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British Online Rowing Championships (BORC)

Posted by thepeteplan on November 27, 2011


The last core training sessions of the week yesterday, and the end of Week 1 of the 13 week group training schedule leading up to the World indoor rowing championships. I kept to the slower end of my target range for this one due to the unscheduled row coming up on Saturday.

3 x 15mins / 2min rest:
4019m / 1:51.9 / 24
4018m / 1:51.9 / 25
4017m / 1:52.0 / 25


Yesterday was the first British Online Rowing Championships. Regular concept2 racers will know that the British champs normally takes place in November each year at the NIA in Birmingham, but due to circumstances beyond the control of Concept2 the venue was not abailable this year. Those championships have now been combined with the European indoors and are being held in Nottingham in March. C2 got together with digital rowing and put on the British Online Championships yesterday though, giving people the opportunity to race a 2k in November anyway. The racing was done in the usual BIRC race categories (which means 5 year age groups from 30 upwards), and raced over the rowpro race server online.

I do a reasonable amount of online training through rowpro anyway, but still getting yourself motivated for a 2k race in your living room is not easy. I’d only raced a couple of weeks ago in Newark, and so it was a last minute decision that I should take part in this event. My plan was to try to even out the pace I’d rowed in Newark just a little, and so beat the pace of the first 3 x 500m splits with hopefully a similarly fast last quarter to bring me in with a faster time. Here is how it went:

2k = 6:28.1 / 1:37.0 / 31
500m splits:
1:37.2 / 31
1:37.7 / 31
1:37.9 / 31
1:35.3 / 32

So the plan was fine for 1500m, I was faster right from the start until 500m to go. But the desire to push as hard as I could just wasn’t there in the final 500m, so although comfortably the fastest quarter of the race,  the overall time was 0.9seconds slower than the Newark race time. To most people 9 tenths of a second is nothing really, and it wasn’t a maximal row, but it still would have been nice to go marginally faster rather than marginally slower.

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