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  1. Workout 03/21/17: evening

    by , March 21st, 2017 at 10:46 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Taper workout with the team, 1700 yds .
    Eric, Tim, Noah, Amanda, Rebecca, Jeanette, Carol, amd Matt.
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  2. Workout 03/18/17: morning

    by , March 18th, 2017 at 02:20 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    My son has been home for the week for spring break, which has been a nice treat. Practice was canceled on Tuesday due to the Blizzard of 2017, but I was able to get in about 6 hours of drylands with snow removal! Here is picture looking out my front door on Tuesday, we ended up getting about 6 more inches for a total of 19 for the storm. (Good thing he was home to help with shoveling!)

    Swam this morning with the team, including Eric, Matt, Libby, Rebecca, Mary, and Kevin.

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 50 quarters strong

    2 x
    50 dps on 1
    25 fast into 25 easy into
    50 kick into 50 pull

    6 x 50 from blocks - burst and cruise
    50 easy
    8 x 50 ... 25 fast then 25 ez
    3 x 50 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2000 yds/60 min]
    Good workout, and it looks like many are planning to swim next Saturday at our meet here in town. Not sure what I'll be swimming, but my older brother and twin sister plan to come in for their annual meet and relays with me...we just need to find a fourth person to join us.
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  3. Workout 03/11/17: morning

    by , March 11th, 2017 at 12:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Continued our transition to some speed work as well as race-specific preparation. Our 6th Annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet will take place in two weeks, Saturday, March 25th. I serve as meet director and we welcome swimmers from western New England, upstate NY, and even NJ to the southwestern corner of Vermont for a fun day of competition. If you are in the area stop by, as we have arts, restaurants, and history to explore after the meet is over!

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull

    4 x
    - 50 DPS on 1:00
    - 150 Pull on 2:45

    2 x
    - 50 DPS
    - 75 DPS and 25 Fast

    50 ez

    4 x 25 burst and cruise - race start instructions and practice
    1 x 50 ez
    4 x 25 burst and cruise - working on relay starts
    100 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2100 yds/65 min]

    Updated March 12th, 2017 at 10:22 PM by rxleakem

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  4. Workout 03/04/17: morning

    by , March 4th, 2017 at 05:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    In with the team this morning.

    200 free/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 100 pull on 2:10 (used blue paddles and snorkel)
    4 x 75 k/s/p on 2:45 (just kicked snorkel and AK)

    Fort speed set that I like to use...
    1 x 25 Fast ... 1 x 50 ez
    1 x 50 Fast ... 2 x 50 ez
    1 x 75 Fast ... 3 x 50 ez
    1 x 100 Fast ... 4 x 50 ez

    I worked with team on turns/streamline as they did 5x50 free
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2150 yds/60 min]
    Good turnout with Eric, Noah, Melissa, Libby, Rebecca, Mary, and Kevin. Trying to remind the body that fast-twitch muscles exist. Also worked on pacing with the 100.
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  5. Workout 02/28/17: evening

    by , February 28th, 2017 at 09:29 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    2 x [150 swim/50 kick/100 pull]
    6 x 50 on 1:00 even pace

    3 x
    - 25 easy/25 build/50 DPS
    - 25 FAST/75 DPS
    - 75 ez/25 FAST

    8 x 25 on :40 (odds easy, evens fast)

    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2200 yds/50 min]

    Good swim tonight, my first time with the team is quite a while. Eric, Tim and Carol were there as well as newish swimmers Noah and Devin. I have scheduled our local mini meet for the last Saturday in March here in southwestern VT, so the plan is to transition to some quality efforts and fast swimming.
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  6. 02/18/17: One Hour Swim

    by , February 18th, 2017 at 05:43 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    My training has really been lackluster this season, but I wanted to help team New England Masters go for another year of OHS National Champs. My daughter came home on a surprise visit and was game to time my swim.

    Finished at 4025 yds, so about a 1:29ish pace. My 500 splits were:
    6:54.22, 13:44.09, 21:11.54, 28:33.10, 37:14.04, 44:39.14, 52:47.96

    Happy to contribute. 6 other swimmers from our workout group also participated. It's a fun challenge to bring to the team every year.
  7. Workout 01/31/17: evening

    by , January 31st, 2017 at 09:40 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    3 x 100 on 2:00 even pace (did back, 1:15)
    6 x 50 on 1:00 pull
    300 (build each 100)
    4 x 75 on 1:50 (kick-swim-pull)
    2 x 150 on 3:00 (descend)

    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2300 yds/55 min]
    Good workout tonight with Matt, Carol, Tim, Greg, and Jim.
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  8. Workout 01/28/16: morning

    by , January 28th, 2017 at 06:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    2 x [150 swim, 50 kick, 100 pull]

