Looping back around again.

I’ve completed the three week cycle of the plan, and then had a 1 week interruption to go to China.  Now, I am back to repeating the workouts for the second time through and have a much better idea of pace targets.

Sunday – Nov 24 – 3 x 30′ / 2′ Steady State with a bit of L4 action

I was feeling a tired and my HR was a bit higher than I expected, but it was a good session.  I got bored and decided to do the last 30 minutes in L4 format.

       Workout Summary - media/20191124-2146140o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|22007|01:35:59.8|02:10.9|164.8|19.3|143.9|162.0|11.9
W-|21250|01:29:33.9|02:06.4|173.4|19.4|144.5|162.0|12.2
R-|00761|00:06:00.0|03:56.4|044.8|17.4|135.4|162.0|09.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07041|29:42.1|02:06.6|172.7|19.2|137.0|146.0|12.3
01|07117|30:00.0|02:06.5|173.5|19.9|145.2|151.0|11.9
02|07092|29:51.8|02:06.3|174.1|19.1|151.1|162.0|12.4

There is something brewing with the monitor on this rower.  The spikes that you see at the end of the first 30′ piece were transients.  I saw them on the monitor too.  I was rowing along and suddenly the power went up above 200 and the stroke rate was way off too.  There is also missing strokes, something that I saw a lot more of a while ago, but is still an issue on this specific machine.

Monday – Nov 25 – 8 x 500 / 3’30”

Last time I did this session was October 25th.  I targeted a 1:45 pace, did the first 7 reps between 1:44 and 1:45, and kicked out a nice faster last rep at 1:41.9.  That brought the average to 1:44 even for whole session.

So today’s target was 1:44 for the first 7 and a faster last.  But, I am getting ahead of myself.  I started with a fletcher warmup.

That was hard work.  I was worried that I might not be up to the session.

But, it turns out I was OK.  In fact, I was really nailing it in the middle reps.  The last couple started to bite pretty hard, but I focused on trying to keep my rate up above 30 and row nice and light.

Here is the comparison between sessions.

  • 1.2% shorter DPS (correlates with slightly higher stroke rate)
  • 2.4% higher peak force.
  • 1.9% higher stroke rate
  • 3.1% higher power (up from 309 to 319W)

I’m really happy with the session.  I had an irresistible urge to lie down for a minute in the locker room afterwards, and I’m pleasantly sore now.  I’ve kind of missed doing these sprint interval sessions.

 

Shanghai Diversion

Monday – Nov 18 – No Training

Flew to Shanghai via Montreal, arrived Tuesday evening

Tuesday – Nov 19 – No Training

Got to my hotel around 6:30 pm.  I was asleep by 7:00.

Wednesday –  Nov 20 –  3 x 30′ Fitness Center

Slept hard until 1:30 in the morning when I popped awake.  After trying to get back to sleep for a while, I gave up and did some email and other work.  I headed to the gym around 5:30.  I had a lot of time on my hands, so I did 30′ treadmill (15% grade, 3mph), 30′ stationary bike, 30′ elliptical.

I had a bunch of meetings during the day and a customer dinner that night.  I learned all about Moutai, a chinese spirit made from Sorghum.  At 53% alcohol, it packs quite a kick.

Shanghai Thursday – Nov 20 – 2 x 30′ Fitness Center

I woke up with my alarm at 5:30 and after checking email, I headed back to the fitness center.  30′ treadmill (varying grade, 5 mph), 30′ bike.  I started a third 30′ piece, but decided I had had enough for the day and quit about 5 minutes in.

I headed to the airport to catch a 12:35 departure.  This flight was awesome.  A Boeing 787 direct from Shanghai to Boston.  Just under 15 hours and no connections.  It was fantastic.  I arrived at 1:30pm on Thursday.

Hopkinton Thursday – Nov 21 – 2 x 30′ / 2′ 

Not a typo.  Because of the flight back, I had an extra long Thursday and a window to do another workout.  This on on slides in my basement,  Steady state at 175W.   Heart Rate a bit elevated, probably because of the long flight.

