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  1. Workout 02/20/18: evening

    by , February 20th, 2018 at 10:07 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I've been out of the water for a little bit, due to a biological incident at the pool, and work. I'm still looking at the Harvard meet in about a month as well as our local meet in the beginning of April for some fun racing.

    Today's workout had a repeating progressive distance set, and some fast 25s, totalling 2500 all together.

    This past weekend my wife and I explored Cape Ann in Massachusetts...

    Rockport, MA.

    Gloucester, MA

    Updated February 21st, 2018 at 01:07 PM by rxleakem

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  2. Workout 02/06/18: evening

    by , February 6th, 2018 at 09:04 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim-100 kick-200 pull
    4 x 50 quarter's strong
    100 non free

    2 x
    - 3 x 75 on 1:40 ksp [did 100s]
    - 3 x 75 on 1:30 rotate fast 25 fr [did 100s]
    - on next top...4 x 50 on 1:00
    - Master's minute rest

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

    A good workout with Jim, Greg, Rebecca, and newcomer Heather. I zonked on the second round with the second set of 75s, although I'm not really sure why. Now to rest up for the impending snow storm
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  3. Workout 02/03/18: morning

    by , February 3rd, 2018 at 08:36 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Today we had our annual 50 x 50 on one minute swim, complete with an energetic playlist that I broadcast through my soundbar. The rules were simple... On your own warm up, then do a swim every minute until we hit 50 repeats. I was able to swim 75 on the first four swims of the first 2 sets of 10, then mix up a bunch of kicking, Colleen, and stroke work as well as some speed play. It's a fun thing that we do as a group, and I ended up swimming 3100 yards over the course of the hour.
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  4. Workout 01/30/18: evening

    by , January 30th, 2018 at 09:10 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 50 quarter's strong

    2 x 200 pull on 3:45 focus on finishing pull (did 250's)
    1 x 100 kick
    16 x 50's on 1:00
    [1-5 = perfect stroke, 6-10 = build up, 11-14 = build down, 15-16 = easy]
    100 choice
    4 x 75 on 1:40 k-s-p (last 2 loosen) [did 6 on 1:15]
    [Masters/Rec/2150 yds/50 min]
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  5. Workout 01/27/18: morning

    by , January 26th, 2018 at 10:50 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Quick swim before work today...

    200 free.200 back.200 im drill
    600 shark swim
    4 x 50 easy down fast imo back
    200 loosen
    [Solo/Rec/1600 yds/30 min]
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  6. Workout 01//23/18: evening

    by , January 23rd, 2018 at 09:55 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Feeling a little sore from the meet this weekend, but overall good. Full house tonight ...

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

    6 x 125 on :20sr (25 fast/75 dps/25 fast) [did extra 25 bk]
    100 kick
    14 x 25 on :40 {odd stroke, evens fast free)
    5 x 50 active recovery on 1:15
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    [Masters/Rec/2300 yds/55 min]

    Swam with Greg, Joe, Rebecca, Jim, Beth, and newcomer Sean. Hoping to use the 25's as a test set every 2 weeks for the next couple of months, decreasing the interval.

    I joined the Flow Swimmers virtual swimtathlon this year. I have been looking at it for a couple of years and think that it will help me stay consistent with training.
    Flow Swimmers Website
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  7. Afternoon swim

    Feeling better from accident! Getting stronger in pool🏊🏼*♀️💦😊

    500 w/u

    200 kick w board

    200 pull

    200 pull

    8x25 dolphin odds, Fly even.

    8x25 back streamline odd, full stroke even.

    8x25 breast kick odd, full stroke even.

