30th, 2012 at 11:00 PM by rxleakem

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  2. Monumental Masters Mini Meet

    by , April 28th, 2012 at 10:34 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    So today we had our first ever mini meet in my my home pool. It served as a fundraiser for the local age group team, and essentially I just leaned on them for running the meet. We had to wait about 15 minutes to get into the building (they normally open at 9am, and you know how it goes when you ask someone to change their routine ...), but I had already put the lane lines in last night with my son so just some minor tasks to get the show moving.

    We ended up with 23 swimmers, so I was really excited about that. At least half came from out of town, many first timers, and despite the warm pool (83) everyone seemed to have a good time. I made the opening announcements and took over the mic a few times to help slow the meet down, and we ended up finishing up in about 1.5 hours. Dedicated the meet to my mom, who passed away in 1995 but was so important in not only helping to get all of us kids to swim competetivly, but also to promote the sport throughtout Vermont.

    I ended up swimming a little more than I wanted to, but I did not want anyone to swim alone. It's all good with:

    200 Medley Relay*: Fly
    100 Fly: 59.23
    100 Back: 1:06.xx
    400 IM: 5:04.xx + 100 swim = 500
    25 Monument Kick Sprint: dfl (by choice)
    200 Free Relay*: Swam 1st and 4th leg

    * Swam these with my brother Jeff, who has not been in the water in over 10 years but came to swim. He looked like he never took a break from swimming (he is a biker: cyclocross, so I have to do a race with him this fall ).

    My goals were to swim the 100 Fly and 400 IM to complete the checkoff challange (save the super-long distances). I was a little tired from the relay, but happy to go under 1:00 in the 100 fly. The last 25 hurt pretty bad. I just cruised the backstroke, working on underwaters (skd'd 10/10/6/5) as a loosen before the next event.

    I was really happy with the 400 IM, my first ever time racing this event , and I did not leave a whole left in the tank at the end. Thinking about my practice swims, it was really close to the add-up from one of PWB's sets in February, and my splits were:
    29.46, 37.57 (1:07.03)
    38.22, 38.47 (1:16.69)
    46.86, 48.14 (1:35.00)
    31.49, 34.08 (1:05.57)
    I either took out the first 50 fly too fast (but it felt easy) or loafed the second 50 too much, and was a bit too slow on the backstroke leg. Still need to work on beaststroke, but my calves were really tight so I'll take the time. I hoped to get under 5 minutes, but now I have motivation to swim this event again.

    Had a great time getting this meet going, and people in my neck of the woods liked the idea of driving less than 2-3 hours to swim. GregJS had some fast swims (blazed the 100 breast ), and I talked about the upcoming Kingdom 10mile swim with Brent and Bethany, who are also doing it. We had first time swimmers from our Masters club, like Kevin, Rich and Cindy (who did an awesome 50 back), and Robert and Sharon (both swim for fitness, but like my brother were convinced to race due to my pestering).

    Thanks to all of you on the intertubes for your support and encouragement as well, especially SwimShark. Total: 1975 yards. Came home and watched Chris and Tom do the 200 back, then Speedo and Jazz + others in the 50 free online before taking a nap.

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    Updated May 4th, 2012 at 02:06 PM by rxleakem

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    Masters Swim Meets / Events
  3. Workout:: 04/27/12: Pre-mini meet

    by , April 27th, 2012 at 04:43 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK/ 200 IM drill w/u

    6 x 50 kick on :55
    4 x 50 Quarter's Strong FR on :45

    6 x 75 FR pull with buoy on 1:00

    10 x 50 various on ?
    (Solo/Rec/2050yds/45 minutes)
    ---------------------

    Nice to stretch out today in the water. Despite some stiffness in my lower back (with I attribute to the bus/plane seats on holiday), I felt ok in the water today. I held :49-51 on the pulls, and in the hodge-podge of 50's I did some fast stroke swims as well as drill and loosen at the end.

    Everything looks good for tomorrow. I will head to the pool tonight before it closes to put the lane lines in and move a table to the pool deck. One of the swim team moms that is officiating has the Hy-Tek software and is putting everyone into the computer, and I printed all of the required forms for the event and after, so I can rest easy. As long as everyone who is helping shows up! :nervousnelly:

    I was able to tune in to see Stud's 50 breast today on the live feed. Looks like a really fast pool there in NC. Keep swimming fast! Hope to watch more tomorrow after the meet.
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    Swim Workouts
  4. Fast swimming this weekend

    by , April 25th, 2012 at 09:29 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I also want to wish all you Natsy folks some fast swims this weekend.