        Workout Summary - media/20191121-2111150o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|14478|01:02:10.2|02:08.8|169.7|19.8|144.9|155.0|11.7
W-|14239|00:59:55.1|02:06.2|175.0|19.8|145.4|155.0|12.0
R-|00242|00:31:37.8|65:29.2|042.6|21.2|153.6|155.0|00.1
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07155|29:45.0|02:04.7|176.6|19.7|140.3|153.0|12.2
01|07084|30:10.1|02:07.8|173.4|19.8|150.4|155.0|11.8

Friday – Nov 22 – 15 x 3′ / 1′

At work in the fitness center on a static erg.  Because of the 6K that I did at 1:51.7, I decided that I could use 1:51 as a target for this workout.  And then I pushed faster than that for the first few reps and totally burned myself out.  I massively struggled through the rest of the workout.  So, 6 good ones, then a HD in the 7th, a good 8th, more trouble in the ninth, a couple good ones, then trouble in 12th, two more good ones and the last was a shambles.  Best to forget all about this one.

I think next time, I use a target of 1:54 or so.

Saturday – Nov 23 – 2 x 40’/2′ L4

There has been a thread going on Facebook about the Wolverine Plan, so I was inspired to go back to one of my favorite L4 workouts.  Back in the good old days, I would do this on a static erg with the watts target equal to the SPM x 10  (r16 = 160W, r18 = 180W).  On slides, I move the stroke rate up by 2, so r18 = 160W, r20 = 180W.

        Workout Summary - media/20191123-2201170o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|19709|01:24:00.2|02:07.9|171.1|19.6|136.9|158.0|12.0
W-|19090|01:20:00.0|02:05.7|176.2|19.4|136.9|157.0|12.3
R-|00635|00:04:00.6|03:09.6|069.1|23.9|137.1|157.0|07.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|00472|02:00.0|02:07.1|164.3|18.1|095.2|117.0|13.1
01|00482|02:00.0|02:04.6|180.8|19.9|121.8|124.0|12.1
02|00464|02:00.0|02:09.4|161.9|18.4|123.7|126.0|12.6
03|00482|02:00.0|02:04.4|178.0|19.1|127.2|129.0|12.6
04|00466|02:00.0|02:08.7|166.6|17.7|127.9|131.0|13.2
05|00482|02:00.0|02:04.5|180.6|19.9|129.5|134.0|12.1
06|00466|02:00.0|02:08.9|164.2|18.3|130.7|134.0|12.7
07|00483|02:00.0|02:04.2|182.2|19.8|131.7|134.0|12.2
08|00437|01:52.1|02:08.4|165.6|18.1|131.9|133.0|12.9
09|00514|02:07.9|02:04.4|182.4|19.9|133.3|136.0|12.1
10|00466|02:00.0|02:08.6|164.7|18.1|132.8|135.0|12.9
11|00483|02:00.0|02:04.2|182.1|19.9|133.8|135.0|12.1
12|00499|02:00.0|02:00.2|201.3|22.0|139.4|142.0|11.3
13|00483|02:00.0|02:04.3|179.5|20.0|140.4|142.0|12.1
14|00465|02:00.0|02:09.1|163.6|18.2|136.5|138.0|12.8
15|00925|04:00.0|02:09.7|160.6|18.0|132.6|135.0|12.8
16|00724|03:00.0|02:04.4|181.4|20.1|135.1|144.0|12.0
17|00501|02:00.0|01:59.7|206.5|21.2|143.0|145.0|11.8
18|00258|01:00.0|01:56.3|223.4|23.8|148.3|150.0|10.9
19|00464|02:00.0|02:09.2|160.9|17.8|125.2|132.0|13.0
20|00483|02:00.0|02:04.3|181.6|19.9|135.3|138.0|12.1
21|00466|02:00.0|02:08.7|164.5|18.5|139.4|141.0|12.6
22|00482|02:00.0|02:04.5|180.8|20.0|139.5|143.0|12.0
23|00464|02:00.0|02:09.3|163.4|18.3|140.8|143.0|12.7
24|00483|02:00.0|02:04.2|182.3|20.0|140.6|144.0|12.1
25|00464|02:00.0|02:09.3|163.4|18.2|141.8|144.0|12.8
26|00312|01:17.3|02:04.0|183.0|20.4|140.7|144.0|11.8
27|00634|02:42.7|02:08.2|163.7|18.4|143.6|146.0|12.7
28|00481|02:00.0|02:04.7|180.5|20.1|143.0|145.0|12.0
29|00463|02:00.0|02:09.5|161.3|18.1|141.4|145.0|12.8
30|00344|01:25.5|02:04.3|181.4|20.1|142.4|145.0|12.0
31|00637|02:34.5|02:01.2|195.7|21.7|147.8|152.0|11.4
32|00389|01:36.7|02:04.3|182.6|20.0|149.5|152.0|12.1
33|00558|02:23.3|02:08.4|165.4|18.7|146.3|150.0|12.5
34|00928|04:00.0|02:09.3|161.4|18.1|142.6|144.0|12.8
35|00726|03:00.0|02:03.9|183.5|20.1|146.7|150.0|12.0
36|00501|02:00.0|01:59.7|203.3|22.1|150.9|154.0|11.4
37|00258|01:00.0|01:56.5|222.2|23.9|155.9|157.0|10.8

