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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...

November 3, 2019

Way back in March of 2013, I had the pleasure of swimming a 1-1 workout with Rich Abrahams, one of the world's greatest swimmers, a guy who in his 70s can still crush guys decades younger than him.  We got together at Cactus Pool in Scottsdale after a "Sprinter's Spect...

November 2, 2019

Third time's a charm to restart tracking my training.  I've made a commitment to myself to be in 'old man racing form' by the Masters Swimming Ontario 2020 Provincial Championships in late March.  That gives me four and a half months to get back into shape and two week...

August 2, 2019

The move from Arizona to Ontario has been a most excellent adventure in so many ways, but has also been quite all-consuming.  While I've found a small, but vibrant masters swimming community* and I have been getting in the water a few days a week for most weeks, my tra...

March 31, 2019

Well, the move to Canada & starting a new job has been pretty all-consuming, leaving me little time to blather on about where I've been swimming.  I've been pretty good about keeping my Instagram and tracking spreadsheet updated, but not much else documentation of...

November 23, 2018

Thanks to both my Dad (who is still racing in his 70s) and my coaches growing up, I built the habit of maintaining training logs from an early age.  Historically, those were in notebooks, but for almost a decade starting in late 2008, I maintained a swimming training b...

July 15, 2018

Hi 1001 Pools! Patrick's favorite daughter here, writing about a pool I got to swim in while in Kigali, Rwanda.

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with a good friend of mine in Kigali. I have been working and living in Nairobi this summer, and she has been working and livi...

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