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  1. Workout 09/30/14: evening

    by , September 30th, 2014 at 09:27 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Went for a two mile run yesterday (which was about 1/3 trails) while the boys watched a soccer game. Staycation so far has been very unproductive, which might not be a bad thing. I will try to help out with some construction projects at the college's library tomorrow, then planning for a long (and overdue) motorcycle ride Thursday.

    Tonight Greg, Carol, and (newcomer) Rachel joined me for a Kiefer inspired workout:
    200 Swim/100 kick/200 Pull (I did an extra 200)
    8 x 25 drill

    2 x
    - 25 kick :10sr
    - 50 choice :10 sr (bk)
    - 75 drill :10
    - 100 hard (went 1:06, :07 by round)

    100 kick

    2 x 200 on :10 (I did 250)
    2 x 50 on :20
    [first round = perfect stroke, second round broken halfway for :10]

    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2200 yds/65 min)
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    Updated September 30th, 2014 at 11:42 PM by rxleakem

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  2. Workout 09/27/14: morning

    by , September 27th, 2014 at 12:50 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Another few busy days at work, and I was able to go for my regular two mile jog on Thursday night, although I did not feel great during the run. Grind it out ...

    This morning I met a buddy for breakfast then went to Masters practice.

    200 swim/200 kick/200 pull
    4 x 50 (25 drill, 25 swim)

    4 x 100 FR build on 2:15 (I did an extra 50 back after each)
    100 easy kick
    12 x 25 on :35 burst and cruise, kick #5+12, some extra rest in there as well
    100 Pull
    4 x 100 neg split on 2:15
    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2500 yds/70 min)
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    Greg, Kevin, Rebecca, and Kevin2 were there today. Good workout with some speed play. Off to the pumpkin patch with the family then some driving around as the Fall Foliage is due to be near peak this weekend in southern Vermont. One of the reasons I enjoy the fall season. I'll post some pics later ...
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  3. Workout 09/23/14: evening

    by , September 23rd, 2014 at 09:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Things with the new exchange student are going well. I had a good run on Sunday, about 2.75 miles with a few very large hills. Longest training run this year. Busy days at work, but after 8pm on Thursday I have staycation for ten days, so one last blitz to get some odds and ends taken care of at home. Tonight with Masters:

    3 x (I did 4):
    - 150 swim
    - 50 kick
    - 50 pull

    JBS's Sweedish 1:01 set
    - Start at :10, swim 50 yards, must finish before :60
    - next one leaves on :11, then :12, etc (there is the 1:01). Miss :60, rest one, then do 25's
    - I did kick for first 3, strokes until the one leaving on :22, and failed on the one leaving :30 (not bad based on my current level of fitness), then 50 easy [21 total x 50 = 1050 yds]

    100 recovery kick

    8 x 25 on :40
    - odd = eazy choice, evens = FAST

    150 loosen and out
    (Master/Rec/2400 yds/65 min)
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    Felt good in the water, but stiff. I notice that since I have been running more, my calves are stiff, although they don't cramp with kicking. I'll have to work on flexibility there.
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  4. Workout 09/18/14: morning

    by , September 18th, 2014 at 02:12 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    We picked up our exchange student for the year, adding a son from China to our extended family. Johnson (an American name that he was given in grade school) is in Preston's class and headed off to school for the first time today.

    I was able to get in a very short swim before heading to the college for Chapel.

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill

    50 kick/100 swim/150 pull/200 IM
    3 x 100 on 1:30
    50 kick/100 swim/150 pull/200 IM

    50 easy and out
    (Solo/Rec/1950 yds/35 min)
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    Updated September 18th, 2014 at 02:33 PM by rxleakem

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  5. Workout 09/13/14: morning

    by , September 13th, 2014 at 12:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I started off the day volunteering for my son's school, parking cars for the Bennington Car Show. The venue used to be held in the town south of us, but for the past few years it is held at the community park behind the school. So, a natural fundraiser was born: offer parking close to the entrance and fill up the empty lot, all profiting the school's scholarship fund.

