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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 12/23/15: evening

    by , December 23rd, 2015 at 08:03 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    We've been busy for the past two days at work, and I am now off through Christmas. Monday night we tried out a new restaurant in town, Two Brews. It is set up similar to Chipotle and I needed a little help with ordering, but the food was good and we enjoyed a great late night dinner together before Emma headed back to Philly yesterday. This morning I went to PT and then did some errands, opting for a swim this evening ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    5 x 200 with snorkel [two pull with buoy, two with buoy and AP, kick]
    50 easy
    build a 100 IM [went 1:13 - first time doing breaststroke in a while)
    50 easy
    100 pull
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2400 yds/45 min)
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    Relaxing for the night, with an episode of Seinfeld featuring Festivus, and now the cartoon version of Grinch!
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  2. Workout 12/19/15: morning

    by , December 19th, 2015 at 12:25 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had an easy swim before PT yesterday, 1500 yds in about 30 minutes, nothing too grand.
    Emma came home in the late evening for a visit so we are doing Christmas this weekend - so great to see her.

    Masters this morning after cinnamon buns with the family...



    We did our year-end workout inspired by Rudolph and the Grinch - I was able to get in an extra 200 on warmup, did all fly and an extra 50 on each of the Grinch's Lament (2:10 interval), and an extra 50 at the end of the Reindeer games (went 1:03, 1:02 on the 100's free, and did back for the 50's :33->31). With the help of the guard Greg, Kevin and I sang the Twelve Days of Christmas during the Reprise. A fun workout!

    This afternoon is our annual family party with Lena and my siblings, then we are planning to drive over to Albany for the Lights in the Park display that they do each year.

    Updated December 20th, 2015 at 09:32 PM by rxleakem

    Tags: christmas
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  3. Workout 12/15/15: evening

    by , December 15th, 2015 at 10:25 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I enjoyed a nice day off today, starting with breakfast out with my wife. This afternoon was a quiet one, and I was ready for the Masters work out tonight.

    200 swim 100 kick 100 pull (did extra 200)
    4 x 50 quarter's strong on :60
    100 easy no free

    1 x 400 as 150 swim, 50 kick (I pulled and skulled, extra 100)
    4 x 100 on 2:00 descend (did 150s with snorkel and AP)
    6 x 75 on :15sr kick (I skulled) swim pull (did extra 50)
    10 x 25 on :40 odds easy evrns fast
    100 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2850 yds/60 min)
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    A solid swim with Greg and Carol, as Matt, Tim, and Julie did their own swim. As a team we are working to order in our first coordinated swimsuits with caps, something that appears to be easier in planning than in execution. Pics to come...
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  4. 12/13/15: dry

    by , December 13th, 2015 at 05:57 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    PT progressing with knee, with therapist twice a week and homework every night. Hit the gym tonight after work for

    15 min elliptical 1.3 miles
    10 min bike 2.8 miles

    Hot tub before the Pats tonight
  5. Workout 12/10/15: noon

    by , December 10th, 2015 at 06:33 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    The pump arrived late yesterday and was installed overnight, so the pool is back open! The water is a delightful 81 degrees (usually it is ~85) and the adult swim time was packed!

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    5 x 200 on :15sr [snorkel on first four, alt pull and AP with buoy. Back on last[]
    10 x 50 on :45 pull free
    10 x 25 on :10sr pull [evens imo, odds fast free]
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2550 yds/45 min)
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    A hearty "swim fast" to all those hitting up New England SCM champs this weekend, as well as any other events. I'll be following along from swimphone when I get home from work.
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  6. 12/09/15

    by , December 9th, 2015 at 06:26 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
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    Day three of no pool access due to a pool pump failure. I decided to attempt land exercises this morning...

    15 min elliptical (one mile)
    15 min stationary bike (three and a half miles)

    My wife joined me for lunch at the high school, where my son and the rest of the culinary program host a meal each week. Delicious!
  7. Workout 12/05/15: morning

    by , December 5th, 2015 at 05:38 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Skipped swimming yesterday as I started PT, joined my son at school to eat at the Culinary classes' Bistro lunch that is put on weekly (my first trip), and then I used the rest of the day to relax around the house.

    This morning Preston and I joined up with the guys for breakfast and then I headed into Masters practice. As I was writing out the workout I helped on of the little kids on diving - she was fine off the wall and a step they use, but froze when diving off the blocks. I offered a couple of suggestions and by the time I had changed for the swim she was diving for the first time! Always great to have that connection with my old t

    200 swim/100 kick/100 pull [I did 200 swim and 300 pull]
    4 x 25 drill [working on 6 beat kick "raspberry/strawberry"]

    16 x 100 [Matt and I did 150's]
    1 on 2:30, 4 on 2:20 [snorkel and pull]
    1 on 2:40, 3 on 2:10 [snorkel and pull]
    1 on 2:50, 2 on 2:00 [snorkel]
    1 on 3:10, 1 on 1:50 [snorkel and pull]
    1 on 3:30, 1 FAST for time [snorkel, went 1:37]

    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/3200 yds/65 min)
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    This is a challenging main set that seems pretty boring at the start but knocks out almost a mile fairly quickly. The 1x swims in the left column are recovery swims, and the swims in the right column are stronger, even split but faster each round.

