Friday: 4 x 20′ / 1′ L4 (and PM5 glitch)


  • 4 x 20′
    • 1′ rests
    • 8 x 10′ segments – L4 format (2’@ 18, 2′ @ 19, 2′ @20, 2′ @ 19, 2’@ 18)
    • 10W / stroke

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I had a problem with the PM5 today.  Notice in the picture how there is no HR for the last interval?  So, I was rowing along with 2 minutes left in the last interval, so 78 minutes into a 80 minute row, and all the sudden, this pops up on my screen.

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So, I kept rowing, trying to press the continue button at the catch on about each stroke.  Each time, I would see the normal screen for a second, and the error screen would pop up. When I saw the normal screen flash, it seemed to be updating, so I just rowed 409 strokes blind to finish off the last interval.  After I checked that it had counted down to zero, which involved continuously pressing the “continue” button and trying to get through the menus.  Eventually, I gave up and yanked out the batteries, counted to 10 and plugged them back in.  The PM came up normally and my row was even sitting there in memory, just like it should be.  No painsled data though, but no great loss since it was just a normal steady state session.  I would have been pretty annoyed if this had been a time trial or something.  I’ve got a call into the Concept2 to try to understand what is going on.

Tomorrow:  The plan calls for 8×500.  I think I am going to change it to 8 x 2’/3′ rest.  I managed to convince a few folks from my rowing club to erg together on Saturday morning, and doing it time based will let us start and finish together despite pace differences.