1/12/20 – 1/25/20 –> Work wins!

Well, I’ve lost a bit of momentum.  The past couple of weeks, I’ve been focused pretty intently on work.

Here’s the damage

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I’ve missed 3 training days in the past 8, and two of my workouts were less than stellar fitness center cross training sessions.

Sunday – 1/12/2020 – 4 x 30’/2′ Steady State

Glorious long steady state row on slides, listening to a good audio book.

       Workout Summary - media/20200112-1951170o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|29536|02:07:59.9|02:10.0|167.4|18.4|139.6|154.0|12.6
W-|28579|01:59:50.8|02:05.8|176.0|18.3|140.3|153.0|13.0
R-|00960|00:08:00.0|04:10.0|041.2|19.5|129.9|153.0|09.1
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07126|29:50.8|02:05.7|176.2|18.3|132.4|143.0|13.0
01|07147|30:00.0|02:05.9|175.5|18.3|138.2|144.0|13.0
02|07149|30:00.0|02:05.9|175.8|18.3|142.6|151.0|13.0
03|07156|30:00.0|02:05.8|176.5|18.3|147.9|153.0|13.1

Monday – 1/13/2020 – 4×1000/5′ L1

At workout.  On a static erg.  Feeling pretty good.  Target pace 1:45.

Started with a quick warm up.

That was a bit over exuberant, so I paddled a 1000m

No avoiding it any longer.

Wow!  That was great.

I am getting more comfortable at stroke rates around 30.

Tuesday – 1/14/2020 – 2×30’/2′ L4

Wednesday – 1/15/2020 – 5×1500/5′ L2

Pressed for time so I did the first 1500 as a warmup.  My target was 1:48.

Leave off the warmup and that’s a 1:47.7 pace vs my 1:48 target.  Tough work, but a big success.

Thursday – 1/16/2020 – No Training

Big day for quarterly business reviews.  They started at 8am and I felt like should spend time prepping for the meetings.

Friday – 1/17/2020 – 15 x 3’/1′ L3

This is a very intense workout.  Pretty grumpy that Painsled hung up on me.  My target was 800m per interval, which I think is about a 1:52.5 pace.

Here’s the hear rate data from my apple watch (hooray for redundancy!)

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And here are the old school monitor shots.

Actual: 1:50.7, and nearly a complete negative split.  I certainly layed out a really strong last rep.

Saturday – 1/18/2020 – Ergsana

I went out to Worcester to row with my friends.  There were two parts to the workout.  First was an erg session, then about an hour of yoga.  I have never done yoga before in my life and this was the seventh of eight sessions.  I was definitely the slow learner of the session.

But the erg session was fun.  I have never done any of the games that are built into the concept2 PM5.  It was very fun doing them as a group because for each game you could compete both on points, and on other things like distance covered.

First up was the fish game.  As far as I could tell, this game rewarded what I will charitably call unconventional technique.  You needed to make constant adjustments to stroke rate and stroke power to eat little fishes and avoid big fishes.  But, it definitely rewarded pushing yourself because the harder you go, the more of the screen you can cover to eat them fishies.

Each fish game is 4 minutes long and I found myself finishing each at about a 1:50 pace.  Since there was a lot of speeding up and slowing down, this was more challenging that you might imagine.  My scores ranged from 1170 to 1440.  I pretty much stunk at the game play, but after 4 games, I was pretty bushed.

After that, we tried the darts game.  This game was my jam.  It rewarded consistency, and I have done an awful lot of steady state rowing.  With the darts game, a “dart” comes on the screen at the left and at some point begins to drop down.  You must judge the trajectory of the dart and decide when to pull and how hard.  The drive sends the dart climbing and the rate of climb is rated to how hard you pull.  If you get it right, the dart lands in the center of the dartboard and you get 50 points.  A game is 300 darts, so a maximum of 15000 points.

You get 5 strokes to set a rhythm and I guess I was a bit amped up because I set out at a stroke rate of 24.  But I was also in a groove.  I was nailing the bullseye on most of my strokes.  But I couldn’t ease up.  If I did, then the darts started to go low.  the game was incredibly reinforcing.  I kept digging deeper and deeper, and finished with 1:52.2 average over 3225 meters.  (13785 points in the game)  I also finished with a heart rate of 182.  Doing a 12 minute piece after the 4x4min was a pretty big ask.

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Sunday – 1/19/2020 – No Training

I flew out to California in the afternoon and arrived quite late.  I discovered there was a Furry Convention at my hotel.

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Well, that was not what I expected!

Monday – 1/20/2020 – 2 x 30′ in the fitness center

30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on a recumbent stationary bike.

A cool thing is I discovered that the apple watch would link up magically to the exercise gear.  There is a little note on the screen of the treadmill or bike that says “Connects to Apple Watch”, and you just put the watch close to the screen and a little bowtie symbol shows up.

After that, what ever the machine is recording shows up in the watch.

30 minutes at max incline on the treadmill at 3mph.  Then rolling hills on the stationary bike.

I had meetings all day, and then a business dinner in the evening.  Back at the hotel at a reasonable hour and right to bed.

Tuesday – 1/21/2020 – 9km run

I had a very important meeting in the morning and then a bunch of other meetings until mid afternoon.  We headed back to our hotel, now entirely devoid of furries and I decided to go for a run.

I decided to follow Guadalupe Park, and discovered there are a LOT of homeless people in San Jose.  There is so much wealth in silicon valley, but it has squeezed people on the margins out of their homes and into tents.  Profoundly depressing.

