Wed: 4 x 12’/1’30”

Tuesday:  Up at 4:45am and off to the airport to catch a 7:00am flight to San Diego.  Arrive in San Diego around 11am pacific time.  Meetings from 12 to 4:30, then an early work dinner.  Back at the airport at about 7pm and on a flight back to Boston at 9pm.

I managed to get about 3-4 hours of fitful sleep on the plane.  I arrived in Boston at about 5am and I was home before 6am.  I crawled in bed and slept another 3 hours or so.

Let’s call that a rest day.

Wednesday:  Up at 9:30, and straight onto the erg.  I didn’t feel up to doing the more intense session scheduled for today, so I opted to do the Tuesday session that I missed.

  • 4 x 12′ / 1’30”
  • Cat V: Rate 22, pace 2:01

I had low expectations because of the quality and quantity of sleep that I got last night.  My HR was a bit high, but I felt pretty good once I was going.

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Results were similar to past sessions of this type.  A bit higher watts.  HR in the same range.  More consistent stroke rate.  Interestingly, there is a significant increase in peak power for my most recent two sessions.  This is coupled with a significant reduction in drive length.  I think this is a sign that I am limiting the amount of layback that I am getting and spending less time dwelling at the finish.  I’ll have to do a video to look at the comparison. but for now I think that this is purposeful.  Time will tell if it is a good thing.  I am doing it to be better in the boat, and to reduce the likelihood of re-injuring my back.  I expect that it actually increases the amount of energy I need to expend to hold a certain pace.

I’d love to hear people opinions about this.  It’s kind of a subtle point.

Tomorrow:  4 x (1500m @ 22, 500m @ 24) / 2′  Target pace: 2:00 for r22, 1:55 for r24