    I'll be trying to pass myself off as a meet director at out mini meet in Vermont - we have 20 people right now with some more entries in the mail. 100 fly, 400IM/100FR, maybe 100 BK if no one else signs up...
    Categories
    NSR
  5. Workout 04/24/12:

    by , April 24th, 2012 at 09:18 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK w/u

    6 x 50 Kick on :50
    4 x 100 FR pull with buoy on 1:30

    200 IM drill
    4 x 50 IMO FAST with :15 sr
    100 EZ

    1 x Noah's Ark pull with buoy
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2300yds/45 min)
    -----------------

    Got in before work today and felt better in the water. The lane was a little crowded, so I had to alter my plans a bit. I wanted to get the IM work in since I will be doing the 400 IM + 100 FR this weekend during the 500 at our mini meet. The broken 200 add-up was 2:19, which is a good practice time for me - I needed to break it up to avoid the people joining me in the water.

    Everything looks good for the meet this weekend. Lower turnout than I had anticipated, but it should be a fun time for many on my team to swim in their first official meet. I am also planning to swim the 100 fly, and will do other events if there is only one other swimmer entered so that no one swims alone. Actually received four more entries today, with four more on the way, which would put us close to 20 for the meet.

    I am putting together a lifting program based on Jazzy's post from a few weeks ago. I'll post that here to see if I am on the right track, and plan to start that next week (lifting 3-4 times a week, and using my stretch bands at home after swim days). Basketball should go through at least the end of May, and I will pull my bicycle from the back shed over the weekend and use that to ride to work when the weather is good - it'll be a four mile round trip from home. I am looking at nutrition for the OW season, my first real dive into that whole world, and I am getting a lot of great info from the marathon swimming forums.
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    Swim Workouts
  6. Workout 04/23/12:

    by , April 23rd, 2012 at 03:23 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK w/u

    10 x 50 on :50
    - Odds: kick
    - Evens: stroked drill

    2 x 100 FR pull with buoy on 1:30
    2 x 200 FR pull with buoy on 2:40

    4 x 50 Quarter's strong FR on :50
    1 x 50 AFAP (went 27.35)

    150 loosen
    (Solo/Rec/1900yds/35 min)
    -------------------

    Nice to be home again, and I was happy to get into the water. We did plenty of walking during vacation over the last ten days, but I only managed to get the one OW swim in. On the bright side, I only packed on 5 pounds

    My shoulders are stiff from a lot of time either lugging a backpack or sitting in either a plane or bus seat - no way to get really comfortable in either one, especially when considering that from wake up call to my bed, travel home was 27 hours yesterday. Sneaky six hour time change with the westerly travel back to the states included. My pulls did not feel altogether fast, but I came in around 1:11 and 2:29 so they had some speed.

    Found this group on facebook with some funny stuff, and this one is how I feel - legs are good, but arms have escaped me for the moment.



    Getting ready for our mini meet this weekend. So far only eight entries, so I am putting out ABP for any swimmer interested and will bump the lanes in the forums to see if any more are able to make it. Also, got my 50 mile GTD cap today, and now I am less than seven miles to 100.
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    Swim Workouts
  7. Workout 04/17/12: first OW of year

    by , April 18th, 2012 at 12:12 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    The hotel pool was closed on Monday, so I had my first chance to swim during this trip when we got to the Mediterranean. I'll estimate 0.75 miles in 20 minutes in the chilly, clear water. Might be my only swim until we get home.

    Updated April 23rd, 2012 at 03:37 PM by rxleakem

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  8. Workout 04/12/12: BENN meet in 2 weeks!

    by , April 12th, 2012 at 07:20 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    1 x Noah's Ark pull with buoy

    12 x 50's
    - Odds: Kick on :55
    - Evens: Swim on :50
    - Did two each FR/FL/BK/FR

    4 x 100 FR on 1:20
    - Descend (1:12,:10,:10,:07)
    1 x 100 loosen

    4 x 75 Indian IM's on ?