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It was also a lot of running for someone who doesn’t run.  I was sore for days afterward.

After a shower, I headed to meet up with my work friends.  We watched some basketball (and I drank a couple of beers), then we met some other work folks for an excellent greek dinner.

Another good night’s sleep.

Wednesday – 1/22/2020 – 2×30′ fitness center

Feeling quite sore and not quite motivated.

30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the bike.  Both magically connected to the apple watch!

Short intervals on the elliptical, Rolling hills on the bike

Pretty tame.

Meetings during the day and a business dinner that night with the unit of our company in San Jose.  They had a fantastic year, beating all targets and launching an important new product.  This was the dinner to congratulate them.

Thursday – 1/23/2020 – No Training

Up at 5am to drive to the airport.  Arrived in Boston around 5pm.

Friday – 1/24/2020 – 3×20’/2′ L4

At work in the fitness center.  HR a little high.

Saturday – 1/25/2020 – More Darts games and Boatcoach!

After Painsled betrayed me for my 15×3 workout, I decided that I wanted to check out boatcoach.  For rowing apps , there are three serious choices.  Ergdata, which is cheap and reliable, but it does a terrible job handling interval based workouts.  It doesn’t record the rest times reliably and that messes up analysis in rowsandall.  Painsled is proving to be more and more annoying because of dropped strokes and workout hangups.  And then there is boatcoach.  Every one that uses boatcoach raves about it.  The only problem is that it runs only on Android, and until today, I was an iOS only kinda guy.  I broke down and bought a small Android Tablet.  A Samsung Tab (Model A).

I went and downloaded boatcoach.  That was easy.  Then I tried to get it hooked up to the erg.  This required a bit of fumbling around, but eventually I mastered that.  Then I took my inaugural row.  A “Just Row” of 501 meters.

That out of the way, I was thinking that the darts game would be an excellent way to pass the time for steady state workouts.  300 strokes at 20spm would be a 15 minute piece and the game definitely rewarded good steady rowing.  So, I set it up and off I went.  My goal was 14000 points, and to keep my HR below 150.  I had time for 4 games.

       Workout Summary - media/20200125-2122030o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|15131|01:04:40.2|02:08.2|182.3|19.6|139.4|152.0|12.0
W-|15131|01:04:40.4|02:08.2|182.3|19.6|139.4|152.0|11.9
R-|00000|00:00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|152.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|03739|15:01.2|02:00.5|201.0|20.3|137.2|152.0|12.2
01|00211|01:37.5|03:51.0|091.7|11.8|131.8|151.0|11.0 - abort!
02|03724|15:25.7|02:04.3|187.5|19.8|143.2|149.0|12.2
03|00281|02:36.3|04:38.1|076.9|09.6|110.1|131.0|11.2 - abort!
04|03634|15:05.6|02:04.6|184.8|20.3|141.7|147.0|11.9
05|03542|14:54.1|02:06.2|183.8|20.4|141.1|149.0|11.6

I got worse at the game each time!  First time, I score 14485, 515 away from a perfect score.  The second try was close at 14335, but then I seemed to lose the hang of it at the start of the third and it took almost 10 strokes to get into a consistent groove.  The same thing happened in the last game.

It was a fun and absolutely “in the zone” steady state workout.

Oh, and boatcoach worked perfectly!  One cool feature of boatcoach and rowsandall.  You can look at your force curves!

For a workout like this, it could be useful to look at how tight you can get the q25 to q75 band.

Tomorrow – I think I will do a long, slow steady state session.

 

 

 

Randall Foil Test Plan

Randall Foil Test Plan

Hypothesis:  Randall Foils provide a measurable improvement in boat speed for an experienced Master sculler.

Equipment:
– My boat
– two pairs of oars
   –  existing smoothie2 soft shaft skinny oars
   –  new pair of matching oars, prepitched to deliver 0 degrees with 4 degree oarlocks
Instrumentation:
• Speedcoach GPS, with Empower oarlock and HRM
• Quiske pod

Preparation:
1.  Row at least 10 sessions with Foils oars to acclimate and adjust style
2.  Row 6 sessions alternating between foil and standard oars to acclimate to switching back and forth.

Experiment:
Test day #1 – sprint performance
• calm day
• lake quinsigamond, so I can do the lengths close to the dock
• 8 x 500m (all same direction), super long rests)
• What’s the best way to split the trials?
◦ 2/4/2
◦ 3/4/1
◦ 1/2/3/2

Test Day #2 – starts
• 4 x 5 starts (20 strokes each)
• 1/2/1

Test Day #3 – head race performance
• 4 x 2k
• 1/2/1

Analysis:
• segment elapsed time
• avg power
• end HR
• speed per watt
• blade flight path
• effective length
• peak power angle

* side video of all sessions, analyzed to overlay data

12/30/2019 to 1/12/2020

Another couple of weeks have gone by and I’ve done some good training. I’m back in the groove, with no business travel and limited crises at work.  It’s been good.

Monday – 12/30 – 4×2000/5′

I had spent the christmas vacation just rebuilding my aerobic base with lots of base work.  I wanted to ease into doing the hard stuff.  So, even though this was a hard session, I rate limited it to try to make it a bit more doable.  It didn’t work, I still blew up in the last rep.

I started with a 2k warmup at 2:00 pace, then the main session.

Note:  this session is on slides.  I think you’ll see a trend develop.

Tueaday – 12/31 – 3 x 20’/2′ L4

On the cape, on slides.  Nothing to report.

