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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...

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...

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