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  1. Workout 08/08/12: OW!

    by , August 9th, 2012 at 12:01 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I made it down (with my son) to Quechee Lake in Canaan, NY, this evening and joined the Simon's Rock crew for another great OW swim. I think that the final count was 18 swimmers, ranging in age from teen to master, and we completed a 1.27 mile loop in the lake. It is one of the closer swims for me to drive to from Vermont, and even though the water quality was not the best that I have seen in the past, it was clear and I was able to spot some fish swimming around. There was some boat traffic, but since most in the pod are wearing the orange safety floats (as well as loud caps) and Freddy's wife joined us in a kayak we were safe. Even saw a really cool floating dock with two boats attached - looked like the party spot! Here is a Google maps track of the swim.

    After the swim we went to the Backwater Grill for some nutrition - almost all of us made it. I was able to talk with my buddy Jon, who introduced me to this group and their Wednesday night swims a couple of years ago. He just completed the Lake Placid Ironman, his first at that distance. Great stuff.

    I am still sore after the pellet moving madness on Monday - my hammies and buttocks are tight as well as my lower back. Made for an interesting twelve hours on my feet yesterday! Felt good to swim tonight, especially since the group is so friendly.

    For the girls, tomorrow is the final day of clinic in Kenya, where they are now set up in Dandora, a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi. One member of the team is hospitalized and five more have symptoms of malaria, while most are exhausted as the two week medical mission trip comes to an end. It is hard to close up the clinics, as so many are in need of not only physical attention from the team but also the message of God's love that they share. Sometimes just a smile is enough to help a person know that they are loved, regardless of the language one speaks.
    Tags: berkshires, gho
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  2. Workout 07/24/12: (and pool update)

    by , July 25th, 2012 at 09:10 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Got up this morning for a quick swim in NY.

    4 x 200 with :20 SR
    1 x Noah's Ark
    10 x 50 with :10 SR
    - 1-4, 6-9: Quarter's Strong
    - 5, 10: breaststroke - ride the glide
    (Solo/Hoosick Falls/1800yds/30 min)
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    A short swim but nice to get in for some recovery. Probably my only time in the water this week with work and other activities.

    The Bennington Banner has an update on the Rec Center rebuild this summer - looks like more work is required than they planned to do, but it should come in under budget and on time for completion to allow the pool to reopen after Labor Day. Here is a picture I took tonight of the progress (and the rusted out columns that need to be replaced) ...
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    I had an eye appt today and ordered some new glasses, spending a good deal of the afternoon inside until the eye drops wore off. Tonight we went to eat at the Rattlesnake cafe tonight as a "send-off supper" for my wife and daughter, who are leaving tomorrow for a flight to DC, then on to Kenya through August 10th for a medical mission with Global Health Outreach, the same group that I have been to Nicaragua with. I'm excited to see how God can work in their lives to help the people that they will serve through medicine, as well as hear of their adventures seeing His Creation halfway across the globe.
    Tags: gho
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , NSR
  3. Workout 12/05/11

    by , December 5th, 2011 at 09:42 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u:
    200 FR/200 BK
    6 x 100 Kick (flutter, back, sdk)

    500 Noah's Ark Pull with buoy

    2 each (one FR, one BK) of:
    - 25 fast arms (spin) + 75 ez
    - 75 DPS, 25 sprint
    - 25 ez, 25 build, 50 DPS

    200 various w/d

    (2300, 40 min)
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    Back into the water after a long weekend off. My shoulders feel a tad tight, and I wanted to get a decent workout in despite 7 people in the lane when I arrived at adult swim this am. It would have been better if the one dude doing side stroke would used the side of the lane, not the middle the whole time. Oh well ...

    I had a busy weekend. My wife sold most of our jelly stock at a Christmas Bazaar (half of the profits go to the local Christian school, the other half to the medical mission program I am involved with) on Saturday. Sunday after work I went to a local nursing home and led the worship service (first Sunday of the month), then my son and I gave a presentation at church about our trip to Nicaragua in May. See if this link to photos from my fb page works if you want to check it out.

    Have a great day ... Been fun checking out results from the weekend's swims.
    Tags: gho, nicaragua
    Categories
    Swim Workouts