Septum Mirabilis

Since last Saturday, I rowed my single 6 days in a row!  It’s a miracle.  I think the first time all season.

Sunday – Sept 15 – 16km on the Lower Charles

I met my friends from Worcester at the public docks at CRI in Brighton.  I brought my single.  They brought a single, double, quad and believe it or not a triple.  Our club bought a couple of lightly used Swift Triples.  These boats are going to be great.  Having the option of using a triple when we have an odd number of rowers, or if we want to balance lineups will be awesome.

We launched around 7:30.  The goal was to scout the river for the people that we going to do the CRI Fall Classic the following weekend.  My goal was to have some fun and maybe do a threshold piece.

I succeeded at having fun, but by the time, I tried to settle in for a 5k threshold piece, I was already pretty tired and gave it up halfway through.

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We made our way down river, and ultimately got to the beginning of the powerhouse stretch.  I asked the other boats if they wanted to do a race pace 1K, since this is the best place to do it.  They acquiesced and off we went.  I felt pretty good for the first 500 or so, but I rapidly ran out of oomph.

We continued down to the basin, and waited for everyone to regroup.  From there, we headed upriver to the area where they marshall the start of the CRI Fall Classic.  We regrouped again and then we took off.  they continued to just scout the course, but I wanted to do my threshold piece, so I got pretty far ahead of the group.  I made it around 2500 meters, then the combination of river traffic, a bit of headwind and lack of training got to me and I pulled up instead of trying to pass a big group of boats as the river was narrowing.  I put on a few bursts of speed the rest of the way, but I was really tired out.

        Workout Summary - media/20190915-1631070o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|15880|02:00:44.3|03:48.1|107.2|21.8|137.1|178.0|06.0
W-|10841|00:53:27.1|02:27.9|148.1|23.0|153.6|178.0|08.9
R-|05056|01:07:18.7|06:39.4|074.7|20.9|123.9|178.0|02.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00403|02:04.8|02:34.9|139.7|19.1|134.3|140.0|10.1
02|00541|02:39.8|02:27.8|137.1|20.6|140.1|147.0|09.9
03|00578|02:57.5|02:33.5|138.1|19.6|141.9|147.0|10.0
04|00205|01:03.4|02:34.4|106.2|19.9|137.7|142.0|09.8
05|00206|01:02.6|02:32.2|143.7|20.2|139.7|144.0|09.8
06|00182|00:56.4|02:34.5|111.6|19.1|139.9|143.0|10.2
07|00576|02:49.0|02:26.7|160.0|22.3|155.9|162.0|09.2
08|00742|03:46.4|02:32.6|126.2|20.1|143.2|150.0|09.8
09|00876|03:46.4|02:09.2|209.0|27.6|164.6|176.0|08.4 - most of a 1k
10|00632|03:07.9|02:28.7|126.3|21.4|150.7|157.0|09.4
11|00695|03:34.6|02:34.3|152.1|22.6|144.6|154.0|08.6
12|00316|01:38.2|02:35.2|142.7|21.4|153.0|156.0|09.1
13|00398|02:04.9|02:37.1|121.7|20.2|141.2|147.0|09.5
14|00604|03:03.4|02:31.9|127.5|21.2|150.7|157.0|09.3
15|02561|12:10.2|02:22.5|164.9|26.1|167.9|178.0|08.1 -- a bit of hard rowing.
16|00462|02:21.7|02:33.5|125.7|24.6|164.6|169.0|08.0
17|00241|01:10.3|02:25.9|182.3|27.3|170.4|174.0|07.5
18|00409|02:04.4|02:32.2|141.5|24.0|160.3|167.0|08.2
19|00214|01:05.2|02:32.1|133.0|23.9|144.3|155.0|08.3

An incredibly enjoyable outing.

Monday – 16 Sept – Drills on the 5s

After Sunday’s exertions, I took it easy on Monday.

So, I did a technical session, with 4 minutes of steady state and 1 minute of these drills.

  • open hands on recovery
  • half slide
  • delayed feather
  • square blades
  • pause at body over

By the way, the weather was perfect!

Tuesday – 17 Sept – 4 x 2k/4′

Another perfect morning.  A scary workout.  I decided to go easy on myself and rate limit it.  r22, r24, r26, r26.

It was a great workout.  I felt good throughout.

