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Goals, Periodization, Lessons Learned

  1. Training and Competition Goals - 4/16/12 to 7/14/12

    by , May 22nd, 2012 at 07:22 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    1. To complete first 90 day training cycle (TC1) 4/16/2012 - 7/14/2012.
    2. To continue, maintain, diversify dryland strength & flexibility program towards personal fitness, enhancement of swimming, and overall physical performance. Provide encouragement and supervision for my wife and kids in their use of our exercise room.
    3. To prepare highly nutritional and well balanced daily meals, snacks for our kids, wife, and myself.
    4. To ensure as best possible daily good night sleep for everyone in our family.


    OW 5K under 1:20:00.00
    • Mira Mar Lakes Open Water Festival Masters 5K on April 29
    • Time: 1:18

    • Further competition to be considered during TC2 based on my results from TC1 and availability to participate. OWS events will be a preference, perhaps a USMS Postal event, along with LCM, SCM, and SCY meets as possible. I have professional and family constraints which restrict possibilities to local & regional events for most of 2012.

    LCM FR Goal training sets:
    • 20x100 on 1:30 @1:15
    • 5x200 on 3:00 @2:30
    • 5x400 on 7:00 @5:00
    • 3X200 on 5:00 @2:20
    • 3x100 on 4:00 @1:07

    LCM IM Goal training sets:

    To build endurance base in Fly, Back, Breast for interval training in TC2. Basic endurance protocal;

    • Fly & BR; 6x100 or 3x200 LCM any pace on 1:00/2:00 rest, build by 50 without stroke failure
    • IM: 4x200 or 2x400 any pace on 2:00/3:00 rest, build by 50/100 without stroke failure
    • Back; 8x50 on 1:00 @39 or 4x100 on 2:00 @1:20

    Stroke Technique

    Ongoing refinement of stroke techniques for best possible sustainable efficiency.
    • Streamlining
    • Breathing
    • EVF pull at fast pace and when tired
    • Follow through pull & recovery with body aligment on both rotation and undulation strokes


    I have tried to outline basic goals for my first 90 day training cycle, although already halfway completed. This 90 day training cycle (TC) is a collection of basic micro 4-7 day work/rest training periodizations for both swimming and dryland, and subject to the whims and flow of family life and other obligations.

    The swimming I did before starting this first TC was general lap swimming with an occasional strong effort. The difference for me now is training focus, goals and having a Coach on deck Mon, Wed, and Fri who inspires me and other swimmers. After my 5K OW swim, I typed out a competition goal times "wish list", that I will review when starting TC2.

    In high school and college I was a seasonal swimmer, and my previous masters swimming was about participating in events more than training and preparation. Now I want to build a good endurance swimming fitness towards reaching my training goals and to have fun competing. At the moment I am motivated take on the challenge.

    Updated May 23rd, 2012 at 08:03 AM by fdtotten

  2. Workout 05/11/12:

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 02:59 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/100 BK/100 fly drill

    Go two times through:
    2 x 100 Kick on 2:00
    1 x 200 FR pull with buoy on 3:00
    2 x 50 FR build on :45

    12 x 75 on 1:05
    - 8 FR, 2 BK, 2 IM drill

    Go two times through:
    Noah's Ark on 7:00
    - 1st = Paddles (6:12), 2nd = pull Buoy (6:26)
    4 x 50 on :45
    - odd length = FR DPS
    - even length = RIMO FAST

    150 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3650 yds/65 min)

    Felt nice to be back in the water. You might recall I was planning to skip my Friday swim before work last week, and I did. I attempted to work for an hour before calling my boss and telling him I needed to go home sick. In 6 years with the company, this is my second time using a sick day (mostly because it causes a headache to cover, and I can usually make it through the day when I'm ill). A Mountain Dew kept me motivated until he could come in at noon and finish out the day. From there? Stomach issues, no solid foods until Tuesday night, and just feeling crummy. Needless to say no swimming or lifting up until today's dip. What can you do? I watched all of the Harry Potter movies. :wizard:

    Good effort today, and I tried to just mix up some longer stuff with some fast efforts sprinkled in. I did not push the first half of the swim too much, but went for the Ark's as best I could. I'll get in a 30 minute swim next week, and build on that weekly as I look towards OW swims.

    In 8 weeks is the Kingdom Swim. My expectations for the swim are changing a bit due to my inability to be consistent with training for the past month, and some gaps forthcoming. I am sure that evmo and knicholas will lap me, and I just hope to stay somewhere behind Swimsuit Addict and try to eat any leftovers that she tosses overboard. Is a sub-5 hour swim doable given current circumstances? Perhaps, if I can nail down the feeding aspect. If not, I will be content to finish the challenge and check out a part of my home state that I have never seen before. I rented a log cabin about 20 minutes from the beach, so at least we'll be able to have a relaxing weekend with our buddies (and my Yaker) from Maine.

    I might try to sneak back to the Rec tonight (either lift of swim, maybe a little of both). Tomorrow I will be attending the USMS coaches training in Great Barrington, MA, and will be able to swim again on Monday. Looks like a great weekend weatherwise in my neck of the woods, and I'll be able to make the trip tomorrow on my motorcycle.

    Updated May 11th, 2012 at 04:38 PM by rxleakem

    Swim Workouts , Planning
  3. Can I still get there from here?

    by , May 6th, 2012 at 03:12 AM (Bad Ass Blog)
    taken from

    Today was not exactly what I would call a banner day on the road less traveled. That would be the road to being a superhero (or at least the one toward being forever out of load-pile-land). In fact from where I sat at two I would have said "you can't get there from here."

