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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.

Check out my swimmer info page here.

  1. Workout 04/07/15: evening

    by , April 7th, 2015 at 10:21 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Happy to get a swim in tonight after some busy days at work. I joined Johnson at the bowling alley yesterday after school before taking him and a couple of the other exchange students to a local sugar shack to see the process of making syrup. I learned that it used to take 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup, but now it is closer to 47.

    200 swim
    100 kick
    200 pull
    4 x 50 Quarter's Strong
    100 easy
    8 x 50 on 1:10 free, best avg (used snorkel)
    1 x 50 easy
    4 x 50 on 1:10 back, best avg
    1 x 50 easy
    6 x 75 on 1:30 (odd easy, even fast) (did 100s)
    1 x 50 easy
    4 x 25 drag race from mid pool :45
    150 easy (did 250)
    (Masters/Rec/2500yds/60 min)

    This is an old Fort hybrid workout that I like to swim at the start off my taper period, so I inflicted it on the team.

    I had a quiet Easter due to having to work, but I finished an excellent Passion week Bible plan from youversion Bible app. There was a small gathering at my house, but basically turned into a birthday party for two nephews and a niece.

    We now have six official entries in our meet at the end of the month. The coach that generally helps to run the meet is away so others are stepping up to help us. I am guessing that we will have around 25 entries.

    The only other news is that I have started to use myfitnesspal again to help me keep track of calories. Haven't used it in a few years but i need the accountability to help me get to a healthier weight.
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  2. Workout 04/01/15: noon

    by , April 1st, 2015 at 01:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Spent a whole hour in the pool today!

    200 fr/200 bl/200 im drill
    600 Shark Swim
    1000 with snorkel (50 stroke/150 DPS)
    10 x 50 on :60 with Kevin
    100 ez
    200 (as 25 FAST IMO into 25 ez)
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3100 yds/65 min)

    I was very much looking forward to a swim and was excited to see that the adult swim was not crowded. It's a beautiful day outside, and we might break the string (tied for 3rd longest since 1874) of days under 50 here in VT. We last saw that temp on 12/27/14 - over three months ago!

    Also, it was announced today that New England Masters were again National Champs of this year's One Hour Swim!

    Updated April 1st, 2015 at 04:37 PM by rxleakem

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  3. Workout 03/30/15: morning

    by , March 30th, 2015 at 09:28 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I had a wonderful weekend, starting with a snowy drive to Worcester, MA, for an New England Masters coaches clinic on Open Water, where I was finally able to meet Elaine Howley and Greg O'Connor in person, as well as Jen Dutton. I actually swam Kingdom Swim a couple of years ago with Elaine but we never connected. They shared from their vast experience on OW, from training, strategy, and administration with the ten of us that were able to make the trip. Yesterday was also a great day, as our church plant celebrated our second year anniversary with a special late afternoon service and meal afterwards. A super end to the weekend.

    Today I was able to sneak in a quick swim before work, one that I seem to do much to often ...

    200 Fr/200 Bl/200 IM drill
    600 Shark Swim
    1 x Noah's Ark with snorkel
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/30 min)
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  4. Workout 03/27/15: evening

    by , March 27th, 2015 at 08:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I had a couple of busy days at work, including a conference call with regional and zone directors and some bug wigs at the main office in regards to our immunization services .. I was able to articulate how we have gotten to this point and what we are doing to continue strong in helping adults stay current with shots. I was able to sit in on the last hour of class at the college last night and found this neat article about the school that I would like to share.

    I spent the day helping my mother-in-law move today. It's always funny how long it seems to take to load a uhaul, but how quickly it gets emptied! She only moved across town, but the killer was that she is now in a second floor apartment so I had quite the dryland workout! Hopped into the pool for a quick swim tonight ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    600 shark swim
    Noah's Ark with snorkel
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/30 min)
    A few other items of interest ...

    - Received the first entry into the swim meet, which is a month away.
    - I will be off to a coaching clinic tomorrow in Worcester, MA, that is focused on Open Water training. With snow in the forecast I am anticipating a three hour one way trip, so an early start.
    - I slipped in a top ten time for 2014 scm in the 200 fly -pretty cool.
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  5. workout 03/24/15: evening

    by , March 24th, 2015 at 11:08 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I had a nice day today, with chapel at the college this morning and a nice visit with my niece for supper.

