That was a rude shock. Over the Christmas holidays, I was sleeping in to 9 or 10 every morning and lazying about most of the day. Then in the afternoon (or evening), I’d go hop on the erg for a workout. That all changed today. Back to my normal weekly schedule. Alarm went off at 5:15am, and I rolled out of bed bleary eyed. I was in the gym by 7.
Since I was rowing with less than 12 hours of recovery, I decided to keep it to an hour. My training plan called for a rest today, but I took that one early on New Year’s Eve, so I was just subbing in a low intensity session.
The schedule change was too much for me. I did two of the same 195 stroke sequences as last night for the first 20 minutes, then I dropped back to a 192 stroke sequence for the next 10. A couple of minutes into the 4th 10 minute sequence, I just stopped rowing. I wasn’t feeling that bad, but I wasn’t feeling that great either. I just sat there for a couple minutes and decided what to do. I debated just walking away, but instead decided to just dial it back a bit and finish the hour. So I rowed out the rest of that 10 minute sequence at 19spm and around 190W.
Then for the last 20 minutes I did a couple of 188 strokes sequences. These are 2 minutes each at 18/19/20/19/18. This was just about right for my mental state this morning. At the end of this, I took a lactate reading and it was 1.8 mmol/l. So, I the adjustment put me right in the correct range.
One other note. Since I am getting ready for indoor competitions, I am going to be rowing off slides for the next couple months.
In addition to lack of sleep and short recovery, I also had thermal differences to contend with. The gym is almost 10 degrees (F) higher than my erg room at home. Modesty also required me to wear a shirt, which I don’t do at home either. I think this makes a difference. Not huge, but noticeable.
Tomorrow: Back to distance based intervals. The Waterfall 3K/2.5K/2K. Last time I did it with an avg pace of 1:47.8. I’ll try to hold that for the first interval and see where I end up after that.