Not quite flat on the work per stroke.

bokeh_plot - 2019-11-24T100726.640

Today:  Planning to do a long and slow 3×30.

Erg Based Training is so simple!

I last posted on November 11th, right after I struggled with the Pyramid workout.  Since then, I’ve had some OK workouts, some good workouts, but the main thing I’ve had is consistency.  I been able to follow my plan at just about 100% conformance for the past three weeks.

Just in time for three weeks of travel and holidays!  Let’s see how well I can maintain momentum through this.

Tuesday – November 12 – 4 x 20′ / 2′

At work, static erg.  Nothing fancy.  Just doing the meters.  Working with a HR cap of 150.

       Workout Summary - media/20191112-1401180o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|20011|01:27:59.9|02:11.9|160.6|19.7|137.7|150.0|11.6
W-|18981|01:19:52.4|02:06.2|173.5|20.2|139.1|150.0|11.8
R-|01034|00:08:00.0|03:52.1|033.7|14.6|124.7|150.0|11.3
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04773|20:00.0|02:05.7|174.0|19.9|129.7|138.0|12.0
01|04742|20:00.0|02:06.5|173.2|20.2|138.6|146.0|11.7
02|04747|20:00.0|02:06.4|173.2|20.2|143.4|149.0|11.8
03|04719|19:52.4|02:06.4|173.5|20.5|144.6|150.0|11.6

Good session.

Wednesday – 13 November – 5 x 1500/5′ L2

Always my favorite of the L2 workouts.  Pace target was 1:51.0.

Started with a 2k warmup.

Then the main session.  I chickened out about the 1:51 target and decided 1:52 would be better.

        Workout Summary - media/20191113-1341120o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|10974|00:52:45.7|02:24.2|157.6|22.0|143.0|176.0|09.5
W-|07500|00:27:44.4|01:51.0|256.1|26.7|155.5|176.0|10.1
R-|03476|00:25:01.6|03:36.0|048.4|16.7|129.1|176.0|08.9
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01500|05:32.4|01:50.8|254.4|26.2|149.6|164.0|10.3
01|01500|05:35.5|01:51.8|253.5|26.6|154.6|167.0|10.1
02|01500|05:33.3|01:51.1|254.4|26.9|156.5|170.0|10.0
03|01500|05:33.1|01:51.0|255.9|26.9|158.1|172.0|10.1
04|01500|05:30.1|01:50.0|262.7|27.2|158.7|176.0|10.0

As it turned out, with a bit of a fast last, I was able to make the target after all.

Later Wednesday morning, I headed down to Washington DC to do a presentation at a conference.

