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The Pete Plan blog

If at first you don’t succeed….

Posted by thepeteplan on September 14, 2011

I have neglected updating my blog for a while again. Life remains very busy with work, studies, erg coaching, training, and the rest of the essential things you need to do. Training continued to go well through the 8 week Pete Plan distance training period though, and I concluded the period with a 60min time trial last weekend.

I attended the training day of rival club Sub7 which gave me the opportunity to do the TT alongside Casey, with who I have done a number of longer distance time trials over the past year or so. We made a vital mistake though of assuming that the weather would not change during the hour, so set our ergs up outside with overcast skies. 5 minutes into the row the clouds broke, we had the sun on our backs, and we both proceeded to pour with sweat for the remaining 55mins making the row much harder than it otherwise would have been. My target prior to the row was 16500m, or 1:49.1 pace. It went like this:

60mins = 16420m / 1:49.6 / 26
10min splits:
1:49.3 / 26
1:49.8 / 26
1:50.5 / 26
1:50.3 / 26
1:50.2 / 26
1:47.4 / 27

So essentially staight when the sun came out I had to adjust the pace a little slower, and as a result missed out on my target by some little way. As I had a week scheduled with no fixed plan I decided that the best thing to do would be to repeat the 60mins a few days later and again aim for that 16500m target. This target is at the top end of the predicition indicated from my recent training sessions, but being some way off my all time pb for this duration it is always mentally easier targetting the top end of your capability. So on Tuesday I set out to reattempt the time trial, and this time made the decision to get the average to the 1:49.1 target, and hold it there until either the clock ticked down to zero, or I fell off the erg from exhaustion. It went better the second time.

10min splits:
1:49.1 / 26
1:49.0 / 26
1:49.1 / 26
1:49.1 / 26
1:49.1 / 26
1:45.9 / 28

60mins = 16575m / 1:48.5 / 26

Same erg, same drag, but this time in my own back garden, on my own, and in the shade. A much better conclusion to the 8 weeks of training. The next stop is 8 weeks of 2k focused training up to the Nottinghamshire IRC being held in Newark on 12th November. As such I have set up another 8 week Pete Plan training group to commence next Monday, and have a number of athletes signed up ready to begin that journey with me.

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