12/18 to 12/23 – I have a new least favorite session – 30r22

But we’ll get to that.

12/18 – Strength Session.

Crunches 10×10″/5″
Superman 2x10x10″/1″
Side plank 2x3x30″/10″
Pushups 2×17,1×20
Front squats , bar+90lb  3×6
Cable rows 96lb 1×6, 120lb 2×8,1×1 (Should these be done with or without back swing?  I did them without.)
Shoulder press 84lb 1×12, 96lb 1×9 1×7
One leg squats 2x20lb dumbbells, 2x3x12
Cable pull downs, narrow overhand grip 144lb 2×10 1×7
Deadlifts bar 1×12, bar + 150lb 3 x10


12/19 – 30r22

This is an online challenge, line the 500 from last week.  This was a session from Sander’s team coach, and he set it up as an online race to make things a bit more interesting.  I looked at my testing at the end of October, and I did a free rate 20′ at 1:50.5, and that was at about 25 spm.  Since then, I have eased off a bit, adding in some strength training, and reducing the volume,  So, three things to slow me down.  I was guessing something like a 1:55 split would be OK.

I did a quick warmup.

I tried to get the hang of rowing full pressure at 22.  The splits came out a lot faster than 1:55.

Oh well, how badly could it go?  Pretty badly as it turns out.

I felt strong and smooth through 5 minutes and I was going way faster than 1:55.  This was a bad idea.  I was a bit worried about how fast my HR was going up.  The next 5 minutes were a bit tough, and I started trying to slow my roll.  By the time I passed 10 minutes, I was really struggling.  My HR wasn’t crazy high, but I had an awful sort of drowning feeling.  If I hadn’t said I was going to post a result, I might have packed it in.  Even with the virtual pressure, I put the handle down briefly around 10:40.  I started paddling almost immediately and then brought my pace down to around my original 1:55 target.  That lasted just a couple of minutes and I got that drowning feeling again and went back to paddling.  OK, so 1:55 doesn’t work, how about 1:56.  That lasted another couple of minutes.  I was definitely not at my best and definitely not happy about it.  I decided to just try to go faster than 2:00 and post whatever I got.  1:57 seemed to work out quite well and I plodded along like that until I had about a minute to go.  Then I steadily ramped up the pressure to the end.

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Workout Details
10|00252|01:00.0|01:59.2|225.0|22.1|167.8|168.0|11.4 - HD #1
12|00247|01:00.0|02:01.3|218.5|22.1|167.6|168.0|11.2 - HD #2
15|00225|01:00.0|02:13.4|181.3|20.0|166.9|167.0|11.3 - HD #3
29|00270|01:00.0|01:50.9|250.2|22.1|180.2|181.0|12.2 - End in sight!

It was pure misery, but pretty good threshold training,

I think.  In the end, I missed my target of 1:55 by about a second.  I figured if I didn’t go out so fast, I could hold 1:55 the whole way.  A theory I disproved on Friday.

I did a dejected little 1k cool down.

Thursday – Strength

Crunches 10×10″/5″
Superman 2x10x10″/1″
Side plank 2x3x30″/10″
Pushups 2×18,1×20 (steadily increasing.  That’s good)
Front squats , bar+90  8,8,8 (up 2 reps from Tues)
Cable rows 120 10,10,10 (getting the hang of these)
One leg squats 2×25 12,12,12,12,12,12 (Oh my god, these are hard!)
Shoulder press 96 12,12,8
Cable pull downs, 144 10,10,10 (Time to up the weight, I think)


Friday – 12/21/2018 – Another go at the 30r22

Try it again, I thought.  You went out too fast, I thought.  It’ll be better today, I thought.

