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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 11/14/11

    by , November 14th, 2011 at 09:14 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/ 200 BK w/u
    2 x (3 x 50) kick on :55 (flutter with board, back without, then dolphin)
    300 Swim (descend by 100)

    3 x through:
    - 50 Drill on :60
    - 50 DPS on :60
    - 50 FAST on :60
    - 50 Pull on :60
    - 3 x100 on 1:40 (descend 1>3)

    Long various 400 w/d
    (2900, 50 minutes)
    Feeling good after the meet yesterday (I had a really fun time, and happy to be back in a yard pool). Spent part of the day reading through forums and trying to figure out how to make the best for the BU meet in a month or so. My focus is going to be the 200 back, so I am taking James' advice (since he loves this event, hopefully beat his time in the process) and will be trying to get some more endurance stuff in the next couple of weeks. Also, Ande and Fort (among others) laud the "swim fast in practice" approach, so I am going to get faster in practice (a lesson that I learned from the meet - I need to push it more).

    I modified a workout from mojo on her thread and saw where maybe a 300 theme (q-brain's post) might be good enough to help my 200, so went with that. I was going to use paddles on the full 300 and repeat it after the main set, but forgot my paddles and I just swam the one. I was also going to go 4 times through the main set, but I was late getting to the pool and the Aqua Zumba folks were piling in 15 minutes early. I decided I did not want to torpedo anyone tonight and got out before the lane lines did.

    I did FR/FR/Bk on the main set, and recorded the following:
    - 28, :10/:09/:05
    - 28, :11/:09/:05
    - 34, :24/:19/:16
    (happy to go fast on the 50's, and for this first time in a long time descend all the 100's). I might be cheating a little, I went from crappy sdks to really working them on the 3rd time around.

    I had some drylands this afternoon raking leaves for about an hour before it started to rain (and a few hours before my swim tonight). I have the week off so I hope to hit the pool everyday, a rarity. It'll be warm tomorrow so I'll try to finish up some things "before winter comes," then as the week gets colder focus inside at transferring the wine (finally done fermenting), three more batches of jelly, and "organizing" the computer room. Might even paint my daughter's room, which has been 1/2 done for a few weeks since the rush to complete college applications derailed decorating her room.
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  2. Riverton Meet (scm) 11/13/11

    by , November 13th, 2011 at 10:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I made the trip up to Maine on Saturday to stay with friends and to swim at the 4th Annual Greater Portland Meet. My buddies live ten blocks from the pool, so it was a good reason to head up for a quick weekend.

    An added bonus was a start and turn clinic held an hour before warmups, at no charge. Without having a full-fledged coach with our workout group, it was good to get a refresher on proper techniques, especially with the starts. I was able to work with Doug on the back start, and I think it helped a lot for the swim.

    Clinic (we'll say distance = 200)
    Warm up:
    200 FR/ 200 BK
    3 x 50 kick (FR, BK, FL)
    4 x 50 swim, last 1/4 fast
    150 ez
    (900 total)

    For the swims ...
    (100 ez swim)

    100 Free: seed 59.95, swam 1:00.43 (29.40, 31.03)
    - Felt ok, but not as strong as the scy meets this spring. I was hoping to get under :60, but that was not to be. I was thinking more about really cranking on the next swim ...

    (3 heats, 100 cool down swim)

    100 Back: seed 1:11.55, swam 1:07.75 (34.80, 32.95)
    - Felt great! I was happy to have worked on the start before the meet, as I think the modest improvement from my usually dreadful one helped. I really worked the underwater sdk, even though I need to keep working it more. I went all out on the third lap and pushed it coming home. I'm interested in the splits, which I will post once I see them - took it out too slow, but I'm still very happy with this.

    (5 heats, 100 ez)

    200 Free: seed 2:15.15, swam 2:18.62 (31.22, 35.43, 36.32, 35.65)
    - I had a feeling this was not going to be good as my heart was still pumping from the back. I felt like I had no air, which is pointing out to me that I need to work more on training for the 200's.

    (100 ez, and a nice break before heading into the sprints)

    50 Back: seed 32.56, swam 31.18
    - Worked the start and underwaters again here. Felt very good.

    (1 heat rest before ...)