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  4. Come fly with me to Omaha

    by , May 6th, 2012 at 03:08 AM (Bad Ass Blog)
    taken from

    There is nothing that scares me more on this earth than an expanse of water that is 8 feet wide and 50 meters long. I have had some hard-bitten dudes point firearms at me in Guatemala. I have rappelled 100s of feet down into black holes in the ground. I've ridden a mountain bike off of stuff that would give a billy goat vertigo. I am no stranger to dumb-ass nail biter stuff. Having said all that, there is nothing that weakens my knees like standing on the starting blocks at one end of a long course meters pool. I (mostly) don't do the other dumb things anymore... but I still get on those starting blocks. I still feel my stomach turn to water. Nothing is as intimidating (for me) as looking down the length of that 50m. Conversely, there ain't nothing that thrills me more....

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  5. Workout 05/02/12: afternoon

    by , May 2nd, 2012 at 03:01 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    8 x 150 on 2:00
    - 1-4: FR pull with buoy
    - 5-8: FR descend (DPS, 100 DPS/50 fast, 50 DPS/100 Fast, 150 Fast)

    4 x 75 Indiana IM's on 1:15
    4 x 50 Quarters Strong BK on :55
    4 x 50 on :50
    - 25 FLY burst 4/6/8/sprint
    - 25 FR DPS

    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2600yds/45 min)

    Got a swim in before lunch today, and felt good in the water after my first go at weightlifting on Monday. I will not being going heavy at all as I start up this crosstraining because I want to avoid as much residual pain as possible.

    I'm now shifting into OW training gear, as the 10 mile swim is in 10 weeks, so there is no time for me to keep dilly-dallying. I will be working on longer sets with timed swims, and getting back into the 3-3.5k yardage per workout. I have found that some 25-50's fast stuff is just as important, so I'll be sneaking those things in, too.

    On an aside, I am starting to play with feeding for the long swims - I have a huge jug of maltodextrin that I will be experimenting with (190 calories/0.5 cup).

    Today's felt good. I came in around 1:51 with the pulls, and was finally able to descend the swim set (1:47,:45,:44,:41). The other swims we good, although I was not very peppy, which is understandable during this time in the training cycle.

    I will plan to lift later this evening, and maybe swim after that. My sunny day off has turned into a very grey blah, so I will be mowing the lawn after a motorcycle ride (first of the year). I'll try to get a pic up of that...

    Updated May 2nd, 2012 at 10:04 PM by rxleakem

    Swim Workouts , Planning
  6. Workout 03/12/12:

    by , March 12th, 2012 at 03:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill

    8 x 50's
    - odd: kick on :60
    - even: Quarter Strong FR on :55

    25 EZ, 50 FR fast (27.12), 25 EZ

    8 x 25's on :30
    - odd: stroke drill
    - even: Burst and cruise 8/10/12/full

    4 x 75 on 2:00
    - 2 FR (43+, 44-)
    - 2 Back (49-, 48+)

    4 x 25 AFAP on :60
    - 2 FR (12.43, 12.39)
    - 2 BK (14.54, 14.37)

    200 easy and out (including some back starts)
    (solo/Rec/2400 yds/65 minutes)

    Felt like I swam more than that, but I guess when you change into taper mode and are putting out higher intensity with more rest that should feel about right. I'm a little disappointed that my fast swims were not faster, although I did play around with turnover a bit and found that I need to crank over faster for the sprint events. Anyways, more time to talk with my lanemates, so that is good.

    It seems like my training has pointed me towards some gains in the 100+ events, so we'll see if that Yingfa can help to assist the 50's. My plan for the rest of the week is to drop total yardage tomorrow, a swim before work on Wednesday (most likely meet warmup, a few 25 or 50's, then warmdown), and then off on Thursday due to work.

    You can check out the psych sheets and also info about tuning in via the intertubes at the official Harvard Meet website. They will display a virtual scoreboard with each heat as well as live video from the deck - pretty neat way to check in all 887 athletes in action if you are so inclined.

    Oh, the New England Masters website is hinting that the LCM regional champs will be at Harvard in early June. I might try to go and swim my first ever LCM meet. I might decide to just ride my motorcycle around, too.
    Swim Workouts , Planning
  7. Just thought I'd drop in

    by , March 7th, 2012 at 03:48 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Insanity is defined, as the cliche goes, doing something the same way every-time, and expecting different results. If I put my workout routine up against this argument, then I'm insane.
    I was born to be tall and skinny, I lack the muscling required to be a great swimmer, yet I dive in, hoping the clock will reflect progress and some magic will happen in my power.
    Although I didn't compete in 2011 I did manage to get certified in scuba and restored a 1965 Venture 21 sailboat.
    So, my coach and I talked about my stroke, which is about as good as I can get it, but like I've blogged before, I lack the muscle mass and strength. So we plotted out a plan that includes morning planks, bur-pees and pull-ups, among other things. Right now I struggle with even 2 or 3 pull-ups.

