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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 10/02/13: noon

    by , October 2nd, 2013 at 01:20 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, OW swim was scrubbed.
    Oh well, I really appreciate that Greg was up to paddling for me, even though he didn't have to

    So, I went to the Rec and did:
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill/4 x 50 burst and cruise on 1:00

    4 x 200 on 2:40 pull with snorkel and agility paddles
    4 x 100 on 1:50 (odds = kick, evens = back)
    4 x 200 on 3:00 (1st 50 stroke, IMO by rep)

    200 float and out
    (Solo/Rec/300 yds/60 min)
    ----------------------------

    Made the first round of 200's, then started to feel less than wonderful and decided to get out even though I had an extra 15 minutes to play with.

    Looks like the tentative date for New England SCM champs at BU is 12/13-15, and I have to work. Will try to swap a weekend, but that will not be easy so close to Christmas.
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  2. Workout 10/01/13: evening

    by , October 1st, 2013 at 10:15 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Dropped the "new" old van off at the mechanic - it's a 2001Honda Odyssey (yes, I finally juked the old gray van) with 107k miles and overdue for a timing belt/water pump change. I biked from the shop to the college and did some more tiling, taking a break for Tuesday Chapel (a great thing to take in during the day). One bathroom is now 75% complete, the other ~55%; both floors of the college are still using one bathroom in the teacher's lounge. After school let out, I watched another of exchange student 1's soccer games (oh, Preston's team lost yesterday, although he played great). Biked home, totaling 2.6 miles.

    After supper I made it to Masters with GregJS, doing:
    - 200 Swim/200 Kick/200 Pull
    - 4 x 50 Burst and Cruise on 1:00

    3 x
    - 2 x 75 on :15 SR (kick/swim/pull) (did these on 1:15)
    - 100 AFAP into
    - 150 choice loosen

    10 x 50 on :15SR (did these on :55)
    - 25 drill/25 swim
    - odds = free, evens = non-free

    ( I squeaked in 200 extra for the night)
    (Masters/Rec/2700 yds/55 min)
    --------------------------------

    If I get the van back tomorrow, Greg is going to paddle for an OW swim I would like to do. If I don't get the van by 11am, I'll have to call it off. You'll have to wait until tomorrow's post to find out ...

    Updated October 1st, 2013 at 11:08 PM by rxleakem

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  3. Workout 09/30/13: noon

    by , September 30th, 2013 at 01:09 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I was dragging yesterday and this morning, even going back to bed after dropping the kids off at school. Went for a walk with my wife to do some errands downtown, then I hopped in for a swim.

    200 Fr/200 IM drill/200 Bk

    Kick Swim Pull w/ snorkel (board, agility paddles, buoy)
    050 100 200
    100 150 300
    050 100 200

    50 EZ and out
    (Solo/Rec/1900 yds/30 min)
    -----------------------------

    Kinda figured I'd feel like crud in the water, too. I was going to repeat the main set with the shorter distances, but given my energy level and the hot water streaming in through the jets, I called it a day. Off to see my son's football game later this afternoon.

    Updated January 5th, 2014 at 04:48 PM by rxleakem

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  4. Workout 09/29/13: morning

    by , September 28th, 2013 at 11:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Missed a run yesterday, and was able to enjoy sleeping in a bit today and making pancakes with the kids before heading to Masters practice. Greg and Kevin where there, and Gail joined us for a bit doing her own thing.

    4 x 100 on :20sr
    4 x 50 kick on :20 sr
    4 x 50 pull with buoy on :20sr

    Main set:
    - 2 x 200 on :20sr (50 no-free) - I did 250s
    - 4 x 100 on :20sr (last 25 FAST) - I did 125s
    - 1 x 400 (long and strong) - I did 500
    - 4 x 100 on :20sr (even pace) - I did 5 on 1:25, went 1:04 on the last one

    12 x 25 on :40 (I worked uSDK on odds)
    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/3300 yds/65 min)
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    Good practice, with a main set style that the guys like. They were happy not to be staring down 50 x 25's again to finish off the set!

