Monday: Totally blind 40 minutes

Well, sometimes you just have to improvise.  I went to the gym at lunch and settled in on the one erg.  I found the batteries dead in the PM5, so I replaced them.  Then I got all set up and started pulling.  The PM would not register any strokes.  I reset everything, and the PM would dutifully show me my HR, but not the pace, meters or stroke rate.

I was losing time, so I decided to just set up my iphone to show me my heart rate, and then I counted strokes per minute using the elapsed time there.  I tried to hold about 20spm and I pushed hard enough to do most of the row as UT1.  I backed off the pressure a bit as my HR passed 157.

Very unsatisfying, but at least I rowed.

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Tomorrow:  Back to Fluid in Newton.  I think I will do an easy rate ladder session to get re-acclimated to the flat water rowing.  I’m not entirely sure, but I don’t think I have been in my Fluid since June 21!  :-O

Sunday: 15km towards Eastham

Our guests left around 10am, and we set about cleaning the house.  I had such a good time walking the sand flats that I dragged my wife out for a walk around noon to explore around the north end of the island.

Things we well under control around 3 in the afternoon, so I decided to go for a row.  Just about all of my rows have gone north into Wellfleet Harbor, generally to ge some shelter from the prevailing SW winds.  Today, with very light winds, I decided to go south along the Eastham shore.

It was a very enjoyable trip.  I wanted to row for about 90 minutes, which at my plodding pace in the Aero would take me about 15km.  I was just going to row south for 7.5km and turn around and come home.

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The trip was in about 6 legs.

  • From the beach to Red Buoy #10 (across the incoming tide)
  • Southeast from the red buoy to the Eastham shore (incoming tide on the starboard bow)
  • South along the shore until 7.5km (straight into the tide)
  • NNE along the shore until I got to the southern edge of Lt Island (with the tide)
  • Follow the shore around to the northwest corner of the island (not much tidal current)
  • Back to the beach, with a little bonus distance to get to 15km. (with the tide, this was fun!)

As I rowed, I kept track of distance and time.  You can see the HR climbing as I approached 5K.  I wanted to be sure I did that in less than 30 minutes.  Then I eased off a little bit, until I was getting close to 7.5km, which I wanted to get done in under 45m.

I finished that about a minute and a half ahead of the pace  plan, and took about that amount of time to drink some water and turn the boat.

Coming back with the tide, I got way ahead of the plan, but I was having fun pushing a bit harder, so I went with it.   Then when I passed the northwest corner, and saw the pace getting faster from the tide, I wanted even more, so I kicked up the rate a bit and tried to hold about a 2:15 pace.

I saw that I would be short of 15km, so I headed a bit north toward the indian head shore line.  I turned back when I reached the floats marking the corners of the commercial oyster beds.  Then I just rowed until the speedcoach clicked over 15km.

I coasted to a stop had a drink and paddle back to the beach.

Fantastic!

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I took a quick look at the iphone versus speedcoach GPS data on the charting SW.  Generally it lines up very well.

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If you zoom in you can see some differences.  The most noticeable difference was the turn at 7.5km.  The error there is 40m.

We left the cape around 8:30 and it took us nearly 3 hours to get home.  I slept in instead of rowing this morning.  I’m going to go do a quick 10K on the erg at lunch instead.