But there were ill omens.  First, I woke up feeling sore and tired, but that’s nothing new.  I didn’t get nearly enough sleep, also unremarkable.  Someone beat me to the gym and pinched the newer erg, leaving me with the old Model C.  I know it doesn’t matter, but I feel like I row better on the new machine.  More importantly, they had my setup my fan to keep them nice and cool for their ugly and ineffectual workout (sorry, that sounds a bit ungenerous).  I would hate to be thought of as the self important jerk who hogs his own fan, so I didn’t even ask to use it, but inside I really missed it.  Yep, I’m petty and stupid.

I did a longer warmup.  2k versus 1K and I actually did a pick drill to start.  It was kind fun and useful, I might do again in the future.

Then I started the 30r22 and it was misery from the start.

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Workout Details
10|00173|01:00.0|02:53.9|104.7|21.2|164.9|169.0|08.2 - HD #1
12|00247|01:00.0|02:01.2|203.4|20.8|159.4|162.0|11.9 - HD #2
18|00196|01:00.0|02:33.2|122.3|20.5|164.8|168.0|09.5 - HD #3
22|00250|01:26.1|02:52.3|205.7|21.8|158.5|164.0|08.0 - HD #4

So. Many. Failures!  I was more careful.  I was rowing 1:55s when I decided to quit rowing (actually, both in the sense of this specific workout, and the sport in general).  I changed my mind, and again set the no slower  than 2:00 splits rule, which I found it hard to observe.  I kept speeding up and then HD’ing.

My wife has a nasty cold and I have the beginning of some symptoms.  Sometimes, I like to use the excuse that I didn’t do well because I am fighting a bug.  Maybe that I’ll include that in the excuse index for this piece.  Anyway, it sucked.  It was slower and more painful than wednesday.  The only good that came of it was that I was so angry and frustrated by the time I had 5 minutes left that I started to row really hard (at 22spm) and just kept pushing harder.  I wanted it to hurt.  And it did.  I finished within 4 beats of my MaxHR.

Saturday – Rest Day.

After that debacle, I decided that a rest day would be a good idea.  It was a good idea.  My kids are all home for Christmas and we just hung out, drank beer and enjoyed each other’s company.

Sunday – 12/23/2018 : HR capped at 150

Time to do some base work.  For some reason I am favoring HMs over the 4 x 20’s sessions recently.  I like distance based workouts.  My only issue is my butt is hurting more recently on the erg, and especially in these long sessions, it gets pretty bad.  It’s really my left sitz bone.  I am going to try some different seat pad arrangements to see if it gets better.

Today’s workout was a bit slower than I hoped, but I respected the cap until the very last minute.  I really didn’t want the time to be longer than 1:31.

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Workout Details

Tomorrow:  I think I will do the Christmas 10K online race

Monday: 3 x 20′ / 2′

Back at work.  Static erg.  Started around 2:30.  Needed to slow to nearly 2:06 to keep under the HR cap.

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Tomorrow:  Strength Session.


500m race

New plan for today.  I was a bit short on time, and I honestly didn’t want to do a long interval session either.  So, I decided that it would be a good chance for me to get a result in to the rowsandall racing series “Give it a try 500“.

I am a happy member (and tester) for rowsandall, and one of cool features is the ability to define online races.  This started last summer with OTW races over specific course, but this winter, it has been expanded to support indoor races on ergs.  You can either upload a result from the c2 logbook, painsled or boatcoach, or you can plug in a result manually.  There are already a slew of races defined, and every user has the ability to through down a challenge.

This first race is just for people to get the idea of how it works.  And it works great!

I am a painsled user.  I use it because it captures all the cool metrics that the PM5 provides for later analysis.  I always send my results from painsled to rowsandall by email, which is quick and painless.  To enter my result in the race, I just have to click a button and it’s there.

So, for today’s session, I started with a Fletcher warmup.

Looks like I’m having some issues with the PM talking to my phone.

Then I did the 500m.  I decided to try to rate around 40, and keep the pace around 1:30.  It turns out that this was hard to do.  I was feeling the struggle but halfway and I just closed my eyes and counted out strokes, and it was so many strokes!  At 40 spm, I had time to cram in about 65 strokes.  The last 20 were…were…painful.