Wednesday – 1/1/2020 – 3 x 20’/2′ L4

A little hungover, but not a bad session.  Session done at home after we returned from the cape.

Thursday – 1/2 – 10K push – L3

Back at work!  Again, trying to ease into the harder stuff.  Change 10K hard into a 10K push, starting at 2:05 and ending at 1:56.

First a 2k warmup.

Then…

       Workout Summary - media/20200102-1336170o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|10000|00:39:44.3|01:59.2|206.8|22.8|151.4|177.0|11.1
W-|10000|00:39:44.9|01:59.2|206.8|22.8|151.4|177.0|11.1
R-|00000|00:00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|177.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01000|04:07.8|02:03.9|181.8|20.5|122.3|134.0|11.8 - 5
01|01000|04:06.6|02:03.3|187.0|21.4|138.5|142.0|11.4 - 4
02|01000|04:04.9|02:02.5|190.4|21.7|144.3|146.0|11.3 - 3
03|01000|04:02.7|02:01.3|195.8|22.1|147.5|149.0|11.2 - 2
04|01000|04:00.8|02:00.4|200.5|22.4|150.5|152.0|11.1 - 1
05|01000|03:58.2|01:59.1|207.0|23.0|154.2|156.0|10.9 - 0
06|01000|03:56.6|01:58.3|211.4|23.2|157.5|160.0|11.0 - 9
07|01000|03:54.2|01:57.1|218.0|23.8|162.5|166.0|10.8 - 8
08|01000|03:51.0|01:55.5|226.8|24.3|167.2|171.0|10.7 - 7
09|01000|03:42.2|01:51.1|255.6|25.9|173.5|177.0|10.4 - 6

That went well.  Next push starts at 2:04.

Friday – 1/3 – 3×20’/2′ L4

Tired, high HR for this one.

Saturday – 1/4 – Rest day

first rest day in 14 days, although I stopped one workout after 30 minutes.

Sunday – 1/5 – 3 x 30/2′ steady state

And I had a problem with painsled so the data did not get captured.  Steady state at 18 spm and ~170W.

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Monday – 1/6 – 8 x 500 / 3’30” L1

At work, static erg.

2k warmup with lots of little bursts

Then…  Target of 1:44.  Actual 1:42.  <– pretty happy about that

Tuesday – 1/7 – 2 x 30’/2′ steady state

Not in the mood for L4s right now.  On a static erg, I can just about hold 180W at 18 spm.

       Workout Summary - media/20200107-1351170o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|15018|01:04:00.0|02:07.8|172.0|18.1|141.0|156.0|12.9
W-|14389|00:60:00.0|02:05.1|178.7|18.4|141.3|156.0|13.1
R-|00631|00:04:00.0|03:10.3|071.3|14.7|135.8|156.0|10.8
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07179|30:00.0|02:05.4|177.4|18.3|135.1|146.0|13.1
01|07210|30:00.0|02:04.8|180.1|18.4|147.6|156.0|13.0

Wednesday – 1/8 – 3×30’/2′ steady state

I’m into a good audio book right now, so the steady state rows are fun and easy.  I had extra time on Wed morning so I tacked on an extra 30 minutes.  Right about 176W.

       Workout Summary - media/20200108-1406210o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|22239|01:36:00.0|02:09.5|168.5|17.7|140.8|153.0|13.1
W-|21473|01:30:00.0|02:05.7|176.2|18.0|141.2|153.0|13.3
R-|00770|00:06:00.0|03:53.9|052.2|12.7|136.2|153.0|12.6
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07164|30:00.0|02:05.6|176.2|17.9|133.5|142.0|13.4
01|07156|30:00.0|02:05.8|176.2|18.0|142.9|151.0|13.3
02|07153|30:00.0|02:05.8|176.2|18.1|147.0|153.0|13.1

Thursday – 1/9 – Waterfall L2

Warmup

Then the main session.  I was really worried about this session because the 4×2000 was so bad.  But I decided to just go for it.  I set a aggressive target of 1:51, which was about what I had done back a few weeks ago.  I smashed it!

Incredibly gratifying.  So, this one was on a static erg.

Friday – 1/10 – 2 x 30′ / 2′ steady state

Saturday – 1/11 – Hard 5K

Start with a 20′ fletcher warmup.

The warmup was unexpectedly hard.  It didn’t bode well for the 5K.  Since I had gotten the 1:49.4 for the waterfall, I thought that a 1:51 would be in reach for the 5K.  That dream lasted 1K.  I reset my sights on 1:52.  That lasted to about 2500m, when I reset for 1:54.  I kind of lost it around 3750m, but brought myself back in focus to just try to finish the piece out.  I suspect if I had set out at 1:53, I would have been able to accelerate in the second half and done better.

So the interesting thing to me is the big difference in performance between the waterfall workout and this one.  Here are the differences.

waterfall 5K
Static Slides
Morning Afternoon
2k warmup 5k warmup
3 days after rest 5 days after rest day
room 20C room 18C

Looking at it, it seems like the biggest differences are static versus slides and length of warmup.

So, I looked at the previous time when I did the waterfall workout, and discovered it was on slides.  Here’s the plot.   (ignore the HR in the second rep, the sensor went screwy)

And here’s a direct comparison.  The first one on 11/25, was done when I was in better shape as measured by the Strava fitness and freshness metric.

