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

5 thoughts on “Friday AM: 14K Steady State in the rain

  1. dr3do says:

    “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.”

    I have to change the battery quite often too. About every 4-5 weeks.

    “The weather was less than perfect, and I enjoyed it a lot. It was 50F and raining”

    Lovely and very desirable. My preferred temperature… 30-50F. From 60-65F on I need to wear short pants and open shoes like sandals. :-/

    (One week ago the temperature here increased within some days from about 50-60F to 80-85F. I’m dying! :-/ Did yesterday a 6×20′ steady state. Was sweating like a waterfall. Had to drink a lot. Every 20′ about 300-400ml of water. Had to change my t-shirts three times. They have been soaked completely. I hope I get adapted quite fast to this weather.)

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    • stelph82 says:

      Hmmm interesting, I thought it was just me forgetting to unclip the H7 when I had it that was causing the short battery but looks like it’s a more common thing then! I’ve switched the a Wahoo Tickr and found the battery lasting a lot longer, specifically I got the wahoo tickr x as it has inbuilt memory which means you can wear it without a watch/head unit which I find useful for sessions in few boats where you can’t really control the intensity but are still interested in seeing the workout data after

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      • gregsmith01748 says:

        I think the problem is that the polar will stay on and stay linked to my phone. I’ve looked at my phone in meetings and seen the Bluetooth symbol lit, then gone to the Bluetooth menu and seen it still connected to the polar, back in my office, 50 feet away.

        Edit: It just happened again. I checked my iphone and 5 hours after getting back from rowing, it is showing that the H7 is still connected by bluetooth. I don’t think the strap shuts down unless you specifically tell the iphone to forget it.

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