    50 Fly: seed 32.65, swam 31.02
    - Tired but the swim was a good one. My turn was slow, but I don't really practice fly much. My lungs were shot so I did not have great skd, but I was happy with the time.

    100 easy warm down, and a four hour drive home.


    I had a great weekend in Maine, "the way life should be." The clinic was a great addition to the meet, and I was able to meet some great folks in the Portland area. It was easy to pick out jbs during warmups when he was describing the insane events he was swimming, and it was good to chat with him during the meet. An added bonus was the water and halloween candy hold-overs that we could munch on during the meet. I was able to get some coaching advice from Mike and Doug too.

    Giving my lackluster week, I was really happy with these times. I have not swum scm since 1992, so I tried to pick seeds at where I wanted to be at this point. Since I am only going to get to two meets this "season," my philosophy is not to repeat any events, get some times, and then see what happens next year. My great experiment for the first "official" year back in the pool.

    I made it home in time to join the family at the local "Empty Bowls" event in town. A $10 donation allows you to pick out a hand made bowl that volunteers make throughout the summer, then fill it up with over 10 varieties of soup donated by local restaurants, with some bread and them cookies for dessert. The proceeds benefit the food pantries and fuel fund in the Bennington area, so a great way to have a meal with friends and strangers plus help out many of those in our area that are struggling to get food or fuel into their homes. Especially after the damage that Irene brought.

    Updated November 18th, 2011 at 07:31 PM by rxleakem (Adding results/splits)

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  3. Workout 11/12/11

    by , November 12th, 2011 at 11:25 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    With Masters at Rec (scy)

    400 RIM w/u

    3 x 50 kick on 1 min

    4 x 50 FR (last 1/4 AFAP, shift it through til the first)

    200 stroke work with team

    50 easy and out
    (1000, 20 min)

    Decided to jump in for a quick swim this morning, and helped with some stroke work drills with the team. Still feeling a bit crummy, and not feeling like I am able to hold air well at all.

    Off for the Riverton meet in a few. Have fun with all the meets this weekend, folks.
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  4. Workout 11/11/11

    by , November 11th, 2011 at 02:35 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Before I start - Happy Veteran's Day to all those out in the water that served our country. Thank you.

    Solo at Rec (scy):

    200 FR/200 bk W/U

    5 x 200 on 3:15
    - First four: 50 Kick on :55, 50 build on :55, 100 Pull with buoy
    - Last one: 200 FR for time (2:16)

    50 EZ

    400 IM (25 drill, 25 swim, repeat, for each stroke)

    3 x (3 x 50's FR) on :60
    - 1st - sprint last 12.5
    - 2nd - sprint third 12.5
    - 3rd - sprint second 12.5 and past flags after turn

    50 EZ

    250 w/d various swim/drills

    (2600, 45 min)
    I went with my wife and son to the the Veteran's parade in town this morning - complete with the local National Guard and some Humvees, heros from the the Vet's Home, fire/rescue trucks, and my daughter twirling the baton as the high school band marched down the street.

    Hit the Rec at lunch time, and only had two others swimming in the lane with me. With the extra extra time at work this week, and early swimming, I fell pretty crummy. I was able to sleep in this am, which was very refreshing, but I still am tired.

    On the first set I did free/bk/fly/bk, and the 200 Free time was good given how I am feeling. I used the IM set as a filler, and then went fast on the 1/4 sprints with the last 50 set.

    Heading to Portland this weekend. If my daughter works tomorrow, we will leave in the afternoon. If not, I might hop in for a quick swim with the Masters group on the morning and just head up on my own for a short weekend trip.
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  5. Workout 11/09/11

    by , November 9th, 2011 at 08:26 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/200 BK/100 FL and 100 BR drill w/u

    4 x 100 kick

    500 Swim

    200 w/d

    (1700 total, 30 min) ----------

    Another early morning swim with the pool packed. This am there were 4 tri's that were doing a workout, so I was able to find room for my swimming. Still no real intervals, just trying to stay out of the way of others and myself. I am feeling tired and didn't sleep well the last two nights, so just a quick swim before school drop-offs and work this am at 8.
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  6. Workout 11/07/11

    by , November 7th, 2011 at 01:41 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy) 200 FR/200 BK w/u

