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A mile, a 250m and an hour

Posted by thepeteplan on September 4, 2009

Thursday’s training session was done with a couple of friends, so a good opportunity for some hard TT style rowing, and a first attempt and two of the month’s inter team challenges.

The CTC for September is the mile, which fits in well with a mile race in Grimsby right at the end of the month. Always good to get an early attempt it, and so it was decided to go for around a 95% effort level for this one:

1609m = 5:02.2 / 1:33.9 / 33
400m splits:
1:33.0 / 35
1:34.3 / 33
1:34.0 / 32
1:34.3 / 33

Not too bad, after a fast start pretty much level 1:34’s. I could have carried on to the end of a 2k and I think still had a push at the end, so things looking good for later in the year. This was followed by a first go at the 250m facebook challenge, after less than 500m paddle recovery.

250m = 39.6 / 1:19.2 / 55spm

I didn’t raise the drag much at all (from around 128 on the mile to 135 for the 250m), and almost certainly over-rated as the combination of low drag and high rate meant it was hard to keep up with the flywheel. Lots more to come on this if i do it fresher another day, and on a higher drag. 1:17 average perhaps?

Today then it was time to do some fairly easy distance work. I just hit “just row”, and just rowed:

60mins = 16053m / 1:52.3 / 24

An enjoyable row, 60mins doesn’t seem nearly as far when you start off not really planning to go that far. Setting 60mins and going for a flat out effort I don’t find much of an issue, but doing a low end UT1 type row for that duration always seems mentally tough. I would do what many people do and split such a row into 3 x 20mins, and perhaps should do that, but often find that I row better when I get into a rhythm and just keep going.

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