Friday AM: 14K Steady State in the rain

Technology failed me today.  No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get my HR monitor to link up with either my phone or my speedcoach.  I have to assume that it has consumed yet another battery.  I really like the Polar H7, but the battery life is not very good, and seemingly random.  Some batteries last a long time, some of them only last a few weeks.

So, I was flying blind in terms of intensity, and as I always do, I’m sure I pushed too hard due to the lack of the feedback.  Oh well, I had fun pushing too hard.

The weather was less than perfect, and I enjoyed it a lot.  It was 50F and raining, with about a 10mph wind blowing from upriver to downriver.  Rowing downriver, I felt like a god!  The boat felt light and my splits were fast.  Rowing upriver, it was like I had pushed the drag lever up to 8.  Every stroke felt very heavy and the boat had very little run.  It was hard work.

But the good news was that I was able to concentrate on those crisp finishes from yesterday, and getting good compression at the catch.  When I got it right, I was rewarded with a 5 second improvement in boat speed.  When I got sloppy, I slowed right down.

I did two laps of the river.  This is about 20 minutes downriver from launch to the Moody Street dam, then 15 minutes upriver, stopping before the twisty turny part.  Then 15 minutes back down river.  Finally, 20 minutes back home.

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Tomorrow:  A hard 5.5K on Lake Quinsigamond