    Kicking and sighting discussion with other swimmers

    4 x 50 Quarter's Strong on :45
    - Free
    4 x 50 Quarter's Strong on :50
    - BK down, FLY home

    200 loosen and out
    (solo/Rec/3100yds/65 min)
    --------------------------

    Almost had an accident today in the pool. On the warmups, I started backstroke and thought, "I should have seen the flags by now" in the deep end. I stopped, and was 1/2 an arm length from the wall. So, never assume that the flags are where they should be.

    Anyways, I felt ok in the water - I have not been very consistent since NE champs due to illness and work. Got in a good variety today, and was happy to get over 3000 yards for the first time in a while. "Just keep swimming" as Dora and Nemo sing - my goal this year is 250 miles, and I am 20 miles ahead at this point so that is promising.

    Looking forward to reading about some fast swims over the weekends to come. Looks like planning for the meet in Bennington in two weeks is on target. We now have seen entries so I am excited. I am off on vacation tomorrow with the family, and hope to get in the water at some point. Lord willing, I'll be back in Boston on the 22nd and in the water the next day.

    Updated April 12th, 2012 at 10:47 PM by rxleakem

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  9. Workout 04/11/12:

    by , April 11th, 2012 at 01:43 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I got up early this morning for a swim before work, and joined in at the end of the triathlete train that was churning up the fast lane. Well, they saw me after the first swim, and bumped me to the driver's seat ...

    w/u:
    2 x 150 (speed play)
    3 x 100 (speed play) - did strokes
    2 x 50 (speed play)

    Everyone left at this point so I plodded along with:
    4 x 100 kick on ~ 2:00
    8 x 100 swim on ~ 1:30
    - Did 2 FR, 2 BK, then
    - Build a 100 FLY over 4 (timed - 1:07.66)

    200 loosen and out (somewhat solo/Rec/2000yds/40 min)
    ----------------------------

    Good swim today, and it was fun to spend my warmup period with the group. There were six folks there today, so no room for anyone no joining in. I have been playing with nutrition type stuff, and swam the last two mornings on an empty stomach (just water). I read on the marathon swimmer site that is helps to get the body to burn fat over the food in your system, so other than feeling a little woozy until I get some breakfast I only notice that I am not as peppy in the water. Probably a good thing.

    Updated April 27th, 2012 at 05:55 PM by rxleakem

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    Swim Workouts
  10. Workout 04/09/12:

    by , April 9th, 2012 at 09:38 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    Lazy descend ladder:
    500 Noah's Ark pull with buoy
    4 x 100 Kick
    4 x 75 Indiana IM's (the kind PWB does)
    4 x 50 Quarter's strong FR
    4 x 25 o- under H20, e- sprint

    4 x 75 moderate
    100 w/d
    (solo/Rec/2500 yds/50 min)
    -------------------

    Back in the water, finally! Oh well, my plan right now is to keep swimming, and I am torn in three directions:
    1. I am going on vacation this Friday for 10 days with the family, and don't know what the prospects for swimming are going to be)
    2. We have the Bennington Mini-meet the weekend after I get back (April 28) and I want at least a little speed (100 Fly) and conditioning (400 IM). At least I'll be walking a lot on vacation.
    3. Open water season is coming I don't want to switch gears to distance stuff until after the first two points.


    Oh well ... I will probably just keep plugging with these interesting hodge-podge sets until after the swim meet. At least we are getting entries coming in, and I received promo stuff from USMS to give out at the meet, so all the plans are in place for that. I made lodging reservations for the Kingdom Swim, but I am really looking to rent a cabin for the weekend, as it will likely be cheaper than the motel. At least I have someplace to stay.
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    Swim Workouts
  11. Workout 04/05/12:

    by , April 5th, 2012 at 09:38 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    6 x 50 kick on :50
    4 x 50 IMO on :50

    4 x 100 FR
    2 x 100 (75 back fast, 25 DPS FR)
    2 x 100 (75 fly fast, 25 DPS FR)
    1 x 200 IM (went 2:26.92)

    1 x Noah's Ark pull with buoy

    8 x 50 Quarter's strong free on :50
    - 1-4 FR, 5-8 (BK, BR)
    4 x 25 on ~ :60
    - start at middle of pool
    - sprint through turn then cruise
    - 1-2: FR, 3: BK, 4: Fly
    - had an extra 25 in there to get back to wall
    1 x 100 IM for time (went 1:09.45)

    200 loosen and out
    (solo/Rec/3325 yds/60 min)
    ----------------------

    My quads are feeling better today, just a little sore. I decided to just go at it today with some stroke work, and I have to admit that 40% of the fly was done as one-arm fly, like the first 25 of those 75's. I mixed up the quarter's strong with the strokes - the first two was odd fly, even back then flipped around for the last two. For those, I did the last 12.5 hard, then the last 25 hard for both strokes.

