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Early morning holiday training

Posted by thepeteplan on December 23, 2012

When you travel across time zones you may as well make the jetlag work for you and get your training out of the way early morning while everyone else sleeps.

Day 1, Saturday:

On the erg at 6am for a steady 10k.

10k = 37:47.5 / 1:53.3 / 24
2k splits:
1:53.8 / 24
1:53.7 / 24
1:53.6 / 24
1:53.7 / 24
1:51.9 / 24

Day 2, Sunday:

On the erg at 5am, this time for a negative split 10k.

10k = 37:58.0 / 1:53.9 / 23
2k splits:
1:57.5 / 22
1:55.6 / 23
1:53.8 / 24
1:53.4 / 24
1:49.1 / 26

I don’t warm up at all when I do steady distance work, so when the session is straight out of bed I have to start slower like today to get warm before gradually increasing the pace.

Training during this 2 week holiday is made much easier by the early Christmas present I got from my wife:


Perhaps it is a little extravagent to have an erg at your in-laws house when you visit at most twice a year (we live 5000 miles away), but we are justifying the purchase by totaling up how much we save by not going to the gym. The convenience of not having to make a special trip out to the gym is priceless of course, especially when you’re on holiday! So far 2 days on holiday, and we’ve both done a session each day, so that is $40 saved so far!

After finishing my session this morning I read a blog post on the Concept2 website, posted highlighted through the C2 facebook site. The blog entry is written by a former winner of the TV weight loss show “the biggest loser”. I find these sort of life changing stories quite motivational, so I’m sure others of you do too:

I don’t know how much Kevin used the C2 in his weight loss, but he is obviously using it now and planning on taking part in the English champs in 2013. Have a read, and perhaps it will aid your motivation too.

Note: Just in case anyone doesn’t know, the blue sleeve on the erg is a c-breeze, a must have accessory for any serious indoor rower, and more effective than a fan at keeping you cool while you row. Click on the “pimp my erg” tab above to find out where to get them!

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