    Met up with Kevin and Greg for Masters:

    200 swim/200 kick/200 pull
    8 x 25 drills and

    6 x 75 on :15SR (desc 1-3, 4-6) [I did 8x on 1:10]
    200 Pull (think about rotation)
    4 x 150 on :15SR (desc 1-4)
    16 x 25 on :40
    - 1-4: desc stroke count -1
    - 5-8: odd = stroke, even = free
    - 9-12: odd = EZ, even = FAST
    - 13-16: odd = FAST, even = EZ

    200 loosen and out
    (2650 yds)
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    Another workout inspired by SJ Black, and I had to boogie after the 75's (at that point Kevin2 came in) due to Lena's birthday party. I'll sneak in my second run of the week tomorrow.
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  6. Workout 09/09/14: evening

    by , September 9th, 2014 at 09:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/200 kick/200 pull
    8 x 50 swim

    4 x 150 on 2.10
    200 kick/pull by 50

    200 easy and out
    (Masters/1800 yds/60 min)

    First pool practice in three weeks, first swim in a week and a half. Getting started again is tough!
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  7. End of summer OWSwims

    by , September 1st, 2014 at 05:23 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I haven't been blogging but have managed to get in some nice swims over the past two weeks...

    Went to CT for a couple of nights with the family to cap the end of the summer, staying in a cottage on the CT river in the town of Chester. We were able to spend some time in Westbrook and I was able to spend a little over 20 minutes on 8/21 in these rollers for a total of 0.66 miles:



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    On 8/26 I met up with GregJS and Meg from our Masters team at Lake Raponda for a easy mile as the sun began to lower after a warm and humid day. So refreshing!



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    On 8/30 I joined Meg and Greg at Woodford State Park for a brisk morning swim. It is a beautiful park with cold water that is very dark, almost as if one is swimming through tea. The wind was strong but the sun helped to keep us warm en route to our 3/4 mile swim in just over 30 minutes.



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    The pool will reopen tomorrow, but I most likely won't get back before next week. NEM SCM Champs at BU will be Dec 12-14, so I have some time to get prepared

    Classes at the Bible college started last week, and I will make it this week (because of work). Looking forward to a profitable semester.
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  8. Workout 08/15/14: evening

    by , August 15th, 2014 at 10:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Went for a run last night after work and was greeted by rain about 5 minutes in. At least my sneaks are clean now

    Spent the day at home working on some small projects and spending time with the family. Made it to the pool before dinner tonight and joined the masses as the Rec is closed tomorrow due to Bennington Battle Day this weekend.

    150 Fr/150 Bk/200 IM drill/200 mix
    3 x (100 kick into 200 Pull)
    4 x 50 on traffic (25 easy free into 25 fast IMO)
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2000 yds/40 min)
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    Off for the weekend, with some fun outings planned.
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  9. Workout 08/12/14: evening

    by , August 12th, 2014 at 10:01 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, it's been almost a week since my last swim. I have gotten in 2 two miles runs in the meantime. I have been able to set up some OW swims for the team in the area for the end of the month with the pool being closed for maintenance. Got in tonight for Masters, with inspiration from a Kiefer workout:

    200 Free/200 Back/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 50 Fr even split on :50

    2 x 225 on 3:30 (100 DPS, 100 Build, :05 rest, 25 sprint)
    4 x 50 on :55 (decrease stroke count 1->4) 29,27,25,24
    2 x 200 on 3:15 (did IM)
    100 easy kick
    2 x 125 on 1:55 (50 DPS, 50 build, :05 rest, 25 sprint)
    8 x 50 on :50 (alt pull and kick by 50)

    100 skull
    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/3000 yds/65 min)
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    Small turn out tonight as many of our swimmers have had or are about to enter into tri competitions. I am looking forward to some more folks joining us for some lake swims.
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  10. Workout 08/06/14: OW

    by , August 6th, 2014 at 09:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Met up with Brent for a drive to NY's Queechy Lake with our Berkshire buddies. The day was warm but nice, and only Jonathan and Shawn (I think that was his name) made it. This is a favorite lake as the weeds are minimal, generally low traffic on the water and water is clear. Tonight did not disappoint even for our small group. The water was not too cold but just plain refreshing. We swam a large rectangle around the lake as usually and ended up with 1.15 miles in just under 40 minutes. While driving back to Brent's work to drop him off we ran into GregJS on his way to the theater - a quick and fun meeting!