    I attended the Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters meet at Cal Berkeley and my times were nothing to brag about.
    200IM DQ (the lady judge said I touched one hand on the BR/FR transition...really?) But that was good, cause my time was 10 seconds over.
    100 FR - 1:02
    100 Bk -1:20 (I swam 1:17 a year ago)
    100 IM - 1:15 (no change in 2 years)

    I've been training 200IM, 100 FR, 100BK and 100 IM. This year has been the first for completing a 400IM without stopping and doing more than 2 100 Fly's in training, so I'm making progress somewhere. albeit slow.
    And slow it is, as I settle with 50, I continue to swim, eat organic, (for the most part) exercise and try to engage with more aquatic activities to have more fun with growing older.
  8. Workout 03/02/12: I need some time to search my mind

    by , March 2nd, 2012 at 04:11 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/200BK/200 IM drill

    10 x 100 FR pull with buoy on 1:20
    ez 50

    8 x 50 on :55
    - odd kick IMO (25 strong, 25 FAST)
    - even swim IMO

    4 x 50 FR on :45
    - Quarter's strong
    ez 50
    4 x 50 FR on :50
    - Burst 8/10/12/14 no breath then cruise
    ez 50
    4 x 75 on 1:20
    - by 25: FR DPS/Fast IMO/FR burst 6 and cruise
    ez 50
    1 x 100 IM for time (went 1:09.88)

    500 Noah's Ark pull with buoy
    100 loosen and out
    (solo/Rec/3600 yards/60 min)

    We finally got some more snow over the last couple of days (two inches), and with temps on the way to the upper 40's tomorrow it'll be gone soon. That is good, because it means extra dryland workouts for me (at least last night after work for 40 minutes and again this morning for another 15. If only there was more opportunities this year, I might look like this guy:

    Had a good workout today. I felt good on the 100's and since there was only one other person in the lane I did ten: held mostly 1:08's, with 2 :09's and one :10. I wanted to get some kicking in so did the kick/swim alternations before getting into some speed play 50's.

    I replaced the usual 25's with 75's, and was doing fine with them until the second one. The guy I was splitting with left when I was at the far end of the pool, so I stayed put in the left side of the lane since no one else was there. Surprise for Mike - head-on collision at mid pool! Felt like this -->

    I don't know where the other guy came from, but he thought he should be circle swimming. Good thing I have a thick head, as I was not too banged up. I asked if he was ok, and he just kept apologizing. Goes back to pool etiquette 101 - make yourself known to the people in the water before you start swimming! That is collision #2 since 2009 - both not my fault, so no tickets issued to me

    I was happy to get the IM under 1:10 again - still playing with the breast stroke kick and that felt good today. After the swim, I walked down to the bank, then back to the pool to measure it for the meet in April. It's a town pool, so the highway department let the Rec director borrow a 100' steel tape to make it legit. Now waiting for the recognition number and then some people to show up.

    Tomorrow I am heading down with three other swimmers from my area (including GregJS, making his first masters meet appearance! ) to the Simon's Rock Pace/Maker meet in Great Barrington, MA. We figured out that we are ALL swimming the 500 FR, so I have put out the plea for counters. As my tribute to slknight, I will also be doing the 200 Fly during the 200 free event, and then also giving the dreaded 100 breast a shot. Goals? Avoid pianos falling on the 2fly, and hitting the "wall" on the 500 FR. I refilled my Ibu800mg in prepartation for this weekend, and my wife and son will be coming down - maybe I can talk one of them into counting for me

    More Mike? Sorry. I have a staycation next week (in the retail Rx world, you get time off when corporate tells you they can arrange coverate 90% of the time). No biggie - it'll be nice to have the time off to organize the house a bit and also get some quality swims in since NE Champs is 3/16-18. Actually, my daughter was accepted to Drexel so we are taking a hastily arranged drive to Phili next weekend (9-10th). Never been there, and I hope to sneak out of the tour to catch a practice with tjrpatt on the 10th. Hope all the plans fall into place for that.

    Ok, that's it.

    Updated March 2nd, 2012 at 07:05 PM by rxleakem

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  9. Feb 14, 2012

    by , February 14th, 2012 at 03:53 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    117 days until Day 1 of the FINA World Masters Championships

    Been awhile since I blogged. Did you miss me?

    To fill in the gap between December 23 and now, I'll just highlight the significant events.

    December 31: swam 60 x 100 LCM @ 1:30. Alternated 10 swim with 10 pull. Didn't find this to be too uncomfortable. Total meters for December was 61,700 over 15 workouts, averaging 4100 meters / workout.

    January 13-15: swam in the Edmonton Keyano Blue Bear Meet (SCM). This was a SNC (Swimming Canada) meet rather than a MSC (Masters Swimming Canada) meet. I suppose it's the same difference as USA-S vs. USMS. Swam in the '15 & over' age group.

    Friday Evening

    1500 Free - 18:39.83. Not blazingly fast, but better than my last two tries. At least I didn't quit, even though I wanted to! I want to take this down to 18:00 by mid-April (next time I race it).


    100 Free - 57.94. Happy with this result. Made the finals, but scratched.

    400 Free - 4:43.42. Not impressed. But not surprised. In years past, I have had 15-20 seconds drop between in-season and championship performances in this event. I want to take this down to 4:28 by mid-May.

    After this session of racing was over, I joined my club for a 1.5 hour workout. Total distance today was 6000 meters (warmup + racing + workout)


    200 Free - 2:11.01. Not impressed. But, again, not surprised. I want to take this down to 2:04 by mid-May.

    100 Fly - 1:08.45. Just cruised it easy, since I had 50 Free coming up in about 10 minutes. I want to take this down to 1:02 by mid-May.