    200 FR Pull with Buoy (2:15)
    8 x 50 kick
    200 FR Pull with Buoy (2:19)
    1 x 50 EZ
    4 x 100 IM
    1 x 50 EZ
    8 x 50 (25 drill, 25 sprint)

    200 junk w/d

    (2300, 45 min)
    Nice to get back into the water for the first time since Thursday. I am picking up one twelve and one 4 hour shift this week, so I am working 8-8 M-Th, so the only time I can swim is 6-7:30. I don't enjoy getting up this early, so I got the pool a tad after 6:30 and found the crowd beat me there! I found that my turns were not very springy, so I focused on that today.

    With the Riverton (Maine) meet coming up this weekend, I am making myself get up early to get some form of a workout in. As I was getting changed, my wife hollered in to the locker room to see if I was there - reminded me of my mom trying to hurry me out of the locker room when I was 8! haha

    Good times. Fast times coming this weekend ...

    Updated November 7th, 2011 at 10:48 PM by rxleakem

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  7. Workout 11/3/11

    by , November 3rd, 2011 at 07:06 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/200 BK w/u

    4 x 200 FR Pull with buoy 2:40

    4 x 200 IMO continuous
    - 50 kick,50 drill, 50 kick, 50 drill

    200 w/d

    (2200, 35 min)

    I hopped into the pool at lunch time today for a short swim. I focused on shuffling a fast 50 through the swim (last one on first, 3rd on the 2nd, ect). I was able to hold 2:20-3 on all, and felt good.

    The next set was more of a kick set than anything, with some drills for technique. I went on 3:30. My drylands consisted of cleaning out the garage this afternoon ...

    I have signed up for the Greater Portland meet in two weeks, as well as the Saturday of the the NE scm champs at BU. Looking forward to some fast swimming before the new year and scy season starts up.
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  8. Workout 11/2/11

    by , November 2nd, 2011 at 10:04 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy) -

    200 FR/200 BK w/u

    500 FR Pull with buoy
    -25 DPS/25 fast,50/50, 75/75, 100/100

    12 x 50 on (whenever I could through the crowd)
    2 x FR, BK, kick, kick, BR, FR

    200 junkedy-junk through the masses w/d
    (1700, 30 min)

    100 FR w/u

    Time ladder with the times a changing ...
    - 50 FR easy, into
    - 2 x 100 FR on 1:30
    - 2 x 100 BK on 1:40
    - 2 x 100 IM on 1:50
    - 2 x 50 kick on 1:00
    then head back down the staircase, friend ...

    200 junk w/d
    (1900, ~38 min)
    ...(3600 yards, ~1 hr total for day)...

    So I did not swim on Monday, due to helping out at my son's school for their "alternative" to Halloween. It was a journey through the Old Testament, and provides candy for the youngings sweet teeth while keeping them from roaming the streets. I could have skipped out, but opted to help out instead. Fun night.

    This am I got in and the pool was packed. When there were just four in the lane I jumped on the 500 pull, then as three more came in I just went to 50's and waited for an open space to crank them out (helping give technique pointers to folks asking about them).

    I went into work on my day off to give flu shots in a store about 30 minutes away, and was treated to lunch. Bonus! After I got home and felt the sun still shining, I decided to go for a motorcycle ride. It was chilly, then downright cold over Petersburgh Pass (like, 25 degrees cold)! I made supper (taco night), and had to swim again tonight at adult swim so went for it.

    I knew I would not have a lot of time so I went with the 100's. I was able to hold 1:04-6 on the FR on both sides of the mountain, 1:25 on the Back up and 1:15 on the Back down*, and 1:22 on the IM's. Kick was variable with FR ~44, BK ~42, and a fly ~47.