The summary shows where I am.  Now that my impeller is calibrated.  When I was in good racing shape, I was knocking these out around 2:15 or faster.  It is what it is.

        Workout Summary - media/20190917-1607180o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|11117|01:05:23.0|02:56.4|127.2|22.6|145.5|176.0|07.5
W-|07957|00:36:49.3|02:18.8|173.5|24.6|160.3|176.0|08.8
R-|03166|00:28:33.9|04:30.7|067.6|20.0|126.4|176.0|07.3
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00118|00:35.0|02:27.7|143.5|20.6|129.2|132.0|09.9
02|01952|09:06.7|02:20.1|165.8|22.5|152.1|165.0|09.5
03|01989|09:07.0|02:17.5|178.1|24.4|161.9|174.0|08.9
04|01923|08:50.5|02:18.0|178.1|25.9|164.6|176.0|08.4
05|01975|09:10.1|02:19.3|174.3|25.9|164.8|176.0|08.3

Wednesday – 18 Sept – Steady State

Working on piling up the meters and rowing clean.  Did the session with Humon to keep me honest about intensity,  Halfway through, I decided to pop up to r22 and row lighter.  It seemed to work quite well.  I needed to cut it about 10 minutes short because I needed to get to work for an early meeting.

        Workout Summary - media/20190920-1546120o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|11969|01:08:32.5|02:51.8|125.2|21.0|133.6|157.0|08.3
W-|10145|00:51:16.7|02:31.6|143.6|20.8|140.0|155.0|09.5
R-|01833|00:17:16.6|04:42.8|070.6|21.4|114.6|155.0|06.5
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00209|01:07.2|02:40.5|142.5|19.5|126.2|131.0|09.6
02|02722|14:16.9|02:37.4|141.3|19.7|137.5|148.0|09.7
03|02679|13:21.8|02:29.6|138.1|19.8|137.4|148.0|10.1
04|00589|03:04.4|02:36.5|131.6|22.3|136.4|144.0|08.6
05|01314|06:41.6|02:32.9|150.2|22.2|146.8|154.0|08.8
06|02005|09:46.0|02:26.2|149.3|21.5|145.9|155.0|09.6
07|00341|01:33.8|02:17.6|182.7|26.3|139.4|153.0|08.3 - nice ending
08|00286|01:25.0|02:28.7|132.2|22.6|135.2|143.0|08.9

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Thursday – 19 Sept – 3′ on / 1′ off

Again using rate limiting to manage intensity.  (22,24,26,28)  The annoying thing is that I must have bumped the speedcoach I got my drink of water after the first set, because that’s where the data ends!

Here’s the heart rate from my apple watch

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And here’s the view from Humon.

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Another really good workout.

Friday – 20 Sept – Steady State

Just like wednesday.  Using Humon to keep me honest and trying to get the best speed with the least effort.  The key seems to be a nice, clean, early tap down.

That and maintaining good body posture through the leg drive.  When I open up my back early, I work much harder and go slower.

      Workout Summary - media/20190920-1557290o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13521|01:15:46.3|02:48.1|127.4|20.4|138.0|164.0|08.8
W-|11593|00:57:48.7|02:29.6|147.9|20.3|144.6|161.0|09.9
R-|01935|00:17:58.2|04:38.7|061.4|20.6|116.7|161.0|03.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00150|00:46.3|02:34.1|134.2|19.4|117.4|125.0|10.0
02|02746|13:45.0|02:30.2|144.0|19.6|138.1|148.0|10.2
03|02584|12:52.8|02:29.5|150.0|19.9|146.2|154.0|10.1
04|02698|13:25.5|02:29.3|146.0|20.1|147.3|155.0|10.0
05|02717|13:46.1|02:32.0|144.7|20.1|148.4|155.0|09.8
06|00358|01:35.0|02:12.8|211.5|27.7|146.9|161.0|08.2
07|00340|01:38.0|02:24.1|151.4|25.1|141.9|153.0|08.3

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When I got back to the dock, I turned around and it was just so pretty that I had to take a picture.

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I felt great, and headed off to work.  In the evening, we drove down to the cape.

Saturday – 21 Sept – No Training

Our house has a huge deck surrounding 3 sides of the house.  Today’s mission was cleaning it with the pressure washer so that I can seal it tomorrow.  It took me 5 hours.  The Apple watch tells me that it was about 15000 steps.  I am tired and sunburnt, buy the deck looks fantastic!

