The weather was less than perfect today, but fine for rowing. Light drizzle, low 50s, basically no wind. I hate how dark it is in the mornings now when I start.
- 4K warmup with some SBR, and slow roll ups, plus a few bursts of 20 strokes at race pace.
- 3 x 500m at faster than race pace. Aiming for 2:00 or better and 29-31 SPM.
- All intervals through the bridge to practice steering under pressure. Objective is to find a good line, maintain speed and practice looking over my shoulder during the drive.
- cool down with SBR and slow roll ups working on finishes and balance
This is the bridge. Each arch is wide enough for a single boat to go through.
Steering it is less than simple.
The three intervals went fine. It was tough to hold the pace, but the steering went well. I found the right line each time and got more comfortable with the looking every 5 strokes and keeping a picture in my head. After I finished the 3rd interval I started to paddle home and then I decided to take the S-Turn at head race pace, since I struggled with that yesterday. Today, my steering was much better. I did not swing wide in the initial turn, allowed my rate to climb in the turn and powered out of the turn well. In the race, I think turns will be more like 2:10 than 2:08, but it was a good thing to do. Probably do it again tomorrow.
Tomorrow: 2 x 500 at 2:00 through the bridge, plus 1 at 2:10 around the s-turn.
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And do you shout ‘yoohoo’ going through the arch at full speed? It will give a nice echo. 🙂
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I’ll add that to the list of steering instructions. I have to hope that no one is using the wrong arch because I only have about 2-3 boat lengths of visibility through the arch.