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Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine

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


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

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  1. Workout 07/01/14: evening

    by , July 1st, 2014 at 10:43 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Took it easy last week and ended up going for a run after church on Sunday evening, making it a tad over one mile without stopping. For not having run since Thanksgiving, I was pleased.

    It was a very hot and humid day here in Vermont, so I took it easy during my day off. After grilling supper, I headed to Masters practice with our new expanded Tuesday time slot for the summer - 90 min! Found this Off the Beaten Path ...

    I got in 200 before we started.
    200 swim/100 kick/100 pull
    4 x 25 Build

    3 x
    - 200 Pull on :30sr (2:30 with snorkel, 2:21 with AP, 2:25)
    - 4 x 50 swim on :20sr (did IMO)
    - 4 x 25 swim on :10 (did IMO)
    - Masters Minute rest

    6 x 50 on 1:15 (fast under the flags; I did IM transitions)
    (I did 4 x 75 k/s/p on 1:15)
    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/3000 yds/80 min)
    ------------------------------------
    A good workout, and we were joined by a new swimmer, Jennifer. It's nice to have the extra 30 minutes and I am trying to spread the word so that our numbers will support the extra time.

    I ended up signing up for the Baystate Games in a few weeks at Springfield College MA). My first ever LCM meet! I will only be going for one day and plan to swim 400 Fr, 400 IM, 100 back, 50 free. GregJS is also swimming, so we'll be able to root each other on.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Planning
  2. Workout 06/26/14: morning

    by , June 26th, 2014 at 05:10 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, our second and final exchange student has returned home, safely arriving this morning after taking off yesterday morning. It's quiet around the house now.

    We visited our pastor in the hospital yesterday after our run to the airport. He was due to have surgery last week, but ran into some complications and that has been called off. Pete should be at home for a couple of weeks before gall bladder surgery. Until then, I'll be helping out more activities within the ministry (preaching on Sunday services and helping with the kids program on Friday nights). We went to a BBQ and bluegrass concert last night put on by a missions team from NC, complete with red slaw. Good times. Quick swim this morning before a busy day:

    - 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    - 400 shark swim
    - 200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1200 yds/20 min)
    ---------------------------------

    Yeah, a quick swim. Had a drug task force meeting at 9, then went to the school to help the NC team with VBS today with my son (he helped with sports and I worked with a kindergarten class); they are heading home tomorrow.
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    Swim Workouts
  3. Workout 06/21/14: morning

    by , June 21st, 2014 at 05:02 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I had a restful nights sleep, thanks to some cooler temps and delightful evenings of late. Used some sets from a kiefer.com workout with the group today:

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 25 build (choice)

    300 Pull (every 4th lap FAST)
    4 x 75 on :20sr (25 mod/25 FAST/25 mod)
    4 x 50 on :20sr (focus: streamline, 2 hard strokes, cruise)
    400 swim (peek halfway, neg. split) <- did IM (5:44)

    2 x 30 second Vert Kick into 25 sprint then 25 easy back
    12 x 25 on :30 (odds = easy, evens = fast)

    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2400 yds/75 min)
    ------------------------------------

    Nice practice today with Greg, Kevin, Rebecca, and a new face - Sheryl. She is a twice a week early morning swimmer that Rebecca recruited to practice with the team - I am very impressed with her as she did half of the sets above and did a great job!

    I got home and headed to Applegate for their community day. The VT Baptists have a huge bouncy house, popcorn and snow-cone machines, cornhole-type games, and other "festival" things that can be rented out for events like this. With my pastor in the hospital, it fell to Herb and his crew to set everything up, so I helped to eat some food, man the popcorn machine, traffic control in the bouncy house, then the take-down crew. Another beautiful day and a great time to help add some fun to the celebration there, and we left man arrived with a horse to give the kids a ride.
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    Swim Workouts
  4. Workout 06/20/14

    by , June 21st, 2014 at 12:35 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Completed my Lochte-esque drylands this morning - moving the pellets from the driveway, down some tables into the basement, then restacking all 4 tons. This year with the three girls and my son, we did it all in about an hour. 200 x 40# bags - I was in the basement lifting each bag and tossing to Preston to straighten out on the pile - my hammies are squeaking now :/



    After getting cleaned up I took the crew to the local diner, the Blue Benn, for breakfast. I forgot how great the food is, and the large portions for a very fair price. I had the garden scramble with toast and homefries and was full all day.