 

 

Treading water (but no actual swimming)

Last post was on Sept 3rd, quite a while ago.  That covered my row on Sept 2.

Tuesday – Sept 3 – Drills on the fives

Back in my single, back in Newton.  Feeling a bit unfamiliar.  Best way to cure that…Drills!

The plan is simple, row for 4 minutes and then do 1 minute of drills.

  • square blade
  • late feather
  • open palms on recovery
  • half slide rowing
  • pause at body over

It was a nice morning, and there some other boats out.  Even if I’m not really prepping for an event, it’s still nice to be out and working on getting better.

        Workout Summary - media/20190904-1621000o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13861|01:16:02.4|02:44.6|000.0|19.8|142.8|164.0|09.2
W-|08194|00:39:47.2|02:25.7|000.0|20.0|147.2|162.0|10.3
R-|05685|00:36:16.6|03:11.4|000.0|19.6|138.0|162.0|09.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00084|00:25.1|02:29.4|000.0|19.2|124.5|126.0|10.5
02|00318|01:31.2|02:23.2|000.0|19.0|135.2|141.0|11.0
03|00189|00:54.2|02:23.5|000.0|19.8|132.9|137.0|10.6
04|00850|04:03.6|02:23.2|000.0|19.6|146.0|153.0|10.7
05|00840|04:06.4|02:26.7|000.0|19.5|147.8|151.0|10.5
06|00341|01:38.0|02:23.7|000.0|19.5|149.5|153.0|10.7
07|00832|04:04.2|02:26.7|000.0|19.6|145.4|149.0|10.5
08|00735|03:37.2|02:27.7|000.0|19.5|149.0|153.0|10.4
09|00487|02:22.0|02:25.8|000.0|20.2|148.5|153.0|10.2
10|00237|01:10.9|02:29.8|000.0|19.4|141.8|147.0|10.3
11|00179|00:52.8|02:27.3|000.0|19.2|141.6|143.0|10.6
12|00535|02:37.2|02:26.8|000.0|19.8|150.6|155.0|10.3
13|00576|02:45.6|02:23.7|000.0|20.7|152.9|159.0|10.1
14|00736|03:34.7|02:25.9|000.0|20.1|148.8|156.0|10.2
15|00311|01:31.9|02:27.7|000.0|20.2|149.0|152.0|10.0
16|00343|01:40.6|02:26.8|000.0|20.3|156.2|157.0|10.1
17|00128|00:38.0|02:28.2|000.0|20.6|145.7|148.0|09.8
18|00072|00:22.6|02:36.7|000.0|21.2|131.3|133.0|09.0
19|00400|01:51.0|02:18.9|000.0|23.1|151.1|162.0|09.3

Wednesday – 4 Sept: 2′ on / 1′ off increasing rates

This was a hard and fun session.  There was a reasonable headwind going upriver.  I ran out of oomph in the last set, which I did the first three downriver and then turned to come back.  I bailed on the r28 rep, and then basically did 1′ and 1′ off of r28 instead for a few reps, just to get a bit more time at rate.

       Workout Summary - media/20190904-1621460o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|11736|01:07:54.1|02:53.6|112.8|22.1|144.4|179.0|07.8
W-|06742|00:30:02.8|02:13.7|174.3|23.9|153.6|178.0|09.5
R-|05008|00:37:52.6|03:46.9|064.0|20.7|137.1|178.0|07.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00112|00:33.0|02:27.7|128.7|19.8|127.0|129.0|10.3
02|00415|01:57.0|02:21.1|130.8|20.0|135.0|145.0|10.6
03|00430|01:57.0|02:16.0|165.5|22.4|139.2|152.0|09.8
04|00473|02:03.4|02:10.5|159.0|24.2|149.0|160.0|09.5
05|00477|02:02.5|02:08.3|182.3|26.0|155.0|166.0|09.0
06|00246|01:00.4|02:02.8|222.8|27.9|152.2|161.0|08.8
07|00411|01:55.7|02:20.7|151.6|20.2|142.1|159.0|10.6
08|00459|02:04.6|02:15.8|171.3|22.1|157.1|167.0|10.0
09|00441|01:57.9|02:13.7|201.0|23.8|160.6|172.0|09.4
10|00476|02:04.8|02:11.1|183.0|25.4|164.8|175.0|09.0
11|00456|01:55.9|02:07.2|217.0|28.0|168.8|178.0|08.4
12|00418|01:56.1|02:18.9|134.6|19.6|145.1|160.0|11.0
13|00447|02:00.2|02:14.4|164.5|21.5|155.3|166.0|10.4
14|00442|01:56.4|02:11.6|149.9|24.1|161.5|171.0|09.5
15|00433|01:56.0|02:13.9|210.9|26.4|164.9|176.0|08.5
16|00147|00:39.9|02:16.1|179.1|28.6|162.0|164.0|07.7
17|00226|01:01.1|02:15.1|192.7|27.5|154.8|167.0|08.1
18|00234|01:00.9|02:10.1|213.8|27.6|158.6|167.0|08.4