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So, I think that I am about 11W more efficient on a static erg than I am on slides.  In pace terms.  1:51.0 on slides vs 1:49.4 on static.  If I can figure out why this is, and how to fix it, I might be able to go faster in a boat.

 

 

Tough December.

At the end of November, Strava told me that I was in the best shape I had been for 2 years.  In January of 2018, I reached a 99.  On 12/1/2019, I peaked at 95.

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Then came December

  • September: 28 training hours
  • October: 29 training hours
  • November: 31 Training hours
  • December: 20 Training hours, and 10 of those hours are in the past 10 days.  7.5 hours between 12/2 and 12/20.

What happened?  Well, I needed to prioritize work over training.

Week of 12/2:  trip to Taiwan.  I struggled with a packed schedule and jet lag going in both directions.  I had a couple of lackluster workouts while I was there, but missed 2 days around each end of the trip.

Week of 12/9:  Full day offsite management meeting with dinner on Tuesday. Then 2 day conference on wed and thursday.

Week of 12/16: Early morning meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Quick trip to California on Thursday, with a return on Friday.

Since then, I’ve been on vacation and trying to just do mostly steady state work.

When this happens, all I can do is to take stock and figure out where to go from here.

I think when I get back to work, I will do a set of fitness tests to get a baseline and then resume the wolverine plan variant that I was using.

Monday – 12/2: no training – flying to Taiwan

Tuesday – 12/3: no training – arrived in Taiwan late evening

Wednesday – 12/4: 40 minute steady state row.  Felt very sluggish.  Didn’t like the erg.  shock cord tension was very low and it felt mushy.  Not sure why.

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Thursday – 12/5:  No training – conference calls

Friday – 12/6: 3×20′ on the crappy erg.

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Saturday – 12/7: No Training

I got in around midnight and home around 1:30AM.  I slept late the next morning and felt terrible all day long.

Sunday – 12/8: 3 x 30’/2′ L4

Long and easy.

Monday – 12/9: 4 x 1000/5′

Back at it!  Start with a fletcher warmup.  It was a rude shock to the system.

Then the fun part.  I wanted to hit 1:45 for all the reps, but I had a bit of a breakdown in the third interval.  I backed off on the fourth.

Bummer

Tuesday – 12/10:  No Training

Management Offiste meeting

Wednesday – 12/11: No Training

I was catching up on email and really got into a creative groove.  I wrote two articles for our internal corporate blog. I looked up and discovered that I had just enough time to shower before my first meeting of the day.

Mid day, I went in to the Massachusetts Conference for Women.  My company is a sponsor of the event and we send about 90 people.  It was the first time I attended and it’s an impressive conference with a great line up of speakers.

Thursday – 12/12: No Training

Back to Boston for the rest of the conference.

Friday – 12/13:  3×20’/2′ L4

Just a nice steady state L4 session.

That evening, we went down to the cape and I sleep like a deadman.  It was such a great night’s sleep that I have thought of it fondly ever since.

Saturday – 12/14: 3×30’/2′ L4

Down on the cape.

Sunday – 12/15: Half Marathon L3

Target power 190W.  Lost a bit of steam around the 60 minute mark.  I was tired.

Monday – 12/16: No Training

No idea why.

Tuesday – 12/17: 60 minute L4

I had a 7:30 meeting, so I ended up sneaking down to the gym before lunch.

Wednesday – 12/18: No Training

8am meeting and no chance to train during the day.  We had a corporate holiday party Wednesday night.

Thursday – 12/19: No Training

Woke up at 3:45 to catch a 6:10AM flight to California.  Had a couple of customer meetings, including a nice dinner.

Friday – 12/20: No Training

Woke up at 5AM so I could get to the airport in time to join a 6AM conference call.  Flew home, arrived around 7pm.

Saturday – 12/21: 3×30’/2′ L4

Feeling the decline in fitness.

Sunday: 12/22 – 4 x 20′ / 2′ L4

Still a struggle.

Monday – 12/ 23: 60′ L3

This was brutal.  I really thought I could hold a 1:58.  Turns out I couldn’t.

Tuesday – 12/24: 3×20’/2′ L4

My mind is really on christmas, but I am enjoying the audio book I’m listening to.  So, I’m just piling up steady state meters.

Wednesday – 12/25: 3×20’/2′ L4

Merry Christmas!  I went and rowed while dinner was cooking.  Same session, worse heart rate.  I suspect that this is from the 2 beers on Christmas Eve.

Thursday – 12/26: 3×20/2′ L4

Same again.  Even worse.  Starting to wonder if I’m coming down with something.

Friday – 12/27: 30 minute aborted session

I was planning a 3×30 L4, but I felt tired and listless and bored, so I quit after 30 minutes.

Saturday – 12/28: 16 x 250 / 2′ L1

Time to shake things up.  A bit of sprinting.  And a session with no prior precedent so no chance to fail against inflated expectations.

Start with the obligatory fletcher warmup.

Then the fun part.  Doing this on slides was very interesting.  I allowed the flywheel to stop for each of the reps to do a standing start.  And I worked on trying to take a few strokes to get to full.  It was good to work on keeping my layback minimized and keeping the rate high and stroke light.  Some of the reps, I slowed down a fair amount after the first ten strokes.  Buy the end, I was spent!

Sunday – 12/29: 4×20’/2′ L4

Very sedate today.  HR was quite high.

Tomorrow, we head off to the cape for our new year’s extravaganza!  Hopefully, I can squeeze in an L2 session in the afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Piling up meters

Saturday – Nov 30 – 4 x 20′ / 2′ L4

In the early evening after dropping my sons off back in Cambridge.

