The weather was beautiful. 65F, light 0-5 mph wind from the east (basically a cross wind). Partly cloudy.
I was out on Lake Quinsigamond with the Worcester Boat Club folks. We had 10 people today, so we had a women’s quad, men’s quad and 2 singles. I was in one of the singles.
- rate increasing through piece. 500m at 24, 500m at 26, 500m at 28, 500m at 30.
- 5 minutes paddle between pieces
- work on rowing lighter at high rates. Get tired before rowing at r30 and just try to ride it out at that rate.
My HR monitor didn’t work today, so I was working off of just how I felt during the row, and I felt like it was pretty hard work. I was not happy with the pace that I was rowing or the setup in the single. I felt like I couldn’t get as much reach as I really wanted. I guess I was a bit too far into the bow with my foot position. I am also a bit higher off the water in this boat. The oars hit my chest about 2 inches above the bottom of my sternum. Definitely higher than in my boat. But it was good to row with other people and probably a good thing to row in a different boat for a change.
No HR data, but since I was using CrewNerd, here’s all the check and bounce data along with pace and rate.
I was pretty worn out after the first 2 intervals, so I decided to only do 3x2K today. I felt like I was getting some good strokes in at r28 and r30. I am feeling less rushed at these rates and able to get more reach and hit the catch a bit more gently.
I am troubled by some niggling pains right now. My right elbow is still bothering me, but has not gotten worse. I am wearing a brace when I am not rowing and it seems to have kept the problem from getting any worse. I am also suffering mightily from butt pain right now. I’m not sure why it’s happening because I was pain free until a few weeks ago when I went on a outing in a double and was practically paralyzed when we got back to the dock. Ever since then, I am really uncomfortable in the seat by the time I’ve done about 8K.
But, hopefully these will heal over time.
Tomorrow: Rest Day. If the rain holds off, I think I will go for a gentle bike ride.