    * So I have been asking for help with FEELING better during the backstroke. I was a good 10 seconds faster on the downslope, which I attribute to more SDK and a focus on the downbeat of my kick, which may well have fixed my poor hip rotation (due to tube that has grown around the middle of my abdomen). I'l keep working at this....
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  9. Workout 10/29/11

    by , October 29th, 2011 at 01:18 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    With Masters team at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/200 BK/100 FLY,100 BR drill/100 ez

    4 x 200 on 3:35
    - 1: 50 FLY, 150 FR
    - 2: 50 BK, 150 FR
    - 3: 50 BR, 150 FR
    - 4: 200 IM

    Break time: lead drills and streamline/turn work with team. 200 yards +, 25 minutes

    500 swim

    8 x 50 on :60 (choice - I did IMO)
    8 x 25 on :60 (choice - I did IMO)

    100 w/d

    (2900 yards+, 100 minutes)

    Had fun with the team today, and enjoyed helping with some mechanics and sharing some ideas about getting off the walls fast with a strong streamline.

    I added extra 50's to the first set, but still had plenty of rest. I was able to swim the 500 in 6:04, which felt good given the extended time with stroke stuff. The 50's also felt good (28's), and the 25's were all out - saw the 12's on the FR.

    We are expecting more snow tonight, perhaps up to 8 inches. Off to put some of the lawn stuff in the garage, and maybe head downtown to the Fallapaloza event (Main street is closed to traffic, live music, vendors, food) that is happening for the first time this year.

    Updated October 30th, 2011 at 11:01 AM by rxleakem

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  10. Workout 10/28/11

    by , October 28th, 2011 at 04:06 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/200 BK/100 FL and 100 BR drills

    10 x 100 FR Pull with buoy on 1:20

    50 ez

    2 times through:
    - 3 x 75 kick on 1:30
    - 1 x 50 skull/25 kick on 1:30
    - 3 x 100 IM fast on 1:30

    250 junk w/d

    (3100 yards, 50 minutes)

    First time in the water since Tuesday am, and I was not sure what I was actually in the mood to do. I was going to start with 4 x 100 after my warm-up, but the 4 people in the lane decreased to 2 so I just cranked out 10, holding 1:09-11's the whole way through.

    The last set was to keep up with my goal of kicking more, and I threw some IM's in where I focused on turns and streamlines.

    I'll practice with the masters team tomorrow, and have been asked to help to offer another segment of instruction during the practices for the next couple of months. It looks like the meet in Portland, ME, is on for 11/13, and then I will hit Saturday of the NEM SCM champs in Boston on 12/10 since I have to cover for my boss at work on that Sunday. Then scm will be over for me for the year, and I will look to hit scy in stride during the spring.
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  11. Snow!

    by , October 27th, 2011 at 09:20 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    It won't last long, but we are getting our first snow of the year tonight. I found my snowshoes in the basement while getting wood pellets last night, and thinking about how much I love getting out in the snow. I will have to wait a few more weeks before we get a real chance to hit the mountains around town.

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

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  12. Workout 10/25/11

    by , October 25th, 2011 at 09:20 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

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

    400 FR PULL with buoy

    3 x (3 x 75) kick on ~2min
    - Alt FR, BK, FL

    300 junk w/d

    (2200 total, 45 min)
    I guess I can consider this swim a "two a day", as I swam last night and again this am. The pool was not as crowded , and circle swimming was actually moving along, well, quite swimmingly.

    Since it is usually a bear to get quality sets in, I have designated Tues am as KICK day, because I am making a decision to work on my kicking. I have noticed, ever since the 10K swim in September, that I start to get a pain in my leg after a lot of kicking (right above my right hip, midline with my knee, that extends down to the upper part of my thigh, a six inch section). As I incorporate more kicking into my workouts, it takes longer to develop, but is still a bummer.

    Off to work for the day, in early again to give flu shots. Teachers are still on strike in Bennington - getting old ... I fault the school boards and the teacher's union for acting like babies and doing this after school started for the year - kids now have to make up days on holidays and Saturdays.
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  13. Workout 10/24/11

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 09:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/200 BK w/u

    5 x 200 pull:
    - Odds FR on 2:40
    - Evens IM on 3:00

    2 times through:
    - 4 x 75 on 1:15 (first time FR, second time BK)
    - 200 kick RIMO on 4:00

    800 Paddle swim
    - 200 Fr, 100 BK (50 DPS/50 Fast)

    150 junk w/d
    (3350 total, 50 minutes)
    Had a busy weekend at work, so I was happy to get into the water tonight. I had the day off, worked on some bills then got in a motorcycle ride before eating supper with the family. Then off to practice ...