    The pool was pretty packed again tonight, almost as if the Resolutionists skipped the beginning of the year to hit the pool and instead waited for the first few weeks of spring. While it throws off my sets and sendoffs, it gives me a chance to talk up the meet with everyone I can, so that is nice.I saw Greg tonight, and he was working on the drills/technique stuff from his coaching session recently.

    I was off today, and saw this display while running some errands. Hope you all enjoy this ...
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    Swim Workouts
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  12. Workout 04/04/12:

    by , April 4th, 2012 at 10:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    2 x 300 FR Pull with Buoy
    2 x 100 Kick
    200 IM (drill odds/fast evens)

    4 x 150 FR Pull with Buoy on 2:15 (held 1:46)

    4 x 75 on 1:30
    - 1st length: one-arm fly
    - 2nd length: DPS free
    - 3rd length: fast IMO

    2 x (4 x 50 on :55) Quarters Strong
    - Went IMO by 50

    200 easy and out
    (solo/Rec/3100yds/65 min)
    -------------------

    My trip to Burlington was longer than planned - they needed coverage this morning through 12:30, so I stayed an extra night in the city. I get lonely when I am not at home, but by staying over I was able to help out the folks up that way. Ate at a Five Guys - second best burger I have had, and the fries were excellent. If my wife and/or kids were with me, I would have opted for a trip into the city, but I just grabbed something to eat back at the hotel before I called home to see how everyone's day went.

    My quads are still hurting after hoops on Sunday, and I was going to modify the 75's set James Adams did yesterday until I pushed off tonight. Pain! Every turn hurt and there was not pep, and kicking was labored. I settled into some longer Pull sets while chatting with everyone I could about the meet coming up. By the end of the swim my legs seemed to be less sore, but I'll probably do a pull ladder tomorrow just to give them a rest.

    Happy to be home.
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    Swim Workouts
  13. NSR - somewhat

    by , April 2nd, 2012 at 03:53 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Not to much to report in the way of water. I did play some basketball last night with my son at his school in a men's league that meets for pickup games. Ended up playing for 3 hours with just over 30 minutes subbed out - my legs are fried! I haven't played hoops in almost a year, but figure I'll add this in as crosstraining since I can make just about every Sunday evening. Much props to Alex for hooping it up with the kids at his school, as I am having trouble making it up and down stairs today!

    Oh, and the Kingdom Swim folks have designated this week "Be kind to your Yaker" week, so I thought I would post this picture here of me and my yaker Bob:

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    Bob lives in Portland, Maine, and has been my wingman for the 2.4 mile Peaks to Portland swim up that way for the past two years, and also drove to RI to paddle me through the 10k swim last September (where this picture was taken with race organizer Ray Gandy, in the middle, swam 27 hours and 42 minutes covering 45.6 miles in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, last year as a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society). A better yaker would be hard to find, as he is willingly going to join me on the 10 mile course in northeastern VT this July. Sometimes I feel bad for him roasting in his kayak, but then I go back to thinking about swimming.

    Do something kind for your yaker this week, because of all that they do for you.

    Otherwise, I have to float to a store in Burlington tomorrow (a three hour drive) to work . This type of thing always happens when I have a vacation coming up - kind of an unsaid obligation that we have in order to get time off for our own vacation. Oh well, I might actually get home in time to make the masters Tuesday evening practice tomorrow night - that would be a plus.

    Updated April 2nd, 2012 at 04:01 PM by rxleakem

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    NSR
  14. Workout 03/31/12:

    by , March 31st, 2012 at 04:24 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    wu: 200 fr/200 bk

    3 x (4 x 100)
    - 1st: fr pull x3, im on 1:20
    - 2nd: 50 stroke/50 fr x3, im on 1:30
    - 3rd: fr fast x3, im on 1:15
    Masters minute bwt rounds

    500 Noah's Ark pull

    8 x 75 on 1:15
    - 2 fr, 2 im, 2 bk

    50 ez
    3 x 100 on 2:00
    - 2 kick, 1 swim

    4 x 150 on 2:15
    - 3 fr pull with buoy
    - 1 ez back (loosen)
    (BAM team/Rec/3650yds/75 min)
    ----------------

    Great practice with the team this morning. It is fun to swim hard and socialize bwt sets. Rich and Cindy just got back from skiing in Austria, and Tom gave me a hard time for missing practice two weeks ago (I was swimming at Harvard, but that was not good enough for him).