Thursday – 14 November – steady state cross training in Washington

30′ inclined walk

10′ stationary bike (I was not enjoying it)

20′ on an ellipitcal

Friday – 15 November – 3 x 20′ / 1′

I was pressed for time, so I cut back from an 80 minuter session to 60′.  I pushed the power target up a bit, mainly just to see what would happen.  I was very happy with the result.  My HR was higher, but plateaued pretty well.

        Workout Summary - media/20191115-1331160o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|14840|01:03:00.4|02:07.4|175.2|19.9|142.0|157.0|11.8
W-|14481|00:60:00.0|02:04.3|182.0|20.0|141.9|157.0|12.0
R-|00363|00:03:00.5|04:08.7|038.8|17.5|143.6|157.0|07.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04829|20:00.0|02:04.2|181.7|20.1|131.1|144.0|12.0
01|04825|20:00.0|02:04.3|182.1|20.0|144.0|150.0|12.0
02|04826|20:00.0|02:04.3|182.2|20.0|150.5|157.0|12.1

That was really gratifying.  I feel like my base fitness is starting to return.

Saturday – 16 November – 6K Threshold

I was nervous about this session all day.  I was originally going to do it with company at the lake with some clubmates, but we ended up locked out of the storeroom where the ergs are kept.  So I was able to procrastinate a bit longer.  I finally got up the nerve to go do it.  First, a 2K warmup.

Then there wasn’t anything else to do but to give it a try.  I had put my 10K and my 30 minute sessions into the Free Spirits pace predictor and it spit out a 1:51.4 target.  Holy hell, that felt fast.  But nothing ventured, nothing gained.  So, off I went trying to keep 1:51’s on the screen.  That worked out OK through the first 2000, but I was starting to really feel it.  My HR was well in control, but I had that vaguely drowning feeling you get when you’re on the edge.  I played with pace and rate a bit to see if anything felt better and counted out blocks of 100 strokes.  The section from 4000 to 5000 was the worst.  I managed to get some control of myself by really trying to concentrate on stroke technique.  Keeping my knees down during the first part of the recovery and limiting my layback.  Then into the last 100 strokes, and it was just a matter of getting through it.  I managed a small sprint in the last 500 meters.

Then a happy ending cool down.

I am very happy with that.  I ranked it and for it’s currently 38th for the 50-59 heavies.  Roughly the 90th percentile.  It’s a full minute off my best 6K time, so lots of room for improvement, but a good hard row.

Sunday – 17 November – 3 x 30’/2′

Long and easy.  Perfect for a sunday afternoon.

        Workout Summary - media/20191117-1926120o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|22004|01:36:00.0|02:10.9|167.2|19.8|136.9|147.0|11.6
W-|21455|01:30:00.0|02:05.8|175.3|19.9|137.9|147.0|12.0
R-|00553|00:06:00.0|05:25.7|046.4|18.1|121.5|147.0|08.6
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07137|30:00.0|02:06.1|173.3|19.5|134.3|141.0|12.2
01|07135|30:00.0|02:06.1|174.9|20.0|138.7|144.0|11.9
02|07183|30:00.0|02:05.3|177.8|20.3|140.7|147.0|11.8

I wanted to stay below a HR cap of 150, and started with a power target of 173W.  I nudged it up in each 30′ segment by a couple of watts.  More signs of progress.

Tomorrow:  I fly out to Shanghai at 9am.

 

 

 

Broken on the Pyramid

Sunday – November 10 – 3 x 30’/2′

When you get the target power right, these sessions are actually quite pleasant.  My target today was 170W, but I happened to end the first 30 minutes at 173W, so I tried to match that for the next two pieces.  My HR was a little higher than other sessions, but well within bounds.

Compared to last Sunday, much higher HR and drift this week, for only 1 more watt.

bokeh_plot - 2019-11-11T144427.551

Monday – 11 November – L1 Pyramid

On the older Model C static erg in the fitness center.

