6/8 to 6/16 – Pretty Hectic

Thursday 6 / 7 – in CA, red eye home.

After my fantastic row in San Diego on Thursday morning, I flew up to San Jose.  I had a meeting in the afternoon and a business dinner that evening.  I flew home on the Red Eye.

Friday 6 / 8 –  rest day after the red eye

I got in around 6 and was home by 7:30.  I needed to hop right in the shower and head up to the office for a 10 am meeting.  After that meeting, I had another, and another, and so on until around 5pm.  I headed home and my wife and I packed up and headed for the cape.  The forecast was sunny and warm for the whole weekend.

We got down there in the evening and settled in.  I was really tired and slept like a log.

Saturday 6 / 9 – 12km coastal steady state

I slept in until about 9, and then I went out to get delicious croissants for breakfast.  After lazing around for a while, we went out and bought some flowers to put in near the path to our door, came home and planted.  Around 5pm, it was really beautiful and there wasn’t all that much wind, so I decided to go for a row.

I launched from the north beach, as usual, and headed up toward wellfleet harbor.  I didn’t notice much at the time, but the tide was with me and so was a little bit of breeze.  My splits heading north to the harbor were quite fast for my tubby little aero.

After I turned around and headed out of the harbor against the tide and the breeze, it was payback time.  The splits were slow and the boat felt heavier.  Although it was just supposed to be a gentle evening row, the slow splits pushed me into putting in more effort.  Although my HR was a bit too, high, I was really enjoying myself.  On the way back, I rowed straight out to my favorite buoy and then turned due east to get back to the beach.  I did the last 3 minutes or so at a hard 24.

Another really enjoyable row.

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          Workout Summary - media/20180610-0135230o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|12363|70:25.0|02:50.9|000.0|19.5|153.6|176.0|09.0
W-|11720|65:02.0|02:46.5|000.0|19.4|155.5|176.0|09.3
R-|00648|05:23.0|04:09.4|000.0|20.0|130.3|176.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|04707|25:19.0|02:41.4|000.0|18.8|152.6|157.0|09.9
02|04849|28:50.0|02:58.4|000.0|19.3|155.4|165.0|08.7
03|01491|07:45.0|02:35.9|000.0|19.8|158.9|164.0|09.7
04|00673|03:08.8|02:20.3|000.0|23.9|170.8|176.0|09.0

 

Sunday – 6 / 10 – 14km coastal steady state

I was up around 8 and I decided to go for a row before the wind started to build.  It turns out I didn’t quite succeed at that.

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I launched from the north beach and looped around the island to go south toward Eastham.  The forecast was for the wind to be from the east, so I figured if I hugged the shore, I would be sheltered and have reasonable smooth water.

As I went, I felt the wind building a bit, but it seemed my plan was working.  The water was nice and smooth, and although I would be buffeted by some of the gusts, it was a nice ride.  I wanted to be done in about 70 minutes, so I rowed for 35 and turned around.  It was then that I noticed that the wind was really coming more from the NE or even the NNE and I had a long slog into to get home.

I rowed in as close to the beach as I could get, and slowly made my way up the Eastham shore.  I was not looking forward to leaving the lee of this shore when I got up to point where I needed to cut over to the west side of Lt Island.  When I got there, it was really tough rowing.  The waves were on my starboard bow, and they were throwing me around a bit.  I made quick decision to turn east and row straight upwind so I would be going right into the waves.  This was slow, but much better rowing.  The boat was nice and stable and I just kept pushing along.

I was looking over my shoulder every ten strokes or so, and it made me nervous every time seeing these well define rolling waves with white caps on them.

Eventually, the salt marsh on the inner side of the island finally started to get closer, and then, before I knew, I was right on the edge of the marsh.  The wind was blocked by the island, the water flattened out, and I turned to follow the shore.  Now the wind was behind me, so was the tide, and the water was flat.  I torn along the south edge of the island until I came out of the wind shadow along the westward side.

Then it was a short final slog into the wind to the beach.

It was interesting, I felt like I was working hard, but my heart rate was nice and low.  The sun was out, the sky was blue and it was the perfect temperature.  When I landed, I was so glad that I had gone out.  Coastal rowing is a very different experience from flat water rowing, but a total blast.