    After practice I jogged over to meet my wife at our friend's house. I didn't end up running yesterday, so took the opportunity to sneak one in today. They are heading down to Victoria, Virginia, so I think some pool tourism might happen when we venture down that way. I jogged home, completing a 1.8 mile loop in about 17 minutes.

    We gathered up the kids and went apple picking, a neat adventure to share with the exchange kids during a spectacular day! After supper I got a small campfire going and we had smores, with my mother-in-law joining us. After a dip in the hot tub I'm ready to crash!
  5. Workout 09/27/13: morning

    by , September 27th, 2013 at 10:45 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Crazy couple of days at work, so I am happy to have a long weekend leading into next week off for another staycation. Planning for a long OW swim next week, which should help to right my struggling GTD.

    200 FR/200 IM drill/4 x 50 burst and cruise on :55

    Kick Swim Pull w/ snorkel (board/agility paddles/buoy)
    150 200 400
    100 150 300
    050 100 150
    050 100 150
    050 100 150

    50 EZ
    4 x 50 BK on :45
    150 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3200 yds/55 min)
    ----------------------------

    Fall colors are starting to come alive here in southern Vermont, with the promise of another beautiful foliage display for us to enjoy for a short season. I hear the warm, freshly made apple cider doughnuts calling my name!
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  6. Workout 09/24/13: evening

    by , September 24th, 2013 at 09:59 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Went for another job before exchange student one's soccer game yesterday, 2.17 miles in 28 minutes. Felt a little tightness across my left knee to start, but it eased up and I felt pretty good. Still no major residual leg fatigue or soreness the next day, so my plan is to keep up with jogging every four days.

    Got into the pool tonight after supper for Masters swim. Just me and GregJS again tonight for:

    300 Swim/200 pull/100 kick (did 250 pull)

    12 x 100 on :15 sr (did 15 on 1:30)
    - 75 swim, 25 kick no board

    5 minutes extra here, so we did some pulling with buoy:
    I did 350 (Greg rocked out 300)

    10 x 50 on 1:00
    - 25 Kick/25 swim
    1-6 = FAST
    7-10 = EZ (warmdown)
    (Masters/Rec/3000 yds/60 min)
    ----------------------------

    It was great to get back into the water tonight. We were cranking along with the main set, and used the extra time to get some pulling in. My plan is to get wet again on Friday and Saturday.
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  7. Workout 09/20/13: morning

    by , September 20th, 2013 at 11:17 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 IM drill
    200 Shark Swim
    200 Loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1000 yds
    ---------------------------------

    Easy swim before work*today.* I ended up doing some more exercising after my swim yesterday - went for a*1.7mile*jog and biked 2.6 miles after my*1.7mileswim... That is perhaps as close to a*triathlon*as I'll ever get!* My legs aren't too trashed*today, and although my knees ached last night they are fine now.* I'm thinking of adding in some jogging a couple of times a week (mind you, I jog for two-three blocks, then walk for a couple at this point).* We'll see how long this insanity plays out* ...
  8. Workout 09/19/13: morning

    by , September 19th, 2013 at 09:48 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Waited at the door this morning for the building to open, and was planning for a long continuous swim, but ended up doing ...

