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Another 2k approaches

Posted by thepeteplan on December 4, 2008

An enforced lunchtime visit to the pub (for a 2 hour meeting with a customer) meant that training had to be postponed to this evening. As I’m racing in Cardiff on Saturday (2k) yesterday was my last hard session of the week, and today was a “just row”. I don’t much like rowing at 8pm having not yet eaten, but sometimes you just have to get it done.

40:41.4 / 11005m / 1:50.9 / 24

It’s time to grow a pair:
Yesterday in my other blog on the concept2 training forum I talked about how I feel the people on the forum can lose perspective after a bit of time in the sport about how good they really are, and how good even the slower people (in absolute terms) on theĀ forum are. I’m lucky – I’m a 31 year old heavyweight male – I may not be the biggest of heavyweights, but physiologically I’m better suited to erging than a lot of people. So my times are faster than the majority of people, but with perspective I know that there are many people on that forum who, although in absolute terms are slower than me, in reality are much better in their peer group. I thought I’d copy here what I wrote in my blog there today.

Anyway, just because I think that pretty much all of the people who post on that forum are in the top 10% of talent on the erg in the world, and a lot who have been training for a while are more like top 1% doesn’t mean I think you should accept that, or that I think that means what you do in training is just perfect. I also think that many of the people who say they don’t care about rowing fast 2k’s really do care deep down, and would love to row a fast 2k and know how good they really could be against the benchmark test in this sport. Even of those who admit that their focus is rowing a fast 2k many of them either don’t train optimally, or simply have no real idea what their true limits are. I honestly believe that on occasion, rare occasion perhaps, you have to push yourself right to your physical limits in training to have any hope of doing so in competition. If you don’t know how far you can go before it really isn’t physically possible to do any more, how can you possibly know how hard to push in a race. If what you think is 100% effort in the gym is really only 90% of your true maximal effort, you will never get past 90% of the level you could in a 2k race. So at some point, when the time is right, pick a session where you are truely going to find out how hard you can push yourself. Grow a pair. When you really feel you can do no more, set another 500m and row it faster still. Something that frustrates me, rather than annoying me, is seeing people who perhaps even are at the top in their peer group not appearing to actually be close to their physiological potential, or rather even racing to their true potential at that point in time. If you’re going to spend a fair chunk of your time training for a sport, why not use that time to really see how good you can be at that sport? When was the last time you got off the erg and your legs literally buckled under you and you collapsed on the floor? Or when an hour after you finished your interval session the after effects of the session made you throw up your lunch? It’s not for everyone, and you can’t do it all the time, or even often, but just occasionally decide that on that particular day you’re going to row to the limit and see what you can really do.

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