Saturday: 14km in a quad

Nice morning at the lake.  Slight overcast, very little wind, around 35F.  We had 6 rowers today, so we took out a quad and a double.  I stroked the quad.

It was a good boat.  I had some trouble with being in stroke.  I was trying to hold the rate, but every once in a while, I could feel the other rowers take the catch while I was still squaring up my oars.  I would try to just stick with the rate and let them get realigned, but a couple of times it got so bad that I clashed oars with the guy behind me.  I suspect that I was varying the rate more than I perceived and they had trouble following the variation.  Things got much better on the second lap of the lake when we did a couple of rate ladders and everyone was focusing on maintaining the rate more intently (including me!)

We did the south half of the lake twice.

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We basically just rowed down lake, and then coming back up lake, we did a power pyramid 10-20-30-40-30-20-10, with 10 strokes paddle between power sets.  Trying to hold the rate around 22.

Going back down lake, we did a rate pyramid 3’@20, 2’@22, 1’@24.  Then another 3’@20, 2’@24, 1’@28.  Going back up lake we repeated the same 10-20-30-40-30-20-10 pyramid, but let the rate go up for the last half.

This evening I fly off to Munich for a couple days.



That will leave a mark.

I went to pick up my boat Friday evening to go rowing out in Worcester and I was greeted by this site.

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Yup, that’s a really big tree branch that has destroyed the bow of my boat.  We had a very windy and rainy day on Thursday, I assume the branch came down then and no one noticed during the day Friday.  I won’t be rowing that boat any time soon.  With all my talk about grit and resilience…this was a huge blow.  I cried when I saw it.

Now I get to have many conversations with insurance agents and see what happens.