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Basingstoke IRC

Posted by thepeteplan on March 28, 2010

Yesterday was the Basingstoke 2.5k indoor rowing championships. Looking at the competition in the 30+ last week I knew that Simon Gough was the form man currently and would be too good for me, but that David Blanksby had been pretty close to me across all distances in the Concept2 challenge series for the past two seasons. So I set a plan of 1:38 pace for the first 1500m, then negative split over the final 1000m as much as needed to beat David. Unfortunately David’s erg was empty come race time, and the rest of the field rowed to form, so rowing to plan I found myself comfortable in second position.

2500m = 8:09.2, 2nd place men’s 30+ heavyweight (and second fastest overall on the day)

500m splits = 1:37.7, 1:38.2, 1:38.2, 1:38.4, 1:36.8

In the context of my current focus on 5k / 6k training I’m happy with this performance and how it felt. With no specific prep, no taper, and no pre-race rest day it’s pretty good.

The rest of the week in summary:

Sunday (today): 60mins = 16241m / 1:50.8 / 25

Friday: 10k = 37:56.5 / 1:53.8 / 23

Thursday: The one pacing prep session I did for the Basingstoke race:

1500m = 4:53.8 / 1:37.9 / 31
5min rest
6 x 250m / 2min rest:
1:34.2 / 32
1:33.8 / 33
1:33.6 / 32
1:33.0 / 32
1:32.8 / 34
1:29.6 / 35

3000m = 9:32.2 / 1:35.3 / 32

Wednesday: Weight – Cleans, barbell rows, squats and bench press

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