Well, you make your choices and you own them. This week was quarterly business review week at work, and it’s a big week to prepare our status from the prior quarter and present it to executive management. There is also a lot of activity to get ready for our earnings call. Anyway, this quarter it meant early starts to the work day and late nights and no time for training.
Wednesday: I was at work until around 8pm, got home around 9
Thursday: I had meetings starting at 9, but I had to do some prep for them so I was at my desk at 7. No time to go rowing, or even hit the gym at work. Meetings were back to back from 9am to 7pm.
Friday: My meetings started at 8am, and again I had prep work to do before, so I was at my desk at 7. I had meetings most of the morning, then more prep, then a big review from 2 to about 6pm. I got home after 7. And I was totally exahausted. I don;t think I had gotten more than 5 hours sleep any night of the week so far. I decided there was no way I could get up early to row out at Quinsig. I conked out around 11, and slept until around 9am. It was bliss!
Saturday: I had a another busy day. We had our work family day at an amusement park about an hour away from home and I needed to do some shopping for a trip to China and Japan. But I desperately wanted to get some training in. I decided to do the July CTC as soon as I got out of bed.
It’s always a guessing game to do these sessions when I am not erging regularly. This looked a lot like a Wolverine L2 session, like the waterfall (3K/2.5K/2K), and I can usually hold about a <1:50 pace for sessions like that, so I thought I would go for that as my pace.
I warmed up with rate ladder 18/20/22/24/26 over the planned 2813m distance, and then paddled a bit in the 4 minute rest. I let the flywheel completely stop so my first rep of the CTC would be legal.
I took off at my 1:50 pace and very soon realized that it was way too aggressive. I started to bleed off speed about half way through the rep and by the time I finished, I had let the average pace creep up to 1:51.
I knew even that was too spicy and I set out on rep #2 targeting 1:52. Again, it was too much for me and I slowed in the middle.
The last rep, I figured i was toast. I started off trying to hold the 1:52.6 from the last rep, but it was not working out very well. I saw lots of 1:55s and some 1:56s in the middle, but with a bit less than 2K to go, I found a bit of energy (and pride) and started to bear down. The split came back in line and I was seeing 1:54s and 1:53s. Then I started seeing 1:52s. With 1000m left, I was counting down strokes. My avg pace was still above 1:54, but I was seeing it come down. As Rocket Roy describes it, the “red mist” descended and I sudenly thought I might be able to equal my previous rep. Turns out I missed it 3 tenths of a second. I dug my way out of a really deep hole.
I did a quick cool down and then had some breakfast.
The rest of the day was a blur. Shopping, off to the picnic, back from the picnic, laundry and packing.
Sunday: I had to leave for the airport around 11am, and I really needed to get some yard work done before I took off. There were trees to be pruned, and a bunch of shrubs and hedges that needed trimming. I was hoping to dispatch it quickly and do an hour on the erg, but it took nearly 3 hours and I finished with barely enough time for a shower before I had to head off to the airport.
Now I am in a plane somewhere over canada, near mackenzie bay. I am on my way to Shanghai for some customer meetings on tuesday. Wednesday, I fly over to our plant in Kumamoto Japan. Our building was essentially destroyed by the recent earthquakes and the folks we have working for us there have been doing an amazing job improvising, finding space, and supporting our local customers. I’m visiting to see the damage and review our reconstruction plans. I fly home during the day on Friday.
In other words. More cross training this week.