    Tags: berkshires
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  11. Workout 08/01/14: noon

    by , August 1st, 2014 at 09:17 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Quick workout today before lunch:

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill/4 x 25 build

    4 x (50 kick into 100 pull with buoy)

    4 x 125 (25 kick, 75 im rotate, 25 pull)

    300 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2100 yds/45 min)
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    Busy adult swim today, so I was pretty much went with traffic. Next splash will likely be Monday. I did get in a two mile run Wednesday night, so I've settled into 2 miles twice a week.
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  12. Workout 07/26/14: morning

    by , July 26th, 2014 at 09:20 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I've been having a blast with my brother and his family, and was able to convince him to join me at the pool this morning for masters practice. He was the distance/IM force to beat here in VT in the early 90's then UMass for college, but I suspect he hasn't been in the pool in at least eight years. My wife also splashed in and did mostly her own thing but on our intervals....

    200 swim/100 kick/100 pull
    4 x 25 stroke work
    2 x 200 on 4:00 neg split
    400 fr breathe 3/4/5/6 by 25
    3 x 100 on 2:10 even split
    300 swim/pull, breathing only to the west wall of the pool
    8 x 50 on 1:10 (descend 1-4, 5-8)
    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2500 yds/65 min)
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    Bry and Greg joined me in doing the whole workout! Rebecca missed a little warmup, but was swimming after we left. Nadine was in for half the practice and then Kevin came in for a bit. Lena also swam for an hour, her longest workout yet! I am so proud of her.

    We hung out and grabbed some pizza for lunch before the grand reunion party this evening. It was great to see relatives young and old from near and far. A great treat was the ability for us to head back to our childhood home and walk through it, sharing it with our families. My crew remembers living the house because they were wee ones when we moved from the apartment out back, but the their cousins had never seen it. Here is a picture of the barns that my dad and his dad before him ran, wonderfully restored by my father's cousin and his wife:

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  13. Workout 07/23/14: morning

    by , July 23rd, 2014 at 07:56 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I ran 2 miles last night after work, a hot and muggy 20 minutes. A quick swim this morning at the Rec, and it was packed. I did 1200yds in about 20 min. My oldest brother and family are visiting from Washington State, so I'll be spending a good bit of time with them over the next week. Big extended family reunion this Saturday.
    Not sure how much swimming I'll be getting in.
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  14. Workout 07/20/14: OW

    by , July 20th, 2014 at 09:30 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    It was overcast this morning for our planned swim at Lake Paran, so my only companions in the water was this gaggle of ducks. I swam for about 20 minutes, enjoying the cloud cover blanketing the surrounding hills and the fun sparrows flying overhead. An rather large trout (which are stocked in this lake) darted right underneath me. A fun 0.45 mile stretch-out swim after yesterdays meet.

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    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  15. Workout 07/18/14: noon

    by , July 18th, 2014 at 02:41 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Quick dip today, meet warm up of 1400 yards + a fast 50 back (~:30). Feeling pretty good ahead of the meet tomorrow.

    Last night was the Midnight Madness event in our town, with the shops closing up around 4pm, then reopening from 7-12 with great sales, plus vendors on the sidewalks and specials at the local restaurants [pictures here: http://goo.gl/sQNr19]. After work, I met with my son at the chippie in our town for supper, then my wife for a little shopping before heading to a booth set up by my boss that highlighted deer ticks and lyme disease. They were very busy in the early evening with lots of questions, but as night fell the families went home and the tomfoolerly picked up. After the cops broke up something a bit down the street, my boss decided it was time to pack things up around 9:45. I then went with my daughter to get some new running sneakers and some shoes for work.

    It's a fun time, although when I was a kid the streets would be closed off but some poor behavior has kept the streets open to traffic. We used to be able to go to the CB Sports factory for great deals on winter coats/snowpants, and while some of those opportunities have ceased it is still a wonderful community event.

    Greg, you ready for tomorrow's 400 Free ???

    Updated July 18th, 2014 at 03:00 PM by rxleakem

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  16. Workout 07/15/14: noon

    by , July 15th, 2014 at 05:25 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Masters practice was canceled tonight due to an away age-group meet being moved to our pool due to weather concerns, so I emailed the group last night and went for a swim at lunch time after running some errands.

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill/200 kick-drill

    4 x
    - 25 b/c fr into 25 stroke IMO easy (then 100 easy)
    - 25 stroke IMO fast into easy free (then 100 easy)

    - 50 Fast Fr

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1650 yds/40 min)
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    Good workout. I am feeling slow in the water, but still very much ready for the meet this weekend. I am planning to carpool with GregJS, and we discussed details at the pool this afternoon. We went in on a Keifer order and I was able to get some good deals on a USMS sweatshirt and caps, as well as a new endurance square-leg suit.