    4 x 25 kick
    4 x 50 pull on 1:00
    4 x 75 (fast 3rd 25) on 1:40
    4 x 100 even pace on 2:00
    4 x 75 (kick-swim-pull) on 1:50
    4 x 50 descend on 1:00
    4 x 25 FAST on :30
    4 x 50 active recovery
    [Masters/Rec/2400 yds/60 min]
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  9. Workout 01/07/17: morning

    by , January 7th, 2017 at 01:15 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull

    4 x 100 on :15sr (even pace) - used snorkel
    1 x 50 kick
    4 x 75 on :10sr (fast last 25) - used snorkel
    1 x 50 kick
    4 x 50 on :10sr (pull)
    2 x 50 skull/swim
    4 x 25 on :05sr (fast)
    2 x 50 perfect stroke
    100 for time - went :58 from the block
    4 x 50 burst/cruise

    100 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2200 yds/60 min]
    Getting into some pacing work with the team. Matt, Eric, Tim, Greg, Meg, Rebecca, and I pushed through this nice little workout. I haven't been in the water much lately, but I have been hitting the gym with my son to keep cardio up and work on some upper body.
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  10. Workout 12/20/16: evening

    by , December 20th, 2016 at 09:24 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull

    12 x 75 on :10sr [held 1:15]
    - swim kick pull
    - focus on 4 fast ones of each
    - used snorkel for 1-6

    [200 easy as others finished]

    12 x 50 on 1:00 pull
    - 3 each [breathe every 3/only to right/only left/every 5]
    - used snorkel

    12 x 25 on :40
    - odds fast, evens ez

    100 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2600 yds/60 min]

    Kind of a Twelve Days of Christmas theme, or at least my best attempt Good swim with Tim, Jim, Carol, and Rebecca.
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  11. Workout 12/07/16: morning

    by , December 17th, 2016 at 12:05 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Today the age-group team hosted a swim-a-thon that trickled over into our Masters slot, so we had an invitation to join in on the two hour swim. With a snowstorm just settling in , I opted to hop in for 100 laps, which took a tad over 46 minutes. Now off to pick up the college freshman from the train station and enjoy a nice dinner and a show (a live version of A Charlie Brown Christmas) at the Palace Theater in Albany.
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  12. Workout 12/10/16: morning

    by , December 10th, 2016 at 09:49 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I brought a variation of a recent Kiefer workout to the pool today.

    Warmup: 30 x 25 on :05sr
    01-10 free
    11-16 non free
    17-20 kick
    20-25 pull [did an extra 100 while we reset]
    26-30 fast

    Main Set: 30 x 50 on 1:00
    01-05 build
    06-15 odds fast, evens dps
    16-24 even pace
    25-30 non free

    Warmdown: 5 x 50 on 1:05
    active recovery
    [Masters/Rec/2600 yds/60 min]

    A different style of workout with a 30's theme. I did the even pace 50's as backstroke with a focus of 10-15yds sdk off the walls. Eric, Tim, Greg, Jim, Rebecca, and Mary.

    The high school swim team season is now in full swing so we will lose some workout options during Tuesday nights. Next weekend we will have the opportunity to join the local age group team as they take part in a swimathon - choosing between a goal of 100 or 200 laps. Should be a good jumpstart to the One Hour Swim in January.

    Updated December 12th, 2016 at 10:15 PM by rxleakem

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  13. Workout 12/06/16: evening

    by , December 6th, 2016 at 09:50 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim, 100 kick, 100 pull
    3 x 50 burst and cruise on 1

    4 x 150 on 3:00 (did 200)
    ...descend in pairs

    3 x 100 on 2:00 pull

    3 x (5 x 50)
    ...odds fast on :55, evens eazy on 1:00

    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2600 yds/60 min)

    A good swim with quality efforts tonight with Eric, Tim, Greg, Carol, and Jim.
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  14. Workout 11/29/16: evening

    by , November 29th, 2016 at 09:38 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    A nice dip after a busy day at work ....

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    100 (skull/swim by 25)
    4 x 25 fast walls

    All on 1:15... [I used my snorkle]
    1 x 50 easy, 1 x 50 fast
    1 x 50 easy, 2 x 50 fast
    1 x 50 easy, 3 x 50 fast
    1 x 50 easy, 4 x 50 fast

    100 kick into 100 pull into 100 non-free
    2 x 6 lane snake swim
    100 easy and out
    [Masters/Rec/2100 yds/60 min]

    The secret to the main set is that the number of fast swims corresponds to the pieces of pie that I ate at Thanksgiving! A good swim with Eric, Tim, Rebecca, Matt, Jim, and Carol.
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  15. Workout 11/26/16: morning

    by , November 26th, 2016 at 02:34 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    While my time has been sporadic in the pool of late, I am happy to report that the new job is going well and the kiddos both made it home safely for a fun Thanksgiving holiday. Today we revived the main course from the Turducken Set from Swimsuit addict:

    200 Swim/100 kick/200 pull [did an extra 200]
    4 x 25 build

    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.
    Quick 200 and out
    [Masters/Rec/2400 yds/50 min]

    Since breaststroke has not been my friend of late, I just kicked that portion of the set. Greg missed out on the fun, but Rebecca, Kevin, Meg, Jim, Mary and Magnus all took part, although only Meg and Rebecca attemped to swim fly. This was my sixth time swimming this set and I really do look forward to getting it in each year.

