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New CTC, Tideway erg session

Posted by thepeteplan on August 7, 2010

Tuesday and Wednesday this week turned out to be unplanned rest days. If I was a professional athlete these would not have been rest days, but having to work for a living and the general stresses of life get in the way of training occasionally.

Thursday was planned as an after work group erg session at Tideway Scullers rowing club in London. The new CTC session of 3 x 1k / 2min rest was on the plan for this one. This wasn’t an easy session to judge the pace on for the first attempt, and it’s really one of those sessions that you have to be in the right place mentally to do well on.

3 x 1k / 2min rest:
3:13.9 / 1:36.9 / 32
3:14.3 / 1:37.1 / 32
3:15.9 / 1:37.9 / 31

Ave: 9:44.1 / 1:37.3 / 31

Obviously not quite to plan with the final rep being slower, and also not great being the slowest of the three of us doing the session. Early in the month so plenty of time to improve on this one though.

Friday the plan was just for a very steady session which ended up being:

30mins erg = 7546m / 1:59.5 / 19

2k run, and a short weights circuit. I’ll be honest, I set the row as a 60mins, and obviously 1:59 pace is nice and easy for me. My head wasn’t in it though, so I cut it short as I couldn’t face another 30mins.

On to Saturday. This morning I decided when I got to the gym to go for the CTC session again for a slight improvement on the score from Thursday.

3 x 1k / 2r:
3:14.4 / 1:37.2 / 32
3:14.4 / 1:37.2 / 32
3:12.9 / 1:36.4 / 32

Total: 9:41.7 / 1:36.9 / 32

That’s more like it with the final rep being the fastest, and a much better place to work from through the month. I think I can get close to a 1:36 average on the right day, but as I said about you really need to have your head in the right place on this one to push it hard and keep going.

Again finished this session off with a 2k run, then 10mins cooldown on the wave stepper.

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