Once every calendar quarter we have business reviews. As an engineering company, we are naturally enthralled with applying acronyms to everything, so the weeks of reviews is QBR week. I am in a position where I am the principle reviewer for a set of them, and then later in the week, I try to put together a summary review for my supervisors. At the same time, we have to prepare for board meetings, get ready for employee communications meetings, and also actually take care of business.
Tuesday, 18 July: No training
I managed to find a brief window to exercise on Monday, and I was hopeful that I would be able to do some OTW rowing on Tuesday morning, but that was spoiled by a bit of a stomach bug that hit me Monday night. I was up for a lot of the night and I needed to be at work for an 8am meeting. After that, I was in meetings until 8pm. After that, I worked until 10pm catching up on email. I got home around 11:00 and didn’t get to bed until nearly 1am.
Wednesday, 19 July: No training
I slept until 7am and hustled off to work for more business review meetings which started at 9am. These went straight through to 6pm. After that, I needed to prepare for meetings with my boss that were happening on Thursday. I was at work until 10pm again, and got to bed after midnight
Thursday, 20 July: No Training
I was up at 6am, and right out the door. Thursday was a bit less stressful, with only 7 hours of meetings, but 4 of those hours were with my boss, so I needed to be on my toes. I needed to get right out the door at 6pm to get to an appointment. The evening was filled with domestic chores because I’d be leaving right after work for Cape Cod. Again, it wasn’t until after midnight when I got to bed.
Friday, 21 July: No Training
Again up at 6am, and quickly out the door. Meetings from 9 to 4. At four, I bolted out the door and headed home. I picked up my stuff and continued on to the cape, arriving at about 8pm (having picked up pizza right near my destination). Needless to say, I was eager to get to bed early, and I slept a long time.
Saturday, 22 July: 3 x 20’/1′ on the erg.
My schedule wouldn’t work out for a coastal row today, so before breakfast, I snuck down to the basement for a easy endurance session. I purposely kept the power really low since it had been 4 days without training.
I did the first two 20′ sections at 180w. At the end of the second, I was seeing my HR going a bit high, so I decided to do the last 20 minutes as 2×10′ L4 rate ladders
- 4min / r17 / 160w
- 3min / r18 / 170w
- 2min / r19 / 180w
- 1min / r20 / 190W
This was very entertaining, and I didn’t much mind that my HR spiked up a bit with the rate restriction and ladders.
Workout Summary - media/20170722-1545410o.csv
That was good fun. I think I’ll do some more of that.
Sunday, 22 July:
I was planning on a coastal row, but I was stymied by weather. It was grey and blustery when I got up, so again, I opted for an erg session. Today’s plan
- 80 minute L4
- Same rate vs power as Saturday
- Keep it nice and easy.
Nice low HR, easy row. The low rates started to bug my back by the end though.
I notched up one stroke per minute after 30 minutes to make it a bit harder.
Workout Summary - media/20170723-1435180o.csv
Now I’m off to Shanghai, the first stop on a two week trip with 4 different destinations.