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Training and the upcoming race

Posted by thepeteplan on May 18, 2010

There is a lot to do and to think about when you’re running a venue erg race. When you’re racing in the erg race too that adds to the stress, especially when you want to race well. I’m not even thinking too much about the 100km World Record attempt that comes the day after the 5k races!

I didn’t train at all over the weekend. I woke up on Saturday morning with a really stiff shoulder and neck which didn’t go over the weekend, and I didn’t want to risk making it worse. By Monday I needed to try training and see if erging affected the “injury” at all, so picked the following session:

10 x 600m / 1min rest:
1:59.7 / 1:39.7 / 30
1:59.8 / 1:39.8 / 29
1:59.6 / 1:39.6 / 30
1:59.6 / 1:39.6 / 30
1:59.7 / 1:39.7 / 29
1:59.7 / 1:39.7 / 30
1:59.6 / 1:39.6 / 30
1:59.5 / 1:39.5 / 30
1:59.4 / 1:39.4 / 30
1:50.1 / 1:31.7 / 34

6000m = 19:46.6 / 1:38.8 / 30

A relative cruise through at just under target 5k pace, and a storming last rep to prove to myself (and ok, my competition too) that I was rowing well within myself. I’m feeling really good physically (and the shoulder and neck problem is almost completely gone now on Tuesday, and wasn’t affected by the session yesterday), and I know that on a good day I can beat all of the competition in my race on Saturday. As long as the mind is willing I don’t plan on saving anything for the 100k. I will be content with sub 17mins, I will be aiming for sub 16:50, and I will set myself up over the first half so that sub 16:40 is possible if it’s physically there. I really enjoy racing 5k, so am looking forward to the effect level required.

As for the racing day:

We have 60 confirmed entrants for the 5k races, giving 10 full races of 6 people running from 1030 through to the last race start at 1545.

15 racing categories will be contested, and the winner of each will receive an engraved trophy. The trophies are the same as last year (except saying 2010), and are both unique to the Farnborough IRC and represent what Farnborough is most famous for. 2nd and 3rd position will get a Concept2 water bottle.

We have 30 people confirmed as attending the post race dinner being held in the hotel restaurant between 1700 and 1830 on Saturday, following which we will then be socialising in the hotel bar as late as anyone wants to stay!

We have 3 pairs going for 100km pairs world records on the Sunday beginning at 1000, and estimated finishing around 1630 to 1700. Spectators and supporters are welcome throughout the weekend, with all racing taking place at the Village Hotel in Farnborough.

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