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April 1, 2020

I have officially wrapped up my 13th year of this epic quest to swim in 1,001 different pools before I die**.  With all the buzz about flattening the coronavirus curve, I was dissapointed that it's my pool curve that went in the wrong direction:

To be fair to the pandem...

March 28, 2020

Pandemic Panic be damned! 

If I can't go to my happy place, I'm going to think about my happy places.  I've updated my next set of 10 pool pictures and there are some impressive facilities in this list, including ...

March 22, 2020

In retrospect, my wide eyes from my late February swim capture the emotions I feel now, as we all deal with life shut down, self-isolation and, at least here in the Great White North, no access to swimmable water until we get some more melting of the lake ice.  


February 9, 2020

While I can almost always wish I had swum faster, I had a pretty perfect day at the Downtown Swim Club's All-Out Swim meet, hosted long course at the Varsity Pool at the University of Toronto:

  • I got to swim two of my favorite events - the 200 fly and 400 IM - and ma...

February 3, 2020

I had a very solid month of training in January, at least in terms of consistency of being in the water and swim volume/effort.  There were some flashes of faster swimming that encouraged me and today I repeated my 3 x 300 Test Set at my LA Fitness.  I was much improve...

January 27, 2020

The long slog to get back into shape continues and I finally felt just good enough in the water to even attempt my 400 IM Test Set, a workout I created back in 2013.    I was over at the LA Fitness Barrie Cundles location today, in short course yards.  Done well and cl...

December 3, 2019

These days, with the wonders of being 50-something, I don't normally swim more than 3 or 4 days in a row before taking a day out of the pool.  Over the last 2-3 years, it's more often been a pattern of two days in the pool followed by a day (or two!) out of the pool....

December 2, 2019

I jumped into the local LA Fitness 25 yard pool here in beautiful Barrie this morning to re-test my Base Pace:

Standard Warmup (1,750 yards)  

  • 1 x 400: IM, kick-drill by 25s

  • 4 x 100: on 1:30, freestyle swim, descend wearing a Finis snorkel

    • In 2018,...

December 2, 2019

I'm about three weeks late posting anything about my first swim meet of the 2019-2020 short course metres season, but I want to chart my progress towards my end-of-season goal: beating my best Masters performance in the 200 metre butterfly.  This means I need to go fas...

November 8, 2019

Aside from getting in my actual swim in the morning when I'm traveling, my next favorite part of the experience is walking to a pool, whenever possible.  Most cities are pretty darn quiet in the 5am to 7am timeframe when I'm walking, so I not only get a bit of a medita...

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