    In at noon for an easy swim:

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    kick swim pull with snorkel (used AP with swim and buoy with pull)
    050 100 200
    100 150 300
    050 100 200

    4 x 75 on 1:15 (kick, IMO fast, pull

    200 easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/2350 yards/50 min)
    -----------------------------------

    Spent the afternoon helping my daughter clean the inside and out of her car; a nice time together and her car looks great. I think the battery on my motorcycle needs to be replaced, as it is not holding a charge when I take it off the trickle charger (it's at least six years old, so probably due).

    Busy day tomorrow: after practice in the morning, I'll represent my church at a community day in town (bouncy house, popcorn/snow cones/horse rides) until 4, then off to the high school track for the Relay for Life. Sunday is looking a bit less rushed, although I will be preaching at church because our pastor needs gall bladder surgery on Monday and has been in the hospital since Wednesday. My first time leading the service, and I'm following his message from last week about being a hearer and doer of the Word with some observations from Paul in Philippians 4:8-9. Now to get a key to open the front door!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , NSR
  5. Workout 06/17/14: evening

    by , June 17th, 2014 at 10:18 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Missed swimming last night, but did make it to men's group and then an organizational meeting about a new men's ministry coming this fall to the community. This morning I helped out some more at the college and we took a drive to Manchester to try the Mexican restaurant and visit the bookstore. A nice trip on a beautiful June day

    Masters tonight (used a main set from sjblack's online workout:

    200 Swim/100 kick/200 pull

    3 x
    100 EZ
    100 Moderate
    100 Fast (aim for same time)

    100 EZ
    10 x 50 Pull on :60 (breathe 3 down, 5 back)

    25 ez/50 sprint/25 ez, then 200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2300 yds/55 min)
    -----------------------------------

    A nice workout for a quiet night in the pool, as only GregJS and Renee were there.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  6. Workout 06/14/14: morning

    by , June 14th, 2014 at 01:47 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I tried to get a swim in during the kid's "Last Blast" at Grafton State Park yesterday in a sweet one mile long lake, but was told that was not allowed. Instead I played volleyball on the beach for about 90 minutes in the rain - fun drylands!

    This morning Preston and I made it to Men's Breakfast before heading home and to the pool for for Masters practice:

    200 swim/200 kick/200 pull
    4 x 50 on :60 (even 1-2, desc 3-4)

    1 x 300 on 6:00 (did 400 with snorkel)
    4 x 50 on :60 (choice)
    :30 second rest
    3 x 100 on 2:00 (did 150's)
    :15 second rest
    2 x 150 on 3:00 (did 200's, half free/back)
    A few Master's Minutes here

    4 x 75 on 1:20 (kick/swim RIMO/pull)
    12 x 25
    - odds = choice, evens = FR fast
    - 1-4 on :45, 5-8 on :40, 9-12 on :45

    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/3050 yards/75 min)
    ---------------------------------------

    Light turnout today with some folks traveling and others at tri's. Just Mike and Rebecca. Good workout that I found in the stacks. Off to another graduation party.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  7. Workout 06/12/14: noon

    by , June 12th, 2014 at 02:47 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Enjoyed a great day yesterday, having a massage with Lena before meeting up with my brother and niece for dinner out for pizza. Like I said, a great day.

