More catching up.

Last time I posted was April 5th.  It’s been a while.  Work has been keeping me very busy and I’ve been struggling to find time to workout, just not enough time to keep good records.  Which is a shame because I’m trying to remember what the heck I did way back on the 6th.

Thursday, 6 April: Flew out to San Diego on the 7:30AM flight.  No training.  Flew home on the red-eye.

Friday, 7 April:  Worked from home.  Felt really beaten up from the flight.  No training

Saturday, 8 April:  Slept for a very long time, nearly 11 hours.  I had to drive all over to try to organize what to do with my late father’s possessions.  No training.  I think this might be the first time I’ve taken three days off in a row in a long time.

Sunday, 9 April:  A glorious morning.  I took my boat out to Worcester for a row with my friends at Lake Quinsigamond Community Rowing.  It was an exciting day for us.  We bought a used WinTech Double from Saugatuck over the winter and today was the inaugural row.  I was in my single, Joe was in the new (to us) double with Gretchen, and we also boated a quad.

The northern end of the lake was off limits because it was being used for a collegiate regatta.  We snuck a little ways up the lake before things got going, but otherwise stuck to the southern 2/3.

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I wanted to try rowing a bit harder with the Empower oarlock, so I decided to do rate ladder workout.

  • 4′ @ 18
  • 3′ @ 20
  • 2′ @ 22
  • 1′ @ 24
  • Repeat 4 times.


This was much harder work than it should have been.


But it was delightful. I used the speedcoach mainly to look at effective length, which was darn short.

I’m still trying to figure all this stuff out, so here’s a bunch of charts over the distance and versus stroke rate.  I blanked out the rest strokes from all of it.

After I got back to the dock, Joe asked me if I wanted to take a short spin in the new double.  I sure did!  It’s a big improvement from the vespoli we rowed last year.

Monday, 10 April: Back down in Newton on the Charles.  Sunny and nearly 50F.  Back to steady state work. My hands were a mess.  Blisters on blisters.  I decided to keep working on technical stuff like maximizing effective length.


I was rowing at at a consistent (albeit slow) power, dropping off about 10 watts during the session.  The interesting thing to me was how much the current effected things.  There was very little wind for the first half.  A bit of breeze picked up in the second half which was a tail wind for the downriver and had wind upriver.  The current was essentially making me 0:05/500 faster going downriver and 0:05 slower going up river.  And even more is certain places.

  • Power and work per stroke faded a bit over the workout as I stayed under my HR cap.
  • Length was reasonably consistent, effectively length faded.
  • Catch and slip was very consistent.
  • Finish and Wash told a real story.  The wash went through the roof as I did my last 4K up river.  I was not watching wash on the display and it got really bad toward the end.


Tuesday, 11 April: I had a meeting at 8:30 so I had to be quick.  I still wanted to get out on the water.  My hands continued to be an issue.  More light technical rowing.  I managed to forgot to start the speedcoach again.



Wednesday, 12 April: Another day, pressed for time.  Today, I decided to stick to technique stuff.  I did one of my favorite workouts.

  • 2 minutes square blade
  • 2 minutes alternating square and feathered
  • 2 minutes feathered
  • keep repeating


Thursday, 13 April: Steady State.  Watching wash on the speedcoach.


My technique was better today.

Friday, 14 April: Rest day

Saturday, 15 April:  Down on the cape.  Busy all day.  Just popped down to the basement for a quick 10k.


Sunday, 16 April:  Still on the cape.  60 minutes at 180W.



4 thoughts on “More catching up.

    • gregsmith01748 says:

      I see a couple differences. First is the shorter drive length, which leads to shorter effective length. I think this is a combination of rigging and stature. Right now, I have my inboard quite long to keep the load from my Fat2 blades light. That probably takes away a few degrees of length. Also, you’re a bit taller than I am, and I can’t do much about that.

      I think I will experiment with reducing the inboard by 1-2 cm to see what happens. I am also going to move my feet 1-2 cm to the bow since my catch is longer than my finish. I’ll do them step by step.

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  1. sanderroosendaal says:

    I bet you enjoy working with the Empower Oarlock and the data analysis of I think it is a joy for us Masters rowers who have to take care of ourselves to get this wealth of performance feedback.


    • gregsmith01748 says:

      I really like the EmPower Oarlock, and using it with rowsandall makes it so much more valuable. You can only concentrate on a couple things in the boat, and it’s great to be able to flip through a few charts to see how different parameters change together.

      The only problem is dealing with my ego when I compare my results to other people’s.

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