Conditions: Sunny, 65F, less humid. Wind W 7-10 mph. This was mainly a cross wind, but seemed like a head wind no matter which way I was rowing.
I went and looked at the appropriate biorow newsletter which covers the impact of wind on boat speed and I was surprised by how much cross wind effected speed as soon as it wasn’t a perfect cross wind.
Here are the relevant plots. (Reference: Volume 9 No 105 Rowing Biomechanics Newsletter December 2009)
So, with a wind 60 degrees off the bow at 4m/s (9 mph), the speed impact will be about 7% or maybe 8 seconds on pace. As a pure headwind, it is a 13% impact (18 seconds on pace).
In any case, I was certainly not happy with how hard I had to work to make the boat go very slowly today, so I am looking for reasons why.
Plan for today:
- Steady State, r20
- HR cap at 155
- Posture, reach at the catch, delay opening my back, clean finishes.
- No pace target
09760_|_2740_|_14:22_|_2:37.2_|_287___|_20.0_|_09.5_|_151___|_cross/head – slow roll ups
As I said above,even though I was trying to focus more on technique and not on pace, I could not drive those thoughts out of my head since the numbers were so very, very slow. I did notice that when I concentrated on long reach and crisp early finishes, that my pace did improve, but it was hard to stay focused on it for long periods.
I might need to break up these sessions and focus on something for a certain number of strokes and then focus on something else instead of trying to do everything, always.
Tomorrow: High Rate (for me) training. 3 x (8 x 1′ @ r32/ 1′ paddle) / 3′ rest