    200 free / 200 back / 200 im drill
    8 x 125 on :20sr (25 kick, 75 build, 25 pull)
    100 kick
    4 x 50 from blocks, fast inside flags
    200 loosen
    (Masters/Rec/2100 yds/50 min)

    My neck is feeling much better and it was great to meet with the team tonight. I did the 125's on 2:10 with the builds as im rotations.
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  6. Workout 03/22/15: afternoon

    by , March 22nd, 2015 at 08:00 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Easy swim today after work, mostly due to a stiff neck.

    200 free/200 back/200 IM drill
    600 free with snorkel
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1300 yds/25 min)

    Had a nice warm up in the sauna and will be sure to hit the hot tub tonight before bed.
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  7. Workout 03/19/15: noon

    by , March 19th, 2015 at 02:35 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Lena and I enjoyed a massage yesterday then a relaxed evening with the kids. I did a recycling run and some other errands this morning before hitting the pool ...

    200 free/200 back/200 IM drill
    4 x 75 kick
    1 x Noah's Ark pull with snorkel
    4 x 75 (swim/fast IMO/AP)
    4 x 50 (25 easy, 25 FAST)
    100 easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/2000 yds/40 min)

    For anyone in the New England area: 2nd annual Edge Spring Fling Masters meet near Burlington, VT next Saturday (3/28). Info:
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  8. Workout 03/18/15: morning

    by , March 18th, 2015 at 10:00 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Another quick workout this morning. The adult swim lanes were not as busy ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    2 x 50 kick/150 AP/100 pull continuous
    3 x (150 on 2:00, 100 on 2:00 with snorkel)
    200 warm down
    (Solo/Rec/2150 yds/40 min)
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  9. Workout 03/16/15: morning

    by , March 16th, 2015 at 09:08 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Quick swim today, mostly because adult swim was packed and I was not motivated to battle it out in the lane ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    400 shark swim
    (Solo/Rec/1000 yds/20 min)

    Sometimes when the lane is full I can find a spot between traffic to allow for some intervals, but not this morning.
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  10. Workout 03/14/15: morning (Pi Day!)

    by , March 14th, 2015 at 04:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Picked up an extra day at work yesterday due to my bosses vacation (which is a common occurrence these days), so I missed a swim. I was excited to get to the pool this morning and celebrate Pi day with the team ...

    (courtesy of the Boston Globe twitter today)

    3 00 swim - choice
    1 00 kick
    4 x 50 burst and cruise
    1 x 50 dolphin kick on back
    5 x 50 on 1:00 descend [I did 8 on :45 with snorkel]
    9 x 25 (fast free down, non-free back) + 25 easy
    2 00 pull
    6 x 100 on 2:00 descend 1->3, 4->6 [I did 'em on 1:45, back then IM]
    5 00 seconds of fly stroke review
    I then filmed everyone with the GoPro, trying a different underwater mount.
    (Masters/Rec/2150 yds/90 min)
    We had a full pool again with Tim and Kevin B doing their own workout, and Kevin M., Rachel, Melissa, Meg, Greg and I getting our nerd on. I used the digits as the basis and put the different pieces together for a good workout. We almost didn't have a lifeguard, as the age group team is away at Golds this weekend and the pool was empty until we hopped in at 10:30; at 10 they called me at home to see if there was anyone coming. Headache averted!

    Oh yeah, Greg made some homemade chocolate doughnuts for us to try - delicious!

    Updated March 14th, 2015 at 04:31 PM by rxleakem

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  11. Workout 03/10/15: evening

    by , March 10th, 2015 at 10:12 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had a delightful day off which started with Chapel and the opportunity to play the kit. It is school spirit week in advance of spring break next week, so I took part in Tacky Tourist Tuesday (that's me with the glasses) ...

    (The funny thing is that I generally wear a fanny pack on trips, so I look almost like (my) normal self)

    Took a nap this afternoon and watched some old westerns on tv (Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Rifle Man) before making supper for the family then heading to the the pool ...

    3 x 100 fr :20sr (used snorkel)
    2x (50 kick into 100 pull)
    (did an extra 100 here)
    4 x 25 b/c

    - 2 x 50 back on :20 sr
    - 1 x 50 kick on :20 sr
    - 5 x 50 even pace on 1:00
    - 200 pull (used snorkel)
    - 30 second bursts of Vertical Kick until everyone finished.

