Up at 5:15am, having gotten very little sleep. Gotta get back into this timezone somehow.
Off to Newton for my first OTW session since July 20th! I decided that a steady state session to just get some meters in the boat.
- row for about 80 minutes
- short <1′ breaks at the turn arounds for a quick drink.
- pace target ~2:30
- HR cap: 155
Weather was cloudy, 70F and 90% RH. Another recipe for copious perspiration. There was a light wind 2-4mph from the east. This was roughly a head wind heading down river and tail wind going up river.
I used RIM today to see what’s happening with my stroke. Here are plots of a few strokes with a light headwind (purple) and tailwind (yellow)
Not much to see at these rates really. At least it doesn’t look like I am lurging at the catch, like I used to do.
Heart rate was high and speed was slow, as I would expect after so long out of a boat. I tried to easy up when my HR got above 155, but it got harder and harder as I went along to row that slowly. Finally after about 12.5K, I decided to transition over to some form drills, so I finsihed with a few 500m sets of SBR and alternating SBR and feathered rowing. This felt pretty good and I was happy that my balance seemed no worse for the layoff.
So, not a bad return to the water. Still working on endurance base.
Tomorrow: 4 x 2700’/4′ rest @ 24-26spm (threshold)