Workout Summary - media/20180610-1540220o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13642|83:41.0|03:04.0|000.0|19.7|141.7|155.0|08.3
W-|13644|83:41.0|03:04.0|000.0|19.7|141.7|155.0|08.3
R-|00000|00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|155.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|00118|02:07.0|08:59.9|000.0|21.2|095.2|106.0|02.6 - getting set
01|06345|34:21.0|02:42.4|000.0|18.8|136.2|145.0|09.8 - downwind
02|04307|29:22.0|03:24.5|000.0|19.9|147.7|155.0|07.4 - up wind
03|01537|08:47.0|02:51.5|000.0|21.0|146.6|152.0|08.3 - sheltered
04|01337|09:04.1|03:23.4|000.0|21.0|148.7|153.0|07.0 - upwind

I was pretty worn out for the rest of the day though.

Monday – 6 / 11 – Steady State and drills

By the plan, this was supposed to be a rest day, but everything has been so disrupted, that I just decided to do a nice steady state session and work on some basics.

I started with a complete pick drill, did some legs only rowing.  I also did at least 10 reps of the KOM drill at the start and at each turn.

         Workout Summary - media/20180611-1745210o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13950|78:43.0|02:49.3|110.8|20.0|145.4|163.0|08.8
W-|13286|65:57.0|02:28.9|124.6|19.9|151.6|163.0|10.1
R-|00669|12:47.0|09:33.3|040.2|20.7|113.3|163.0|05.8
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|03725|18:03.3|02:25.4|127.4|20.5|145.6|158.0|10.0
02|02878|14:17.8|02:29.0|126.0|19.3|154.2|163.0|10.5
03|02841|13:59.9|02:27.8|124.3|19.5|153.1|159.0|10.4
04|03437|17:30.0|02:32.7|122.2|20.0|155.0|163.0|09.8
05|00405|02:06.0|02:35.5|111.2|21.8|148.6|155.0|08.9

Nice fast splits for the first 3 segments.  I felt great too.

Tuesday – 6 / 12 – Starts

The plan is as follows:

  • Race warm up
  • 5 x 20-stroke starts
    • Rest between: 3’
    • Rating/Pace: SR 36-40 (or your most efficient rating)
    • Notes: Steer straight, clean releases, same sequence as planned for your race.
  • 2 x 9’
    • Rest between: 2’’ easy rowing
    • Rating/Pace: Cat V: SR 22
    • Notes: Focus on your releases.

As it turns out, I deviated a bit from the plan.  I ended up doing more starts than planned, and a bit less of the steady state rowing.  I think I also skimped a bit on the warmup.

The conditions were far from perfect.  There was a reasonably strong breeze.  You can see the first 2 starts are downwind, then 2 upwind, then two down, then two up.  The last two starts, I extended out to thirty strokes and settled to race rate, around 32 after 10 strokes.

I did about 11 minutes or so of steady state rowing at the end.

6 / 13 – Rest Day

I couldn’t get out of bed at 5:15.  I tried, and failed.

6 / 14 – A horribly bad workout.

It was supposed to be this.

  • 4 x (2’ with your start sequence, paddle 1’ then, 2’ 1k base pace)
  • Rest between: 4’
  • Rating/Pace: 1k base pace

But I just couldn’t put together a good 2′ piece to save my soul.  I don’t know what the hell was wrong with me, but I was ready to withdraw from the Cromwell Cup, quit racing and never sprint again.  I was a quintessential drama queen!

Ultimately, I gave up on the workout and tried to one minute on / one minute off.  That seemed to work a bit better, but I think I have to push through this problem next week.

