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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 10/31/12:

    by , October 31st, 2012 at 02:07 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM Drill
    6 x 100 FR Pull on 1:20 with buoy and snorkel

    8 x 100 on 1:50 with snorkel
    - odds = flutter kick with board
    - evens = swim fly-fr-br-fr, then shuffle
    ---- strong on the stroke, DPS the Fr

    6 x 150 FR Pull on 2:00 with buoy and snorkel
    1 x 200 social kick (*works better with someone else)

    Spooky Strokey Set (SSS):
    2 x 100 IM on 1:30 (went 1:18, :22)
    1 x 200 IM on 3:15 (went 2:47)
    2 x 100 Bk on 1:30 (went 1:20, :18)
    1 x 200 Bk on 3:15 (went 2:27)
    Skipped the following:
    4 x 100 IM on 1:30
    1 x 400 IM on 6:30


    1 x 50 ez
    5 x 50 FR on 1:00 with snorkel (DPS, descend)
    - went :38, :34, :30, :29, :29

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/4100 yds/75 min)
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    No too much to report post-Sandy here in Vermont. In our area there were sporadic power outages due to fallen trees (not my house), but we mostly had some wind and rain. Since we are still trying to rebuild the main bridge heading east of town from Irene last year, we were blessed to be spared from another pounding this year. My daughter was ok in Philly, but I have family in CT and NJ that are still without power and will likely remain that way for days. Sending prayers out to all affected by the storm.

    The Rec Center closed early Monday so I missed out on my swim, and everything in town (except your friend Price Chopper Pharmacy) was closed yesterday. I hopped in before lunch today and felt a bit creaky in the water. I thought of the SSS as I was swimming, and ran out of time before the 400 IM's (which is actually ok by me ).

    Plans for the rest of the day include helping to set up the "Journey Through the Bible" at my son's school and then help out during and after it. It is an alternative to trick-or-treating where kids can come (with or without costume) and see different skits from the Bible acted out by the students, then load up on candy after each "stop." Preston will probably be a guide again this year. When we get home we'll watch some Halloween classics: Charlie Brown, Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and this weekend we usually pop in the Nightmare Before Christmas. Stay safe tonight, everyone.
    Also, I am at post #299 in the forums, which should mean that I will get a treat shortly after my next post.
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