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Progress to 2k

Posted by thepeteplan on January 5, 2009

After beginning the new year with two steady distance pieces over the weekend today was a choice between a ‘proper’ session, and the next in the 2k progression I was doing during December. 1400m at 1:32.5 pace sounded much more preferable than an 8 x 500m interval session, which of course means that I took the easy option.

13min warm up = 3500m / 1:51.2 / 25

1400m = 4:19.1 / 1:32.5 / 35
200m splits:
1:30.0 / 40
1:32.7 / 34
1:33.0 / 35
1:33.5 / 34
1:33.5 / 35
1:33.2 / 35
1:31.5 / 36

So there is now about 1min50 to go to get a sub 6:10 for 2k. It doesn’t sound a lot, and I’m past 2/3rds of the way there now, but in reality that is still a fair distance. Or at least it would be if these were flat out rows, not targetted rows. Luckily they are the later, and are a mental exercise to help me keep the pressure on for the duration of the row. As you’ll notice, when I started this progression I was trying to hold 38spm or so throughout, and thus going along at 1:31’s or so all the way. I’m now dropping to 35spm and pulling 1:33’s, so I have a decision to make when I next do this session – do I go back to trying to hold 37-38spm and pull 1:31’s, or do I keep to averaging 1:32.5 at 35spm? It is very easy on the erg, because the information is right there in front of you, to settle for doing just enough. This is especially true over distances around 2k. Over longer distances it’s easier to make a conscious choice that you know you can go faster than you need, and so maintain the pace. Over 2k it always feels hard, and if you need 1:32.9 for the pb it’s very easy to pace it to get to the end at 1:32.9 (ok, so it’s easier still to pace it to get to the end at 1:34.5….).

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