The following charts tell the story.  I started at the right stroke rate and immediately slowed down too much.  I am just not used to rating up, even on slides.  With the rate down below 40, I was having trouble holding a sub 1:30 pace.  As I passed the halfway point, I decided to get the rate up where it belonged and the splits obliged by dropping to the right side of the target.  I could feel the power leaking out of my legs, so I just kept pushing the rate up.  With about 50 meters to go, I started to really gasp for air and my legs were starting to cease functioning, but by then I was just counting down the last few strokes.

The end result was a 1:29.4.  That’s a second off of my PB, and on slides to boot.  So, I am not as fast as I was in 2014, but back then I was in tip top sprinting form.  I’m OK with this result.

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This puts me in the lead for the online race so far, but there is still some time for someone to come along and beat me.  One of the cool things about racing on rowsandall is being able to compare racers.  Here’s a little taste.  This is a plot of everyone’s stroke rate through the race.  My line is the minty green one.  You can see how being on slides helped me rate up through the last half of the piece, compared to the static racers.

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Saturday: 10K Threshold on slides

Down on the cape.

I had two things on my list of things to to today.  The first was to play around some more with the Quiske pod on the erg.  I needed to redo an example I am used in a blog post over on the rowsandall analytics site.  I had the pod mounted backwards and the plots were inverted, so I wanted to update it with the right data.

That ended up being about 18 minutes of reasonably hard rowing, but it was in short intervals of 1 to 5 minutes.  I ended up sweaty but not tired.

After that, I got myself settled to do my hard distance workout for the week.  10K on slides.  It’s always a mystery to me how to pace stuff on slides.  I am not as fast on slides as on static, but a bit faster than on the dynamic.  I decided to try to 1:58.  It worked out fine.  It was hard, but I was able to hold the pace throughout.

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Workout Details

Pretty consistent pacing through the middle section.  I struggled a bit with 2000m to go, but rated up a little in the last 1000 and I was fine.

Tomorrow:  The plan calls for a long interval session.  I will try to do a 3k/2.5k/2k waterfall before we head home.  I might substitute a endurance session if I am feeling tired from today’s session.


12/8 to 12/14 -Kinda normal

Saturday – 12/8: Easy HM on the Dynamic

My flight from Taiwan arrived in San Francisco in the early evening, and I headed straight to my next flight, a red eye to Boston, which left at about 9pm and arrived in Boston at 5am.  I slept about 5 hours on the flight from Taiwan to SFO and maybe another 3 on the flight to Boston.  I was tired when I got home around 6:30 and slept until 10.  I kind of zombied my way through the day, buying a Christmas tree, putting up decorations, and doing errands.  Eventually, I decided to do a nice slow and easy half marathon.

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Sunday – 12/9 : Hard 30′

I had trouble getting up in the morning and I was still kind of out of it.  The plan called for a hard distance session, and I wasn’t really in the mood and I hate doing hard pieces on the dynamic.  But I guess that’s one good thing about having a training plan, it will remind you to do things that you don’t really want to.  So, I did it.

It didn’t go so well, but I didn’t bail and made it to the end.

        Workout Summary - media/20181209-2340350o.csv
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Monday – 12/10 : Strength Training

