Sunday: Cross Wind on Lake Quinsigamond

Conditions: flukey 5-10mph WSW wind.  cross/head wind going down lake, cross/tail wind going up lake.  Sunny, really beautiful.  The kind of day where the sun glittered on the waves.

I had no plan.  I probably should have gone easy, but I was out with a quad and a straight four, I had to work semi hard just to stay with them, so decided to work a bit harder and keep them behind me.

I was in an OlymSport, which was rigged way too low.  At the finish, if I pushed my hands all the way down  to my legs with the blades square, the bottoms of the blades were not quite clear of the surface of the water.  Needless to say, I ended up dragging my blades way too much today.  Also with the cross wind, I lost my confidence to really reach out to full extension at the catch, so I lost a bit there too.

Nevertheless, it was a nice hard fartlek workout.  Basically, a quick warmup, then r22 at full pressure for about 2700m to the south end of the lake.  I was trying to catch the other boats that took off ahead of me as I was trying to get my foot position right.  I caught the four, but not the quad before I ran out of lake.

Then we turned north.  I had planned to do a hard 5K, but I wasn’t feeling the love, so I just took off at about r24 and enough pressure to start to put a little distance between me and the other boats.  I rowed this way for about 3200m up to the Rt. 9 bridge.  There some bits where I slowed a bit when the cross wind was getting feisty, but mostly I was just plugging along.

When I went under the bridge, the CrewNerd app always loses the GPS signal and the splits get really slow for about 50m, then it re-acquires the signal and the position data “catches up”, so the pace gets really fast for about 50m.  I got kind of happy when I saw the pace dip under 2:10 and I decided to row out the rest of the lake at a reasonable head race pace.  So, the rate went up to r26 and I concentrated on trying to take clean strokes.  I counted tens as I went and had a good look around after each ten since there was a bit of traffic on the lake.  I held on all the way up to the north end of the lake, about another 2300m.  My HR monitor was not working, but I suspect my HR was in the mid-170s by the time I finished.  I was pushing pretty hard.

Then I did a quick spin and rowed back to the quad and four, and turned to row with them back to the top of the lake again.  Then a final turn back to home and a reasonably hard row back to the dock.

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Start_|_Dist_|__Time_|_Split Pace_|_Strokes_|_SPM__|_DPS__|_Remarks
00440_|_2300_|_10:54_|_2:22.2_____|_237_____|_21.7_|_09.7_|_down lake
04000_|_3200_|_15:26_|_2:24.7_____|_352_____|_22.8_|_09.1_|_up to bridge
07200_|_2334_|_10:31_|_2:15.2_____|_270_____|_25.7_|_08.6_|_bridge to north end
10610_|_1627_|_07:49_|_2:24.1_____|_181_____|_23.2_|_09.0_|_back to dock

9461_____|_44:40_|_2:21.6_|_1040____|_23.3_|_09.1_|_Main set
0468_____|_08:42_|_9:17.7_|_054_____|_06.2_|_08.7_|_Cool down
2336_____|_17:26_|_3:43.9_|_266_____|_15.3_|_08.8_|_rest meters

So, I would have liked to be faster, but in a crappy boat with a cross wind, I was OK with how things turned out.  And it was really nice to row with other people for a change

Tomorrow:  Back to Quinsig.  There’s a peinert there that I’d like to try out.  I think I might do some 1000m intervals at different rates.  Or I might just do some technique rowing.

Saturday: May Cross Team Challenge

I turned off my alarm last night and decided that if I woke up, I would go rowing.  If I didn’t, I wouldn’t.  I slept until around 9 AM, so I skipped the trip to the river.

With everything that is going on right now, I am having trouble getting really psyched up to workout.  Maybe I am I just going through a phase or something.  But, I am not my normal eager self.  I think the best thing to do is to tone it down, work on technique and try to have some fun.

Today, after running around, buying a new grill, beer and groceries, I headed home and assembled the grill, finished mulching the garden and moved the remaining mulch off to the edge of the yard.  I discovered that I had a good hour before I need to get ready for some dinner guests we were having.  Just enough time for a quick session on the erg.

I want to keep doing the Cross Team Challenges.  I feel bad that I am active for 6 months of the year or so with my virtual rowing team, the Free Spirits, and then I essentially disappear during the OTW season.  I’m hoping that doing the CTCs will keep me a bit better connected than last season.

