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New York on a wobbly seat

Posted by thepeteplan on April 6, 2013

I spent the last week in New York. I’d only visited once before, back in 2007 when I went on a week long training camp with JamieP, who I was coaching at the time,  and didn’t really do much of the tourist stuff. This time we avoided the over priced tourist attractions such as the Empire State building and the museums that have high “recommended donation” fees, and instead did some of the less publicised stuff. Some of the highlights were: taking the East River commuter ferry, stopping 4 or 5 times in Brooklyn before getting off under the Brooklyn bridge and walking back across; the high line park that was built as a railway line, but is now just a park on the bridge (a mile or three long); the roof top terrace on our hotel, and some great eating spots.

The hotel restaurant was being re-done, so they opened up the penthouse suite as a lounge. So each day we got a takeaway lunch (from a great healthy place called Dig-In) and sat on a terrace out on the 19th floor of the hotel looking 2 blocks away to the Empire State building. We also managed to meet up with a couple of indoor rowers – Phil “the pirate / SirP” Morris (who lives about 25miles away from us!) was also in town for the week, so we met up with him and Mr and Mrs NavHaz for dinner one evening, which was good fun.

I also managed to make a trip to Mike Creamer’s personal training studio in SoHo to do a challenge series row with him. Mike tried to handicap me by giving me an erg both on slides, and with a wobbly core perform seat on it. I’ve never rowed more than a couple of strokes with the core perform before, and the combination of that and the slides felt like it would risk a capsize when attempting a tough 16m19s row. So we compromised and moved the slides, but I kept the wobbly seat (or rather we couldn’t get it to go out of wobbly mode…). It certainly adds an extra element when you’ve not rowed with it before. We put the session on rowpro, but unfortunately there were no other takers. I managed a 46**m row, or 1:44.9 average pace. I didn’t take down the results, so redid it slightly quicker today. Mike also runs an indoor rowing class as the prestigious 5th avenue crossfit gym, which even though it was one block from our hotel I didn’t walk past until the last day, so didn’t get in there at all – next time!

Got home yesterday, so today did another 16:19 just before dinner as I was too lazy to email Mike to get my score off the erg.

16m19s = 4687m / 1:44.4 / 29
4min splits:
1:44.5 / 28
1:45.0 / 28
1:44.9 / 29
1:44.1 / 29
1:34.0 / 35 (last 19sec)

Aim simply to flat pace at 1:45s and beat the 1:44.9 from last time. Can and will go faster this month.

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