Crunches 10×10
Superman 2x10x10
Side plank 2x3x30
Pushups 3×16
Front squats barx10, bar+70 3×6  (went up 20lbs)
One arm rows 50 2x3x10 (went up 5lbs)
One leg squats 2×20, 2x3x7 (ouch…lot of pressure on my knee)
Cable pull downs, narrow overhand grip 144 3×8 (working up the weight)
Deadlifts bar+90 1×10, bar+180 3×6 (That last one is 255lbs.  I think my 1RMax is probably around 300)
My back has been a bit tender since Monday…:-(
Tuesday – 12/11 : 60′ UT1
 I started off a bit too ambitiously, so this session was an example of me constantly slowing down to hold it under the HR cap.
It felt good to be back on the static erg!
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Wednesday – 12/12 : No Training
I had every intention of training this morning, but I was just a bit slow getting to work, and then the emergencies started up before 8am, so I couldn’t squeeze in a session.
Thursday – 12/13 : Strength Session
I had originally planned to take Thursday as a rest day because my company had a big all day meeting in downtown Boston.  But since I had missed Wed, I got up early, drove up to North Reading, did my workout, and then drove into Boston.  I felt virtuous and smug all day!
It was a little shorter than Monday’s session and wanted to avoid anything that would be really tough on my back.
Crunches 10×10
Superman 2x10x10
Side plank 2x3x30
Pushups 2×16, 1 x 20  (getting a bit easier…)
Front squats: bar+70 3×7
One arm rows 50 2x3x12  (The last two reps were really tough!)
One leg squats 2×20, 2x3x10 (A bit easier, I’m getting my balance better)
Cable pull downs, narrow overhand grip 144 3×10
Friday – 12/14 : 2 x 30′ / 2′
More endurance work.  Trying to keep my HR at a reasonable level.
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Workout Details
That brings up up to date.  I’m down on the cape for the weekend.  That means sessions on slides!
Saturday:  Hard Distance…I think a reasonably brisk 10K
Sunday:  I owe the plan some hard intervals.  I might do a waterfall.
This meso cycle, I am aiming at a reduced training load and working on strength, so I am expecting that my fitness will trail off.  It is but not terribly.  The biggest impact has come from missing training days due to travel.
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The Month of November

Wow.  I haven’t posted since November 11th.  There are a few of things going on.  The first is I’ve been going like crazy for work.  The second is that I am struggling a bit trying to get myself converted over to using a more structured training planning tool.  And third, I am in a regenerative macro cycle of training.

Let me explain that last one.  By the end of the OTW season, I was feeling pretty beaten up.  My knees, hips and back were sore.  Nothing serious, but I felt like I was 80 years old when I got up from bed in the morning.  I had a bit of a crisis in the middle of the summer when my work commitments made it impossible for me to keep on track with my training plan.  I blew off the sprint racing I was planning, simplified my training plan and set my sights on doing at least one head race.  Going into October, I had a reasonable stretch with less travel, and I managed to get into OK shape for the head race.  No where near my best (Fall of 2015), but probably second to that.  But it was a reasonably heavy training load and all of it was rowing.

After I stored my boat away, I sat down to think about goals and decided that I would focus on coastal and OTW races, and that I would take the period through November and December as a chance to mix things up a bit.  Add in some strength training, core work, cross training, and reduce the time rowing for a little while.

Sunday, 11/11 – Hard Distance – HM (first half hard, second half easy)

Down on the cape.  Done on slides.

Monday 11/12 – Strength Training

Apparently, I did a strength training session, I have no recollection of it.

Tuesday 11/13 – November CTC 11x111m/1′

This was good fun.  Started with a fletcher warmup.  It was a miserable experince.  I have no idea what was wrong with me, but I just felt awful.

I debated quitting for the day, but I thought that I would just give it a go.  I’m glad I did.  It wasn’t nearly as bad as the warmup.

        Workout Summary - media/20181113-1340340o.csv
Workout Details

That last rep was 18.7 sec on the monitor, and the pace was significantly faster than my current PR for the 100m.  I should really sit down and do a more serious attempt at that.  Probably makes sense to do another run at the 1min as well.  At 1:30.9 pace, that is a little soft.

Wednesday – 11/14: 10K easy

I was a bit pressed for time, so I just snuck to the gym for a quick 10k.  My HR was a bit high, so I bled off pace to keep it in check.

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Thursday – 11/15: Strength Training

Another session in the gym at work.  Basically about 20 minutes of various core stuff, then another half hour of lifts.

