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Challenge series 4mins

Posted by thepeteplan on September 29, 2013

It is that time of the year again when the Challenge Series begins. Formally known as the C2 challenge series, but now run by The Rowing Company (TRC) with details here:

I decided that 1:35 pace was absolutely as slow as I wanted to go for this, and so set a plan of 7 hard strokes, ease off to 1:35s, then push hard again close to the finish. I set 30sec splits to keep myself honest through the middle of the row. This row is pretty consistent rowing even for me. Just those few hard strokes at the beginning, and a push for the final 30seconds at the end were enough to make the overall average pace about a second quicker than the pace I was rowing at for the majority of the row. A good lesson in how to achieve a certain pace target in a race or time trial doesn’t mean that you have to row at that pace from start to finish. Setting a “no slower than” pace through a middle of any race or time trial row is a good way to do it, and generally this will be 1 or 2 seconds slower than your ultimate target split at the end. Whether this is 1 or 2 really depends how aggressive you intend to be in the final sprint. When it comes to a race I would be a lot more aggressive than I was here.

Challenge series Sep13


2 Responses to “Challenge series 4mins”

  1. thepeteplan said

    By the way, sorry about the sports kit on the washing line getting into the photo, I should have cropped that out. ;o)

  2. Superb rowing Pete. It’s fun to work these challenges into the program.

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