    After doing some errands this morning I headed to the pool:

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    Kick Swim Pull (board/AP/buoy)
    050 100 200
    100 150 300
    050 100 200

    1 x 50 ez
    4 x 50 on traffic (fast stroke IMO down, 25 easy back)

    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2200 yds/45 min)
    --------------------------------

    Busy day in the lane today: GregJS, Kevin and Renee were there as well as Mike visiting from PA. Then two to three others moved in and out during the hour. We made due.

    Oh yeah, Happy Birthday to Greg!
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    Swim Workouts
  8. Workout 06/10/14: evening

    by , June 10th, 2014 at 10:31 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Took yesterday off, and had a nice first day of staycation catching up on household goodies. Went to men's group and then a bonfire with the exchange kids - a fun night. Most importantly, it was the 21st anniversay of my wife and my first date :kiss:

    Today I helped out at the college with installing baseboards and some dry erase boards. After gathering the kids from school we went out for supper and ran into my son's homeroom teacher, so treated her to a meal. Got a message from Jinho that he is safely back home in Korea, so I headed to Masters feeling great (although a little tired).

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull with boy/100 swim with AP
    4 x 25 drills
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    Main set (from Open Water Swimming book)
    - 400 (Fast every 4th 25) - did 500
    - 300 (Fast every 3th 25) - did 400
    - 200 (Fast every 2nd 25) - did 300
    - 100 (Fast every 25) - went 1:03

    300 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2400 yds/55 min)
    ------------------------------------
    That main set was a real breath taker! Greg and I were the only ones doing this tonight and it was great to have each other to push through the fast swims. Tim has his big tri this weekend.
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    Swim Workouts
  9. Workout: 06/08/14 OW

    by , June 8th, 2014 at 04:15 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Ended up at the drive-ins last night, and bed around 2am. Up for Lake Paran this am at 8, did 0.6 miles with Tim and Rebecca. Eazy, first OW of season for both.


    Had brunch for Jinho and now at graduation party number 3 for the weekend. Church tonight, then Jinho flies home tomorrow.
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    Swim Workouts
  10. Workout 06/07/14

    by , June 7th, 2014 at 01:40 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Great evening last night at Jinho's graduation - a fun night with some great great speeches and celebration. Jin's dad came in from Boston for the night so it was extra special.

    I was able to get into the pool early today so I had the goal of 5000 yds:

    (really old stroke workout I found in my bag)
    300 Swim, 500 KDPDS

    3 x 150 on 2:30 (IM swtich)
    2 x 50 on :60 FR build
    3 x 100 IM on 1:45
    2 x 50 on :60 BR build
    3 x 75 on 2:30 (IM swtich)
    2 x 50 on :60 BK build
    3 x 25 IM on (no free)
    2 x 50 on :60 Fly build

    2 x (with snorkel; middle s50 fast)
    - 100 Swim with AP
    - 100 Kick with board
    - 100 Pull with buoy
    [2850 yard so far, now for Masters practice]

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 25 drill
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    Davis Mile (23:40-2:30 = 21:10)
    [5300 yds so far]

    300 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/5600 yds/130 min)
    ----------------------------------

    Mission accomplished and now I'm off to two graduation parties today.
    Longest practice swim for me
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    Swim Workouts
  11. Workout 06/06/14: noon

    by , June 6th, 2014 at 06:00 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Helped serve breakfast to the seniors at the school today, including JinHo. A really great time to celebrate the kids and let them know that they are appreciated.

    At lunch, before graduation tonight:

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    600 Shark Swim
    50 ez
    6 x 100 Back on 1:45
    - 1 = DPS
    - 2-5 = quarters strong
    - 6 = fast (went 1:11)

    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1950 yds/35 min)
    --------------------------------

    Nice to get some backstroke in. Nice to have some open lane space
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  12. Workout 06/03/14: evening

    by , June 3rd, 2014 at 11:01 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had a great time last night with S'mores at our house for some of the international students and their families. It was funny that as I was getting the fire going the kids were hovering close to the house to gobble up the internet ...



