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Why is slow harder than fast?

Posted by thepeteplan on September 9, 2008

Today was supposed to be a steady distance training day following the tough session yesterday. I was feeling tired though, and unsure how far my motivation would take me on a steady distance session. As I don’t like to ever fail to complete a session, or “handle down”, I have a method for these days that mean whatever you do you can pretend to yourself that it was the intended session. So what I did is set the monitor for 1k reps with 0 rest, therefore the monitor resets every 1k and you start again. Then simply do as many 1k reps as you feel like or have the motivation for. It works both ways, if you can’t face doing your planned 10k you can bail out early, but if you get to 10k and feel like you could do just another 1k, and another, and….. you can carry on.

Today I made it to 5k:

5k = 18:46.5 / 1:52.6 / 23

However, I did justify this stop before I got there by deciding to have a second go at the new concept2 challenge series. For this first month the challenge is a 4min piece. With 7 weeks to go to BIRC, and a possible mile race in a few weeks time, a 4min piece at this stage is actually pretty good practice. Today’s piece went like this:

30sec splits:
1:34.3 / 34
1:34.9 / 30
1:34.3 / 32
1:33.7 / 32
1:33.7 / 33
1:33.7 / 33
1:32.5 / 34
1:30.3 / 36
4mins = 1287m / 1:33.2 / 33

That’s pretty good, I have to say. Yes, the overall pace isn’t overly fast for me, very marginally slower than my 2k pb pace, but the way it was rowed is good. A solid start, a fast middle, and a faster end. My aim for the 4mins is to get it down to 1:32.5, my aim 2k pace, in the next couple of weeks. Then if I race the mile race in Newark, that will be my aim there too, 1:32.5 pace (I have rowed a mile before at 1:32.0 – I was in better shape then than when I set my 2k pb). Then finally into 2k racing season the aim will be a 1:32.5 paced 2k (BIRC, Boston, whenever the time is right).

As I’m not usually one for overly long warm ups, I’m hoping noone notices that I rowed a controlled and well paced, pretty fast, 4min piece, feeling good throughout, after a full 5k warm up. Noone noticed that point right, and won’t comment that perhaps I should warm up longer for other pieces and I might perform better? Good.

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