    Off to enjoy the rest of the weekend!
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  8. Workout 12/01/15: evening

    by , December 1st, 2015 at 09:24 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I was able to participate in today's special music at Chapel for the college - played drums during a bluegrass set. I have also been finishing up on a paper and presentation for my class on Thursday.

    Tonight's swim with the team:

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull (did 700 swim/pull)
    4 x 50 on 1:15 descend 1 -> 4

    3 x
    - 100 choice on :20sr
    - 50 Build up on :15sr
    - 50 Build down on :10sr
    - 2 x 25 FAST on :05sr
    -regroup

    2 x 75 on 2:00 (swim/kick/pull)
    filming 50's (I did 50)
    4 min choice warmdown
    (Masters/Rec/1850 yds/50 min)
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  9. Workout 11/30/15: Evening

    by , November 30th, 2015 at 07:45 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Back to work today and quite busy trying to clear out the backlog from last week's day off for the holiday. I am happy that it is my short week! Swim tonight after a light dinner...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill/100 drill
    2 x Noah's Ark with snorkel and buoy (used AP on #2)
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1900 yds/30 min)
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    I finally visited an ortho doc to check out my knee (no major joint issues), and have been prescribed some PT over the next few weeks. Mostly overuse pain/soreness (due to a bone spur that has developed on the lateral aspect of the right patella) that has lingered for a while now, but I wanted to get it evaluated before next year's deductibles kick in. I plan to pull more see if that helps as well.
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  10. Workout 11/28/15: morning

    by , November 28th, 2015 at 12:24 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    No shopping yesterday, just a fair amount of relaxing with the family. Make breakfast for the kiddos before swim this morning:

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

    The Turducken Workout for me - various 250's for the group...
    Turducken set: A turducken is a turkey that is stuffed with a duck, which in turn has been stuffed with a chicken. Iíve never tasted one, but I feel like Iíve been reading about them as a novelty food item for at least a decade. The latest article I saw about turducken was not about food at all, but about privacy law, and ever since I read it, the word has been rolling around in my head. So I decided I would assemble stroke turduckens by stuffing a 50 of one stroke into the middle of a 100 of another stroke, then sticking the whole thing into a 200 of yet another stroke. I did four rounds of these; on the first, turkey=fly, duck=back, and chicken=breast; the strokes rotate through the IM thereafter. The set looked like this:
    4 x 350 @ :30-:40 rest interval
    1st 350=100 FL/50 BK/50 BR/50 BK/100 FL
    2nd 350=100 BK/50 BR/50 FR/50 BR/100 BK
    3rd 350=100 BR/50 FR/50 FL/50 FR/100 BR
    4th 350=100 FR/50 FL/50 BK/50 FL/100 FR
    On each round I aimed to do the middle 50 at 200 IM pace; the 50 before it as build and the 50 after it as recovery, and the turkey 100s at the front and back at basic aerobic pace.
    Some easy 50's before taping again underwater
    Flip turn fun
    (Masters/Rec/2200 yds/75 min)
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    I love the Turducken set from Swimsuit Addict and still feel like the 2 x 50's fly in the last round are the toughest. This marks my fifth year of doing this!

    Planning to send Emma off this afternoon before heading down to Williams College for a hockey game with my boy.

    Updated November 29th, 2015 at 06:28 PM by rxleakem

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  11. Workout 11/27/15: noon

    by , November 27th, 2015 at 08:28 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving with visits to my mother-in-law and my brother's house with the family. Quick swim at lunch today before we put up Christmas decorations - a beautiful day here in VT!

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    2 x (with snorkel):
    - 100 kick with AK
    - 150 swim with AP
    - 100 pull with buoy

    4 x 200 on 3:00
    - first 50 hard stroke IMO, followed by 150 DPS

    100 and out
    (Solo/Rec/2200 yds/35 min)
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  12. Workout 11/24/15: evening

    by , November 24th, 2015 at 09:18 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I utilized the "RapidPass" while donating blood last night and was able to quickly donate a pint to blood. The pass allows you to review the materials and answer questions at home the day of your appointment, which speeds up the process before hitting the chair. I tried the double red donation last time and didn't feel great for a few days afterwards, so back to a single pint, my 26th! Took it easy today and ran some errands before working on a paper for school. Here is our team practice from tonight ...