    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    10 x 100 with snorkel, done as:
    - odds = kick with board on 1:50
    - evens = DPS swim on 1:30

    1 x Noah's Ark pull with buoy

    12 x 50 FR on :45
    - 3 EZ, 1 Fast
    - 2 EZ, 2 Fast
    - 1 EZ, 3 Fast

    50 ez
    8 x 25 on :30, done as:
    - odds = EZ back
    - evens = IMO Fast

    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3050 yds/55 min)
    --------------------------------

    The lane was empty so I decided to mix it up. The 100's set was ok through #6, but I held on to finish it out. The 50's set was tough on the last round, but I went for it - amazing to see what my times are at this point in the season (fast ones :31-32), but I am confident that with some more base and speed work those will dip down under :30. I'm going to try to get up before work tomorrow to swim, and then again on Sunday in a lake if I can make time.
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  9. Workout 09/18/13: noon

    by , September 18th, 2013 at 01:44 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    - 200 FR/200 IM drill

    5 x (with snorkel)
    - 50 kick with board into
    - 50 pull with buoy into
    - 100 swim with agility paddles
    - :10sr

    50 EZ
    4 x 100 IM on 1:35
    - Rotate first length with stroke, IMO
    Masters Minute
    1 x 100 IM for time (1:09)
    50 EZ

    1 x Noah's Ark pull with buoy and out
    (Solo/Rec/2500 yds/50 min)
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  10. Workout 09/16/13: morning

    by , September 16th, 2013 at 10:01 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    4 x 50 b/c FR on :55

    kick swim pull (w/ snorkel: board/agility paddles/buoy)
    150 200 400
    100 150 300
    050 100 200

    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2550 yds
    --------------------------------

    Nice stretch-out swim before work, on my wife's birthday

    I notice a mobile version of the website as I type, which is probably related to the forums being down for a bit on Friday. I don't see the column of recent comments to the right anymore, and I can't add categories to this post. I'll play around with this for a bit ...
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  11. Workout 09/14/13: morning

    by , September 14th, 2013 at 08:58 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Nice to sleep in a bit this morning, then head to Masters practice after a delightful raspberry smoothie. The guard was a few minutes late, so Greg, Kevin, and I took a quick sauna before practice. The dry-erase boards that I write workouts on were found, and I skipped the planned one for today when I saw the hybrid stop-watch workout from just before shut-down and thought it would be fun to do again. Note that Vanna White was not available, but we have a satisfactory replacement here in SoVT:



    So the sets are predetermined, but the number of reps is not. Since I don't have the time to make a full stop-watch plan out, we just used Greg's watch and the hundredth spot to determine that. I was able to sneak in an extra 50 kick before heading into the main set of 9 x 100 and 61 x 25's! I did 150s's, and announced some mercy for the crew IF we could all descend #4-6 of the 100's. I did them as 100 IM into 50 Free, and went 2:05, 2:00, 1:55, joining them in success and dropping the 25's to just 50. We had to move the last 8 to :30 in order to complete the set on time, and we got out just at noontime.
    (Masters/Rec/3700 yds/85 min)
    ----------------------------------

    A fun workout! I got home in time to help the girls with peeling apples (from our yard) in preparation for pies, which we devoured tonight. I also finished digging the potatoes up, and picked some grapes. Not a good year for grapes, but these seasons happen. After mowing the lawn I was able to join my neighbor for a motorcycle ride, capping a busy day.
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  12. Workout 09/13/13: noon

    by , September 13th, 2013 at 01:50 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Usms

    Busy couple of days at work (and I went to NEBC for the last hour of class after work last night), so I was happy to get into the pool today at lunchtime after my dentist appointment this morning. Stress relief (well, the swimming bit, not the dentist)!

    Did 4 x 600, as:
    - 200 Fr/200 IM drill/4 x 50 b/c (6/8/10/12) on :60
    - 6 x 10 on 1:30 (with snorkel: 50 kick/50 pull)
    - 4 x 150 on 2:00 (agility paddles 1-3, fast on 4 (went 1:49)
    - 3 x 200 on 3:00 (loosen and out)
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    (Solo/Rec/2400 yds/60 min)

    Did a fair bit of talking, including 3 x 5-7min breaks to catch up with folks I haven't seen since the end of July. I also have preliminary approval to host our third annual scy meet in April, so I am going to get rolling on that sooner than later. I hope

    This is a bittersweet time of year for me. My wife's birthday in Monday, and this is the weekend of the annual Bennington Car Show , so there are lots of activities and old cars throughout town. Plus, the apple orchards are open, and we'll get to load up tomorrow with the exchange students to experience this delicious time of year.

