I got back to Boston at about 3PM and I was on the water about 4:15. The weather was warm (mid-70s), sunny and there was a breeze from the North at about 7-10mph.
- Drills (king of the mountain, top quarter, arms only, arms and body, legs only, legs and body)
- Rojabo warmup
- 5 starts
- 3 x 250 (practice start, hard out to 10 strokes, fast settle to r30 and 2:00 for 20 strokes, then a 5 stroke sprint.
- cool down
00020_|_3669_|_18:42_|_2:32.9_|_391___|_20.9_|_09.4_|_153___|_drills and warmup
04385_|_0215_|_01:30_|_3:28.4_|_026___|_17.4_|_08.3_|_152___|_paddle to start point
06250_|_1555_|_08:54_|_2:51.8_|_170___|_19.1_|_09.1_|_146___|_cool down feet out
The drills went OK. I seem to finally be getting better at arms only rowing. It has taken for ever, but I am much more able to finish cleanly and get back to the catch without bobbling around. Same thing with arms and body. I tried to be very strict when I did legs only to keep my body position forward and not open my back at all.
The warm up was hard. My HR was higher than normal. I assume from dehydration after a 5 hour flight. But, I felt pretty good rowing into the headwind.
The starts were OK. I had one where I didn’t realize that one of my oars was not fully squared at the catch and almost flipped myself as I started the first stroke. High pucker factor on that one. And an important thing to add to my start check list!
Other than that, I was quite consistent in the starts. Not fast out of the blocks, but reliably below 2:00 by the 4th or 5th stroke, and an ability to adjust to less than perfect strokes during the first couple without having a disaster.
Then in to the quick reps. I just wanted a good start out toe 10 strokes, then settle to race pace for 20 strokes, then sprint for 5. I had trouble getting the pace as slow as I wanted because of the tail wind and also because I knew deep inside it was only going to last 35 strokes. But there was no real drama.
In the first rep, I lower my stroke rate but increased pressure so the pace stayed right around the 1:50 neighborhood.
In the second, I shifted as abrubtly as I could and really took some pressure off. This is what I really need to do in the race if I am going to survive through the mid section of the race. And I cranked back up at the end.
Last rep, same thing, Hard shift down. Pound out 20 strokes, then a quick sprint. This one was somewhat effected by knowing that there were some kayaks behind me and knowing that I needed to make a turn. But, all in all I did the things I wanted to do.
Then I took my feet out and paddled back to the dock working on finishes.
I had originally planned to go for a quick row today, a warmup and some starts, but this morning, my elbow was quite sore, so I decided that a total rest day plus ibuprofen would be better race prep than a quick row.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is now a 60% chance of rain during the period of the morning when I race. The wind forecast is lower now, 5 mph SSE, which is a cross wind.