    50 Free - 27.35. Oops! Cruising the fly didn't help! I want to take this down to 25.9 by mid-May.

    After this session of racing was over, I joined my club for another 1.5 hour workout. Total distance today was 4800 meters (warmup + racing + workout).

    January 26: last workout of the month for me. Total meters for January was 58,500 over 15 workouts, averaging 3900 meters / workout.

    January 27 - 31: Las Vegas! Went down to celebrate my 50th birthday (on January 30). Went with my wife, her sister, and my brother-in-law (who had his 46th birthday on the 27th). This was my first time there and I had a great time!

    February 7: Entered the 14th FINA World Masters Championships in Riccione, Italy (June 10 - 16 for pool events). Here's my event list:

    Sunday - 800 Free
    Monday - 100 Free
    Tuesday - 200 Free
    Wednesday - 100 Fly
    Thursday - Relays
    Friday - nothing!
    Saturday - 400 Free

    I'm hopeful that my travel arrangements won't leave me too tired for the first event on Sunday. On Thursday, June 7, I fly overnight to London, England. On Friday, I fly to Bologna, Italy, via Frankfurt. On Saturday morning, I'll take a train, bus, or car to Riccione (only 75 miles). On Saturday afternoon, I'll jump in the pool for a shakeout swim!

    February 8: Planned my meet schedule between now and mid-June (see the schedule at the end of this blog). One of my goals is to complete the MSC Check-Off Challenge (i.e., complete all 18 SCM swimming events in a single season). Another is to get significant race experience in each of my FINA events.

    February 11-12: swam in the Silver Tide Winter Invitational Meet (SCM). This was a SNC (Swimming Canada) meet.


    50 Back - 32.30. Not one of my typical events - I swam it for the Check-Off Challenge!

    50 Breast - 35.08. Not one of my typical events - I swam it for the Check-Off Challenge!

    400 Free - 4:44.13. Poor! Even slower than at the Blue Bear meet in January!


    100 Back - 1:12.58. Not one of my typical events - I swam it for the Check-Off Challenge! I was disappointed because this is significantly slower than my 1:09 last March.

    400 IM - 5:32.65. Not one of my typical events - I swam it for the Check-Off Challenge! Best thing about this swim - except for the 100 Fly, I negative-split the other 100s. I've been told this is a good strategy.
    2012 Meet Schedule

    March 3: Rocky Mountain Masters Invitational (SCM), Calgary, Alberta. Entered 200 Fly, 100 Free, 200 IM.

    March 17: Making Waves Masters 11th Annual Sprint Meet (SCM), Edmonton, Alberta. Plan to enter the 200 Back. Note that I am in another meet on the same day...

    March 17 - 18: Olympian Swim Club Double Double Meet (LCM) (SNC Meet), Edmonton, Alberta. Plan to enter 100 Free, 200 Free, and 100 Fly.

    March 24: Red Deer Silver Sharks Masters Invitational (SCM), Red Deer, Alberta. Plan to enter 100 IM, 100 Breast, 200 Breast.

    March 25: Calgary Masters Invitational 2012 (LCM), Calgary, Alberta. Plan to enter 1500 Free, 50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free.

    April 14-15: Alberta Provincial Championships (SCM), Edmonton, Alberta. Plan to enter 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 1500 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly.

    May 3-6: Edmonton Keyano International (LCM) (SNC Meet), Edmonton, Alberta. Plan to enter 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free.

    May 18-21: Canadian Masters Swimming Championships (SCM), Kelowna, British Columbia. Entered 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free, 100 Fly.

    June 10-16: FINA World Masters Championships (LCM), Riccione, Italy. Entered 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free, 100 Fly, Relays.

    Updated February 16th, 2012 at 02:19 PM by lewba

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  10. Workout 02/13/12:

    by , February 13th, 2012 at 05:45 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/200 Back
    6 x 100 kick on 1:50
    - did flutter w/ board, back w/o, SDK, flutter, back, then swam a 100 breast on the last one

    5 x 200 Pull on 2:45
    - 1: DPS (ez) ~ 2:32
    - 2: 25 DPS/25 HARD ~ 2:24
    - 3: 25 HARD/25 DPS ~ 2:23
    - 4: Build by 50 ~ 2:25
    - 5: Go for it ~ 2:18

    10 x 50 on ?
    - Did IMO 1-4, 5-8
    - 100 IM for time ~ 1:10.12

    10 x 50 on ?
    - drill/speed play intermixed

    100 yards of "you need to work on your breaststroke" with the lifeguard/high school coach that I swam with 20 years ago

    200 loosen and out
    (solo/Rec/3300yds/70 min)

    I have to admit that I was sore from that IM set on Thursday, and was enlisting any able (and mostly unwilling) bodies around the house to give old dad a backrub. The swim today was not overly difficult as there ended up being anywhere from 3-6 people in the lane at any given time.

    I was coming in on the kicks from 1:30-:35, and was pleased with the 200 pulling times. I went to the 50's on an interval to not run anyone over and worked the turn and breakouts. My neck and shoulders are still a bit tight, but I suppose that I should expect that after swimming that much fly in a practice when I usually don't.

    I was happy that Carrie came over to help me with the breaststroke. I was very pleased to drop 10 seconds on the breast portion of the 400 IM last week, and would like to be able to swim this stroke with more efficiency to help out my IM times.

