Conditions: cloudy, drizzle at the start, wind ENE 5-7 mph. This is a headwind going down river and tail wind going up river.
02982_|_1003_|_05:59_|_2:59.0_|_111___|_18.6_|_09.0_|_117___|_slow roll ups
03985_|_0500_|_01:55_|_1:54.7_|_058___|_30.3_|_08.6_|_161___|_500 #1 – tail wind
04988_|_0500_|_01:57_|_1:56.9_|_061___|_31.3_|_08.2_|_162___|_500 #2 – head wind
05696_|_0837_|_03:59_|_2:22.9_|_083___|_20.8_|_10.1_|_146___|_r20 steady state
06533_|_0160_|_01:14_|_3:50.3_|_021___|_17.1_|_07.6_|_133___|_thru the cut
06850_|_0769_|_04:35_|_2:59.1_|_088___|_19.2_|_08.7_|_135___|_back to the dock
Same warmup as yesterday. Into a headwind. Worked out OK.
Then into the 2 reps. I started the first one at the downriver end of the 1K straight. This was with a 40 degree tail wind. My start was good, and I settled effectively. I have done enough of these this week that it feels really familiar. I am finding that I can devote a bit more attention to steering and technique and less on feeling like I am going to blow up at any moment. The sensations of “lactate distress” are the same, but I have a better context for them and they seem to spook me a little bit less. We’ll see about that this weekend.
I just held 30 spm. I wanted to drift down to r29 because of the cross wind, but I tried to correct that as I went along. I counted out the strokes and tried to get maximum length through the last 20 strokes. I ended up with a 1:54.7 pace, I’m OK with that.
In the second interval, I was not happy with my start. I caught a mini crab on the fourth stroke. Not sure exactly what happened, but I didn’t finish cleanly on one oar and that threw me off balance. I recovery within a stroke, but it cost me speed (and confidence).
For this rep, the wind was a cross head wind, about 55 degrees off my bow. It slowed me down a little, but didn’t have much impact on the feeling of the boat.
I’m not sure why, but in this rep, I found myself wanting to rate a bit higher. At any rate, after I settled to pace after 10 strokes, I just counted out the remaining strokes to the end. This one ended up at a 1:56.9, which I am pretty happy with the cross head wind.
Tomorrow: I will go for a quick row, probably just a warmup, and then clean and load my boat for the race on Sunday.