Friday – 11/16: 10K

Another day where I ended up getting distracted in the morning.  When I get to work, I usually boot up my computer, quickly scan my emails, and then head to the gym.  This morning, that quick scan turned into a couple hours of work and I was left with barely enough time for a 10K.  But it was a great 10K.  I felt good and my HR was low.  No need to bleed off pace today.

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Saturday – 11/17: Half Marathon (dynamic)

More volume, more better.  I just wish I had something besides the dynamic to do it on.  I’m feel like I am acclimating, but it is still unpleasant to row on.  The stop in the middle of this was shifting a load of clothes from the washer to the dryer.  I dropped pace to keep my HR creep in check.

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Sunday – 11/18: Cross Training in Munich

I flew to Munich on Saturday night, arriving late morning on Sunday.  I took a nap, and then went to the gym on Sunday.

I started with my core routine, then 30 minutes inclined march, then 20 minutes on the stationary bike.

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Monday – 11/19: No Training

I had meetings with customers and then dinner that night.

Tuesday – 11/20: No Training

I had a breakfast meeting that ended up going very long, and then I had to head off to the airport to catch my flight home.

Wednesday – 11/21: Half Marathon (dynamic)

I got back home on Tuesday evening.  I worked from home on Wednesday.  I only had a few calls, and most of the day was cooking desserts for Thanksgiving, which was a blast.

I did have time for a nice easy half marathon.  I feel like it is getting a bit easier to do these on the dynamic.

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Thursday – 11/22: 10K putsch (dynamic)

Thanksgiving!  I got up a little early so I could get in a quick session before we drove up to Vermont.  I didn’t have the oomph for a really hard distance session, so I decided to do a 10k putsch.  I held it together very nicely until that last 1000 and I just fell apart with the finish line in sight!

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Friday – 11/23: Half Marathon (dynamic)

more of the same.  just munching meters.

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Saturday – 11/24: No Training

My wife and I took a day trip out to Western Massachusetts for some Christmas shopping.

Sunday – 11/25: Half Marathon

Feeling quite tired.

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Monday – 11/26: Strength Training

The usual, lots of core with front squats, dead lifts, and a bunch of other stuff.

Tuesday – 11/27: No Training

Up at 4am to fly out to California first thing in the morning.  Meetings all day out in San Jose and then the red eye back to Boston.  Ugh.

Wednesday – 11/28: 10K

I went straight from the airport to work and did a quick 10K before my first meeting. A little harder than I should have.

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Thursday – 11/29: No Training

I needed a good night’s sleep, so I blew off my morning workout to get a couple more hours of rest.

Friday – 11/30: Strength Training

Saturday – 12/1: 15K (dynamic)

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Sunday – 12/2: 8 x 2’/2′ (dynamic)

I don’t like to sprint on the dynamic, but I didn’t have a lot of choice.  I just set a reasonably conservative pace target and off I went.

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I did this session around noon time.  Later in the evening, I headed off to the airport for a one week trip to Italy and then Taiwan.

Monday – 12/3:  No Training

I arrived in Milan around 11am and I was at my hotel by 12pm.  I took a nap, and then had meetings and a dinner with our team there.

Tuesday – 12/4: 30 minutes inclined march

I always have issues getting up to workout in Europe. Morning comes way to soon when you are 6 time zones to the east.  I managed to get the gym with enough time to do a 30 minute march on the treadmill.

I had customer meetings until around 4pm, and then headed to the airport.  First leg took me to Istanbul, then a 2 hour layover, then a 10 hour flight to Taipei.

Wednesday – 12/5: 3 x 20’/2′ endurance session

Most of Wednesday was lost to travel.  I arrived in Taiwan around 6pm.  By the time I was at my hotel, it was around 8pm.  I was weary but not sleepy, so I decided to go to the gym and take advantage of the old concept2 Model C erg that my hotel has tucked in a corner of the fitness center.