    Spent the day with my wife preparing and putting in the vegetable garden today before the thunderstorms rolled through. I was going to try to sneak off to Lake George for Americade, but decided to make use of the time to work on things around house.

    Masters tonight:

    200 Swim/200 Kick/200 Pull (did extra 100)
    4 x 50 Burst and Cruise

    4 x 125 pull breath control: 3/5/7/5/3 (did extra 100)

    2 x
    - 100 Free on :20sr (did IM, IM)
    - 75 build on :15sr (did Fly, Back)
    - 50 EZ on :10sr
    - 25 FAST (did Fly, Back)

    200: Alt 50 swim/kick: ez/fast/fast/ez
    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2400 yds/55 min)
    ------------------------------------
    I always look forward to swimming with the team and catch up with happenings in between swims. I was tired after sweating out in garden, but the water felt great.

    I've been looking at a couple of LCM meets in the region this summer. Jenny Thompson meet in NH in a few weeks, and also a meet at Springfield College (MA). Not sure if either will work, but I have never competed in a LCM pool so the opportunity has my attention.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  13. Workout 06/02/14: evening

    by , June 2nd, 2014 at 07:14 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Busy weekend at work, but the weather was delightful when I was able to enjoy it. Today after work:

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    Kick Swim Pull (board/AP/buoy)
    050 100 150
    100 150 300
    050 100 150

    100 easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/1850 yds/35 min)
    --------------------------------

    Campfire and s'mores tonight
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  14. Workout 05/29/14: afternoon OW

    by , May 29th, 2014 at 04:55 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Finally made it to the lake today for my first OW swim of the year

    Lake Paran:
    1.12 miles in 36 minutes
    61 = water temp
    62 = air temp
    Full sunshine

    Quite a few folks out fishing, but no lake traffic. Paran doesn't allow motor traffic, anyways. The water was refreshing and mostly clear as I started off from the boat launch towards the beach with some backstroke to get used to the temp and keep my breathing under control. I made my way to the eastern part of the lake and found some vegetation and fish in the shallower areas. The wind picked up as I headed back towards the beach, then I watched a guy videotaping a group of people on the beach. I met back up with my wife and then dried off in the sun as some of the folks fishing were asking what I was doing.

    The group in the Berkshires have started their lake swims, so I hope to get down that way a few times this summer for the fellowship and meals afterwards. Williams is shut down for the summer for renovations, which means that nearby LCM is out. I also heard that the outdoor pool in Hoosick Falls is also staying dry, so my opportunity to getting outside will rest in OW adventures.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  15. Workout 05/28/14: noon

    by , May 28th, 2014 at 03:16 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Wow, it's been over a week since I was in the water.

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM Drill

    Kick Pull Swim (board/buoy/AP)
    050 100 200
    100 150 300
    050 100 200

    100 EZ

    4 x (25 B/c into 25 DPS) on :60
    4 x 100 (IM, Bk, Fr, Fly) on 2:00

    4 x 75 on 1:20 (kick, fast swim IMO, pull)
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2950 yds/60 min)
    --------------------------------

    Last weekend we took the exchange kids to NYC for their visit after school on Friday, which was actually their school-wide Serve-a-thon day as each class did different projects in the community (the guys in Preston's class helped me to finish grouting the 3rd floor bathrooms at the college!). We head out from SW VT to Poughkeepsie, NY, and take the Metro North commuter train into Grand Central, a comfortable and inexpensive trip. A thunderstorm greeted us as we explored Times Square, drenching us and all the other people (including the soldiers there for Fleet Week):



    Saturday morning was beautiful as we toured Manhattan on foot. We checked in to many sights in the city and even took took the Staten Island Ferry for some great views of the lower part of the city:



    Looks like a quiet rest of the week on the home front, but then the final week of school and graduation parties for Jinho will pick up, so I need to make sure I get into the water.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , NSR
  16. Workout 05/20/14: evening

    by , May 20th, 2014 at 11:09 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I was able to get out on the motorcycle for the first time this afternoon, a nice ride. After supper I made it to the pool for masters practice:

