Back in town for a week.

Tuesday night:  After my afternoon workout, I headed to the office for prep meetings and then to Cardiff by the Sea for a very nice diner at the Pacific Coast Grill.  I got back from dinner around 10pm and by the time I had caught up with email, it was around midnight.

Wednesday – March 21:  Rest Day

I had planned to get up at 5:30 to go to Crossfit near the hotel, but when my alarm went off, I couldn’t find the motivation to get out of bed.  I slept until around 7:30, showered and headed off to the airport.

I flew up to San Jose. Again I had a prep meeting in our office and then a customer meeting at 3pm.  I was done by  around 5pm and headed to SFO for my flight home, a red eye departing ay 8:45pm.  I wasn’t sure if it would actually depart because another snow storm was forecast in Boston.

As it turned out, we left on time and arrived early, about 4:45am.  I slept maybe an hour on the flight.  I guess it was a “rest day”

Thursday – March 22:  3 x 1500@24 + 3 x 500 @ 28+

Since it was so early, I drove home and crawled into to bed.  I slept from 6:30 to 10:30 and then went to work.  I had a couple of meetings and then headed to the gym.  The plan for today was…

  • 3 x 1500m / 1’
    • Rating: Cat IV pace; target SR 23-24 + (1:52)
  • 3 x 500m / 2’ easy
    • Rating: Cat II pace: target SR 28-30 (1:45)

I had low expectations because of my travels, but the session turned out well.  I added a 1500 @ Cat VI at the beginning as a bit of a warm up.

Compared to the first time I did this workout last week, this was a much better effort.  I blew up in the 3rd 1500 last time and I had no oomph for a sparkly last rep.  You can see the dip in power in the third rep (green was last time), and  the much higher heart rate in the right plot.

Friday – 23 March:  30 minutes with bumps.

Although it feels like the world is conspiring to make it impossible for me to maintain reasonable consistency in training, I realize that it is just a product of the choices that I am making.  The consequence of wanting to remodel the master bathroom in our house is that I had to meet a contractor this morning during my usual workout time.  I thought that meant that wouldn’t get in any kind of a session, but as it turned out, I had a brief window in the evening, once we had come down to Cape Cod.

I popped down to the basement for a quick 30 minutes session.  I decided the main intent was to just work up a sweat and go to bed feeling a bit more relaxed.  So, I invented a session on the spot.

  • 30 minutes
  • 6 x 5′ splits
  • each split 4′ at Cat VI pace, 1′ at Cat II pace.

I was on slides, and I gotta say, with the slides aligned and level, I love rowing this way.  The Steady state stuff was smooth and it was a pleasure to rate up.  I pushed the 3rd bump a bit too hard and took the 4th slow bit a little slower than plan, but overall this was just a really nice little workout.

Workout Summary - media/20180324-0300470o.csv
Workout Details

I did a quick 1000m cooldown after that and now I feel great!

Tomorrow:  Rate ladders!


  • 3 x 15’ / 4’
    • 5’@ Cat VI; SR 20
    • 4’ @ Cat V; SR 22
    • 3’ @ Cat IV; SR 24
    • 2’ @ Cat III; SR 26
    • 1’@ Cat II; SR 28

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