    I usually get extra reps and im work, and today was no exception. Went 1:10s on pull and 1:05s on the fast 100s, and for the im's I went 1:15.42, 1:14.35, 1:14.78. For the 75s I held 43/54/51, and was able to pull the 150s at 1:46. Felt really good in the water today, and decided not to push it any more even though I had the time to.

    My wife came to check out practice today. I have been encouraging her to hop in the water forever, and today she at least checked it out, and even talked about the possibility of swimming a meet in the fall. I am relaxing the rest of the day, watching some Indian Jones movies from the set that the family got for me last year while doing the bills.
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    Swim Workouts
  15. Workout 03/30/12:

    by , March 30th, 2012 at 09:24 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u:
    200 Fr/200 BK
    2 x 100 Kick on 2:15
    4 x 100 FR Pull on 1:20

    4 x 75 IM's on :10 SR
    - swam as FL-Bk-BR, Bk-Br-Fr, ...

    2 x 200 FR on 2:40 (went 2:21, :20)
    1 x 200 BK on 3:00 (went 2:41)
    1 x 100 ez

    4 x 50 on 1:00
    - 1st: Fly no breath 25/25 DPS FR
    - 2nd: Back breathe every 4 25/25 DPS FR
    - 3rd: FR no breath 25/25 DPS FR
    - 4th: DPS

    100 loosen and out
    (solo/Rec/2300yds/45 minutes)
    ------------------------------

    Well, I got run down by that head bug going around, complete with fever and sweats on Sunday and Monday. Felt like someone was swinging from coathangers lodged in my ears with a sore throat. Pulled out the APAP/Ibu staggered dosing with cetirizine and pseuodephedrine to make it through 12 hour workdays Tue-Thurs. Feeling better now, but still tired - my wife knew it was bad when I started to make up the Jello for my primary food source and I missed Monday night Men's Bible study. I also missed a video taping about the drug task force that I am on that will be shown around the state - never had a chance at my fifteen minutes of fame. Oh well.

    Felt good to get into the pool tonight and it was relatively uncrowded. I was going to do more 200's in the main set, but figured it was best not to push it in my current state, plus I have masters practice tomorrow morning with the team and I want to be fresh.

    Looks like we are entering the spring championship meet season - it'll be fun to hear about the action through the blogs over the next few weeks. Swim fast, everyone!
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    Swim Workouts
  16. Workout 03/22/12:

    by , March 22nd, 2012 at 09:26 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u:
    200 FR/200 FR/200 FR
    4 x 100 kick

    4 x 150 FR on :15 sr (held ~ 1:43)
    100 ez
    3 x 100 IM on 1:45 (1:15, :13, :12)
    100 ez and out
    (solo/Rec/2100yds/40 min)
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    Almost missed my swim tonight, but was able to get into the adult swim time with 40 minutes left. I did indeed talk with the head lifeguard about last night's fun, and she agreed that we should be able to swim until 7:30 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. I asked her to fix the schedule so that the other guards are aware.

    I also received a USMS banner in the mail from the headquarters on Tuesday. I found an ideal place to hang it in the pool, just above the pace clock. I also put in an order for some promo materials for our meet next month - everything is coming together for it, so now we just need people to show up.

    Checking out from the pool for the rest of this week due to work. I'll be back in the water on Monday. The plan is to start the transition to Open Water training with longer reps, but also with some speed sets from time to time.
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    Swim Workouts
  17. Workout 03/21/12:

    by , March 21st, 2012 at 09:55 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u:
    200 Fr/200 FR/200 IM drill
    4 x 100 kick on ~ 2:00

    500 FR Pull with buoy
    4 x 100's (2 Kick, 2 IM drill)
    5 x 100's on 1:25 FR
    into - kicked out of the pool
    (solo/Rec/2400yds/45 minutes)
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    My first time back in the water since the Harvard meet (had to work Monday and Tuesday). I am really happy with the results, even though I was beat out of the gridge I had going on in my head with SwimStud in the 200 breast and jaadams1 and qbrain in the 50 free. Oh well ... Still stoked with that 200 IM time.