    I also measured our home pool today to get it certified for the mini meet I will run on April 28th. It is the same weekend of nationals, so I am sure many bloggers will have to skip our little meet this year, but I think we can get some folks from the New England/upstate NY area to attend and have some fun. Our first meet in Bennington - complete with two 25 yard fun "sprint" events!

    Updated February 13th, 2012 at 06:27 PM by rxleakem

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  11. Harvard Meet - March 2012

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 05:56 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I signed up today for the New England scy Champs at Harvard in March. I entered best masters times for all events (the website suggested these during the registration process, kinda neat), except for the 200 breast. Yes, the 2br - I decided to enter it for the first time ever and just ballparked a time.

    Friday, March 16, 8:00am warmup, 9:00am start
    #10 Men 50 Freestyle Time: :24.37
    #12 Men 200 Backstroke Time: 02:11.88
    #14 Men 100 Individual Medley Entry Time: 01:03.18

    Saturday, March 17, 8:00am warmup, 9:00am start
    #24 Men 50 Butterfly Entry Time: :26.84
    #26 Men 200 Breaststroke Entry Time: 02:55.14
    #32 Men 200 Freestyle Entry Time: 01:57.19
    #34 Men 100 Backstroke Entry Time: :59.45

    Sunday, March 18, 8:00am warmup, 9:00am start
    #42 Men 200 Individual Medley Entry Time: 02:22.47
    #44 Men 50 Backstroke Entry Time: :27.76
    #52 Men 100 Freestyle Entry Time: :52.60

    Last year I swam 6 events, and this year I decided to bump it up to 10. We'll see how the training progresses through the end of winter and see if some time drops are realized in the middle of March!

    I will be mailing in entries for the Valentines and Pace/Maker's mini-meets tomorrow. With these meets, I will replace the 100 and 200 Free with Fly to complete all events for the scy season

    Now, off for a swim ...

    Updated January 26th, 2012 at 11:23 PM by rxleakem

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  12. Workout 1/20/12: Find a place of solitude

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 03:31 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK

    Go three times though (continuous):
    - 100 Kick
    - 100 IM drill
    - -- - FR/BK/SDK

    4 x 100 Pull with Buoy on 1:20
    - Focus on DPS, breathe 3/4/5/5 per 100

    1 x 500 Noahs Ark Pull with Buoy on 7:00
    - Went 6:20

    4 x 50 on :60
    - 25 DPS FR
    - :05 rest
    - 25 sprint IMO

    250 w/d and out
    (2350, 40 min)

    Quick lunch-time swim today on my day off. I wanted to get in for 1:30 min, but the recycling trip ran late and so did I.

    Not too much to report about the swimming today. I will be going to a men's breakfast at church tomorrow morning and try to make it late to the master's team workout (if not, I'll swim solo after lunchtime).

    On Sunday will be going to Salem, NH, for a scy mini-meet. Knowing that have not been able to get much sprint work in, I entered the:
    - 200 IM (goal: 2:16.72)
    - 50 FR (goal: 24.94)
    - 50 BR (goal: 38.77)
    - 50 FLY (goal: 27.86)
    - 50 BK (goal: 28.46)

    So the last time I swam 200 IM or 50 Breast I was probably 14 yo - just continuing my quest to swim every event as a master. I am slow at breast, but have been poking around in the [ame=""]"Frog Lane"[/ame] and trying to fix the timing of my kick. I'll try to get some videos up next week. Honesty, one of the high school girls just broke the 200 IM record of 2:25, so I just hope to get under that - sad, I know

    Updated January 22nd, 2012 at 10:41 PM by rxleakem

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  13. Workout 01/16/12: the last night feeling like this

    by , January 16th, 2012 at 10:15 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    Decided to swim over in the Animal Lane today to do a modified version of [ame=""]Workout #1 = Broken 1500 Test Set[/ame]. I soon went from feeling like Axl Rose to either Timone or Pumba - take your pick (although my profile is more like Pumba).

    100 Free/200 RIM D/K
    4 x 75 Indiana IM's (no FR) on 1:20
    4 x 50 FR Pull with Buoy on :45

    Main set:
    Two times through:
    4 x 150 Free on 2:00 (goal time 1:45)
    1 x 150 Back on 2:00
    1 x "Master minute"

    6 x 50 RIMO on :45
    1 x 200 IM Kick (no board) on 3:40
    50 EZ
    5 deep water bobs
    1 x 100 IM for time (went 1:10.54)
    50 EZ
    200 w/d various and out
    (3200 yds, 55 min)

    I might have to rethink the whole "do a pwb workout after being out of the pool for three days" that I have done the last couple of weeks. My shoulders were acting up and I needed to alter the main set by adding in the Backstrokes, which I did not swim particularly fast (but I did work on at least 4 SDK's off the walls).
    - 1st 5: 1:38, :39, :40, :42, 2:00
    - 2nd 5: 1:41, :42, :45, :43, 1:54
    The good thing was I was went faster than my goal time on all but one, but perhaps if I had started a tad easier I could have done them without the extra rest. I got to #4, thought I need me some backstroke and a break!

    The second part of that main set called for 6 x 50 active recovery, but I just attempted to make interval and resorted to some backstroke and fly (25 drill, 25 swim). I pared down the kicking and added a 100 IM (96 to go for the year, Tim!) - I'll do more kicking tomorrow before work.