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Thursday – 12/6: 5 x 1500/4′ Long Intervals

This was done on short turn around time, the morning after my endurance session.  I did a warmup interval, and then 5 work intervals.  I hit the wall hard in the last one with a couple of mini-HDs.  It was hot and I was tired and jet lagged

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Friday – 12/7: Strength Training

core: bent leg crunches (10x10sec), superman (2x10x10sec), side plank (2x3x30sec)


  • push ups: 15,16,17
  • single leg squats, with 2x10lb DBs: 2 x 3 x 12
  • overhand grip, narrow pull down: 3 x 12 (68kg)
  • goblet squats with 40lb DB: 3 x 12
  • overhead DB press (2x20lb): 3 x 10
  • single arm DB row (50lb): 2 x 3 x 12
  • chest press on machine: 3 x 12
  • good mornings: 3 x 12 using a curl bar and 30kg

I was a little shaky through the morning.  Now I’m sore.

It’s now 10:15 pm and I’m at the airport getting ready to get on my 11:30 flight to San Francisco.  I have a few hours there then another red eye to the east coast.  I get in around 5am, and then hopefully home to a soft bed.




On the road

Monday: No Training

Since I was flying out in the evening, I needed to go to town hall and get an absentee ballot for the elections on Tuesday.  Mission accomplished, but no time for training.

I flew to the airport on Monday afternoon.  Arriving in LA around 8pm.

Tuesday:  Quick cross training in the hotel gym


  • head shoulder raises: 10x10sec
  • arm leg extensions: 10 x 10 sec each side
  • plank on swiss ball: 4 x 30 sec
  • side plank:  each side 3 x 30 sec
  • push ups: 2 x 12, 1 x 8 (pooped out)

plus 30 minutes on the elliptical (all the treadmills were taken.

Wednesday: Core / strength / inclined march

Core: same as Tuesday


  • Goblet squats with 40 lb DB: 3 x 20
  • lat pull down: 3 x 12
  • one leg squats: body weight 3 x 12
  • one arm rows, 40lb DB: each arm: 3 x 12

30 minute inclined march on treadmill.

Then a busy day of meetings, followed by a real treat.  We went to see the LA Lakers play the Timberwolves.  I got to see LeBron James play basketball live.  It was quite a show.

Got back to the hotel around midnight.

Thursday: No Training

Up at 4am.  Out the door at 4:30 to get to the airport for my 6:30am flight.  Very tired.  Flew home, got to the airport around 3pm.

Friday:  Core / 3 x 20′ / 2′

I had hoped to catch up on my sleep, but I didn’t get to bed until about midnight, so only about 5 hours.  Up at 5:15 and off to work.

Same core routine plus swiss ball side rotations (10 x 5 sec both sides)

I felt very tired during this piece.  HR was crazy high.  I needed to slow down a lot to keep it under the cap.

Saturday: Core / 3 x 20’/2′

By the plan, I should have don a hard distance piece, but I decided that with all the disruption and travel that I’d take it easier and just work on some aerobic base.

I started with my basic core routine:

  • head shoulder raises: 10x10sec
  • arm/leg raises: 10 x 10 sec both sides
  • front plank: 4 x 30sec
  • side planks: 3 x 30sec each side
  • push ups: 3 x 13 (ooh, I added a rep!)

Then I headed to the basement and did the session on slides.  I wasn’t any faster but it sure felt nice and smooth to be on the slides.

Tomorrow:  Maybe I will do a HM with a bit of tempo to it.

I just got word that the fires in California have come very close to our facility in Agoura Hills.  Like right across the road from it.

Here’s the extent of the fire.  The scale bar at the bottom, is 4 miles long, so the fire is basically 20 miles across.

Screen Shot 2018-11-10 at 8.24.41 PM.pngOur facility in in the yellow rectangle. Here is the zoomed view of the box.  Our building is in the red oval.

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I was just there!  I hope everyone stays safe out there.





Sunday: Windy 12km on Lake Quinsigamond in a 2x

I met Joe at 8.  We were expecting 5 total rowers, but everyone besides Joe and I cancelled out.  So, we hopped in the double.

I was glad to get out on the water for a bunch of reasons.