    I fell into the 1000 theme tonight. The pulls felt good, and I was able to hold 2:30-3 on the Frees. I needed an extra 5 seconds after the second IM since I am slow.

    For the 75's, I swam the first as DPS and streamline work, then on the next three I went Fast on the 3rd 25, 2nd 25, 1st 25 while trying to keep the streamlines working. For the Backstroke, I was just trying to get enough rest, and ended up getting 10 second at least on each. I have been trying to speed up my arms when they are out of the water, otherwise I am too low in the water and my hips don't roll enough.

    Paddles were used to focus on catch and pull, and I would have made that a 1000 it if was not for the Aqua Zumba class pushing into the pool. I was on my last 50, trying to SDK a 25, and ran into one of the ladies. I apologized even though I didn't really do anything wrong, the group just dashed into the pool after the lifeguard took out the lines. So I am stuck with 3350 instead of 3400 tonight.

    Now for some ice cream as I juice up some more grapes. I can't complain for the bumper crop this year, but my wife is growing impatient with my takeover of the kitchen with canning supplies and the big 6 gallon jug of wine. The fruits of our labors ...
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  14. Workout 10/20/11

    by , October 20th, 2011 at 07:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy) - bet you didn't see that coming ...

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill w/u
    8 x 50 Kick set on :60
    - IM order
    (1000) On to some 600's ...

    2 x
    - 300 Pull on 4:00
    - 200 FR fast on 2:30
    - 100 Kick on 1:00

    6 x100 Free on 1:20

    3 x 200 CONTINUOUS with paddles @75-80%
    - 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 Fr
    - Focus on stroke technique and streamlines

    2 x
    - 2 x 50 skulling on 1:20
    - 2 x 50 25 SDK/25 swim on 1:00
    - 2 x 50 FAST on :40

    100 junk w/d

    (4100 total - 68 minutes)

    After yesterdays short swim, I was happy to get a longer distance workout in today. After doing the biweekly recycling run and bottle return with my daughter (due to the school strike), I helped my wife with a small project. Since the weather was delightful today, I was able to get a 2 hour motorcycle ride in before swimming tonight. You can tell where Hurricane Irene washed out roads due to the newly paved spots and shinny guardrails, and Mass Rte 2 from North Adams west is still closed - horrible.

    Swim felt good. I will usually check out blogs for ideas, but most of this was on my own tonight. I settle on a distance to repeat (filling it with different sets) to keep track of final yardage, and tonight was a 600 night.

    The first set I was able to come in at 2:24 for both 200's, so I was excited about that. For the 100's, I went 1:03, then held 1:06-1:09. On the paddle set my splits were:
    FR: 34,36,36,37
    BK: 41,41,41,40
    FR: 36,37,36,36

    On the last set of 50's, I went 27/29 for FR the first time through, then 31 on a FLY an 28 on FR. Then I hurried up to get out because the swim team was filing in: I remember as a kid waiting for the old folks to get out, so I try to make sure I am out on time for them now.
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  15. Workout 10/19/11

    by , October 19th, 2011 at 01:23 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/200 Bk w/u

    4 x
    - 100 Kick on 2:00
    - 100 Swim on 1:30

    6 x 50 FR fast on :50

    300 drill w/d
    - Reverse Catch-up, 11/high elbow, thumb drag

    (1800 total in 35 min)

    Very short swim today as I had to go into work on my day off to give flu shots. Since I went in the morning, I had to battle the traffic in the water, so kicking quickly became the focus. After reading a lot of blogs, and knowing my own dislike for doing it, I figure to go faster I need to be a better kicker.

