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3 x 20mins

Posted by thepeteplan on January 21, 2010

As I mentioned in the brief entry earlier, I made the decision to go to Boston and race in the World Indoor Rowing championships again this year. As the race takes place on February 14th, a little over 3 weeks away, that doesn’t give a lot of time for getting in race shape. 5 weeks in the US (2 on business, 3 on holiday) in the past 2 months have taken their toll, as has the illness in the last week of the holiday. Not training enough, eating too much of the wrong things, beer, ice cream, you get the idea. I stood on the scales for the first time in a long time on Monday morning and they said 93.4kg. I don’t think I’ve ever raced at over 90kg before, and I don’t intend to start now. Generally I maintain a very steady weight of 87-89kg with normal training and diet, so I think I will get back down there pretty quickly now I’m back into routine. I can feel the extra 4kg though, and it’s not muscle…

So that focussed the steady endurance training today from the staple 10k to a 3 x 20mins to get a bit more distance in, and a few more calories burnt.

3 x 20mins / 2min rest:
5351m / 1:52.1 / 24
5376m / 1:51.6 / 24
5408m / 1:50.9 / 24

60mins = 16135m / 1:51.5 / 24

I’m actually really looking forward to the race in Boston as currently I don’t feel any pressure as I know I’m not in great shape. I think if I was to do a race 2k tomorrow I’d be able to do around a 6:25, and really want to get in shape to be confident of a sub 6:20 come race day. That’s not close to pb territory which takes the pressure off a little.

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