    I went to a pharmacy continuing education seminar this morning in Albany, NY, about an hour from my house. I nabbed the 4.5 hours that I needed (they offered 8), and headed home early to enjoy the beautiful day (I think it got up to 81 degrees today). The obligitory diabetes presentation sandwiched in between a talk on rheumatology and HIV meds, along with a continental breakfast and chicken lunch. Not bad, and I can get reimbursed by work for the cost of the event. :bonus:

    I have been tinkering with my motorcycle today and fired it up for the first time this year. I think I mentioned that a car pulled out in front of my last summer, then stopped in the middle of the road - apparently she wanted to see a guy bounce off her hood. So I did, unwillingly. I was not going fast and and just mushed up the passing lamps, so I spent the evening installing the replacement. I'll get a picture of it on here at some point.

    Left for a swim, and the schedule at the Rec has changed since the Marauders (age group) and High School teams are done for the season. Well, as usual, there are mistakes with times, and the lifeguard kicked us (the other four and me in the fast lane) out of adult swim at 7:00, instead of the 6:15-7:30 it should be. He kept pointing to the paper, and I agreed that he was correct in following it but offered my humble opinion that it was a typo. He happily took a paid 30 minute break - I'll have to have a chat with the director tomorrow morning. Otherwise, the evening swim time will see a 3.5 hour decrease in time per week - I am not down with that.

    Oh well, this swim felt good and I met a new swimmer named Tim, who is training for the Ironman at Lake Placid this summer. I shared with him the master swim time slots and invited him to check them out for a good workout and some stroke helps, plus I mentioned our meet next month. Good to see new folks in the water ...
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  18. 2012 Harvard New England scy Champs 3/16-18

    by , March 18th, 2012 at 09:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Just pulled into station from our trip to Boston for the weekend. Another excellent meet with fast swimming and plenty of time for socialization with the other 887 swimmers from New England and abroad. I spent most of my days hanging out with my adopted team, Cape Cod Masters, but was able to check in with fellow bloggers [ame="http://forums.usms.org/member.php?u=4899"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame] and [ame="http://forums.usms.org/member.php?u=5129"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]. I also met some new folks, including the Kosiorek brothers, who I went to UMass (Amherst) swim camp with way back in the day, and Justin B, who is battling the GTD with me (at least we always seem to be neck and neck). I was able to better all of my Masters best times, so it was a very successful meet for me.

    Friday, March 16

    #10 Men 50 Freestyle Time: :24.37
    WENT: 24.22 r:+0.92
    This swim felt good. I was a tad slow off the blocks and didn't start attacking it quickly enough - need to work on breathing less and just powering it.

    #12 Men 200 Backstroke Time: 02:11.88
    WENT: 2:09.15
    31.27 1:04.28 (33.01)
    1:37.15 (32.87) 2:09.15 (32.00)
    I split this really well and was happy to swim it during the first day of competition this year. Two second time drop, still need keep at those SDK's off the walls - went 7,5,5,4,3,2,1 and streamlining, which fell apart in the last 75. Still, first place finish for my age group.

    #14 Men 100 Individual Medley Entry Time: 01:03.18
    WENT: 1:02.88 r:+0.83
    28.24 1:02.88 (34.64)
    Dropping time, which is the goal. Felt really good, not too much to comment on here.

    ** Early night - at the hotel by 4:30ish. Took a nap, had supper, and then went to the planetarium (Boston Museum of Science) with my daughter to watch a flick about the universe - amazing stuff.

    Saturday, March 17

    #24 Men 50 Butterfly Entry Time: :26.84
    WENT: 26.48 r:+0.75
    Played with more SKD's - helped a little. Good swim.

    #26 Men 200 Breaststroke Entry Time: 02:55.14
    WENT: 2:52.84 r:+0.84
    38.89 1:24.37 (45.48)
    2:08.62 (44.25) 2:52.84 (44.22)
    Wow, I actually gave a some fruit to the 200 breast? Yuppers - my goal for a FIRST EVER EVER 200 breast was to break 3 minutes. I focused on LONG underwaters (just about made the 15m mark the first four), swim an easy 125 then rock it home. Was a good swim (I've been working pull and kick from my Cape buddy Jim), and Rich suggested tossing the kick at the end of my pull after he swam. You'll recall my slow pace put him into a trance and the announcer had to call "SwimStud, wake up and get on the block." It was as if St. Nick was dashing down the stairs at Harvard, as I saw him spring onto the lane 3 platform then rocket off to a PB. Dude is awesome.