    Just tried to get to a mile in to keep up with the flog. Also, our town's teachers went on strike this morning, which cancels the week's football/soccer games and clubs, including my daughter's Senior night and fire baton twirling.
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  16. Workout 10/17/11

    by , October 17th, 2011 at 11:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    Quote Originally Posted by mojo flyer View Post

    Thursday, 20 October 2011

    Based my swim tonight on mojo's, with some changes:

    200 FR/200 Bk w/u
    3 x 100 on 2:00 50 REVERSE catchup+50free
    10 x 50 on 1:00 Kick to Swim - See Below
    5 x 200 on 2:40 (last one IM)
    10 x 50 on :45 Pull
    2 x (2 x 50 fluter kick, 1 x 50 back kick on :60, 1 x 50 Fr fast on :45)
    2 x 100 on 2:00 50 REVERSE Catchup+50swim
    (3,300 in 60 min)

    Thought: Aerobic Pace
    Drill: Try Reverse Catchup - each arm swims individually as in regular catch up drill except the arm stops at the hip and waits while the other arm cycles around. Works arm strength and body core.

    On Set #3 and #7 - Go 10 x 50's on a descending interval 1:20, 1:15, 1:10, 1:05, 1:00, :55, :50, :45, :40, :35. Begin by Kicking until you can't make the interval then switch to swimming.
    A good swim tonight. The reverse catchup drills were interesting and I will likely do them again. I made all but the last kicks as kicks, and changed to 200s for some distance (2: 24, 32, 26, 20 proving yet again I can't hold a pace in distance to save my life). I held :32-5s on the pulls, and felt tired but good after the practice. Had to get out 300 before I wanted due to Aqua Zumba taking over the pool.

    Thinking of a scm meet in Maine on 11/13, then maybe two days at NE Champs in December...
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  17. Workout 10/15/11

    by , October 15th, 2011 at 12:25 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Team practice (Bennington Area Masters) at Rec - Jill's workout (scy)

    300 w/u

    Pyramid (base :30/25 for all):
    4 x 50
    3 x 100
    2 x 150
    1 x 200
    2 x 150
    3 x 100
    4 x 50

    200 Kick

    4 x 100 IM
    - 25 Fly, 75 Bk
    - 25 Fly, 75 Br
    - 25 Fly, 75 fr
    - 100 IM

    6 x 75

    200 w/d
    (3350 total, around 80 minutes)
    My twice a month opportunity to swim with the local Masters team. Most of the swimmers are triathletes, and this year I am one of two that are registered with USMS. It is a great mix of former college swimmers, Ironman/women tri's, and folks new to the sport for fitness.

    I swam with Jon, Carol, and Bethany. Jon worked up to a half-Ironman tri this year and got me hooked up with the lake swimmers in Massachusetts. Carol used to swim in college, and also did a half-Ironman this year (and I coached her son 15 years ago on the town team - he is now an Olympic cross country skier). Bethany is in town as part of the flood relief construction crew, and swam the 10 mile Kingdom swim in northern VT this year - she is also the only other swimmer I have seen with the "Go The Distance" swim cap on. They all helped to push me along, which felt great.

    On the way up the pyramid I swam, holding :29-31 on the 50s, 1:02-1:04 on the 100's, did a 200 IM, then pulled my way down, holding 1:06-1:08 on the 100's and :33s on the 50.
    For the 75's I did Pull/Back/kick, repeat.

    Felt strong throughout, and was able to get a bit more rest than normal (fine by me). I was asked by Jill to add some instruction to the practices as the year progresses, as the folks a few weeks ago enjoyed the drills we worked on. I might see if I can swim a bit with the town's swim team before the Master's practice, so that I can keep my swim time up while lending a hand to the other swimmers. That is one of the most important things we can do - share our love for the sport of swimming.
  18. Workout 10/14/11

    by , October 14th, 2011 at 08:31 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy):

    500 w/u
    - 200 FR, 200 BK, 100 FR drill that gobears mentioned here:
    Quote Originally Posted by gobears View Post
    On to the main set from Opportunities for Greatness workouts:
    Quote Originally Posted by mojo flyer View Post
    Thursday, 13 October 2011
    Go THREE times around:
    1 x 50 on 1:00 EASY
    1 x 50 on :50 FAST
    1 x 50 on 1:00 EASY
    2 x 50 on :50 FAST
    1 x 50 on 1:00 EASY
    3 x 50 on :50 FAST
    1 x 50 on 1:00 EASY
    Then I went on to a broken 500 (I saw that idea from posts that pwb and Chris had earlier):
    - 5 x 100 FR Pull with buoy
    - 1-2 with 10 SR
    - 3-4 with 20 SR
    - 5 FAST

    300 w/d

    (2800 total: 45 minutes)

    First time in the water since Tuesday morning (that Wednesday early am practice did not happen). As mentioned in a previous post, I am looking at other blogs for ideas since most of my work is solo and it has been a long time since I coached.