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull/100 im drill
    4 x 25 build as a group

    1 x 50 EZ, 1 x 50 FAST (all of these 50's on the 1:15)
    1 x 50 EZ, 2 x 50 FAST
    1 x 50 EZ, 3 x 50 FAST
    1 x 50 EZ, 4 x 50 FAST

    100 kick into 100 pull into 100 choice
    Filming 50's with the GoPro
    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/1750 yds/40 min)
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  13. Workout 11/23/15: morning

    by , November 23rd, 2015 at 01:16 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had a great weekend. Saturday night Preston and I drove down to Williams College for the first men's hockey game of the season, and yesterday our church held a joint service with the other plant that meets at the school. It was fun to worship together with Joe Frey and hear about his involvment with Compassion International, a message on Thanksgiving from Summit Church's pastor, and then a grand Thanksgiving feast afterwards. Preston and I even headed out in the early afternoon for a flag football game against the college, and us old guys won! I'm not very sore, but did a short workout this morning anyway ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill

    2 x (with snorkel)
    - 100 kick with AK
    - 150 swim with AP
    - 100 pull with buoy

    100 easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/1400 yds/25 min)
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    Off to donate blood in a bit then get ready for the Patriots game tonight!
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  14. Workout 11/21/15: morning

    by , November 21st, 2015 at 03:18 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Practice with the team this morning ...

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

    2 x
    - 6 x 50 on 1:10 (descend 1-4, maintain pace from #3 on 5 and 6)
    - 100 pull moderate ["no debate"] - did extra 50
    - 50 easy kick
    - 100 for time [rd 1 = :56, rd 2 = :60]

    300 straight through (25 kick/25 swim/25 pull) [extra 100]
    4 x 25 on :40 (easy/fast - did skd's fast)
    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2500 yds/70 min)
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    Good workout and nice to get some timed (in water start) swims for baseline.
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  15. Workout 11/20/15: morning

    by , November 20th, 2015 at 10:14 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Today marks the start to another staycation, so no work until the 30th Quick swim this morning ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    2 x (with snorkel)
    - 100 kick with AK
    - 150 swim with AP
    - 100 pull with buoy

    200 as 25 easy into 25 fast IMO (in traffic)
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1600 yds/30 min)
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    Off for a motorcycle ride this afternoon with my neighbor and then some bowling later with the family.
  16. Workout 11/17/15: morning

    by , November 17th, 2015 at 08:23 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Busy weekend but it ended on a great note as Preston celebrated his 18th birthday. Had a small get together after I returned home after work that Lena put on. A fun afternoon. Also, Preston wad accepted to his first choice college, Cleveland State University. Hopefully I'll be able to swim their main pool on a future trip

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    600 shark swim
    100 easy
    Broken 1000 on 1:30 base
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2400 yds/40 min)
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  17. Workout 11/11/15: evening

    by , November 11th, 2015 at 08:09 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    A special thanks to all that have served or are currently serving our country this Veterans Day. We were able to attend our town's annual parade, here are a couple of pics...



    I was able to get in a long swim tonight...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill

    3 x through with snorkel
    -100 kick with AK
    -150 strong swim with AP
    -100 Pull

    50 easy
    Two times thru: (25's fast IMO into the second swims DPS free, :10 between)
    25
    25 25
    25 50
    25 75
    25 100

    50 easy

    4 x 50 on :45 Quarter's Strong
    4 x 25 on :30 burst and cruise (6/8/10/15)
    200 easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/3000 yds/60 min)
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  18. Workout 11/09/15: morning

    by , November 9th, 2015 at 09:04 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Enjoyed a great visit with the family to Philly over the weekend to visit our daughter, including my first ever trip to IKEA and a 76ers game. Traffic was heavy on Friday as we arrived, but light on Sunday as we returned to VT. We stayed at a Courtyard on the Navy Yard, a real treat.

    Quick swim today before work ...
    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    2 x (with snorkel)
    - 100 kick with ak
    - 150 swim with AP strong
    - 100 pull with buoy

    100 easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/1400 yds/25 min)
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    Told you it was quick! Long week at work but I hope to swim on Wed and Thursday.
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  19. Workout 11/03/15: evening

    by , November 3rd, 2015 at 09:35 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    A beautiful day today here in southern Vermont, and i was able to get out on the motorcycle for a nice looking ride with Lena. Made it to masters tonight...

    3 x 100 choice on :15sr
    2 x (with snorkel)
    - 50 kick with ak
    - 100 pull
    - 2 x 25 build (plus an extra 200)

    2 x 200 as 50 choice 50 pull (did 50 after each)
    4 x 100 descend 1-4 (did 50 non free after each)
    8 x 50 choice (in pairs: easy then hard)

    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2600 yds/60 min)
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    Great swim tonight. Joined Greg, Carol, MG, and Jim as Matt and Peggie were on their own.
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  20. Workout 11/02/15: evening

    by , November 2nd, 2015 at 07:36 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Busy weekend at work, but I sure did enjoy the extra hour of sleep! The nice thing about seeing November on the calendar is that the Rec is now open for a half day on Sundays through the spring, a nice treat.

    Swim tonight in the crowded adult swim lane ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    2 x (with snorkel)
    - 100 kick with alignment kickboard
    - 150 strong swim with agility paddles
    - 100 pull with buoy

    200 as 25 easy into 25 fast IMO
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1600 yds/30 min)
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    Well, my goggles fell out of my bag as I left the house, so I had to borrow a stylish pink kids spare pair from the lifeguard

    Here is a picture that I took last night of the sky - Preston was out and about driving and we followed the sky as it yield beautiful colors like this for about 15 minutes. Then they dissipated...
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