Thursday – Sept 5 – crappy static 10K

I had a conference call that went until after 10pm, so I slept in instead of getting up to row.  Later in the day, I went to the gym for a quick session.  I decided to do a threshold piece, and 10K has been giving me a lot of trouble lately.  I might as well work on that.  I set a target to just keep the pace under 2:00, and if you looked at the monitor picture, you’d conclude that it wasn’t so bad.

Sure, a little bobble in the middle, but no big deal.  Here’s the summary plot though.

3 HD’s!  I am in a tough place right now.  My stroke power is great, but my aerobic capacity is not anywhere near it was.  So I go too hard, under rate, and get discouraged.  I also don’t have a hard training objective, or trackable plan so, it is easy to start playing mind games when it gets a little scary in the middle of a long row.  Finally, ergs are boring.  I think I have to do a better job at rowing to stroke rate and pace goals.  I have to stop over cooking the beginnings of these rows.

Friday – Sept 6 – No training

I was working from home on Friday, so I didn’t go off to row in the morning.  I planned to do an erg session, but I didn’t have a gap in my schedule to go do it.

Saturday – 7 Sept – Aborted 10K

We stayed in Hopkinton this weekend, and so I planned to do an erg session in the afternoon.  I was so pissed off about the 10K row that I thought I would try again (today on slides).

I didn’t warm up on Thursday, so I did a nice 2K warmup.

Then I decided to be very careful and stick to the 2:00 pace.  I made it less than 2k before I gave up.  I was having some stomach issues and I really needed to stop the row.

That was massively depressing.  I really seem to be struggling.

Sunday – 8 Sept – 3 x 30′ / 2′

I was feeling very spooked about how badly things had been going.  I decided to step back and do a very consistent, low intensity session and go extra long.

It was a good call.  I was relaxed, enjoyed some good podcasts, and felt much better afterwards.

        Workout Summary - media/20190908-2135590o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|21997|01:34:41.3|02:09.1|166.7|19.3|140.6|157.0|12.0
W-|20623|01:26:46.5|02:06.2|174.1|19.1|142.2|157.0|12.4
R-|01379|00:07:55.2|02:52.3|084.8|21.7|123.5|157.0|09.6
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|06551|27:36.3|02:06.4|173.4|19.2|133.5|144.0|12.4
02|07045|29:41.7|02:06.5|173.2|18.9|142.9|149.0|12.5
03|07028|29:28.5|02:05.8|175.8|19.3|149.6|157.0|12.4

Monday – 9 Sept – Steady state OTW with Humon

--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13655|01:16:06.2|02:47.2|120.6|20.1|133.4|158.0|08.9
W-|11821|00:58:46.1|02:29.1|138.2|19.5|139.6|158.0|10.4
R-|01839|00:17:20.7|04:43.0|061.2|21.9|112.4|158.0|06.6
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00152|00:45.6|02:29.8|130.5|19.7|130.3|133.0|10.1
02|02793|14:09.2|02:32.0|129.3|17.9|135.9|141.0|11.0
03|02716|13:46.6|02:32.2|131.8|18.3|135.3|148.0|10.8
04|02721|13:22.5|02:27.5|144.3|20.5|143.4|158.0|09.9
05|02777|13:39.0|02:27.5|142.8|20.1|144.9|154.0|10.1
06|00290|01:19.2|02:16.6|172.4|25.7|141.7|153.0|08.5
07|00372|01:44.0|02:19.8|155.5|25.4|137.5|154.0|08.4

Paces are slower because I used the data from the 2′ on 1′ off workout to do an analysis comparing gps and impeller data for up river and down river segments.  My calibration was off by about 3 seconds per 500m.  Bummer.  I’m slower than I thought I was. 😞

On the plus side, this session was just delightful from beginning to end.  I rowed it with Humon and tried to dance on the edge between green and orange.  I found that I am working a lot more efficiently at r20 than r18.