    8x25 free kick odd, full stroke even

    100 cool.
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  8. Workout 01/20/17: morning

    by , January 20th, 2018 at 12:28 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 free/100 kick/200 swim/100 im drill
    4 x 25 burst and cruise
    200 build by 50
    taped team swimming a 50 free (did one myself)
    Backstroke work (swam 200 yards total)
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/1350 yds/30 min)
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    Warmup for masters meet this afternoon...
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  9. Workout 01/16/18: evening

    by , January 16th, 2018 at 09:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 25 build

    rotate through...
    1. 25-50-75-100 25's on :30 fast
    2. 50-75-100-25 50's on 1:00 90%
    3. 75-100-25-50 75's on 1:30 80%
    4. 100-25-50-75 100's on 2:00 build
    - did a mix of back/free/im during the set. masters minute after #2+3

    4 x 75 on 1:30 k-s-p (did 5 on 1:20)
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2100 yds/55 min]
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    Masters meet over near Albany, NY, this coming weekend.
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  10. Workout 01/09/18: evening

    by , January 9th, 2018 at 09:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/100 pull/100 easy
    4 x 25 build

    4 x 75 [did 5 on 1:15 + 50 easy]
    6 x 200 on :15 [did 250's on 1,2,4,5]
    - build
    - fast
    - recovery

    50 easy, 2 x 25 FAST
    200 loosen
    [Masters/Rec/2700 yds/55 min]
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  11. Workout 01/06/18: morning

    by , January 6th, 2018 at 09:36 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull/100 easy
    4 x 50 burst and cruise

    1 x 400 on 7:00 neg split [did 500: 3:15, 3:14]
    1 x 50 kick
    1 x 300 on 5:30 pull [did 400]
    2 x 50 on 1:05 [easy,fast]
    1 x 200 on 4:00 [alt free/stroke - did 300]
    3 x 50 on 1:05 [fast,easy,fast]
    1 x 150 dolphin dives
    4 x 50 on 1:05 [fast,easy,fast,float]
    1 x 100 fast [did back - 1:09]

    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2950 yds/65 min]
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    So we have been hammered with cold weather (highs in the teens, windchills -30+] and snow so I have been getting in my drylands! The cars have been starting without too much of an issue. The other plus has been that the pool has finally cooled a bit...it was 84 today but 79 on Tuesday night!

    Updated January 8th, 2018 at 09:44 PM by rxleakem

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  12. Workout 01/02/18: evening

    by , January 2nd, 2018 at 09:05 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I kinda fell off the blog scene at the end of December, I did compete at the New England SCM champs - discovered that not training for the 200 back makes it a painful swim (went 2:31, should be good enough for a top ten time), the 50 free was not horrible (27high), and my 100 fly felt great (came in at 1:08). Looking to swim near Albany, NY, next weekend, maybe something in Feb, and gearing up for the Harvard meet in March. Complete things with our mini meet the first Saturday of April, and maybe something else that comes up.

    Workout today was in the New Year theme...

    200 free/100 kick/200 pull/50 choice
    20 x 50 (4 each on 1:05, :60, :55, :50, :60)
    18 x 25 (10 on :30, 8 on :35)
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2250 yds/55 min]
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    Fun little 2018 with some hard efforts alternating with easy on the 25's

    Updated January 8th, 2018 at 09:48 PM by rxleakem

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  13. Workout 12/1/17: morning

    by , December 1st, 2017 at 08:07 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Quick swim before work this morning:

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    400 shark swim
    400 DPS with fast 4th 25 (in traffic)
    200 loosen and out
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    [Solo/Masters/Rec/30 min]


    I signed up for the New England SCM Champs at WPI in Mass next weekend. I'll see how I am feeling but the plan is to head down for just Saturday:
    Event
    8 Men 400 SCM
    12 Men 200 SCM
    14 Men 50 SCM
    18 Men 100 SCM

    Slowly trying to get back into shape and also competition. I am focusing on New England SCY Champs at Harvard in March, with hopes to swim a full meet Fri-Sun.