    #32 Men 200 Freestyle Entry Time: 01:57.19
    WENT: 1:56.62 r:+0.77
    27.55 57.50 (29.95)
    1:27.68 (30.18) 1:56.62 (28.94)
    Felt really strong, and I used a forceful two beat kick for the first 50, then gradually added legs after each turn. I waited until the 75 flip to really pick it up, and I will start a little sooner next time and attack the 3rd 50 more.

    #34 Men 100 Backstroke Entry Time: :59.45
    WENT: 58.78
    29.18 58.78 (29.60)
    Finally under the 59 mark, and based on the swim I need to take this out faster - I think I can hold on the back end. Dan from Pittsfield noted that I was not driving my shoulders enough, so I will work on that.

    ** This was not only my long day, but the meet's, as we got out around 6:30pm. That was a lot of swimming - I just ate supper and went to bed.

    Sunday, March 18

    #42 Men 200 Individual Medley Entry Time: 02:22.47
    WENT: 2:14.31 r:+0.80
    28.14 1:00.99 (32.85)
    1:44.72 (43.73) 2:14.31 (29.59)
    Wow! I went 2:22 in January, so this was a SIX second drop for me - still hard to fathom it. I stayed strong on the fly, worked the shoulder rotation (with less kick) on the back, then busted a long while shifting my kick for the breast before bring the free home. Jim noted that I did not lose time on the Breast, which I have always done before. It felt awesome, so it is getting the Chiquita®.

    #44 Men 50 Backstroke Entry Time: :27.76
    WENT: 27.60
    Happy with this swim. The only thing I will note, without a hint of whining, is that in lane one the flags do not fully extend over the lane - they are clipped to a plastic line. I was really far from the finish when I pulled out the "Leake Lunge," and could have short stroked it for a quicker time. Still, I was happy to get a little faster.

    #52 Men 100 Freestyle Entry Time: :52.60
    WENT: 52.14 r:+0.79
    25.23 52.14 (26.91)
    This was a good swim, and I was right next to Dave F. from the Cape on this one. I swam it 25 strong, 50 sprint, 25 last swim of the meet ... probably could have gone out with more intensity on the first 25 and gotten under 52. That will have to wait until next year.

    *** Beautiful day in Boston, 70 degrees, St. Patty's Day parade (which the family took in). I feel really blessed to be able to swim in this neck of the world, and to have this great facility and meet to dive into. For the 3 hour ride home I always take Rt 2 back to Vermont, driving through Concord like Paul Revere, past Leominster (birthplace of Johnny Appleseed) and Gardner, the furniture capital of New England before you get to the the toilet paper factory in Irving. Lot's of history here. A great meet, and our prayers for save travel and competition were answered. Now, I am going to complete my warmdown for the day with a dip in the hot tub, then .

    Updated March 18th, 2012 at 10:01 PM by rxleakem

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  19. Workout 03/14/12:

    by , March 14th, 2012 at 07:43 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    800: Abbreviated meet warmup

    2 x 25 AFAP on :60
    2 x 50 AFAP on 2:00

    200 loosen and out
    (solo/Rec/1150 yds/30 min)
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    Save the long warmup, I tried to channel my inner sprinter this morning. Did one each free and back. Went 26.67 on free, 30.42 on back. Both felt strong, but I am still thinking to much about the back. Maybe I'll lose my mind by Friday.

    Updated March 30th, 2012 at 10:28 PM by rxleakem

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  20. Workout 03/13/12:

    by , March 13th, 2012 at 09:31 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 fr, 200 bk, 200 Im drill

    8 x 50 on 1:00
    - odd kick
    - even build

    4 x 50 quarters strong

    4 x 25 90% on :45
    50 ez
    4 x 25 AFAP on :60

    150 loosen and out
    (solo/Rec/1600 yds/45 min)
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    Felt good in the water this morning. Off to work now - just realized that I have been in the water every day since the 2nd. New record for me
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