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Tuesday – 10 Sept – No Training

I was out late because of a work celebration.  One of my coworkers was celebrating their 40th work anniversary.  So, I slept in on Tuesday morning.  I intended to go to the gym, but too many interruptions and too much work to do.

Wednesday – 11 Sept – Steady State OTW with Humon

Same session as monday.  tried to stick to r20.  I decided to do some higher rate work in the warmup to see if it hurt or helped later on.

At the end of my warmup, as I approached the dam in Waltham, I passed a sculler going the other way.  I’ve talked to him a number of times, a nice guy in his seventies.  Anyway, I got to the end, turned my boat, had a drink and then set off after him.  I knew it was just a steady state session, but the knowledge that there was a boat out  there ahead of me was stuck in my head.  I maintained my rate, but there might have been a little extra pressure in my stroke.  I caught up with him as we went through the s-turn.  He pushed a bit harder as I passed to mark time with me.  He’s going to be in the HOCR in a couple weeks (lucky guy) and he’s out most morning now training.

After I finished that leg, I spun around and followed him into the cove, which is now “protected” by a set of booms.  I had no trouble navigating the gap in the booms to get in the cove, and I had a nice chat with him as he docked.  But when I went to leave the cove, there was a reasonably strong tail wind and I got pushed into the booms.  It took me a lot of backing and forthing to extricate myself and at times I was really worried that I was going to end up going for a swim.  I think I’ll avoid the cove until those booms are gone.

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     Workout Summary - media/20190914-1451000o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|12637|01:17:24.7|03:03.8|111.0|21.5|136.9|172.0|07.6
W-|07963|00:39:33.5|02:29.0|148.4|21.4|147.6|169.0|09.5
R-|04688|00:37:52.4|04:02.4|071.9|21.6|125.8|169.0|06.5
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00217|01:03.5|02:26.3|130.4|19.9|121.7|136.0|10.3
02|00212|00:59.6|02:20.8|156.8|22.0|128.8|140.0|09.7
03|00219|01:01.2|02:19.7|171.4|23.5|131.0|141.0|09.1
04|00207|00:56.4|02:16.2|129.4|25.4|138.8|150.0|08.7
05|00204|00:51.1|02:05.4|222.4|28.2|144.1|157.0|08.5
06|00205|00:49.8|02:01.5|249.2|31.3|146.8|163.0|07.9
07|00201|00:46.2|01:54.8|277.3|34.9|154.5|169.0|07.5
08|00791|04:04.0|02:34.2|134.5|20.1|146.4|154.0|09.7
09|01195|06:11.6|02:35.5|142.5|20.3|158.9|166.0|09.5
10|00391|02:00.6|02:34.1|151.9|19.9|158.2|162.0|09.8
11|00084|00:26.4|02:36.2|153.0|22.5|127.7|131.0|08.5
12|01680|08:22.2|02:29.4|130.9|20.0|144.4|151.0|10.0
13|01434|07:29.5|02:36.8|136.8|20.4|149.6|155.0|09.4
14|00427|02:12.8|02:35.5|144.9|19.8|153.0|154.0|09.8
15|00339|01:35.6|02:20.9|179.1|25.0|146.0|161.0|08.5
16|00156|00:43.0|02:18.3|200.7|26.6|140.9|153.0|08.2

Thursday – 12 Sept – 3 x 20′ / 2′

Another late night.  We had dinner with a customer, and we had meetings setup to start early Thursday morning.  I decided to not row before the meeting so I could be on time and not sweaty when we got started.  Later in the day, after the meeting was over, I went to the gym and did a steady state session.  R19, 170w.

Weird misbehavior of the HR monitor at the start of the second piece.