On slides.  Classic L4 progression

       Workout Summary - media/20191201-2301590o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|20024|01:28:00.0|02:11.8|166.9|19.1|136.9|158.0|11.9
W-|19238|01:20:00.0|02:04.8|179.9|19.4|137.3|157.0|12.4
R-|00791|00:08:00.0|05:03.4|036.3|15.6|133.4|157.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04787|20:00.0|02:05.3|177.2|19.0|128.6|137.0|12.6
01|04840|20:00.0|02:04.0|183.8|19.8|137.5|153.0|12.2
02|04758|20:00.0|02:06.1|174.6|19.0|139.5|148.0|12.5
03|04852|20:00.0|02:03.7|184.0|19.9|143.4|157.0|12.2

Sunday – Dec 1 – 3 x 30’/2′ Steady State

The goal here was to maximize power and keep HR below target for each section.

  • first 30′ – 145
  • second 30′ – 150
  • third 30′ – 155

       Workout Summary - media/20191201-2301190o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|21998|01:35:59.9|02:10.9|169.1|19.6|143.4|156.0|11.7
W-|21431|01:29:28.5|02:05.2|177.6|19.8|143.9|156.0|12.1
R-|00571|00:06:00.0|05:15.4|056.1|16.1|136.5|156.0|07.5
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07196|30:00.0|02:05.1|177.7|19.7|135.7|145.0|12.2
01|07065|29:28.5|02:05.2|178.2|19.8|145.5|152.0|12.1
02|07171|30:00.0|02:05.5|176.8|19.9|150.4|156.0|12.0

Felt tired.  It was my 13th day in a row without a break.  The double session on 11/21 was actually one session in Shanghai, and then another at home after my flight.

bokeh_plot - 2019-12-02T114126.846.png

Now I am sitting in the lounge in the airport, waiting to board my flight.  I am on my way to Taiwan for some customer meetings, I will be returning on Friday night (late).  Last year, there was an erg in the fitness center.  Hopefully, I can keep up on my plan.

 

Good progress

Tuesday – Nov 26 – 2 x 40′ / 2′ Steady State

Felt tired.  At work in the fitness center.  Needed to slow it down in the second 40 minutes.

       Workout Summary - media/20191126-1350330o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|19217|01:24:00.0|02:11.1|165.6|19.5|144.7|154.0|11.7
W-|18973|01:20:00.0|02:06.5|172.9|20.2|144.9|154.0|11.8
R-|00246|00:04:00.0|08:07.8|018.1|06.3|140.7|154.0|16.5
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|09552|40:00.0|02:05.6|176.5|19.9|140.5|150.0|12.0
01|09421|40:00.0|02:07.4|169.4|20.4|149.4|154.0|11.5

Wednesday – Nov 27 – Waterfall

At home on slides.

Started with a 2k warmup.  Got a little carried away.

So I did a 1K buffer to kind of get settled down.

Last time I did this workout, I managed a 1:53.6.  So the target this time was 1:53.

I blew it away.

That’s a good improvement.  I’ll be happy when this is back below 1:50

Thursday – Nov 28 – 60′ L4

At home on slide before we headed up to Vermont of Thanksgiving.

That felt kind of hard!

Friday- Nov 29 – 10K threshold

Did this late in the day, around 7 pm.

2k warmup

Last time my pace was 1:57.2, so I wanted to target 1:56.  I thought I might be able to go a little harder, so I tried to keep 1:55 on the screen.  About halfway through, I started to push it a bit more.  HR was remarkably low, but it felt really hard.

Then a 2k happy ending cool down.

Comparing this row to my 10K row on November 2, there is really good improvement.

  • Lower ending hr and slower HR rise over the piece
  • 16W higher power
  • slightly higher stroke rate

This is my highest ranking this season at the 92nd percentile.

Today, a steady state session.

Looping back around again.

I’ve completed the three week cycle of the plan, and then had a 1 week interruption to go to China.  Now, I am back to repeating the workouts for the second time through and have a much better idea of pace targets.

Sunday – Nov 24 – 3 x 30′ / 2′ Steady State with a bit of L4 action

I was feeling a tired and my HR was a bit higher than I expected, but it was a good session.  I got bored and decided to do the last 30 minutes in L4 format.

       Workout Summary - media/20191124-2146140o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|22007|01:35:59.8|02:10.9|164.8|19.3|143.9|162.0|11.9
W-|21250|01:29:33.9|02:06.4|173.4|19.4|144.5|162.0|12.2
R-|00761|00:06:00.0|03:56.4|044.8|17.4|135.4|162.0|09.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07041|29:42.1|02:06.6|172.7|19.2|137.0|146.0|12.3
01|07117|30:00.0|02:06.5|173.5|19.9|145.2|151.0|11.9
02|07092|29:51.8|02:06.3|174.1|19.1|151.1|162.0|12.4

There is something brewing with the monitor on this rower.  The spikes that you see at the end of the first 30′ piece were transients.  I saw them on the monitor too.  I was rowing along and suddenly the power went up above 200 and the stroke rate was way off too.  There is also missing strokes, something that I saw a lot more of a while ago, but is still an issue on this specific machine.

Monday – Nov 25 – 8 x 500 / 3’30”

Last time I did this session was October 25th.  I targeted a 1:45 pace, did the first 7 reps between 1:44 and 1:45, and kicked out a nice faster last rep at 1:41.9.  That brought the average to 1:44 even for whole session.

