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Challenge rowing

Posted by thepeteplan on February 4, 2009


41:04.0 = 11006m / 1:51.9 / 24

Rowed in the garage, about 1 degree C temperature. Due to the snow, and England not coping well with “extreme” weather we were sent home from work in the middle of the day, so I didn’t go to the gym before leaving. I thought I should row later on though, but it was cold.


With Boston now a little over 2 weeks away I thought I would put some scores on the board for the various challenge series’ for the month. Then I can either leave them for the month, or put in faster scores when I’m back from Boston. The first up was the CTC:

w/u = 11:11.8 / 3016m / 1:51.3 / 24

4 x 750m / 90sec rest:
2:22.4 / 1:34.9 / 35
2:22.5 / 1:35.0 / 34
2:22.5 / 1:35.0 / 34
2:24.7 / 1:36.4 / 33

3000m = 9:32.0 / 1:35.3 / 34

I thought 1:35 would be a pretty comfortable target. Perhaps I misjudged the 90second rest between reps, it really isn’t a lot. Perhaps it was the cold temperature in the garage again not letting me warm up sufficiently to actually put in a hard effort.


Back to work today, so back in the gym. It should have simply been a steady row, but I decided to cut that short and put a score down for the Concept2 challenge series.

14:53.8 = 4017m / 1:51.2 / 25

Then 2500m with the aim of 500m splits of 1:40, 1:39, 1:38, 1:37, 1:36

2500m = 8:09.6 / 1:37.9 / 31
1:39.9 / 29
1:39.0 / 31
1:38.0 / 32
1:37.0 / 32
1:35.8 / 33

1500m cool down

The plan was exactly what I ended up doing – 1:40 for the first 500m then 1sec faster each 500. I thought this would seem pretty easy, and even contemplated stepping down by 2sec each 500m. It didn’t seem as easy as I thought though. Am I setting my standards too high, is the pressure of a big race in 2 weeks time starting to show, or is there another reason I seem to be under performing on the standard I would expect on a few workouts? Don’t get me wrong, this workout wasn’t under performed, it just seemed a greater effort level than I expected. I can analyse it afterwards to see that it’s actually half of a 5k well under 5k pb pace, rowed very strictly to a negative split pace plan. That shouldn’t feel easy.

I really need to plan out exactly what session I will do over the next 14 days before I fly to Boston or my race preparation will not be ideal at all. I write training programmes for many other people, but never actually get around to putting down on paper what I’ll do myself….

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