    2 x 25 on :40 FAST (planned for more, but ran short on time)
    150 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2200 yds/60 min)
    Full house for our team with Tim, Rachel, Melissa, Carol, Greg, and Luiza. We've been working on strokes so I helped with pointers on back. Nothing too hard in the practice, but a nice mix with the challenge of even pace 50's with a fair amount of rest.

    Updated March 11th, 2015 at 08:27 PM by rxleakem

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  12. Workout 03/08/15: afternoon

    by , March 8th, 2015 at 09:14 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Free/200 Back/200 IM drill
    600 as (2 x through: 50 kick, 100 pull, 150 with AP)
    5 x 100 free on 1:20 with snorkel
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/30 min)

    So, in addition to a headache on Thursday I was pretty wiped out on Friday after the double cell blood donation ... for the near future I plan to stick with the regular whole cell donations. A busy weekend at work and loss of the hour of sleep has me still feeling crummy. Planning to join Johnson and school's bowling club tomorrow afternoon.
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  13. Workout 03/04/15: morning

    by , March 4th, 2015 at 06:06 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Busy day off today, which I was happy to start off with a swim ...

    200 Free/200 Back/200 IM drill
    2 x (50 kick, 100 pull, 150 with AP)
    1 x Noah's Ark with snorkel
    100 easy
    4 x 50 (25 easy, 25 fast IMO)
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2200 yds/40 min)

    After running some errands I went to give blood after lunch, and opted to do the double red cell donation for the first time. A neat procedure where I will donate every 112 days and that had me hooked up to this machine for a while ...
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  14. Workout 03/02/15: morning

    by , March 2nd, 2015 at 09:33 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    After church yesterday I went to the nursing home for the service there, then stayed home for the night. There was a concert a couple of towns east from me, but the snow made a return and I decided to stay put. I was able to catch up on some reading for class, and get in two shoveling before hitting the pool this morning for an easy swim.

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    600 Shark Swim
    100 easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/1300 yds/25 min)

    I will miss town meeting day today sure to work, but will hit the voting polls tomorrow morning before work.
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  15. Workout 02/28/15: morning

    by , February 28th, 2015 at 08:11 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    The basketball game on Tuesday was fun, and I was only mildly sore the next couple of days despite not having played in about a year. We were up at halftime, but the whippersnappers wore us old folks down to take the win. Yesterday I was able to join the kids as a chaperon for ski day at Mt. Snow. It was cold (high single-digits to mid teens), but the sun was bright and there was not a cloud in the sky. It was great to get out on the snowboard again! Here is a pic of one of the kids behind us...

    Headed to Masters workout this morning ...

    200 Swim/100 Kick/200 Pull (plus 50 drill)

    2 x
    4 x 50 on :55 descend (I did 5 @ :45)
    2 x 100 hard on 1:55 (I did 3 @ 1:30 with snorkel)
    200 DPS (I used snorkel and AP)
    50 easy back

    1 x 50 kick :15sr
    1 x 100 pull :15 sr
    1 x 50 kick :20 sr (I did 100 here)
    4 x 75 on 1:10 (easy-build-fast)
    50 easy
    Work on butterfly as a group (~200 yds)
    (Masters/Rec/2950 yds/90 min)

    Great workout that I found in the my binder. We had a full pool with Greg, Luiza, Rachel, Meg and Kevin, with Tim on his own. I enjoyed a little sweat in the sauna after practice as well.

    This afternoon Lena and I went to a memorial service for Marion C, a 96 year old saint that I first met when I started going to church in 1998. She and her husband (a retired Pastor) welcomed me as I entered the sanctuary with my family, and served as spiritual role models when I accept Jesus as my Savior. They loved each other with a love that I never witnessed before, and also shared that with the lives of anyone that they came into contact with. She continued to play the piano when I later helped with Sunday evening services, and even earlier this year at the nursing home where she resided. At the fellowship time after the service we were able to meet up with friends from years ago and share with each other all the ways that Marion spoke into our lives. Amazing woman of God.

    Updated March 1st, 2015 at 02:11 PM by rxleakem

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  16. Workout 02/24/15: noon

    by , February 24th, 2015 at 01:54 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Sunday was another busy snow removal day here in Vermont, so I skipped swimming. Went back to work yesterday and the boys had their final bball game of the year after school so I also skipped the pool. I did not stay completely dry, as our wash has been acting up and reading a F-21 error, so last night I went about cleaning the water pump filter and drain hose (nasty), which has fixed the issue. Here's to youtube for saving me from paying for a repairman!