    Updated December 3rd, 2017 at 08:39 PM by rxleakem

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  14. Detour

    by , November 30th, 2017 at 05:50 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Last time I checked in, my comeback training was proceeding fairly encouragingly all things considered. I've since been detoured with a nasty lingering virus that causes nausea and vertigo. I blame it squarely on Jim T who had it first. (As revenge, I refused to read his article on age graded rankings. ) With the exception of a couple 1000 easies, I was knocked out of the pool for 10 days. At the outset of the detour, I went to a local Y meet on Nov. 19 and remembered why I don't like Y meets. First, I was dead tired from the preceding Friday practice. Then, the pool temp was like 86 degrees, the hottest pool I've swum in in years. I brought two old Speedo tech suits circa 2010. I guess they don't age well in closets. One ripped right away when I put in on. The other sprung two holes. Into the garbage ... My first event was 25 back. The blocks were so low that I couldn't pull up high enough to do my usual archy start. Then, the timer failed to get my time. That's a first. Coach Bill video'd and timed it at 13.25, which I think was a tad generous. Next up, I slipped on the blocks for the 50 breast and fell in the water with my hands about a half a foot apart. I couldn't really be bothered to try much after that auspicious beginning, so was close to a personal worst. I seem to recall that I fell off these same blocks 4 years ago in the 100 breast at this meet. I just don't really want to use blocks where you can't push off with your back foot. I was feeling really nauseous at that point, so left. As a result of this detour, I scratched the SCM meet I had planned on swimming in on Dec 2. I wanted a 50 back time, but oh well. Just the idea of a long drive makes me nauseous. I am a bit cross about it, but will instead go see Handel's Messiah on Saturday night with friends.

    I finally crawled back to Pitt last night and did a half hearted workout and left early.


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    8 x 50 of something or other
    8 x 50 IM order swim-kick. I did these all back kick with fins, UW 15 m @ 1:00

    Main sets:

    4 rounds:

    4 x 25 @ :30, odds fast (I tried to do them all 100 pace, but :30 is rough)
    1 x 50 fast @ 1:00 (I cruised this)
    4 x 25 @ :30 (tried 100 pace)
    1 x 50 fast (cruised it) @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    4 rounds (I only did 2 and did cruiser backstroke kick on everything but the 25s)
    1 x 100 @ 1:45
    1 x 75 @ 1:20
    1 x 50 @ 1:10
    1 x 25 fast (did these fly at 100 pace)
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 3300


    Hopefully, I can get back on track pretty soon. Though I'll be out of the water for a week at the end of December with our xmas vacation in Costa Rica ... Maybe some spring meets are in my future.
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  15. Workout 11/28/17: evening

    by , November 28th, 2017 at 09:10 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim-100 kick-200 pull
    4 x 25 build

    20 x 50's burst and cruise...
    1-6 b/c 10yds on :15sr
    7-12 b/c 15yds on :20sr
    13-18 b/c 20 yds on :20sr
    19-20 b/c 25yds on :30sr

    100 choice - 50 fast (went :26 from blocks) - 50 choice
    200 loosen and out
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    [Masters/Rec/2000 yds/60 min]
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  16. Workout 11/25/17: morning

    by , November 25th, 2017 at 12:06 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Enjoyed my 7th year of the Turducken this morning. As always many thanks to swimsuit addict for this great set.

    200 swim 100 kick 200 pull
    4 x 25 on :45 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.
    I added in a 200 loosen before doing a 200 warm down with the team.
    [Masters/Rec/2400 yds/60 min]
    ==========================

    Enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with a feast at home prepared by my wife, then we traveled to her mom's house and then my brother's for dessert. Lena and I also ran in a 5k Turkey Trot to start off the day.

    Today I swam with Tim, Rebecca and Kevin. Larry dropped in from NJ as we all enjoyed today's main course

    Updated November 25th, 2017 at 06:34 PM by rxleakem

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  17. Workout 11/21/17: evening

    by , November 21st, 2017 at 09:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Free/50 non-free/150 Kick/250 Pull/5 x 50 b/c on 1:05/100 non-free

    4 x 100 on 2:00 Quarter's Strong
    4 x 75 on 1:30 fast middle 25
    4 x 50 on 1:30 from blocks

    300 warmdown as every 3rd lap non-free
    [Masters/Rec/2200 yds/60 min]
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  18. Workout 11/20/17: evening

    by , November 20th, 2017 at 08:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 free/200 back/200 im drill