    Finishing organizing/honey-do-list's now before supper, then I'll get ready for a couple of days at work followed by a quick swim on Friday.
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  17. Workout 07/14/14: evening

    by , July 14th, 2014 at 08:07 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    After a busy weekend of work and then activities at church, I was happy to get out of work early today and rest a bit at home before a swim this evening. The pool was a bit crowded so I was not able to get in what I had planned, but I was able to do ...

    200 Fr/200 IM drill
    200 kick

    2 x
    - 4 x (3 x 25 on traffic:, as sprint, sprint, easy, the 2 fast IMO)
    - 200 Pull with buoy fast

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/40 min)
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    I was able to get a 2 mile jog in on Saturday night, and I have been a little sore from the open water adventures last week. I'm looking forward to the Baystate Games this coming weekend at Springfield College in Mass. I am signed up for just Saturday, doing:
    400 Free
    400 IM
    100 Back
    50 Free

    Out to be an interesting day, befitting my first ever LCM meet. I haven't been very consistent with training over the past few months (and haven't been in a long course pool since last summer), but I am looking forward to the challenge of LCM! The 400 free swims around noon, and then the rest of the meet starts at 4:30 - I plan to use the 400 IM as an extended cooldown/warmup before the 100 back.

    Edit: found the psyche sheets here.

    Updated July 14th, 2014 at 08:34 PM by rxleakem

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  18. Workout 07/10/14: OW evening

    by , July 10th, 2014 at 10:33 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Wow, back to back OW dips! After last night's most excellent adventure in the Berkshires, I met with Greg and Melissa at Lake Paran closer to home. The water was in the low 70 's with some very refreshing cold spots. We did two loops near the boat launch on the south side of the lake before Melissa headed home, then Greg and I investigated the weeds in the middle. I logged 1.15 relaxed miles in just over 50 minutes.

    Updated July 10th, 2014 at 10:58 PM by rxleakem

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  19. Workout 07/09/14: OW evening

    by , July 9th, 2014 at 10:18 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    With storm clouds rolling into town, I headed south to the Berkshires of Massachusetts to join the Simon's Rock crew for a Wednesday evening open water swim (my first). I picked up my buddy Brent in Williamstown and we car pooled down to meet up with the crew. Instead of a swim from the public boat launch on the southern part of Goose Pond we journeyed to the northern end of the Lake for what was dubbed an epic swim, which did not disappoint.


    (Looking east along the north end of Goose Pond. The canal is along the northern edge of the lake)

    The water was rough in the main lake, with small whitecaps forming and strongly pushing us towards the opening of the canal. Goose spills into a protected reserve called Upper Goose Pond, which is actually on the Application Trail route in the area and is totally undeveloped. Swimming through the canal was indeed a treat, made possible due to some heavy storms over the past few days. The trees formed a strong canopy over the passage, and I kept feeling like I was moving through a scene from an Indian Jones movie! Goose is pretty deep, but the canal was quite shallow in places and full of some wonderful rocks and schools of fish to follow.


    (Here is Todd coming through the winding passage)

    The view from the other side, into Upper Goose Pond, was absolutely stunning and the water was transformed from a rough swell to near placid conditions. The sun was starting to lower as we headed out to explore the small island and take a short break before heading back through the canal to our launch beach.


    (The pod of swimmers, nine in total, as we headed away from the mouth of the canal to the island right of center with our safe swimmer buoys in tow)

    We swam into the sun the whole way back, and once we returned to Goose Pond after the canal the churning water met us along with the wind. It was a tough swim back but we were able to sight off a lone tall tree on the northern edge of the lake.

    The conditions (despite the wind) were most ideal for a swim, with the water in the upper 60's and the air in the upper 70's. Our track shows a 1.77 mile jaunt in total, and the storms affected my area did not materialize during our swim. Besides the tremendous beauty of the area and the great fellowship with the swimmers there, the previous few times this particular path for this swim has been aborted due to the summertime storms that seem to flare up so quickly. I was so excited to be able to join in this adventure!
    Tags: berkshires
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  20. Workout 07/06/14: morning OWS

    by , July 6th, 2014 at 12:26 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Headed to Lake Paran again this morning for a swim and I invited the team along. Kevin came, but did not stay for very long. I stayed in for about 30 minutes, logging 0.7 miles in the increasingly weedy 68 degree water. Here is a picture I snapped before heading back to the car:

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