So today’s target was 1:44 for the first 7 and a faster last.  But, I am getting ahead of myself.  I started with a fletcher warmup.

That was hard work.  I was worried that I might not be up to the session.

But, it turns out I was OK.  In fact, I was really nailing it in the middle reps.  The last couple started to bite pretty hard, but I focused on trying to keep my rate up above 30 and row nice and light.

Here is the comparison between sessions.

  • 1.2% shorter DPS (correlates with slightly higher stroke rate)
  • 2.4% higher peak force.
  • 1.9% higher stroke rate
  • 3.1% higher power (up from 309 to 319W)

I’m really happy with the session.  I had an irresistible urge to lie down for a minute in the locker room afterwards, and I’m pleasantly sore now.  I’ve kind of missed doing these sprint interval sessions.

 

Shanghai Diversion

Monday – Nov 18 – No Training

Flew to Shanghai via Montreal, arrived Tuesday evening

Tuesday – Nov 19 – No Training

Got to my hotel around 6:30 pm.  I was asleep by 7:00.

Wednesday –  Nov 20 –  3 x 30′ Fitness Center

Slept hard until 1:30 in the morning when I popped awake.  After trying to get back to sleep for a while, I gave up and did some email and other work.  I headed to the gym around 5:30.  I had a lot of time on my hands, so I did 30′ treadmill (15% grade, 3mph), 30′ stationary bike, 30′ elliptical.

I had a bunch of meetings during the day and a customer dinner that night.  I learned all about Moutai, a chinese spirit made from Sorghum.  At 53% alcohol, it packs quite a kick.

Shanghai Thursday – Nov 20 – 2 x 30′ Fitness Center

I woke up with my alarm at 5:30 and after checking email, I headed back to the fitness center.  30′ treadmill (varying grade, 5 mph), 30′ bike.  I started a third 30′ piece, but decided I had had enough for the day and quit about 5 minutes in.

I headed to the airport to catch a 12:35 departure.  This flight was awesome.  A Boeing 787 direct from Shanghai to Boston.  Just under 15 hours and no connections.  It was fantastic.  I arrived at 1:30pm on Thursday.

Hopkinton Thursday – Nov 21 – 2 x 30′ / 2′ 

Not a typo.  Because of the flight back, I had an extra long Thursday and a window to do another workout.  This on on slides in my basement,  Steady state at 175W.   Heart Rate a bit elevated, probably because of the long flight.

        Workout Summary - media/20191121-2111150o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|14478|01:02:10.2|02:08.8|169.7|19.8|144.9|155.0|11.7
W-|14239|00:59:55.1|02:06.2|175.0|19.8|145.4|155.0|12.0
R-|00242|00:31:37.8|65:29.2|042.6|21.2|153.6|155.0|00.1
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07155|29:45.0|02:04.7|176.6|19.7|140.3|153.0|12.2
01|07084|30:10.1|02:07.8|173.4|19.8|150.4|155.0|11.8

Friday – Nov 22 – 15 x 3′ / 1′

At work in the fitness center on a static erg.  Because of the 6K that I did at 1:51.7, I decided that I could use 1:51 as a target for this workout.  And then I pushed faster than that for the first few reps and totally burned myself out.  I massively struggled through the rest of the workout.  So, 6 good ones, then a HD in the 7th, a good 8th, more trouble in the ninth, a couple good ones, then trouble in 12th, two more good ones and the last was a shambles.  Best to forget all about this one.

I think next time, I use a target of 1:54 or so.

Saturday – Nov 23 – 2 x 40’/2′ L4

There has been a thread going on Facebook about the Wolverine Plan, so I was inspired to go back to one of my favorite L4 workouts.  Back in the good old days, I would do this on a static erg with the watts target equal to the SPM x 10  (r16 = 160W, r18 = 180W).  On slides, I move the stroke rate up by 2, so r18 = 160W, r20 = 180W.