          Workout Summary - media/20180614-1735190o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|09028|63:34.0|03:31.3|123.6|24.4|132.4|176.0|05.8
W-|03686|15:44.0|02:08.1|195.9|28.1|143.3|174.0|08.6
R-|05358|47:51.0|04:28.0|099.9|23.2|128.8|174.0|07.3
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00895|04:13.6|02:21.7|127.9|18.9|143.7|158.0|11.2
02|00075|00:18.2|02:02.0|244.1|32.9|113.0|117.0|07.5
03|00213|00:52.8|02:04.0|211.4|29.4|121.1|131.0|08.2
04|00234|00:57.2|02:02.3|226.2|32.4|156.7|168.0|07.6
05|00129|00:29.5|01:54.1|238.4|32.6|117.6|124.0|08.1
06|00224|00:52.0|01:56.1|239.2|32.2|132.4|137.0|08.0
07|00165|00:39.4|01:59.2|215.0|33.5|158.1|161.0|07.5
08|00184|00:43.0|01:56.6|246.3|34.9|158.9|168.0|07.4
09|00070|00:16.2|01:55.7|247.0|33.3|138.2|139.0|07.8
10|00256|01:00.8|01:58.5|231.3|31.6|128.4|136.0|08.0
11|00237|01:01.9|02:10.7|185.1|30.1|135.5|143.0|07.6
12|00147|00:39.6|02:14.5|228.1|30.2|126.5|132.0|07.4
13|00207|00:54.1|02:10.7|201.7|29.9|160.6|170.0|07.7
14|00218|00:56.2|02:08.6|200.4|30.9|167.7|174.0|07.5
15|00208|00:54.0|02:09.6|219.3|31.1|164.5|172.0|07.4
16|00223|00:55.7|02:04.9|231.1|31.2|136.6|147.0|07.7

One thing I’ve noticed.  With the technical changes that Marlene has had me working on, I can row cleanly at high rates.  Up above 32.  And I can move the boat very fast.  But I burn out very fast too.  I have to find the pace and pressure I can sustain over four minutes.

This workout left me grumpy all day long.

6 / 15 – Steady State and drills

I had an 8 am meeting so I got on the water early, and I only had an hour.

It was a bit windy and I was pretty slow.

Saturday – 6 / 16 -Random fun on Lake Quinsigamond

I went out with a mixed double.  We are reasonable well matched in speed.

We rowed low rate, but good pressure to the south end of the lake, then did some drills for a bit of the way back north.  Then a bit more steady state.  Finally when we got to the north end of the lake, we decided to play leapfrog.  That was a blast.  They would take off and when they were clear ahead, they would call “clear”.  That was my cue to speed up and their cue to paddle.  When I got clear ahead, I’d call “clear” and it was their turn.

We did that for about 2km.  Then we steady stated our way back to the dock.

The only problem with the session was my speedcoach running out of memory and not recording all my leapfrog strokes.

Here’s the data from RIM.

Whew!  Now I’m all caught up!

 

 

6/7 – San Diego Rowing Club

I flew out to San Diego on Wednesday.  I had a business dinner that evening.  Through facebook, I had made contact with the Dan O’Neill of the San Diego Rowing Club, and he graciously offered to row a double with me on Thursday morning.

I showed up a bit before 6am, and met Dan, along with a whole slew of other master rowers.  The SDRC is a remarkable club.  They have hundreds of members, an active and successful juniors program, a fleet of shiny well maintained boats, almost all of which are bright red, and a beautiful location, right on Mission Bay.

We launched from the beach.  I was embarrassed that I didn’t know how to do a stylish beach launch.  It’s sort of like the european dock launch where you push off with one foot on the seat deck and then sit down smoothly as your boat glides sideways to deeper water.  Instead, we paddled a bit from the beach and put on our socks, got our feet in the shoes and began our row.

Dan is a great rower.  He has been rowing for decades, and knows every nook and cranny of Mission Bay.  We worked our way through a pick drill and he tried to get used to my stroke style.  We rowed our warmup out to the spot where the club tends to gather to start their workouts.  We were supposed to meet a men’s quad, but we didn’t see them around, so we started on our own.

The planned workout was

  • 2 x 19′ rate ladders with a few minutes rest between.
    • 4′ at 20
    • 3 at 22
    • 2′ at 24
    • 1′ at 26
    • 2′ at 24
    • 3′ at 22
    • 4′ at 20

I think I was a bit too self conscious and insecure in the first pyramid.  I rowed at much higher pressure for the rates than I normally do and I think my form suffered for it.  I also suffered in general, since my HR shot up quickly and stayed there.  After the minute at 26, I managed to relax a little bit.  Or maybe I was just to winded to care too much, and my rowing seemed to improve.  My finishes got a bit better and I felt like I was doing a better job in general.

After the first piece we hung out for a while just chatting.  Dan is a really interesting guy.  He has been a principal in a number of software startups and is active in some really interesting STEM education stuff like first robotics.  We ended up resting a bit longer than we should have, but eventually got going again.  The second ladder was much smoother then the first and I didn’t push quite as hard.  After that one, we did a couple of starts, which were pretty shaggy, but fun nonetheless.  Then it was time to get back to the boathouse.