    The [ame=""]Harvard info[/ame] came out with registrations opening on 1/21 - up 50 swimmers to a limit of 900 this year. They change up the order of events every year, but I was bummed to see Friday's lineup - 100 Fly, 50 Fr, 200 Bk, 100 IM. I was hoping to swim all those events (plus 100/200 FR, 50/100 Bk, 50 Fly, and maybe the 500 FR or 200 IM), but there is no way that I can be ready for the 200 Bk third in the hit parade, or the IM after that! All on the first day!

    Oh well, looks like the 200 Fly is out for this spring - but I plan to do the 400IM at Valentines (keeping to my word). It is tough to find the 200 Fly around these parts (I am not complaining because it buys me more time to train for it).

    I have also started to take seriously trying to lose some more weight. I am down 10 pounds since this time last year, but would like to get out of the "overweight" section of the bmi. I started using an app for tracking my calories and exercise on my phone, because it really makes me think more about what I am munching on.

    Updated January 17th, 2012 at 12:36 AM by rxleakem

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  14. Workout 1/6/12: Todo lo puedo en Cristo

    by , January 7th, 2012 at 12:25 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/200 BK/50 ez w/u

    Fort's Aerobic Sprint Hybrid Set:
    30 x 50 @ 1:00
    -- burst to 15 meter & cruise the rest
    -- :30 between sets of 10
    1-10 free
    11-20 kick w/board (5 flutter, 5 dolphin)
    21-30 speedplay (5 back spin drill, 5 fast hands breast)

    300 Pull with buoy w/d
    - alt FR and BK by 50's

    (2350, 40 min)

    Last night my wife and I signed to refinance our home, locking in under 4%. Then, I started my day off from work by driving to the corporate office for a task force meeting (it's about 75 minutes from home). Good meeting, even got breakfast there, so that was a bonus. Then I had a late lunch with my wife before pulling taxi duty this afternoon.

    I ordered a Yingfa suit before heading to the pool tonight (my first "racing" suit, after some good recommendations from Tim and James). I did not have a full hour, so I decided that Fort's set from earlier this week would be just right. I don't have fins, so I didn't use them, and the set felt good. I was surprised at how quick I was able to get through the back spin drills, pointing out that I need to work on faster rotation when I swim it.

    After practice I went to Williams College to watch the hockey game with my son. He was able to get a loose puck, so he was happy about that. I will be able to swim with the local workout group tomorrow - I hope to do the first set (with the 300's) from pwb's workout thread so I can get my base and threshold times down.

    I am planning on the following meets for the spring, with the idea to get times in more events:
    -WCWM Mini Meet: 1/22/12: 200IM, 50 FR, 50 BR, 50 FLY
    -Valentine's Meet: 2/18/12: 200 FR, 100 BR, 400 IM, 100 FR
    -Simon's Rock Pace/Makers: 3/03/12: 100 IM, 100 BK, 500 FR, maybe some relays
    -NE SCY Champs: 3/16-18/11: More info to come

    Updated January 7th, 2012 at 01:01 AM by rxleakem

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  15. Dec 23, 2011

    by , December 23rd, 2011 at 03:13 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    170 days until Day 1 of the FINA World Masters Championships

    Entered the 2012 Canadian Masters Swimming Championships today. I'm only swimming 3 out of 4 days (not Friday). Here's my event list:

    400 Free

    200 Free
    100 Fly
    100 Free

    50 Free
    800 Free

    I also entered the Edmonton Keyano Blue Bear Meet that runs Jan 13 - 15. Here's my entries:

    1500 Free

    100 Free
    400 Free

    200 Free
    100 Fly
    50 Free

    This is an age group meet, with heats and finals (except 400 and 1500 are time finals). I should make finals in everything else, but will probably scratch to give someone else the spot. As the heats are in the morning before our Masters workouts, I'll probably swim the workouts after.

    Thursday, December 22
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    WWU Pool (25m)

    4 x (50 swim, 50 kick, 50 drill, 50 swim), 50s @ 1:00

    16 x 25 kick, IM order @ :35
    right into
    8 x 25 swim/25 drill, IM order, @ 1:00

    18 x 50 swim with fins @ :50

    2 x 100 pull @ 1:50
    2 x 100 pull @ 1:45
    2 x 100 pull @ 1:40
    2 x 100 pull @ 1:35

    20 x 25 @ :45 (2 smooth, 1 build, 1 FAST!)

    200 EZ

    Total Distance = 4000 SCM

    Tuesday, December 20
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    EWU Pool (25m)

    Don't remember the workout

    Total Distance = 4100 SCM

    Sunday, December 18
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    Comp Pool (50m)

    Don't remember the workout

    Total Distance = 3500 LCM

    Saturday, December 17
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    Comp Pool (50m)

    Don't remember the workout

    Total Distance = 4000 LCM

    Updated December 23rd, 2011 at 03:26 PM by lewba

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  16. Nov 21, 2011

    by , November 21st, 2011 at 05:19 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    202 days until Day 1 of the FINA World Masters Championships

    Sunday, Nov 20
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    Competition Pool (50m)

    300 swim
    6 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    200 swim
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:00

    10 x 50 as 25 scull / 25 drill @ 1:20

    the following set is continuous:
    8 x 50 free pull @ 1:00 (breath every 3, 5, 7, 9) x 2
    4 x 50 back pull @ 1:00
    8 x 50 free pull @ 1:00 (breath every 3, 5, 7, 9) x 2
    4 x 50 breast pull @ 1:10

    the following swim-with-fins set is continuous:
    4 x
    (3 x 50 @ :45,
    200 @ 3:30 (held between 2:32 and 2:38))

    100 EZ

    Total Distance = 4200 m

    Comments: Thankfully, I'm feeling much better now. I went to a walk-in clinic on Saturday morning and walked out with a prescription for antibiotics. I've had too many episodes of bronchitis / pneumonia / strep throat to let this go any longer!

