Tuesday: I went for another nice walk. This time a bit closer to low tide. Again, Itraced out the water’s edge.
Here is Monday and Tuesday’s walk superimposed.
It was about a 5km walk. My wife and I went into Wellfleet for lunch and some exploring, so no row in the afternoon onTuesday.
Wednesday, July 4: 2 hour row
On the right morning, I would really like to row down to Rock Creek Harbor. Today was not the day. I would need nice flat conditions, no wind, or a light breeze from the east, and close to high tide. Today there was a wind from the northwest and nearly low tide. The coast off of Eastham is really a huge sand flat goes out a mile or more from shore. That means that when there is an onshore breeze, the chop really piles up, and I was essentially trying to row across it. It was slow, tough going.
But I get ahead of myself. I knew that today would be a reasonably busy day, and I wanted to do a long row. I knew that I would be rowing around low tide, but I figured it would work out OK.
I launched from the north beach on Loagy Bay and headed out following the deep water as near as I could tell. I rowed west until the big rock was on my beam, and then I turned south. These first two parts were great fun. Light wind, flat water. But as soon as I hit the shoals off of Eastham (at 28 mimutes in the time plot), things got a lot more difficult. The chop became much steeper and more irregular, the water was less than 2 feet deep. I don’t know if it was my imagination, but rowing in the shallow water made the boat feel heavier. It was certainly slower. On the plus side, every now and then I could see lobsters crawling along the sand. Some of them were big!
The goal for today was a 2 hour row, so I slogged along until I reached the 1 hour mark. When I turned around, I was hoping that the wind would be a bit behind me, but it seemed like it was still right on my beam, and I was still rowing beam on to the waves. I experimented with rating up and that seemed a bit more effective in these cross seas. I steered a bit farther off shore on the way north, at least at first. Ultimately I turned back to the northeast and this was a bit easier going with the waves on my stern quarter.
I kept going this way until I spotted the big rock. I had come a fair bit too far onshore, and I needed swing around and row out to the rock. I could see my oar blades stirring up the sand on the bottom. I swung around the rock and headed in to channel on the north side of the island. I managed to lose the channel and had to get out and walk to find the way to go to get back to the beach.
Workout Summary - media/20180704-1555230o.csv --|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg --|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS --|20744|131:21.0|03:10.0|000.0|21.9|142.5|158.0|07.2 W-|19870|120:08.0|03:01.4|000.0|21.7|143.5|158.0|07.7 R-|00881|11:13.0|06:22.1|000.0|24.1|132.3|158.0|02.4 Workout Details #-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS- 01|05138|27:15.0|02:39.1|000.0|20.3|137.4|151.0|09.3 nice water 02|05007|32:13.0|03:13.0|000.0|21.4|141.5|149.0|07.3 shallow choppy 03|05246|33:57.0|03:14.1|000.0|22.4|145.7|154.0|06.9 choppy way home 04|01958|11:56.0|03:02.8|000.0|23.1|148.2|154.0|07.1 after water break 05|00401|02:36.0|03:14.4|000.0|21.9|151.5|155.0|07.1 06|01661|09:36.0|02:53.4|000.0|22.1|151.8|158.0|07.8 07|00458|02:35.0|02:49.2|000.0|20.5|141.3|149.0|08.6
Very tired after this.
Here are the last 4 rows that I have done to the south.
- Blue: 90 minutes, hot, flat water (launched from stairs)
- Green: 70′ row, launched from stairs.
- Yellow: 80′ row, tough northerly wind
- Red: Today, 120′ row, launched from beach, low tide, choppy
Today’s row was about 20.5km, and 120 minutes. Rock Harbor is about 12km from the bottom of the stairs, so I think on the right day, I could totally make the run.