    400 mix warmup (I did 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill)

    4 x 50 descend on 1:10
    2 x 100 pull with buoy (focus on "push back") <- I did 150's
    1 x 200 long and strong <- did 300 with snorkel
    1 x 400 neg split <- did 500, 3:10/3:13
    1 x 200 Breath control (25=6,50=5, rest=4, but only looking at eastern wall) <- did 300
    2 x 100 pull with buoy (focus on "push back") <- did 150
    4 x 50 (2 kick, 2 loosen and out) <- did 100 kick on first two
    (Masters/Rec/2650 yds/60 min)
    ------------------------------------

    Good workout tonight, and it was great to see the team again (it's been awhile). Renee competed in her first triathlon this past weekend up in Stowe -

    On other Vermont swimming news, the VT Senior games will be taking place in Williston on 06/08/14, for folks 50 and over. You can find info in here:
    http://forums.usms.org/showthread.ph...402#post297402
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    Swim Workouts
  17. Workout 05/16/14: morning

    by , May 16th, 2014 at 10:59 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 IM drill
    400 Shark Swim

    200 Fr

    4 x 100 on 1:25 (75 Fr/25 Bk)
    4 x 50 (25 Fr DPS/25 IMO Fast)

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/35 min)
    -------------------------------

    In before work.
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    Swim Workouts
  18. Workout 05/14/14: morning

    by , May 14th, 2014 at 10:36 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Nice dip this morning after dropping kiddos off at school:

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    2 x (with snorkel)
    - 100 Kick, 100 AP, 100 Pull

    3 x
    -200 on 2:45 (did free with a 50 back in the middle)
    - 4 x 50 on :50 (mixed in strokes)

    100 IM drill easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/2500 yds/50 min)
    --------------------------------

    I had been taking it easy at the pool over the past few months and decided to get back into training. I'm hoping to get in an OW session tomorrow, as long as the air temps get into the mid-70's as forecasted. All depends on how cold Lake Paren is
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    Swim Workouts
  19. Workout 05/12/14: morning

    by , May 12th, 2014 at 10:49 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    2 x (50 kick, 100 pull, 200 AP)

    100 Fr/150 Fr/100 Bk/150 Fr/100 Fr/150 FR

    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2150 yds/40 min)
    ---------------------------------

    I had a different main set in mind, but traffic derailed those plans. I may not be able to touch my toes, but I can be flexible.


    Overheard at Men's Breakfast this past weekend:
    "God doesn't make junk."
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  20. Workout 05/10/14: morning

    by , May 10th, 2014 at 01:45 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Kick/200 Pull/100 IM drill
    8 x 50 on 1:15 (1->4 even split, 5->8 neg split)

    2 x Breath control set
    - 250 Fr (25 breathe 6/50 breathe 5/75 breathe 4/100 breathe 3) <- I did extra 100
    - 50 choice swim (did fly)
    - 50 kick

    12 x 25 as group (6 of us)
    - Swam in the middle two lanes, start on one end of line and rotate through, leaving together and learning to be comfortable with traffic

    1 x Breath control set
    200 IM drill warmdown
    (Masters/Rec/2950 yds/90 min)
    ------------------------------------

    Busy week is now in the rear view mirror. I was able to get my research paper finished and survive some busy days at work. There was a youth event that I helped out at last night with one of the kids from the college at an area church, then went I took the boys to Men's Breakfast early this morning before swimming.

    I'm starting to transition into open water training and the focus today was breath control and then some fun 25's to get used to some bumping around a la race start. The group had a good time with these.

    Now I'm off to do some yard work and then be free tomorrow for whatever my wife would like to do. Happy Mother's Day to ALL of you ladies out there - even if you don't have children of your own, each of you serves as a source of help to the people around you with your encouragement. Thank you
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    Swim Workouts
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