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Bad days

Posted by thepeteplan on December 19, 2008

Generally when you’ve been training for a long time you know how a session will go before you begin by how you feel both mentally and physically. Today was one of those days that I didn’t feel mentally up for the task at hand, and also didn’t have a long time in which to train. So I opted for a 95% effort 5k, aiming for 1:41 splits for the first 3500m or so, then if I felt good speeding up a little to the end. This is how it went:

500m splits:

1:41.0 / 29
1:41.0 / 29
1:41.0 / 29
1:41.0 / 29
1:41.0 / 29
1:41.0 / 29
1:41.0 / 29
Handle down

Generally in harder middle distance pieces I get to a decision point – a point where I either get faster, slower, or on rare occasions stop. For some reason at this point going faster often feels easier than staying at the same pace. Today my mind wasn’t in it though, so despite rowing a perfect first 3500m with every 500m exactly on target, I just stopped right there.

I also often find 90-95% effort pieces the hardest of the lot. If you’re going all out for a pb, 100% effort, you get to a point where you can’t go faster, there is no real thinking time. Lower effort and the physical load is such that it’s not a big problem to keep going (unless you get bored), but the inbetween level where the physical effort is hard, but there is enough time to think about it, that’s when it’s toughest. I think this is the band a lot of erg trainers and racers operate in generally thinking that it is there 100% level. So my advice is, go a bit faster, it’s easier. 😉


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