    Today also marks the eleventh anniversary of my dad passing away, so the rain that is falling today (it always does on this weekend!) is not doing much to help my melancholic mood. A high school friend of my dad supplies a great biography of my dad that Iove to look back on.

    My dad was a dairy farmer, so was up before the sun and home well after dark to get two milkings of our 85-head herd complete, along with planting and reaping throughout the day. He tried his best to make it to our activities, especially swimming. We used to laugh at him as he attempted to do butterfly in the pond, but looking back it was a man that wanted to be involved and took our heclking in strive, I am sure knowing that now I can look back upon it knowing that he loved us so much that he would attempt it. Even after the ALS slowly robbed him of the ability to function, he made a point to "be there" for use, including my college graduation and things for my children, the only of his grandkids he was blessed to see.

    Time to stand outside in the rain for a bit.
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  13. Workout 09/10/13: OW and evening

    by , September 10th, 2013 at 09:48 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I had arranged for a quick OW swim this evening with Greg and Kevin before Masters practice, but Kevin had to bail (heading to Japan on business and needed to catch a conference call). Greg was brave enough to join me for a double session here at Lake Paren:


    We did a 29 minute swim and totaled 0.6 miles around half of the lake. To our surprise, the water temp cooled off considerably with some rain and thunderstorms that came through this morning - it was a cool 63 degrees! I think this was the coldest that Greg has gotten into, and he did great! The sun was setting slowing over the west end of the lake and made for a great swim!

    We stopped at my house in route to the pool to get some warm tea, then hopped right in (our warm up at the lake, which cooled us down a bit, had us ready to roll in the pool) for:

    8 x 125 (I did 150's)
    - odds = Fast 25 on 2:15
    - evens = 50 non-free on 2:30

    then
    8 x 75 (kick/swim/pull) on 1:15 (Greg did 1:30)
    then I did 150 easy and out.
    (Masters/Rec/1950 yds/40 min)
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    A great double-dip! I'll be in the water again on Friday ...

    Updated September 11th, 2013 at 02:02 AM by rxleakem

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  14. Workout 09/09/13: morning

    by , September 9th, 2013 at 10:09 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Good weekend, but I have to transition into "back to work" mode for tomorrow. Plan to finish up a few odd tasks today, including getting the new old van I bought registered.

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    2 x 200 FR on 2:45
    4 x 25 burst and cruise on :30
    1 x 500 Shark Swim (alternate by 50's)

    16 x 50 on :50
    - 1-8: odds = IMO drill/swim, evens = Fr drill
    - 9-16: odds = IM drill, evens = Fr ez

    50 EZ and out
    (Solo/Rec/2450 yds/50 min)
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  15. Workout 09/07/13: morning

    by , September 7th, 2013 at 01:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Good night sleep and nothing happening this morning so I was able to sleep in

    After bagels and cream cheese with the kids, I headed to the Rec for Masters practice and joined Greg and Kevin for a swim (my distances in parentheses):

    200 swim/200 kick/200 pull/(200 Bk)/4 x 50 B/c 6/8/10/12

    1 x 400 (500 with snorkel) on 7:30
    4 x 100 (125) on 1:50 - quarters strong
    2 x 200 (250) on 3:45 (I used agility paddles and buoy
    4 (5) x 100 on 1:50 (1:25) even split