I started off with a 20 minute steady state row as a warm up.  I was pleased that I could hold 195 with my HR staying nice and low.  I was expecting to have slid a ways down the lactate ladder without any erging.  I guess I haven’t lost much aerobic base so far on the water.

(Note HR monitor decided to not work for the first 5 minutes or so)

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Workout Summary – May 23, 2015
–_|_04947_|_20:00.0_|_02:01.3_|_196.1_|_19.1_|_100.7_|_ 40.2% _|_12.9_|_10.3
Workout Details

01_|_01232_|_05:00.0_|_02:01.7_|_194.1_|_19.4_|_000.0_|_- 31.2% _|_12.7_|_10.0
02_|_01237_|_05:00.0_|_02:01.3_|_196.2_|_19.6_|_127.9_|_ 59.5% _|_12.6_|_10.0
03_|_01240_|_05:00.0_|_02:01.0_|_197.7_|_18.6_|_137.9_|_ 66.6% _|_13.3_|_10.6
04_|_01237_|_05:00.0_|_02:01.2_|_196.4_|_18.8_|_139.9_|_ 68.0% _|_13.2_|_10.4

Then it was in to the main event.  I set up rowpro for a 6 x 2′ / 4′ rest.  I decided to work my way up from r26, to r28, then r30.  I wasn;t sure if I would push it up higher,  When I am in good sprint shape on the erg, 2 minutes at r34 would be no problem, but currently that is not the case.  I ended up feeling pretty good halfway through the r30 piece and rated up to drive that one home.  Then I dropped the rate to r28, then r26.  IN the last one, I decided to see how I could do at higher rate, so I started at r34 and managed to hold it for a minute, and then I pulled the plug.  I probably could have made it, but it was highly unpleasant, so I didn’t.  (See comment above about lack of motivation).

The 3rd rep was pretty good for right now though.  RowPro gave me 632m (1:35.0 avg).  When I analyzed it in Danburpee’s spreadsheet, it gave me 634, but I plugged 632 into the CTC website.

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Workout Summary – May 23, 2015
–_|_08212_|_36:00.0_|_02:11.5_|_153.8_|_21.6_|_151.0_|_ 75.9% _|_10.6_|_07.1
Workout Details

01_|_00581_|_02:00.0_|_01:43.3_|_317.5_|_26.0_|_142.3_|_ 69.7% _|_11.2_|_12.2
02_|_00770_|_04:02.4_|_02:37.3_|_089.9_|_17.6_|_136.3_|_ 65.5% _|_10.8_|_05.1
03_|_00611_|_02:00.0_|_01:38.1_|_370.2_|_28.0_|_157.9_|_ 80.8% _|_10.9_|_13.2
04_|_00717_|_04:00.0_|_02:47.5_|_074.5_|_18.3_|_137.6_|_ 66.4% _|_09.8_|_04.1
05_|_00634_|_02:00.0_|_01:34.6_|_413.8_|_31.5_|_161.6_|_ 83.4% _|_10.1_|_13.1
06_|_00742_|_04:03.6_|_02:44.2_|_079.1_|_17.7_|_141.4_|_ 69.1% _|_10.3_|_04.5
07_|_00591_|_02:00.0_|_01:41.5_|_335.0_|_28.0_|_159.7_|_ 82.1% _|_10.6_|_12.0
08_|_00737_|_04:00.0_|_02:42.7_|_081.2_|_18.0_|_148.4_|_ 74.1% _|_10.2_|_04.5
09_|_00577_|_02:00.0_|_01:43.9_|_311.6_|_25.5_|_159.1_|_ 81.6% _|_11.3_|_12.2
10_|_00728_|_04:00.0_|_02:44.9_|_078.1_|_17.0_|_149.0_|_ 74.5% _|_10.7_|_04.6
11_|_00549_|_02:00.0_|_01:49.3_|_268.0_|_27.5_|_161.7_|_ 83.5% _|_10.0_|_09.7
12_|_00974_|_03:54.0_|_02:00.2_|_201.6_|_22.6_|_162.1_|_ 83.8% _|_11.1_|_08.9

Tomorrow:  I am planning to head off the Lake Quinsigamond to row with some friends.  I’m hoping that will improve my attitude a bit.  If I end up in a single, I imagine I will do a hard 5K, plus other rowing for form.