  1. It sure beats erging, and I’ll be doing a lot of that over the next 5 months.
  2. There are all sorts of changes afoot with the rowing club and I wanted to hear the details
  3. I had a new version of the Quiske app that I wanted to try out.

The weather was a little iffy.  It was in the low 40s, but there was a brisk wind blowing from the NW.  It was about 10mph on average, but quite gusty, up to 20mph.

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When the wind is from the NW, the worcester side of the lake is quite pleasant.  You are in the wind shadow from the shore and you get flat water and gentle tail wind.  But the trip north up the shrewsbury shore is a real slog.  The wind hits the shoreline and is funneled to the south.  There is a pretty good chop and each headland acts as a funnel for the wind and the waves.

Look at those horribly slow splits!  We were hovering around 3:00 splits for most of the way up the lake.  Each of the big dips was around one of those headlands.

Because I was in the double, I didn’t have my oarlock, but I was curious how much power was required to push into the headwind, so I used one of the advanced features on rowsandall.  There is a physics model to estimate power from pace for a few boat types, including the 2x.  The model includes the ability to correct for wind.  It’s very cool.  It imports the minute by minute wind data from the nearest weather station, and then applies it to the GPS data from your row and figures out whether it was a head wind, cross wind or tail wind and then calculates a corrected pace.  I think today’s breeze might have overwhelmed it.  It says in the toughest bits, we were hitting 300W.

This in turn is used to calculate the corrected pace chart.

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I think it might have been a bit generous on the pace estimate, but I sure felt better about the our slow slog into the wind after I looked at it.

The Quiske pod worked great.  When I started I had it mounted wrong way around so it must have thought I was rowing in the Upside Down (little Stranger Things reference for you there).  Once we got to the south end of the lake, I fixed it and was able to see my oar path for about 4K up the lake before my phone ran out of juice.

It’s remarkable how quickly the Quiske folks are improving the iOS app.  It’s already at a state where it can be used to help diagnose and work on elements of technique and they are rapidly working out all the kinks.  I’ll be writing up a more detailed review sometime in the next few weeks.

Tomorrow:  I think it will be basically be a rest day.



Saturday: 10K hard on the dynamic

The plan calls for a hard distance piece on Saturday, so thats what I did.  Even though I wasn’t relishing the idea of doing it on the dynamic, I figured if I just aimed at 2:00 splits, I’d be fine.

It was hard!

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Well, a bit better than the last one.

Here is a comparison of 4 10ks on the dynamic.  I’ve dialed in my best pace and was able to hold it at slightly higher heart rates today.

Tomorrow: rowing on Quinsig.  Free form Sunday….


Monday: 3 x 20’/2′

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Tuesday:  Strength

  • Abs:  4 x 30″ front plank, 3 x 30″ side plank (each side)
  • swiss ball/med ball twisty things
  • Front Squats bar x 10, bar+20 x 10, bar+40 x 3 x 12
  • incline row: 3 x 12
  • deadlift (with hex bar): bar x 10, bar+90 3 x 12

Wednesday: 4 x 2000′ / 4′

Hard one.  Tried for target pace of 1:50.  It was too much for me.  I backed off to 1:51 in the first couple reps but needed to slow down a bit more on the last two.

I think I need to pace these a bit more conservatively over the winter to avoid really punishing myself, especially when I am as sore as I was from the weights.

Thursday: Strength

  • Abs:  4 x 30″ front plank, 3 x 30″ side plank (each side)
  • swiss ball/med ball twisty things
  • pushups: 3 x 12
  • Front Squats bar x 10, bar+50 x 3 x 10
  • incline row: 3 x 12
  • Good mornings: bar x 10, bar+50 x 3 x 10

Friday: 3 x 20’/2′

Legs a bit sore from yesterday.  But way better than last week.  Felt pretty easy.

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Not bad for a work week. I’ll try to do some hard distance tomorrow, probably a 10K on the dreaded dynamic.