    On your own to finish - I did:
    - 4 x 75 on 1:15 (25 kick/25 fast IMO swim/25 Pull with buoy)
    - 100 loosen (25 two-arm Bk into 25 skull, repeat)
    - 200 IM drill and out
    (Masters/Rec/3600 yds/75 min)
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    Good swim again in our empty pool. We're planning a double for next week's Tues practice - 30-45 min in Lake Paren then to the Rec for regular Tues practice. This should help us squeeze some more days outside, plus help me catch up with GTD!
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  16. Workout 09/06/13: morning

    by , September 6th, 2013 at 09:49 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    The first week of school has been going well, with the kids (Preston and the his exchange siblings) settling into new routines without much difficulty. I spent a few days at the college tiling, and was able to sit in on the whole class that I am auditing last evening. I'm going to work on harvesting in the garden (apples, beans, potatoes) this weekend, and checking on the grapes as I should be jamming (well, more precisely, jelly-ing) in the next few weeks. I was able to get in this morning for a swim:

    - 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    - 4 x 25 burst and cruise

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

    5 x 100 on 1:30
    - odds = Fr (work on no-breathe through flags)
    - even = stroke (Bk/IM)

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2650 yds/45 min)
    ----------------------------

    Having been on a relative holiday from swimming over the last two weeks, I can definitely feel that my kicking and swimming speed are diminished, which the clock confirms. I am planning to add in some more structured dryland activities this fall and also continue to change my diet, working to eliminate more processed foods. I have been eating more fruits and veggies, including daily smoothies with my homemade yogurt, which has gotten me down ten pounds since July. This goes along with trying to declutter the excess stuff around the house, mostly paperwork that is no longer needed as well the garage and all of the mysteries it contains
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  17. Workout 09/03/13: evening

    by , September 3rd, 2013 at 10:36 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had a nice Labor Day with a cookout at our house (the exchange kids helped me make a macaroni salad) and then a campfire across the street at our neighbors, a great treat to welcome all the kids to the new school year today. First Day programs are welcomed in our community, where parents can stay a little longer after the kids start school to sit in on the opening assembly and usually a time to meet the PTG/PTF.

    I stayed for the chapel at the college - great speaker looking at Mark 1:9-15. Later I picked Preston up for his first football game on the home field. The JV team played well, but was beaten by the visitors - he was pretty upset and not readily looking at the positives as he fretted about the score. Just like in swimming, sometimes our practices and competitions don't go the way we'd like, but we need to find the good things to help us find the motivation to keep getting back at it.

    Made it to the Rec tonight (first day back in two weeks ) for Masters. Well, to be honest, for GregJS and mine private swim! We did:

    - 200 swim/200 kick/200 pull with buoy/50 EZ w/u,

    - 300 Swim (long/strong, walls) followed by 50 kick/50 pull
    - 300 Swim (middle 100 no free) followed by 50 pull/50 kick
    - 300 Swim (descend by 100's) followed by 100 IM drill
    - 300 Swim (no breath into/out of deep end flags)

    - 8 x 25 on :40 (odds = stroke, evens = Free FAST)
    - 1 x 50 EZ and out
    (Master/Rec/2400 yds/60 min)
    -------------------------------

    Nice to get into a spiffy-clean pool after the shut-down. Everything seems brighter. Sunday I officially fell behind the GTD, but this swim almost puts me over 200 miles for the year. Perhaps with staycation in full swing I can rectify the deficit

    Updated September 3rd, 2013 at 10:58 PM by rxleakem

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  18. Workout 08/31/13: OW

    by , August 31st, 2013 at 10:11 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    As summer begins to set, new adventures await for the remainder of year with school starting up, OW season winding down, and the Rec reopening on Tuesday! To that point, I was able to sit in on my first class at the Bible college on Thursday, although I missed the first bit due to work (this is why I am auditing the course). That same night, our exchange student from Germany, Lina, arrived later in the evening (with thanks to my friend Ed for picking her up). She is getting used to her new home and family for the year (we all went to the Schaghticoke Fair today, the 3rd oldest in NY state).