        Workout Summary - media/20191123-2201170o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|19709|01:24:00.2|02:07.9|171.1|19.6|136.9|158.0|12.0
W-|19090|01:20:00.0|02:05.7|176.2|19.4|136.9|157.0|12.3
R-|00635|00:04:00.6|03:09.6|069.1|23.9|137.1|157.0|07.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|00472|02:00.0|02:07.1|164.3|18.1|095.2|117.0|13.1
01|00482|02:00.0|02:04.6|180.8|19.9|121.8|124.0|12.1
02|00464|02:00.0|02:09.4|161.9|18.4|123.7|126.0|12.6
03|00482|02:00.0|02:04.4|178.0|19.1|127.2|129.0|12.6
04|00466|02:00.0|02:08.7|166.6|17.7|127.9|131.0|13.2
05|00482|02:00.0|02:04.5|180.6|19.9|129.5|134.0|12.1
06|00466|02:00.0|02:08.9|164.2|18.3|130.7|134.0|12.7
07|00483|02:00.0|02:04.2|182.2|19.8|131.7|134.0|12.2
08|00437|01:52.1|02:08.4|165.6|18.1|131.9|133.0|12.9
09|00514|02:07.9|02:04.4|182.4|19.9|133.3|136.0|12.1
10|00466|02:00.0|02:08.6|164.7|18.1|132.8|135.0|12.9
11|00483|02:00.0|02:04.2|182.1|19.9|133.8|135.0|12.1
12|00499|02:00.0|02:00.2|201.3|22.0|139.4|142.0|11.3
13|00483|02:00.0|02:04.3|179.5|20.0|140.4|142.0|12.1
14|00465|02:00.0|02:09.1|163.6|18.2|136.5|138.0|12.8
15|00925|04:00.0|02:09.7|160.6|18.0|132.6|135.0|12.8
16|00724|03:00.0|02:04.4|181.4|20.1|135.1|144.0|12.0
17|00501|02:00.0|01:59.7|206.5|21.2|143.0|145.0|11.8
18|00258|01:00.0|01:56.3|223.4|23.8|148.3|150.0|10.9
19|00464|02:00.0|02:09.2|160.9|17.8|125.2|132.0|13.0
20|00483|02:00.0|02:04.3|181.6|19.9|135.3|138.0|12.1
21|00466|02:00.0|02:08.7|164.5|18.5|139.4|141.0|12.6
22|00482|02:00.0|02:04.5|180.8|20.0|139.5|143.0|12.0
23|00464|02:00.0|02:09.3|163.4|18.3|140.8|143.0|12.7
24|00483|02:00.0|02:04.2|182.3|20.0|140.6|144.0|12.1
25|00464|02:00.0|02:09.3|163.4|18.2|141.8|144.0|12.8
26|00312|01:17.3|02:04.0|183.0|20.4|140.7|144.0|11.8
27|00634|02:42.7|02:08.2|163.7|18.4|143.6|146.0|12.7
28|00481|02:00.0|02:04.7|180.5|20.1|143.0|145.0|12.0
29|00463|02:00.0|02:09.5|161.3|18.1|141.4|145.0|12.8
30|00344|01:25.5|02:04.3|181.4|20.1|142.4|145.0|12.0
31|00637|02:34.5|02:01.2|195.7|21.7|147.8|152.0|11.4
32|00389|01:36.7|02:04.3|182.6|20.0|149.5|152.0|12.1
33|00558|02:23.3|02:08.4|165.4|18.7|146.3|150.0|12.5
34|00928|04:00.0|02:09.3|161.4|18.1|142.6|144.0|12.8
35|00726|03:00.0|02:03.9|183.5|20.1|146.7|150.0|12.0
36|00501|02:00.0|01:59.7|203.3|22.1|150.9|154.0|11.4
37|00258|01:00.0|01:56.5|222.2|23.9|155.9|157.0|10.8

Not quite flat on the work per stroke.

bokeh_plot - 2019-11-24T100726.640

Today:  Planning to do a long and slow 3×30.

Erg Based Training is so simple!

I last posted on November 11th, right after I struggled with the Pyramid workout.  Since then, I’ve had some OK workouts, some good workouts, but the main thing I’ve had is consistency.  I been able to follow my plan at just about 100% conformance for the past three weeks.

Just in time for three weeks of travel and holidays!  Let’s see how well I can maintain momentum through this.

Tuesday – November 12 – 4 x 20′ / 2′

At work, static erg.  Nothing fancy.  Just doing the meters.  Working with a HR cap of 150.

       Workout Summary - media/20191112-1401180o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|20011|01:27:59.9|02:11.9|160.6|19.7|137.7|150.0|11.6
W-|18981|01:19:52.4|02:06.2|173.5|20.2|139.1|150.0|11.8
R-|01034|00:08:00.0|03:52.1|033.7|14.6|124.7|150.0|11.3
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04773|20:00.0|02:05.7|174.0|19.9|129.7|138.0|12.0
01|04742|20:00.0|02:06.5|173.2|20.2|138.6|146.0|11.7
02|04747|20:00.0|02:06.4|173.2|20.2|143.4|149.0|11.8
03|04719|19:52.4|02:06.4|173.5|20.5|144.6|150.0|11.6

Good session.

Wednesday – 13 November – 5 x 1500/5′ L2

Always my favorite of the L2 workouts.  Pace target was 1:51.0.

Started with a 2k warmup.

Then the main session.  I chickened out about the 1:51 target and decided 1:52 would be better.

        Workout Summary - media/20191113-1341120o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|10974|00:52:45.7|02:24.2|157.6|22.0|143.0|176.0|09.5
W-|07500|00:27:44.4|01:51.0|256.1|26.7|155.5|176.0|10.1
R-|03476|00:25:01.6|03:36.0|048.4|16.7|129.1|176.0|08.9
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01500|05:32.4|01:50.8|254.4|26.2|149.6|164.0|10.3
01|01500|05:35.5|01:51.8|253.5|26.6|154.6|167.0|10.1
02|01500|05:33.3|01:51.1|254.4|26.9|156.5|170.0|10.0
03|01500|05:33.1|01:51.0|255.9|26.9|158.1|172.0|10.1
04|01500|05:30.1|01:50.0|262.7|27.2|158.7|176.0|10.0

As it turned out, with a bit of a fast last, I was able to make the target after all.

Later Wednesday morning, I headed down to Washington DC to do a presentation at a conference.

Thursday – 14 November – steady state cross training in Washington

30′ inclined walk

10′ stationary bike (I was not enjoying it)

20′ on an ellipitcal

Friday – 15 November – 3 x 20′ / 1′

I was pressed for time, so I cut back from an 80 minuter session to 60′.  I pushed the power target up a bit, mainly just to see what would happen.  I was very happy with the result.  My HR was higher, but plateaued pretty well.