Friday – 13 Sept – 10 x 3’/1′ Threshold

Another early meeting, so not enough time to row OTW.  I only had time for an abbreviated session.  I usually do 15×3′, but I cut back the number to fit the time and pushed a little harder.  It was a good session.  I was really happy with it.

Pretty remarkable smo2 swings…68% to 54%.  I still don’t really understand what it means when the algorithm goes from red back to orange or green in the depths of a hard interval.

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This was a very satisfying workout.  I felt better all day afterwards.

Today:  Steady state on the erg.

 

 

 

5 x 1500 / 5′

Back in Hopkinton.  Rainy day, with lots of boring stuff to do.

I had plenty of time of an erg session, but I wasn’t really into it.  My stomach was off in the morning, and it didn’t feel like it had completely recovered by mid afternoon when I went down to the basement.

I have been getting a lot of base training, but not a lot of the harder stuff.  Today, the plan was to get back into that.  A good way to get going is the 5 x 1500.  I’ve always liked this session.  Way easier to wrap my head around than the 4 x 2k. Today was no exception.

I did a 1500 rep as a warmup, starting with a pick drill, and then alternating hard 100s with easy 100s.

Then into the main session.  I haven’t done one of these for a while, so I set an easy target,  I just wanted to keep it faster than 1:55.  When i got going, 1:54s felt OK, so I went with it.  I was pretty winded by the end, but in no jeopardy.

Rep number 2, a little faster.  Still feeling OK.

Rep 3, now I wanted to keep the negative split going. It was getting a bit harder to hold the splits at my original rate, so I let the rate creep up.  Not much.  The first 2 reps, I counted out 147 strokes for the piece.  This one, I counted 150.

Rep 4.  Things are getting real.  Rate up some more and push through a little feeling of crisis around 900m.  Tell myself that I can ease off in the next rep if I make it.

Rep 5.  The 5 minute rest is a magical thing.  By the end of it, I was ready to take on the world, and keep my streak alive.  This time, it kinda stung.  But I was never tempted to bail on it.  Success. Negative split the whole way!

First rep is the warmup.  Last is the cool down.

Tomorrow:  Technique session in my Single.  I wonder if I remember how to row?

 

13km Coastal Row

Another really beautiful, sunny, late summer day.  On Sunday the breeze was blowing from the East, which meant generally flat water, as long as I hung out close to the eastern shore.

As usual, I picked the windiest time of day to go rowing.  I swear that Zeus watches for me to walk out of my house in my rowing shorts, and turns up the wind dial.  The highest gust of the day was at 12:19.  I launched at 12:12.

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So, I was slow going into the wind, and fast going away from the wind, but because of the direction, I was rarely dealing with much chop.  There was a fair amount of power boat traffic and that was definitely a factor up near the inner harbor.

I launched 90 minutes before high tide (1:38pm), and when I launched there was still a noticeable current flowing into Loagy Bay.  By the time I got up to the inner harbor, there was no noticeable current.

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As soon as I launched, I headed up into the wind and then turned at a floating oyster shack to head up into Loagy Bay.  I rowed up to the bridge and did a quick turn around.  I rowed back north until I was almost to the beach on Indian Neck.  I turned and skirted the shore.  This turned out to be a bit stressful because there were a bunch of boats moored along the beach, some swamped and barely visible above the water.

As I rowed along the shore, I noticed my splits getting faster.  I was coming out of the current into Loagy Bay and into the main stream heading up to the harbor.  But at the same time, it was getting closer to high tide.

As always, I was waked mercilessly as I rounded the breakwater to the inner harbor, and that continued until I was almost to the pier.  As you get into the inner harbor, there are speed limits that make it much better.  This detail map shows a bit more.  I was on the southerly track on the way in and you can see the jogs in the path as I worked my way through the wakes.

I really enjoyed the last bit behind the jetty.  Flat water, tail wind and the end in sight.

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For whatever reason, the trip out of the harbor was less eventful.  I swung wide around the breakwater because there was a bunch of traffic.  I got hit by a monumental interference pattern of wakes between two power boats going in opposite directions on either side of me.  I took on a boat full of water, which I drained through the bailer.

One thing about the Aero.  Even when this happened, I felt completely stable.

The row home was enjoyable, but felt a bit heavier than the outbound leg.  The wind was on my port bow.  The headwind and the flat water made it easy to focus on blade work.  It was a bit like bungee rowing.  After I got free of the wake zone, I just started counting strokes and three hundred strokes later, I was just off the beach.

