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16 x 250m – Recovered from illness

Posted by thepeteplan on January 21, 2011

It was time to get back on the programme today and complete the first core session of the week that I have been up to doing. The most important core session this week, scheduled for last Monday, was just too hard to attempt today though I plan on fitting that one in on Sunday afternoon to finish the training week. Today’s session, scheduled for today in the programme, was 16 x 250m / 2min rest. These sessions are all about the training effect – repeated efforts at well under target 2k pace. I firmly believe that doing some work at much faster than the pace you want to row 2k at can be bother physically and mentally beneficial. If I was 100% I would have aimed to do all reps under 1:30 pace today. As I wasn’t sure how my lungs would react to the first hard metres of the week I decided to ease into the workout tentatively however.

16 x 250m / 2min rest:
1:32.8 / 34
1:32.6 / 34
1:31.4 / 35
1:30.8 / 36
1:30.4 / 34
1:30.0 / 35
1:29.8 / 35
1:29.8 / 36
1:29.8 / 35
1:29.8 / 36
1:29.6 / 36
1:29.6 / 36
1:29.4 / 38
1:29.4 / 38
1:29.4 / 38
1:27.8 / 38

Totals = 12:00.9 / 1:30.1 / 35

It was good to be able to do some hard metres again. Aerobically this was pretty easy due to the long rest, but that’s a good thing in the recovery from an illness affecting your chest.

When I send out the penultimate 2 weeks of the BIRC to Boston training to our group of athletes in the next 24 hours they will be given a choice of where to progress from this session in the final 4 weeks. Not a collective decision, but rather two options that each person can choose between. I won’t spoil their surprise here, but it will be interesting who chooses Stream 1 and who chooses Stream 2. I predict that at least one person in the group will attempt both workouts next week, even though I will advise them not to.

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