Catching up – Way too busy

Last entry was on March 12th.  Holy cow, that’s a long time ago.

Monday, March 13th:  No Training, Doctor’s appointment in the morning.  My BP is running higher than it should be, and he increased the dosage of my meds.

Tuesday, March 14th: Apparently no training, but I have no idea why.  This is why I need to do this daily!….  Oh wait.  It’s coming back to me.  We had a blizzard and I slept in instead of training.  I did shovel the walk for about 20 minutes of light aerobic exercise, but otherwise I didn’t have time to train.

Wednesday, March 15th:  I had an 8 am meeting, so I needed to be quick.  I just did a 10K at 180W.  The ANT+ interface on my HR monitor gave up during the row and took down ergdata with it.  Luckily, I still had the the wahoo app running on my phone!  Hooray for redundancy.

Conclusion from this row.  I need to turn down the intensity for steady state.

Then On Wednesday evening, I headed off to the airport to fly on the redeye to London, and then on to France for a meeting.    I felt quite ill on the flight, and a bit under the weather the whole time I was in France.

Thursday, March 16th:  Arrived in Marseille around 11am, internal meetings all afternoon.  Conferece calls until  2:30am. No Training

Friday, March 17th: Up at 7:3oam to head to meeting at customer site.  Meeting concluded around 12:00pm.  Straight back to airport, caught a flight to London, and then back to Boston.  Arrived home at about midnight.  No Training.

While I was on the road, and a bit unsettled by how bad I felt on the flight over to France, I decided to take a step back from my current training plan.  I was not happy with how my HR has been so high in my endurance sessions.  I am also traveling too much to keep pace with the plan right now.  Finally, my job stress is basically through the roof.

I decided that I will bring the intensity down a notch.  I think it is critically important to my stress level and health to workout as many days as I possible can.  But I want the workouts to be more relaxing and less demanding.  I think it could actually be quite beneficial to focus on building my aerobic endurance for a few weeks, and then hop back on the plan.  The plan would be to row with a strict 155 HR cap, and turn the pace way down to 2:10.  I should be able to see incremental improvement in the power that I can hold with this heart rate constraint over a period of a few weeks.

Saturday, March 18th:   My Birthday!  I turned 54.  A relatively non-descript birthday.  Not much of a milestone.  Very weary from the travel.  Slept about 10 hours.  Late afternoon, settled in for a very easy session.

Plan:  3 x 20′ / 1′ rest @ 2:10 (160W)

It was a very pleasant workout.


Sunday, March 19th: More low intensity stuff.  I slept like a log for another 10 hours.

Plan: 4 x 20′ / 1′ rest at 160W

This was the opposite of the Saturday workout.  It felt like hard work and my HR was very high.  I slowed down like a good boy and just ground out the meters.



Workout Summary - media/Import_29209848.csv

Workout Details

Here is the comparison of Saturday and Sunday.

It’s like I’m two completely different people.

Monday, March 20:  Back to work.  Back on a static erg.  Only about 6 hours of sleep.  I did about 90 minutes of emails before I hit the gym.

Plan: 3 x 20′ / 1′ rest at 160W (2:10)

This was very a nice easy coast.  I’m letting my rate float a bit higher these days and it makes for nice fluffy strokes.


Almost the same as the Saturday session.  My HR response was a bit better.

Tuesday, March 21: About 6 hours sleep.  2 hours of email and then hit the gym around 8am.  Feeling pretty energetic.

Plan: 3×20/1′ rest at 168W (2:08)

I decided to push the power up a bit since my HR was nice and low, and I decided on a HR cap strategy for these rows.  I will try to cap the first rep at 145, the second at 150 and the third at 155.  Seems like a reasonable allowance for drift.

Another good workout.  Higher HR with the faster pace, but a nice plateau in the last 20 minutes.  I feared I would have to slow down, but I didn’t.

Comparing Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 22:  Whew, we’re up to today.  6 hours of sleep.  90 minutes of email, then hit the gym at 8am.

Plan;  3 x 20′ / 1′ rest at 168W (2:08)

Same deal as Tuesday.  I’d like to see the HR plateau a bit lower before I ratchet up again.

I really enjoyed the workout.  Just nice easy strokes.  I can feel my aerobic endurance returning a bit (probably entirely in my head)

This was bit better than yesterday.

Now I am off to San Jose for an all day meeting on Thursday.  Fitness center triathlon for me tomorrow, then a red-eye tomorrow night.

I think this is a good change.  I could feel myself burning out.  By focusing on base aerobic endurance, I feel like I have more energy and I’m more focused at work.  I’m also sleeping well.


4 thoughts on “Catching up – Way too busy

    • gregsmith01748 says:

      As you might expect, the excessive number of rest days is causing my fatigue level to go down in StravistiX. The lower intensity sessions has helped there, too. The thing that this analysis doesn’t really get at is fatigue from from other sources and “readiness to train”. I’m sure you agree that 15 hours on a plane is not the optimal way to spend a rest day.


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