    Updated November 27th, 2016 at 06:43 PM by rxleakem

    Tags: turducken
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  16. Workout 11/12/16: morning

    by , November 12th, 2016 at 07:49 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Back in the pool with the team today.

    2 x [200 swim, 100 kick, 100 pull]

    8 x 25 on :40 burst and cruise
    8 x 50 on :60 even pace
    100 kick
    [working flipturns with team]
    2 x Snake Swim [300 yds total]
    4 x 50 on :75 descend [did back]

    4 x 50 stroke as warmdown
    [Masters/Rec/2200 yds/60 min]
    I swam with Greg and Tim, Rebecca, Meg and Rachel split the middle, and Melissa and Mary swam together on the other end.
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  17. Workout 11/08/16: evening

    by , November 8th, 2016 at 09:12 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I helped out with the age group team on Tuesdays the past two weeks as their head coach is away. Working on streamlines and turns with the kids, and participating in some 25s at the the old guy!

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

    2 x
    - 1 x 50 on :60 (85%)
    - 100 easy
    - 1 x 50 on :60 (90%)
    - 100 easy
    - 1 x 50 on :60 FAST
    - 100 pull
    - 4 x 75 on :15sr (kick/swim/pull) [held 1:20]

    150 easy and out
    [Masters/Rec/2250 yds/55 min]

    Not quite as full tonight, as I swam with Greg, Jim, Tim and Eric. Nice flow as we increased intensity with the 50s, and I did fly on the swim portion of the 75s.
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  18. Workout 10/29/16: morning

    by , October 29th, 2016 at 07:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Halloween-themed workout:

    Haunting Warm-up: 200 Swim/100 kick/200 pull

    2 x 150 Zombie Swim [50 DPS/50 overkick/50 smooth]
    4 x 25 Tombstone Kick

    2 x Spooky set:
    Swim 100 build on :10sr
    Pull 100 on :15sr
    Only breathe to the right x 75 on :10sr [did 100]
    Only breathe to the left x 75 on :10sr [did 100]
    Kick 50 choice
    You now wait for everyone to finish and do it again!

    Trick or Treat?
    - Dive and Die - worked on streamlining from the walls
    - Bobbing apples and glide - 4 x vertical kick then swim underwater (width of pool)

    Creepy warm-down: 200 yds
    [Masters/Rec/2000 yds/70 min]

    Full pool again. I swam with Tim and Eric; Greg, Kevin, and Tom split the middle lane; and Meg, Melissa, Rebecca, and Mary shared the other lane.

    I recently changed jobs, going back to the independent pharmacy in town. Here's a link to a photo they ran in the paper today if you want to check it out.
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  19. Workou 10/25/16: evening

    by , October 25th, 2016 at 09:10 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    3 x
    - 4 x 75 kick/swim/pull on :20sr [1:20 interval]
    - 1 x 50 non-free, on next top or bottom...
    - 1 x 50 FAST
    - 100 loosen [did extra 50]

    4 x 50 AR on 1:05
    [Masters/Rec/2450 yds/60 min]
    Another good turnout in the pool, as I swam with Greg, Eric and Tim split a lane, as did Carol and Rebecca. I worked fly and back on the 75 swim, and descended the fast 50's [30,28,27].
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  20. Workout 10/22/16: morning

    by , October 22nd, 2016 at 03:19 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Even fuller house today at the pool!

    300 swim/100 kick/200 pull/50 easy

    2 x
    - 1 x 200 swim on 3:30
    - 2 x 100 swim on 2:00
    - 4 x 50 on 1:00 [did back]
    - Masters minute rest
    [first round even, second round faster]

    50 easy

    2 x [25 stroke, 25 free drill]
    4 x 75 [kick/swim/pull] on :20sr
    4 x 75 pull on 1:45 [did 100's, with snorkel]

    100 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2400 yds/70 min]
    Some to the triathletes are starting to come back and join us in the pool. Today I swam with Eric, Matt, and Tim, while Greg, Kevin, and Meg split the middle and Melissa, Rachel, Rebecca, and Mary shared the far lane. Starting to plan on some focus workouts for the upcoming months.
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