 

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Workout Summary - media/20180607-1521040o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13796|77:29.0|02:48.5|000.0|23.4|150.5|176.0|07.6
W-|09237|42:19.0|02:17.4|000.0|22.1|165.6|176.0|09.9
R-|04570|35:10.0|03:50.9|000.0|24.9|132.3|176.0|05.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00924|04:00.0|02:09.9|000.0|20.3|148.0|157.0|11.4 - 4
02|00837|03:44.0|02:13.9|000.0|22.0|162.1|166.0|10.2 - 3
03|00454|02:00.0|02:12.2|000.0|24.0|167.9|172.0|09.5 - 2
04|00229|01:00.0|02:11.2|000.0|25.8|169.9|172.0|08.9 - 1
05|00471|02:12.0|02:20.3|000.0|23.6|172.4|173.0|09.1 - 2
06|00757|03:38.0|02:23.9|000.0|22.2|170.3|173.0|09.4 - 3
07|01055|04:56.0|02:20.3|000.0|21.0|170.1|173.0|10.2 - 4
08|00914|04:07.0|02:15.1|000.0|20.6|147.8|159.0|10.8 - 4
09|00619|02:46.0|02:14.1|000.0|22.0|164.2|168.0|10.2 - 3
10|00447|02:00.0|02:14.4|000.0|24.0|167.4|170.0|09.3 - 2
11|00233|01:00.0|02:08.7|000.0|26.2|172.0|173.0|08.9 - 1
12|00434|02:00.0|02:18.4|000.0|24.1|174.1|176.0|09.0 - 2
13|00630|03:00.0|02:22.9|000.0|22.5|173.4|176.0|09.3 - 3
14|01234|05:56.0|02:24.2|000.0|21.4|173.3|176.0|09.7 - 4

I enjoyed this so much.  I am very grateful to Dan and all the friendly folks at SDRC.  I can’t wait to get back to San Diego and row again!

 

6/4 – 6/6: Finally back rowing!

Monday – 6/4 – Drills and Steady State

By Monday morning, I had normal range of movement and very little pain in my back.  I decided to do an easy session to test it out a little bit.

I have a new workout plan, but based on the long layoff that I had, I decided to take a week and focus mostly on steady state and drills to get back into the program and avoid risking injury or disappointment.

Today, the plan was to row for an hour and at each turn, stop and do about 10 reps of the King of the Mountain drill.  The longer than normal breaks between segments is me doing the drills.  Weird HR dropout during the second interval.

It was a grey and windy morning.  I was slow and my power values were really low.  I am wondering (hoping) if I have a calibration issue.

Workout Summary - media/20180604-1615230o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|12342|72:16.0|02:55.7|115.3|18.7|128.4|162.0|09.1
W-|11692|59:12.0|02:31.9|124.9|18.3|134.5|162.0|10.8
R-|00657|13:04.0|09:56.8|071.9|20.3|100.5|162.0|02.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00782|03:58.0|02:32.2|120.0|18.6|109.6|139.0|10.6
02|02900|14:39.0|02:31.5|126.9|18.0|144.8|150.0|11.0
03|02780|14:23.0|02:35.2|118.0|17.3|105.0|152.0|11.2
04|02067|10:27.0|02:31.7|124.3|17.7|143.2|152.0|11.2
05|03163|15:45.0|02:29.4|130.8|19.8|152.4|162.0|10.1

Told you it was slow!

Tuesday – 6/5: Steady state and drills

Basically the same session as monday.  Pushed the pace a little bit harder.  Same deal, 10 reps of the KOM drill x 4 sets.  They are getting a bit easier as I do more of them.  The wind sprung up a bit in the last rep.  Headwind, of course!

          Workout Summary - media/20180605-1425220o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13918|77:24.0|02:46.9|118.7|18.9|143.7|165.0|09.5
W-|13421|67:18.0|02:30.4|128.9|18.5|148.9|163.0|10.8
R-|00501|10:06.0|10:05.7|051.1|21.7|109.4|163.0|07.8
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|03825|18:41.0|02:26.5|128.0|18.0|141.3|152.0|11.4
02|02889|14:49.0|02:33.8|128.4|17.6|147.6|155.0|11.1
03|02837|13:47.0|02:25.7|128.5|18.4|150.5|157.0|11.2
04|03869|20:01.0|02:35.2|130.4|19.7|155.7|163.0|09.8

Wednesday – 6/6: Starts

I had a 9:30 flight to San Diego, so I had a short time window for a row.  I decided to do a quick session just to start working on my starts.  I started with 5 stroke sets, and then as I got more comfortable, and my “hit rate” improved, I extended them to 10 strokes.