I slept terribly last night and woke up at 5:15 feeling not at all rested.  But there was a hard session in the plan.

Started with a fletcher warmup.  Not my best work.  I slowed way below target after the 1 minute and 30 second sprints.

I had a target of 1:44 for the session and I was worried about it.  I probably should have backed off of it on principle, but I’ dumb that way.

The first 2 intervals were no problem.  The third was really hard and I was just barely hanging on at the end of it.  I went into the 1000m interval with a bad attitude and had a mental break about 300m into it.  I paddled a few strokes and then decided to row it out to a softer target, around 1:46 or so.  The last 10 strokes were very difficult.

For the 750m, I decided to stick with 1:46 and then see if I could speed it up in the last 250m.  I was pretty shattered after I finished it, but I had 4:30 to recover.  The 500 was fine.  I started to rate up and just punched it out.  The last 250 is always good fun, and today was no exception.

       Workout Summary - media/20191111-1316100o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|07061|00:38:06.6|02:41.9|138.3|23.4|142.2|173.0|07.9
W-|04000|00:14:05.9|01:45.7|309.6|28.9|150.1|171.0|09.8
R-|03067|00:23:10.2|03:46.7|037.9|20.1|137.3|171.0|05.7
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|00250|00:51.0|01:42.0|311.6|27.8|115.8|141.0|10.6
01|00500|01:44.2|01:44.2|317.7|29.3|149.9|166.0|09.8
02|00750|02:34.9|01:43.3|318.2|29.1|157.6|171.0|10.0
03|01000|03:47.5|01:53.8|267.5|26.8|153.3|169.0|09.8
04|00750|02:37.5|01:45.0|302.8|28.3|154.6|171.0|10.1
05|00500|01:41.7|01:41.7|334.9|30.6|147.1|167.0|09.7
06|00250|00:49.0|01:38.0|427.4|36.5|138.9|156.0|08.4

So, with a massive issue in the middle interval, I still finished only 1.2 seconds off of target.  I could have done the middle interval around 1:48 and hit the target.  This was a useful lesson.  Stick to the target and let yourself slow down for the 1000m interval.  Same target next time.

Tomorrow.  4 x 20’/2′ at 170W

 

So far so good

Tuesday – Nov 5 – 3 x 20′ / 1′

In the fitness center at work, static erg. b A bit short on time because I had to get to some offsite training by 8:15am.  Original plan was 4×20, I had to shorten it to 3×20.

Started at 165W and increased as I went along.

Wednesday – November 6 – 4 x 2000/5′

This is an intimidating session.  I had a reasonably good idea for the pace target because of the waterfall from last week:  1:53.0

The first rep was a warmup.  The average pace for the 4 work reps was 1:51.6.  The first two were no problem, the third was tough and I was struggling to hold pace in the last one after the first 500m of it.  I’m really happy to complete it cleanly.  1:51.5 target for the first 3 next time, with hopefully a faster last.

Thursday – 7 November – rest day

I wasn’t planning a rest day, but when I got to work I wanted to work on requirement definition for the “secret new feature” on rowsandall.com.  And then I discovered that I had a 8 am meeting.  So, there wasn’t enough time for a row.

Friday – 8 November – 3 x 20’/1′

Another day with early meetings, but I went right to the gym and got to work.  Today, I started at 170W and pushed it a bit while trying to keep my HR below 145 through the first 40 minutes.  I loosened the cap in the last 20 minutes to 150.

Saturday – 9 November – Hard 30′

At home on slides.  I was nervous about this session because of all the 10Ks that I bailed out on over the summer.  But based on the 1:57.2 10K that I did last week, a reasonable target for this piece was 1:56.  In my head, I really wanted to hold 1:55, but I was afraid that would be a stretch.

I started with a 2000m warmup.

Here’s the main piece.  Looks pretty boring.  It wasn’t.  I was making very small adjustments to stroke rate to try to hold 1:55.  And I counted strokes for each 1000m of the piece.  The hardest bit was probably from 5000 to 6000m.  Still pretty far from the end, but deep into the hole.  When I got to 2 minutes left, I was sure I was going to make it and I rated up to try to get over 7850.  I did…7855m.  That’s a 1:54.5 pace.  I have to shave 2 seconds off that to get back above 8K for 30 minutes.  I think that’s doable.