    3 x
    - 200 pull with snorkel into
    - 100 kick

    4 x 75 on 1:15 (fast middle 25)
    200 loosen and out
    [Solo/Rec/2000 yds/38 min]
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    First snow fall in SW VT today. Was able to sneak in a solo swim (first in a very long time!) after dinner.
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  19. Fri, Nov. 17

    by , November 18th, 2017 at 01:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    8 x 50 w/paddles @ :55
    8 x 50 kick @ 1:05
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    16 x 25 @ :30, odds = fast kick
    Huh ... hard pass. Just didn't get how this could actually be done on that interval and didn't want to do a 400 kick. Instead, I did 12 x 25 odds fast back kick (15 m UW) @ :40-:45 trying to stay out of the way of my lane mates who were barely making the interval. Went 15s on backstroke kick.
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast kick @ 1:00
    -- went :32 backstroke kick from a push. happy with that
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00 (not enuf recovery for me ... legs full of lactic acid)

    16 x 25 swim @ :30, odds = fast
    Huh, well this time I put on fins to make the interval. Did the odds @ 100 pace, IM order. Tiring ... but times were good.
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast sprint @ 1:00
    -- I was too tired to do this without more recovery. Did a 25 fast fly (:10) & cruised a 25
    1 x 50 EZ @ 23:00

    16 x 25 kick @ :45, odds = fast
    -- did 10 of these, going :15s on back kick, cruised the last 6 x 25s to rest, getting gassed
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast kick (did a 25 fast shooter with fins, 10 flat, + 25 EZ) @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    16 x 25 swim @ :45, odds = fast
    -- I did 14 @ 100 pace, IM order, cruised free on #8 & 12
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast swim (did a 25 fast of something or other + 25 EZ)
    200 EZ

    Total: 3300


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    Ouch, that workout, despite being mostly 25s, was deceptively hard. Despite skipping some bits, I did a ton of fast 25s kicking and swimming and 25s @ 100 pace along with the one all out 50. My legs feel like rocks today. I'm going to do an EZ swim at BP and beg Mr. Fort for a massage. I may take an epsom salt bath as well ...

    Whew, that was a whiney blog post! I think I'm going to need to do more regular body work if I keep training this hard. I got a massage from Mr. Fort and it was exceedingly painful.

    Updated November 18th, 2017 at 06:28 PM by The Fortress

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  20. Mon-Wed, Nov. 13-15

    by , November 16th, 2017 at 11:27 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy


    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x (broken 75s @ 100 pace @ :10 rest each 25 + 75 EZ)
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    200 EZ

    16 x 50 various @ :20 rest
    100 EZ

    Total: 3150


    After a lot of traveling and four days in Quebec and out of the pool, I felt like absolute crap on Monday. Like I was swimming thru mud. The warm pool temps didn't help either.



    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    9 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 2:30-3:00
    100 EZ

    16 x 50 odds = cruise free, events = cruise back
    50 EZ

    Total: 3000



    Wednesday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Some core and RC work in the afternoon with a few miles on the treadmill. Then went to Pitt and did:

    Warm up:

    450 various
    8 x 50 IM order drill @ 1:05
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40

    Main sets:

    3 rounds:

    6 x 50 @ 1:00, odds = 35 m fast @ 1:00
    -- I did #1 and #4 fast @ 100 pace and cruised the rest
    1:00 rest
    1 x 200 IM or stroke fast @ 3:30
    -- NO! The first round I did a 100 IM fast and cruised a 100. The next two rounds I did 50 AFAP + 150 EZ
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    4 x 25, odds = AFAP @ :30, evens = EZ
    1:00 rest
    1 x 100 fast stroke or IM (skipped all of these and did a 100 EZ instead. just could not do this after the prior fast stuff.)
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00

    50 EZ

    Total: 3650


    Ah, the cool water at Pitt was such a relief after 2 days of hot water. Despite skipping the 100s at the end of the rounds, I felt like I got in plenty of sprint work. Did a :22 backstroke kick with fins on the last round. I'm feeling a bit beat up after 3 days in a row of race pace work. Will just go on the treadmill today and maybe do some stretching.

    Updated November 16th, 2017 at 11:33 AM by The Fortress

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