The long break around the 47 minute mark was when I turned around behind the jetty.  I got into a conversation with a couple of guys in motor boat.  One their sons rowed for Penn, and they were asking about the boat and where I row and stuff like that.

Now it’s Monday and a holiday here.  I have some errands and some prep work for the coming week.  I think I will try to do an erg session later today.  Probably something a bit more intense, but I’m not sure I have the motivation to dig really deep.

 

 

5 beds in 5 nights

Monday – 8/26: 30′ Stationary cycle

I hadn’t planned on a workout on Monday, but I arrived at my hotel and had a appropriate gap in my schedule to squeeze in a quick workout.  I headed down to the gym and hopped on a stationary bike.

Why the bike?  Well, when I was packing on Sunday night I managed to give myself a nasty scratch on the top of my foot and it hurt to walk or run.  The bike pedals were OK though.

I programmed a 1 minute on / 1 minute off interval workout.

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Good fun.  I slept in Orange County on Monday night.

Tuesday – 8/27: 50 minute steady state stationary bike 

First thing in the morning when I woke up.

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After this, I showered, hopped in the car and drove to San Diego, about 90 minutes away.  I had breakfast with our team there, and had a couple of meetings.  Then I drove to Agoura Hills which is north of LA.  It was a very pleasant 3 hour drive.

Once I got to Agoura Hills, I had a meeting with some of our engineering team there.  I had dinner alone and fell asleep around 9, in the hotel in Agoura Hills.

Wednesday – 8/28: 40 minute stationary bike

Again, first thing in the morning.  Today was a medium intensity rolling hills workout.

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Then back to our facility for more meetings.  I headed out to the airport around noon and flew to Chicago, arriving at 9pm.  I got to the hotel around 10pm and promptly fell asleep.

Thursday – 8/29: 30′ Stationary bike

Tired this morning.  Took it easy.  HR was high nonetheless.

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After that, I headed to our office north of Chicago and had a few meetings.  I headed out to the airport around 4pm.  I caught a 7pm flight home and arrived back at my house around 11pm.  I slept in Hopkinton that night.

Friday – 8/30 : No training

I slept hard until 9am, when my wife helpfully woke me up so I could dash off and get onto my first call of the day..  The morning was a blur of calls.  Then we got our stuff packed and around 1:30 we headed off to the cape, arriving around 4:00pm.  I had another work call, and the we chilled out, had some dinner and crashed around 10:30.

That was my fifth bed of the week.

Saturday – 8/31: 11k coastal row

A glorious beautiful day!  I relaxed all morning.  In the early after noon, I loaded up the boat, and headed off for a row.  There was a brisk 10-15mph breeze from the north, so I decided to row the marshes where I would be protected from the chop.  It was a good call.  At the very end, I came out into the bay a little bit and I was bashed around.  That bit was not fun, but it only lasted a few minutes and I was back on the beach.

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The tide was flowing out during the whole row, and the stream was quite strong at times.

        Workout Summary - media/20190831-2041020o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|11661|01:11:55.0|03:05.0|000.0|20.5|146.2|163.0|07.9
W-|11138|01:05:24.4|02:56.2|000.0|20.0|146.7|163.0|08.5
R-|00530|00:06:31.2|06:09.0|000.0|25.1|140.5|163.0|04.1
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|02673|16:15.2|03:02.4|000.0|18.9|136.4|156.0|08.7 against tide
02|01404|08:02.8|02:51.9|000.0|20.4|149.3|155.0|08.5 with tide
03|01915|12:12.5|03:11.2|000.0|19.7|148.0|158.0|07.9 against tide
04|03345|19:28.5|02:54.7|000.0|20.4|150.8|163.0|08.4 bit of both
05|00070|00:27.4|03:16.8|000.0|19.7|159.6|161.0|07.7 against tide
06|01671|08:33.4|02:33.6|000.0|21.2|152.1|161.0|09.2 with tide
07|00060|00:24.6|03:25.0|000.0|19.5|149.6|154.0|07.5 last little bit

Man, I love rowing!  The time just flew by, sun was shining, the water was nice and flat (mostly), and was able to focus on trying to row clean.

Tomorrow:  I hope I can do it all over again.