    Monday, Nov 21

    Updated November 28th, 2011 at 02:57 PM by lewba

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  17. August 21 - October 11, 2011

    by , October 12th, 2011 at 04:50 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    Wow! I was surprised when I took a look at my blog and realized I hadn't written in nearly 2 months!

    August 21 - August 30
    Swam 5 more outdoor workouts totalling 16,200 meters (averaging 3240 meters). August 30 was our last workout of the summer season, as the outdoor pools in Edmonton were scheduled to be closed that day.

    September 1 - 9
    No training, as our indoor home - the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre - was closed for maintenance.

    September 10 -September 18
    September 10 marked the beginning of our new season. As the Kinsmen was still closed for maintenance, we swam at Peter Hemingway and Terwillegar pools for this time period. I swam a total of six workouts during this time (19000 meters, averaging 3167 meters per workout).

    We added a new coach to our roster for this season. Here's the introductions that I wrote for each of our coaches:

    New to the club is Mathew Mossey. Matt has previous experience in the swimming community, having been a competitive swimmer for over ten years. After removing himself from the water, he made an easy transition to the deck and has been active in coaching for the past ten years. He has coached with the Saskatoon Goldfins Swim Club, Edmonton Huma Swim Club, University of Alberta Swim Camps, Edmonton Keyano Swim Club, and Fort Saskatchewan Piranhas Swim Club. He recalls winning two Provincial Championships with the Edmonton Huma Swim Club as one of his most enjoyable and challenging experiences. Matt will be responsible for the "Sharks" practices on Tu/Th/Sa/Su.

    Glen Playfair is returning for another season. In recent years, Glen has been University of Alberta's Head Coach for cross country and track and field (distance), as well as the Head Coach of the Edmonton Thunder Track and Field Club. He was Athletics Canada's Head Coach for the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Trinidad & Tobago (2010) and for the 38th IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland (2010). He was also the Team Coach for the 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Jordan (2009) and recieved the Alberta Coaches Recognition Award (2008). He has also been heavily involved in the International Triathlon Union and has coached triathlete stars such as Paul Tichelaar and Paula Findlay. Glen will be responsible for our noon hour practices (M/W/F), as well as the "Turtles" practices on Tu/Th/Su.

    Jim Phelan is also returning for another season. No stranger to the Edmonton swimming community, Jim's career in the sport has been based entirely out of this city. The first eleven years were spent growing up and swimming for the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club until 2005. After graduating high school, Jim was proud to be a member of the University of Alberta Golden Bears Varsity Swim Team from 2005 until 2010. Highlights included three trips to the CIS National Championship from 2008-2010. More recently, Jim was head coach of the Edmonton Huma Swim Club in 2011. He was also the head facility coach at Scona pool for Olympian Swim Club in 2010-2011, and assistant coach for the Edmonton Masters Swim Club in 2010-2011. Jim was also the head coach of the Derrick Devil Rays from 2008-2010. He has been involved with the U of A Summer Swim Camps and served as the ASSA "All Star" Coach at Age Group Provincials this past July. Philosophically, Jim believes in a proper technical basis in all skills and strokes to be continually emphasized to promote balanced swimmer development over time. This technical emphasis must then be reinforced with power swimming to achieve success. Academically, Jim is pursuing graduate studies in American History at the University of Alberta. Jim will be our backup coach, filling in for Glen on Saturdays and other times as needed.

    September 19 - October 10

    Back at the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre. Swam a total of 10 workouts (35800 meters, averaging of 3580 meters per workout).

    Notable sets during this time:

    4 x 50 free descend @ 1:00 (:37, :35, :34, :33 = 2:19)
    200 free fast @ 4:00 = 2:22
    4 x 50 free descend @ 1:00 (:35, :34, :33, :33 = 2:15)
    200 free fast @ 4:00 = 2:18

    (with fins)
    4 x 50 free EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 100 pace @ 1:30 = 1:11
    4 x 50 free EZ @ 1:00
    2 x 100 pace @ 1:30 = 1:10, 1:10
    4 x 50 free EZ @ 1:00
    3 x 100 pace @ 1:30 = 1:09, 1:09, 1:09
    6 x 50 free EZ @ 1:30
    4 x 100 pace @ 1:30 = 1:09, 1:09, 1:09, 1:09

    October 11

    242 days until Day 1 of the FINA World Masters Championships

    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    WWU Pool (SCM)

    2 x
    (100 swim,
    100 kick,
    100 drill,
    100 swim)

    4 x (3 x 75 @ 1:45 as 75 kick, 75 drill, 75 swim); sets of 75s in reverse IM order

    3 x 100 Fly as (75 drill/25 swim) @ 1:45 with fins
    3 x 100 Back as (75 drill/25 swim) @ 1:45 with fins
    3 x 100 Breast as (75 drill/25 swim) @ 2:15 NO fins
    3 x 100 Free as (75 drill/25 swim) @ 2:00 NO fins

    4 x (8 x 25 as 6 drill, 2 fast) @ :40, IM order

    100 EZ

    Total Distance = 3800 Meters

    Day after Canadian Thankgiving!

