With one week to go before the end of phase 1 of Pete Plan 2008, and the half marathon test, today was a hard 60min piece. My aim was to row the majority at my half marathon pb pace, and speed up towards the end if I could to give me confidence of rowing the extra 15mins next weekend for a pb.
I did the row at 1030am this morning on rowpro, joined by two others:
60mins = 16941m / 1:46.3 / 28
1:46.6 / 29
1:46.4 / 28
1:46.5 / 27
1:46.4 / 28
1:46.4 / 27
1:45.2 / 28
This is certainly a season’s best for the 60mins, and I think probably my best for 2 to 3 years. Perhaps I should have pushed just a little harder to break 17k, but that wasn’t the objective today. I rowed exactly to plan keeping just under 1:46.6 for the first 50mins, then speeded up in the final 10mins to finish a good margin under target. With 4k (about 15mins) to go to complete a half marathon it is certainly on for the pb next weekend, but it won’t be easy!
This afternoon I then took the opportunity of the only dry day this weekend to go on a training ride on my bike. Out and back to Basingstoke on the country roads through Fleet, Elvetham, Winchfield, Hook, 21miles on the way there, 19.5miles on the way back. With the wind mostly behind me on the way there I got some good speed up on the flat, and into the big ring. Even with 3 map stops along the way I averaged over 17mph for a 1min11 total time. On the way back I was joined by a fellow erging cyclist for the journey, but I was pretty tired by then, and the wind was against us, so it was slower going taking 1hr25 to get back. A great ride though, and a nice mixture of some small hills, some fast country lanes, a few miles of fast A road, and not too much traffic.
I am ready for my rest day tomorrow now! And glad of the three day weekend.