        Workout Summary - media/20191115-1331160o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|14840|01:03:00.4|02:07.4|175.2|19.9|142.0|157.0|11.8
W-|14481|00:60:00.0|02:04.3|182.0|20.0|141.9|157.0|12.0
R-|00363|00:03:00.5|04:08.7|038.8|17.5|143.6|157.0|07.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04829|20:00.0|02:04.2|181.7|20.1|131.1|144.0|12.0
01|04825|20:00.0|02:04.3|182.1|20.0|144.0|150.0|12.0
02|04826|20:00.0|02:04.3|182.2|20.0|150.5|157.0|12.1

That was really gratifying.  I feel like my base fitness is starting to return.

Saturday – 16 November – 6K Threshold

I was nervous about this session all day.  I was originally going to do it with company at the lake with some clubmates, but we ended up locked out of the storeroom where the ergs are kept.  So I was able to procrastinate a bit longer.  I finally got up the nerve to go do it.  First, a 2K warmup.

Then there wasn’t anything else to do but to give it a try.  I had put my 10K and my 30 minute sessions into the Free Spirits pace predictor and it spit out a 1:51.4 target.  Holy hell, that felt fast.  But nothing ventured, nothing gained.  So, off I went trying to keep 1:51’s on the screen.  That worked out OK through the first 2000, but I was starting to really feel it.  My HR was well in control, but I had that vaguely drowning feeling you get when you’re on the edge.  I played with pace and rate a bit to see if anything felt better and counted out blocks of 100 strokes.  The section from 4000 to 5000 was the worst.  I managed to get some control of myself by really trying to concentrate on stroke technique.  Keeping my knees down during the first part of the recovery and limiting my layback.  Then into the last 100 strokes, and it was just a matter of getting through it.  I managed a small sprint in the last 500 meters.

Then a happy ending cool down.

I am very happy with that.  I ranked it and for it’s currently 38th for the 50-59 heavies.  Roughly the 90th percentile.  It’s a full minute off my best 6K time, so lots of room for improvement, but a good hard row.

Sunday – 17 November – 3 x 30’/2′

Long and easy.  Perfect for a sunday afternoon.

        Workout Summary - media/20191117-1926120o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|22004|01:36:00.0|02:10.9|167.2|19.8|136.9|147.0|11.6
W-|21455|01:30:00.0|02:05.8|175.3|19.9|137.9|147.0|12.0
R-|00553|00:06:00.0|05:25.7|046.4|18.1|121.5|147.0|08.6
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07137|30:00.0|02:06.1|173.3|19.5|134.3|141.0|12.2
01|07135|30:00.0|02:06.1|174.9|20.0|138.7|144.0|11.9
02|07183|30:00.0|02:05.3|177.8|20.3|140.7|147.0|11.8

I wanted to stay below a HR cap of 150, and started with a power target of 173W.  I nudged it up in each 30′ segment by a couple of watts.  More signs of progress.

Tomorrow:  I fly out to Shanghai at 9am.

 

 

 

Broken on the Pyramid

Sunday – November 10 – 3 x 30’/2′

When you get the target power right, these sessions are actually quite pleasant.  My target today was 170W, but I happened to end the first 30 minutes at 173W, so I tried to match that for the next two pieces.  My HR was a little higher than other sessions, but well within bounds.

Compared to last Sunday, much higher HR and drift this week, for only 1 more watt.

bokeh_plot - 2019-11-11T144427.551

Monday – 11 November – L1 Pyramid

On the older Model C static erg in the fitness center.

I slept terribly last night and woke up at 5:15 feeling not at all rested.  But there was a hard session in the plan.

Started with a fletcher warmup.  Not my best work.  I slowed way below target after the 1 minute and 30 second sprints.

I had a target of 1:44 for the session and I was worried about it.  I probably should have backed off of it on principle, but I’ dumb that way.

The first 2 intervals were no problem.  The third was really hard and I was just barely hanging on at the end of it.  I went into the 1000m interval with a bad attitude and had a mental break about 300m into it.  I paddled a few strokes and then decided to row it out to a softer target, around 1:46 or so.  The last 10 strokes were very difficult.

For the 750m, I decided to stick with 1:46 and then see if I could speed it up in the last 250m.  I was pretty shattered after I finished it, but I had 4:30 to recover.  The 500 was fine.  I started to rate up and just punched it out.  The last 250 is always good fun, and today was no exception.

       Workout Summary - media/20191111-1316100o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|07061|00:38:06.6|02:41.9|138.3|23.4|142.2|173.0|07.9
W-|04000|00:14:05.9|01:45.7|309.6|28.9|150.1|171.0|09.8
R-|03067|00:23:10.2|03:46.7|037.9|20.1|137.3|171.0|05.7
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|00250|00:51.0|01:42.0|311.6|27.8|115.8|141.0|10.6
01|00500|01:44.2|01:44.2|317.7|29.3|149.9|166.0|09.8
02|00750|02:34.9|01:43.3|318.2|29.1|157.6|171.0|10.0
03|01000|03:47.5|01:53.8|267.5|26.8|153.3|169.0|09.8
04|00750|02:37.5|01:45.0|302.8|28.3|154.6|171.0|10.1
05|00500|01:41.7|01:41.7|334.9|30.6|147.1|167.0|09.7
06|00250|00:49.0|01:38.0|427.4|36.5|138.9|156.0|08.4

So, with a massive issue in the middle interval, I still finished only 1.2 seconds off of target.  I could have done the middle interval around 1:48 and hit the target.  This was a useful lesson.  Stick to the target and let yourself slow down for the 1000m interval.  Same target next time.

Tomorrow.  4 x 20’/2′ at 170W