    On mojo's main set, one and two were Free (held 35-36 for EZ and 29-31 for fast), and the third trip through was Back (40-41 EZ and 34-36 fast) with an extra 5 seconds rest.

    My times for the broken five pull were 1:12, 1:14, 1:11, 1:13, and 1:06 (aggregate = 5:56). I was thinking about my arm as a big paddle from the drill that gobears shared, and did not split that too evenly. Having never been a distance guy, I still don't understand how you can crank out the even splits the way you do. I am lucky to negative split! haha

    I have started the first attempt at wine making - all six gallons! I should have an idea around NE Champs if it turns out correctly. I also will be making another 50 jars of jelly this weekend, with more grapes on the vines ... Watching one of the Harry Potter movies with the kids, then off to bed to get ready for a team practice in the morning. Swim fast this weekend, everyone.

    Updated October 14th, 2011 at 08:33 PM by rxleakem (add photo)

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  19. Workout 10/11/11

    by , October 11th, 2011 at 09:36 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    600 w/u (200 FR/BK/IM drill)

    4 x 100 kick on 2:00

    1 x 500 pull with buoy
    - (25 dps/25 fast, 50 dps/50 fast, ...)

    4 x 100 IM continuous
    - cycle IMO (1st=Fly, 2nd= back, ...)
    - Drill/Kick/Drill/Swim

    4 x 50 Free on 1:00
    - descend 1-4

    2 x 50 Skull/ underwater dolphin kick on back by 25

    200 junk w/d

    (2400 yds total)

    My arms felt tight today after not swimming for four days. I try to get in the water after a max of three days off, but the holiday yesterday pushed it to four. I swam this morning, so there was no room to do a set workout and I had to base some of the times on traffic in the water. I might try to go early tomorrow before work, but plan to get back into the water on Fri solo and Sat am with the Masters team.

    Oh, I also picked up the wine making kit. The carboy holds 6 gallons, and I probably have the 80 pounds of excess grapes needed, so I will embark on making 30 bottles of wine this week. Wow, I was looking to try a few bottles ...

    Updated October 11th, 2011 at 09:39 AM by rxleakem (Total yards)

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  20. New England Masters 10K Championship Results

    by , October 9th, 2011 at 09:08 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Here are the official results from the New England 6+ mile OW Championships last month, my first at this distance. I also received my medal in the mail this week from this really enjoyable race. Also, it looks like proceeds from the race will be able to provide close to $1000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

    Name Time
    Andrew H. 02:12
    Ryan S. 02:41
    Doug S. 02:42
    Trent T. 02:45
    Michael L. 02:46
    Albert G. 02:46
    Michael S. 02:54
    Chris L. 03:16
    Michael S. 03:20
    Victor Y. 03:32
    Bill E. 04:00
    Lou S. 05:55

    Morgan S. 02:34
    Charlotte B. 02:48
    Elaine H. 03:14
    Paula Y. 03:17

    Matt G. 01:13
    Kaan D. 01:19
    Thomas N. 01:23
    Josh S. 01:25
    Donald S. 01:29
    Al H. 01:29
    Antoine L. 01:30
    Paul D. 01:34
    Steve S. 01:42
    Joe S. 01:51
    Rich H. 01:51
    Mike G. 01:56
    Jim P. 02:02

    Ellen A. 01:17
    Jill L. 01:17
    Kayle S. 01:17
    Donna N. 01:23
    Stephanie H. 01:25
    Suzanne K. 01:26
    Ali M. 01:33
    Kathy L. 01:36
    Jill L. 01:40
    Christina L. 01:49
    Maura T. 01:50

    Updated October 9th, 2011 at 10:55 PM by rxleakem

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