    Today is a busy day off, as I went to the Drug Task Force meeting this morning before heading to school for Chapel. This afternoon is the end-of-year basketball banquet plus parents/staff vs. kids fundraiser game, so I will have at least two workouts today (and I might even make it to Masters tonight for team practice!).

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    2 x (50 kick, 100 AP, 150 pull)
    4 x (25 IMO sprint into 25 easy) on :60
    150 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1550 yds/30 min)

    I am still ahead for the GTD goal this year but need to carve out more time to in order to swim longer. I'm still debating the Harvard meet in a couple of weeks; I will again be able to only make the distance day so I am thinking about either the 1000 or 1650. Need to decide by Friday.

    Updated February 24th, 2015 at 02:00 PM by rxleakem

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  17. Workout 02/21/15: morning

    by , February 21st, 2015 at 01:56 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 free/100 kick/200 pull (plus 100 more)

    Main Set = Broken Mile (focus = DPS, streamlining)
    3 x 100 (on 1:25)
    4 x 150 (on 2:05)
    3 x 200 (on 2:50)
    3 x 50 (on :45) (went 34,33,31)

    then an easy 50, wait until next top, 50 fast (went 28)
    (I did 400 kick while everyone else finished up)
    We then worked on backstroke technique and flip turns (about 300 yards)
    (Masters/Rec/3050 yds/90 min)

    The broken mile is a great set and the fast 50 at the end capped off a good aerobic workout. Over the next couple of weeks our team will be having refreshers for all the strokes, as well as starts and turns.
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  18. Workout 02/19/15: noon

    by , February 19th, 2015 at 09:10 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Started the day with some more shoveling (and the trend of snow/bitter arctic blast cold/repeat since January is still holding out) then off to the Bible college for Chapel. I then was able to jump in for a quick swim before lunch:

    200 free/200 back/200 IM drill
    2 x (50 kick/100 AP/150 pull with buoy)
    6 x 25 on :30 fast (fr and bk)
    300 yds wearing Rachel's Garmin gps watch
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1750 yds/35 min)
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  19. Workout 02/17/15: evening

    by , February 17th, 2015 at 09:54 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I was able to make it to Chapel today and play the drums during worship, so this morning started very well. In the afternoon I started to work on taxes before getting Preston to an appointment. I was able to snap this picture from the front porch as the sun set this evening before heading to practice ...

    We had an extra half-hour for practice tonight due to school vacation week and took some inspiration from a Kiefer workout:

    2 x (150 swim/50 kick/100 pull) [plus 100]
    4 x 50 Quarter's Strong on 1:15
    8 x 75 on :10sr (25 kick/swim/pull) [did 10 on 1:15, swim IMO fast]
    2 x
    - 1 x 200 pull :10sr [did 300 on 4:00]
    - 3 x 50 on :15 sr Build [did 4 on :50; fly, back , fr, fr]
    - 6 x 25 on :20 sr FAST

    4 x 50 Active Recovery and out
    (Masters/Rec/3150 yds/65 min)

    A great workout with Greg, Melissa, and Luiza, as Esther, Marie, and Tim did their own thing.

    Updated February 20th, 2015 at 11:52 PM by rxleakem

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  20. Workout 02/15/15: afternoon

    by , February 15th, 2015 at 05:27 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Yesterday our workout group did the One Hour Swim as a challenge, even though it does not count towards the ePostal. Perhaps next year we'll move it to January and have folks register. Greg was good enough to sit on deck with me and take splits. So, a total of nine swimmers from our group took part in the OHS, and averaged just over 3404 yds as a team - not too shabby! As promised we had some sweet treats afterwards ... Chocolate covered strawberries and special sticker

    I was not feeling particularly well so I was very thankful that Greg helped out. I spent the rest of the day catching up on sleep, and made it to the Rec today for an easy swim because it will be closed tomorrow due to the holiday.

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    4 x 300 (100 kick, 100 AP, 100 Pull)
    4 x 75 (kick/swim IMO/pull)
    4 x 100 various drills and easy swimming
    (Solo/Rec/2500 yds/45 min)
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