Wednesday: 5×1000 – Low Motivation Day


  1. 5×1000
  2. 500m paddle
  3. rate 26,28,30,32,30
  4. No pace target, but I wanted to be fast.

It wasn’t to be.  I did my warmup and decided to do the first rep at 24, because I was feeling a bit sluggish.  I made it through that rep OK, and then did the next rep at 26.  That also went OK.  But when I turned and started the 3rd rep, at r28, I only made it about 100m when I just decided that I was up for the pain that was coming and bailed out.

I’m having trouble getting into the right mindset for the sprint racing.  My first race is in less than 3 weeks and I either need to get my shit together or decide to bail out on sprints for this season.  I don’t really want to do that, but I’m not sure how to improve my attitude about them.

Anyway, I paddle away from my failure and after about 800m, I saw a guy in one of those surfski type kayaks paddling furiously ahead of me.  That was enough to get me refocused in the moment, so I started to ramp up the ramp and pressure and did the rest of the way to the dam pretty hard.  By coincidence, it was about 1000m, so there was rep number 3 done.

Then I turned around, caught my breath and decided to do another one at r24.  That went fine and the pace got better and better as I went along.  Then I was almost done, so I decided to try to do the r28 rep that I had bailed on before as a final rep.  This was my best rep of the day, 2:04 pace and good rate throughout.

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05000_|_21:22_|_2:08.2_|_562___|_26.3_|_08.9_|_163___|_Main set
03300_|_18:17_|_2:46.3_|_363___|_19.8_|_09.1_|_141___|_rest meters
01960_|_10:57_|_2:47.7_|_227___|_20.7_|_08.6_|_141___|_cool down

Tomorrow:  Steady State and some practice starts, maybe 20 or so.

2 thoughts on “Wednesday: 5×1000 – Low Motivation Day

  1. sanderroosendaal says:

    Don’t bail out. Sprint racing is fun.
    But you have to be ready for pain.
    What are your goals for the sprint season?
    Where are you regarding your preparation? What might you do to prepare?


    • gregsmith01748 says:

      I set moderate goals for this sprint season, basically climb up the order of finishers by a couple places and add one or two races to my calendar to get used to new venues.

      In terms of my current status, my technique is a bit better and my base fitness is good. I have to work on sharpening and starts, so that’s the plan. Essentially, I will alternate days of sprint training with steady state days, including some starts through my first race on 21 June. I will evaluate then and adjust. There are races two weeks after that, and a month later.


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