    This morning I headed up to the third and final OW lake swim that I organized with the Masters group while the pool has been shut down. Today I picked Adams Reservoir due to its close proximity to town and lack of motorized boats. Over the course of week many folks emailed to say that they might not be able to make it, and it turns out that only Brent joined me, after he ran around the lake twice! Here is the picture I snapped before we splashed:


    I had a feeling that the water would be cool, and under overcast skies the temperature checked in at a warm 67 degrees. The water is clear, but has a reddish tint that is evident when you watch your fingers sweep under your body. It is not terribly long (just shy of a quarter mile) and has an easily defined edge crowded with pine, birch, maple, and other trees. Only three lone kayakers where on the water with us, and I was thinking that this would be a great place for a cable! We went out and back on the western edge from the beach, then headed toward the east edge and checked out a shallow, rocky area about 2/3 of the way down. Total of 0.9 miles in 28 minutes (did I mention before that Brent doesn't like cold water ).

    Refreshing and a beautiful area for a cool swim, so I will be sure to get back as I look for more cold swims to feel out where my "it's too darn cold to keep doing this" point is. Off to get the South Korean boy tomorrow evening, then to enjoy another week of staycation as the kids head back to school on Tuesday.

    Updated August 31st, 2013 at 11:31 PM by rxleakem

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  19. Workout 08/26/13: OW

    by , August 26th, 2013 at 10:53 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I had a busy weekend at work and a quick day today. We interviewed for a second exchange student this afternoon. The boy from South Korea is coming on Sunday, and we might be hosting a girl from Germany as well. There are students with no homes to stay in, and with some extra room we are happy to help.

    I headed east this evening, despite the overcast sky and threat of thunderstorms, to meet up with GregJS for a swim at Lake Raponda. Here is the southern edge that greeted us as we drove to the beach to unload:


    No one else was adventurous enough to join us, which was too bad since the poor forecast kept all the boats off the 68 degree water. It was kinda strange swimming under total cloud cover, a little darker to the south with slight light trying to break through to the north. The water in this secluded spot is clear and not very deep, offering a great look at the rocks and other fauna below. Greg and I did a large loop totaling just under 1.4 miles in a little less than an hour. I even got to sample one of Greg's lemon-ginger scones before heading home!

    I am still ahead of GTD and two miles from 200, so even with the pool closed until next Tuesday, I should be on track to reach my goal of 300 miles for the year. We have one more group swim planned for Saturday morning, and I'm going to try to get in a swim or two myself on my own before then.

    Updated August 26th, 2013 at 11:41 PM by rxleakem

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  20. Workout 08/22/13: OW

    by , August 22nd, 2013 at 09:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Spent more time on my day off today tiling at the college. Getting to where we need the fixtures and also some more bullnose tile to complete everything - the two bathrooms on the 3rd floor are practically ready to grout and go, need to start the two on the 4th floor. Others have been coming in to help, so it is moving by much faster:

    (12x12 tiles, five rows high, with an accent strip and bullnose on top)


    So the Northeastern Baptist College where I have been helping actually had student orientation today, so I was able to say hello to the students. I was asked a couple of times if I would be taking any classes, and decided to audit Hermeneutics, a 100 level Bible course, after going to their cookout tonight. Since my schedule rotates every two weeks, I can work at my own pace to make up the Thursday evening class I miss, and not have to worry about taking tests (although I plan too).

    I headed over to Lake Paren again and met up with Melissa, Tim, and GregJS for a nice swim. I brought my thermometer tonight; lake temp is a lovely 74 degrees. Did a slightly different loop, but still totaled 1.3km (well, that seems longer than 0.81 miles, right ) in 29.53 minutes, swimming to designated spots to regroup. Preston was on shore with a phone if needed, and Tim's family came with him while Melissa's hubby arrived to pick her up. A little more cloudy tonight, and the thunderstorms that were forecasted just rolled by (so we missed them).

    (GregJS and I clearly have our towels mixed up; you'd surely rather see his chiseled upper body as opposed to my man boobies - note to self for next pic)

    Two more swims lined up for next week, then the pool will be open again. Since Paren is so nice, I'll try to see how far into the fall I can keep going...
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