Frustrated: Blown 30 minute Threshold workout on the erg

Argghhhhh.  What a frustrating end to the week.  This week has been very up and down.  Monday and Tuesday were lovely workouts.  I was forced to miss wednesday because I needed to prep for a big meetig at work.  Then a great workout on Thursday.  Friday was another bust.  I needed to be in Rhode Island for a meeting at 7am, which blew up my chance for a morning row, and then the traffic was so heavy getting from RI back to work that I missed the chance to erg at lunch time.  Then I spent most of the afternoon getting “constructive feedback” on some projects that are behind schedule and over budget.  I left work and then sat in traffic again for another couple of hours.  By the time I got home, I was a wreck.

I had planned to get up extra early this morning to meet some folks for a friendly 5K on Lake Quinsigamond. This is a group from another club on the lake that train together for head races and they invited me to join in.  But by the time I got to bed at midnight, I just couldn’t face another short nights sleep and cancelled out.  The fact that Sunday morning, I need to get up early and fly to Taiwan was also in the back of my head.

I got up around 8 am and I figure I would do some erg penance.  A 30 minute threshold workout seemed to fit pretty well.


  1. 2K WU
  2. 30 minute threshold.  Target pace 1:52 (to get just over 8K).  Target rate 26.
  3. 2K cool down

It all went just fine for about 10 minutes.  But I started too fast, averaging about 1:50.5 for the first 10 minutes and my HR was skyrocketing.  I tried to pull back to a 1:55, but I had dug myself too deep of a hole and kept digging when the warning signs started to appear.  I ended up with 4 HDs, and a much reduced pace for the last two thirds of the piece.

It was awful.

Warmup.  Nice and controlled.  burst of 10, burst of 20, burst of 20.

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Workout Summary – Aug 29, 2015
–_|_02000_|_07:45.4_|_01:56.3_|_222.2_|_22.8_|_139.8_|_ 68.0% _|_11.3_|_09.7

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Workout Summary – Aug 29, 2015
–_|_07712_|_30:00.0_|_01:56.7_|_220.2_|_24.6_|_167.8_|_ 87.8% _|_10.5_|_09.0
Workout Details

01_|_01360_|_05:00.0_|_01:50.3_|_260.8_|_25.6_|_152.5_|_ 77.0% _|_10.6_|_10.2
02_|_01356_|_05:00.0_|_01:50.6_|_258.6_|_25.6_|_171.9_|_ 90.7% _|_10.6_|_10.1
03_|_01268_|_05:00.0_|_01:58.3_|_211.2_|_24.2_|_170.6_|_ 89.8% _|_10.5_|_08.7
04_|_01203_|_05:00.0_|_02:04.7_|_180.5_|_23.0_|_164.0_|_ 85.1% _|_10.5_|_07.8
05_|_01278_|_05:00.0_|_01:57.3_|_216.7_|_24.4_|_174.7_|_ 92.7% _|_10.5_|_08.9
06_|_01247_|_05:00.0_|_02:00.2_|_201.3_|_24.8_|_173.2_|_ 91.6% _|_10.1_|_08.1

Cool down – 500 @ 2:05/2:10/2:20/2:25 (aiming at exactly 9:00)

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–_|_02000_|_09:00.2_|_02:15.1_|_142.1_|_18.5_|_151.8_|_ 76.4% _|_12.0_|_07.7
Workout Details

01_|_00500_|_02:04.5_|_02:04.5_|_181.3_|_21.2_|_146.1_|_ 72.4% _|_11.4_|_08.6
02_|_00500_|_02:08.8_|_02:08.8_|_163.9_|_20.0_|_159.4_|_ 81.8% _|_11.6_|_08.2
03_|_00500_|_02:19.6_|_02:19.6_|_128.8_|_17.6_|_154.6_|_ 78.5% _|_12.2_|_07.3
04_|_00500_|_02:27.4_|_02:27.4_|_109.3_|_15.9_|_146.5_|_ 72.7% _|_12.8_|_06.9

So, there it is.  I take off tomorrow morning.  I will be working on keeping my aerobic base and then getting back on the water next weekend.  A very disappointing end to the week.

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