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The final week

Posted by thepeteplan on February 15, 2009

Saturday:

13:48.6 = 3616m / 1:54.5 / 25

1402m = 4:25.0 / 1:34.5 / 34

This was a special cross team challenge done each year in memory of a regular indoor rowing competitor who died a few years ago. I rowed it in the garage in the cold, and for that reason didn’t push too hard as hard effort + very cold = risk of bad chest in my experience.

Sunday:

30:06.0 = 8029m / 1:52.4 / 23

Just a steady row this morning, with the erg brought into the living room so it was a lot warmer!

The final week:

Many thanks for the comments from Merv and Tim. I am going to take your advice and tone down the final preparations for the race this week. You are right of course, there is nothing physically to gain in this final few days before the race. The reason I have prepared like this for the past few races is simple – I have tried to recreate the preparation that got me my 2k pb back at the beginning of 2004. I’ve said this before I’m sure, but my 2k pb came 1 week after we (the MAD team) set the World Record for the 100k ergo team relay. I had done a lot of sprint prep in the 2 months before. Of course it could be that my fitness was very high and I did a pb at the race the following week inspite of the hard training leading right up to the race. I did row a faster 2k in the gym about 2 months later in the course of normal training (around a second faster than that race 6:11.8.) too.

So I will ditch the 4 x 500 session on Friday in Boston in place of a good warm up then a couple of short race pace bursts. I will rest completely on both Thursday and Saturday. I will still do a sprint session tomorrow, as I do find it helps me both get the rate higher in the 2k, and get in tune with a good sprint finish. I will also keep the overall volume down a little, as I did today, with a maximum of 10k for any steady rows, and not pushing the pace at all.

Out of interest, if you’ve read this far Tim, are you the same Tim who is currently slightly ahead of me in the C2 challenge series? If so, your erg times are absolutely outstanding. If not, his erg times are absolutely outstanding – there must be a number of the 30+ lwt British distance records he (or you) could take, if you were motivated for that?

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