There was a bit of wind and a little bit of chop, but on my sheltered river, I can’t say it caused any of my problems.

The last start was pretty good.  15 strokes at 1:48 pace and 37 spm.

I made my flight with plenty of time.

Catching up. 5/24 to 6/3

Over the 11 days, I rowed 1 day, biked one day, had a good walk one day and didn’t train for 8 days.  It was a pretty bad spell including allergies and injuries.

Thursday – May 24: 61′ Steady State

I arrived home from California late in the day on May 23rd.  The next morning, I was back on the water down in Newton.  It was windy and choppy, and I was a mess.  Slow and sloppy.

Friday – May 25: Rest – Sick

Thursday night, I felt awful.  Stuffy nose, sore throat, a bit of a fever.

I worked from home on Friday morning.  I was worried enough about my throat that I went and got a strep test.  The diagnosis was allergies causing congestion, post nasal drip and throat irritation.  They told me to go buy some flownase and sent me on my way.

Then in the early afternoon, I headed down to the cape.  My wife was following me down later with one of my sons, his girlfriends and my daughter who was flying in from St Louis late in the evening.

I had a long list of things to do.  Work on the stairs to the beach.  Get a bunch of delicious food.  Rent a bike for my daughter and do a bit of cleaning.  I made very good progress on the stairs, and I made a large number of trips up and down the 80 steps, often carrying loads of wood.  By the time the tide came in, I was really worn out.  But I had managed to get all the stair treads in, leaving just the railings to do on Saturday.

So, I got some exercise, but no proper training

Saturday – May 26: 50km bike ride

My daughter wanted to go for a ride, so we planned an excursion to the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  I was a bit worried about my health.  If I had a cold, the ride would knock me flat.  If I was just suffering with allergies, it should actually make things better.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1603514609/embed/8b62620dc4f0ae56e28b1b8323692095a734d5b9

It was two and a half hours of riding, but at a nice easy pace.  I guess it was allergies!

After we got home, my son, his girlfriend and I finished the stairs.  I think they turned out great!

I slept well.

Sunday – May 27: rest

The weather was pretty lousy, so we went up to Provincetown for lunch, hung out, did puzzles, played games and relaxed.

Monday – May 28: A brisk walk around the island

The weather was still crappy.  Cold and grey.  My daughter and I originally planned to go for another bike ride, but we didn’t have good cold weather clothes, so we opted to just go for a walk around the island.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1603515324/embed/e08141cd9fb397c13ddac4e921803367eb37d9fc

Later in the day, we put my son, his girlfriend and my daughter on  the ferry to Boston, we cleaned up the house, had some dinner and left around 11.

Tuesday – May 29: Rest – Travel Day

Flew out to San Diego for a business dinner.  It was a long day, I got back to the hotel around 10pm, and I had an early flight.

Wednesday – May 30: Rest – Travel day

I was up at 4:30 to get to the airport to catch my 6:30 flight to San Jose.  I had meetings from 10am to 7pm.  After that, I headed to the the airport to catch the red eye home.

Thursday – May 31: Rest

My original plan was to go straight from the airport to the river and go for a row on the way to work.  But the flight home was miserable, and I discovered that a meeting had been scheduled for 8:30, leaving me no time to train.

I ended up getting home around 8:00pm.  During the day, my back started to really stiffen up,  By the time I got home, it was painful to try to stand up after sitting and I ended up walking with a bit of a stoop.  Based on how quickly it cleared up, I assume it was a pinched sciatic nerve which calmed itself down with ibuprofen after a few days.

Friday – June 1st: Rest – Back Injury

I was in too much pain to train.  So I didn’t.

Saturday – June 2: Rest – Back Injury

Back pain starting to ease, but I wasn’t going to chance aggravating it.

Sunday – June 3: Rest – Back Injury

Almost pain free.  Decided to train on Monday.