    Was tired and sore from the weekend because we drove out to our cabin in Saskatchewan on Saturday after workout (4300 meters) and spent the next two days doing chores to get the place ready for winter: chop wood, haul out the boat and winterize it, take out the docks and boat lift, winterize the water system (clean out the water softener, blow out the water lines), etc. But we also had time for a nice Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, stuffing, cranberries, ham, mashed potatoes, turnips, ... yum, yum!

    Updated October 14th, 2011 at 05:03 PM by lewba

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  18. September 19 2011 -

    by , September 20th, 2011 at 02:10 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Aquasol - 5:30pm 6:45pm
    Coach Janine -

    Warm 2x100FR, 200IM drill, 100K, 100P (600)
    4 Vertical Kick for 1:00 FR,Fly,FR,Fly
    200 Fly
    200 Back
    200 BR
    200 FR
    200 IM Repeat on 4:00 (1000/1600)
    6x100 P on 1:30 (600/2200)
    20x25 Sprint (500 did 250/2450)
    200 cool
    My hamstrings were threatening a reprisal, but I was able to beat it back with low calorie G2 Non-High Fructose Corn Syrup Gatorade, didnít want to push it. I signed up for the 38th Annual Sprint Short Course Meters Pentathlon at UC Davis. After 2 years (2008 & 2009) of humiliating dead last finishes in just about all the events (50 Fly, BK,BR, FR & 100IM), Iím hoping on doing what Iím doing in practice at the race, I havenít wrote out my best sprint times, because I donít want to stress on self-expectations or jinx it, although I donít believe in such things, I just know if I waltz in over confident, I wonít give it my best. I havenít done a meet this year, so I figured Iíd start out my new aged group with a bang.
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  19. Postal 10k Planning

    by , August 19th, 2011 at 04:57 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Postal 10k Planning

    I trained pretty hard Mon - Wed then backed off Thu & Fri to rest a bit for tomorrow.

    I asked Charles Logan, director of the swim center swim center to drop the pool temp a few degrees to 77 or 78 and they did. The skinny people were chilly.

    10k's a long way, it's:
    2 x 5000 or 4 x 2.5 or 5 x 2000 or
    6 x 1500 + 1k or 10 x 1000 or 20 x 500 or
    25 x 400 or 50 x 200 or 100 x 100

    I've lined up a counter.

    Swim starts at 7:00 so I'll
    5:45 wake
    6:00 leave home
    6:45 arrive and get ready
    7:00 dive in

    will put GU & water near my lane.
    plus right before I swim I'll probably
    down a few gu's,
    drink half a liter of smart water and
    take in a little caffiene

    Plan to wear B70 jammer have Speedo pro back up. I'll tie it tight and probably double knot.

    I've shaved some and will shave more tonight. I get a rub spot on my right delt when it hits my stubbly chin on long swims, so I'll reshave my face tomorrow morning.

    I'll treat my goggs to not fog.

    No Cap

    Correct Pace is the key
    I need to stay easy long smooth relaxed and consistent.
    Remain aware of
    how far I've gone, how much left,
    my running time and the pace I'm holding.
    I'll have my counter signal 1,000's
    plus 9500, 9800 & 9900

    I won't stop much or for too long.
    On my previous 10k I did a stretch of repeat 100's on 1:20, boy that was a mistake.

    Larry suggested 3k straight then short breaks after each 1k
    1st 1000 hold 1:18's & go 13:00
    2nd - 5th 1000 go 13:05
    targeting 65:20 5k split
    6th - 10th 1000 hold 13:20
    I've considered doing it as a set of
    6 x 1500 on 20:00 followed by a 1000 on 13:20

    I'm nervous and excited. I know somewhere during it I'll be cursing,
    why did I ever get myself into this?

    Wish me luck.

    My sordid history with Postal swims:

    Sat May 30th, 2009 LCM Swam a 10k today

    Sat June 6th 2009 swam a 5k this morning

    Sun Jan 23rd, 2010 Went Postal

    Sun Jan 30th 2011 HR Postal Swim take 2

    1 hour postal swim January 24th, 2009
  20. Wed Aug 17th 2011 scy

    by , August 17th, 2011 at 12:59 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Aug 17th 2011 scy

    7:00 a.m. this Saturday I'm going to do a
    Postal 10k. Wish me luck.
    Anyone have any suggestions?
    here's how my last one went:
    Sat May 30th, 2009 LCM Swam a 10k
    I hope to do better and not make the mistakes I made.

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, main pool scy
    6:30 to 8:00 dove in 6:35ish
    wore blue camo jammer
    swam with Nate
    Beside Emory, Chris, Korey,Tyler, Marcio, &

    1400 easy 50's & 100's

    Main SET: scy

    4 rounds of:

    3 x 200 fr on 2:40 85% effort right into
    8 x 25 on 0:30 odds easy evens fast
    100 easy on 3:00

    held 200's on 1st 2 rounds under 2:11
    held rounds 3 & 4 at 10k pace
    except for R4 #3
    was 2:01 did 150 2 beat kick, 50 6 beat kick

    ~ ~ ~

    Then did 500 warm down
    easy smooth 50's on 40

    Updated August 17th, 2011 at 08:13 PM by ande

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