        Workout Summary - media/20191109-2211370o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|07856|00:30:00.0|01:54.6|232.8|25.8|165.5|179.0|10.1
W-|07860|00:30:00.0|01:54.5|232.8|25.8|165.5|179.0|10.2
R-|00000|00:00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|179.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01049|04:00.0|01:54.4|228.5|24.6|141.1|158.0|10.6
01|01044|04:00.0|01:54.9|230.3|25.1|160.5|162.0|10.4
02|01046|04:00.0|01:54.7|231.8|25.4|164.4|167.0|10.3
03|01044|04:00.0|01:54.9|230.6|25.6|167.4|168.0|10.2
04|01048|04:00.0|01:54.5|233.4|25.8|170.6|172.0|10.2
05|01043|04:00.0|01:55.1|229.9|26.0|172.9|174.0|10.0
06|01044|04:00.0|01:55.0|230.7|26.5|175.4|177.0|09.8
07|00542|02:00.0|01:50.8|261.7|29.6|178.2|179.0|09.2

Then a 2K happy ending cool down.

Tomorrow:  Long row — 3 x 30’/2′

 

 

 

 

Sun: 3 x 30, Monday: 4 x 1000

Sunday – November 3 – 3 x 30′ / 2′

Down on the cape, on slides.  But now with a fan!  What a difference it made.

The plan was to row this at 165W, but as time rolled on, and my HR stayed nice and low, I was able to push it up and did the last 30 minutes at 175W.  Nice to be able to push harder in one of these sessions for a change.

       Workout Summary - media/20191103-1816170o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|21991|01:35:59.8|02:11.0|162.6|19.6|134.1|145.0|11.7
W-|21141|01:29:27.5|02:06.9|171.3|19.8|134.9|145.0|12.0
R-|00854|00:06:00.0|03:30.9|044.0|17.7|123.0|145.0|08.3
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|06936|29:38.8|02:08.2|166.5|19.1|128.9|136.0|12.2
01|07054|29:48.7|02:06.8|171.9|20.1|135.7|142.0|11.8
02|07151|30:00.0|02:05.9|175.5|20.1|140.1|145.0|11.9

Monday – November 4 – L1 – 4 x 1000 / 5′

The classic, soul crushing sprint workout.

I managed the 8×500/3’30” at a 1:44 pace.  When I have been doing the Pete Plan, I saw a 2 to 3 second delta between the pace for 8×500 and 4×1000.  I am also interested in building some success here, so I decided to set a reasonably soft target, 1:48.

First a fletcher warmup.  Felt better than I have on an erg this entire season.  Good rate control.  Felt good at the paces.

       Workout Summary - media/20191104-1307140o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|05048|00:20:19.0|02:00.7|204.7|20.2|141.1|163.0|12.3
W-|05052|00:20:19.0|02:00.7|204.7|20.2|141.1|163.0|12.5
R-|00000|00:00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|163.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|00984|04:19.0|02:11.6|166.8|16.9|110.8|130.0|13.5
01|00995|04:00.0|02:00.6|199.6|20.3|136.9|144.0|12.2
02|00764|03:00.0|01:57.8|213.5|22.2|146.0|148.0|11.5
03|00264|01:00.0|01:53.7|238.3|23.9|150.4|152.0|11.1
04|00137|00:30.0|01:49.2|264.1|25.8|153.7|156.0|10.6
05|00489|02:00.0|02:02.8|190.5|18.3|154.9|158.0|13.3
06|00283|01:00.0|01:46.2|290.0|27.8|153.8|158.0|10.2
07|00495|02:00.0|02:01.2|200.1|18.5|157.8|160.0|13.4
08|00149|00:30.0|01:40.6|332.9|30.1|156.1|159.0|09.9
09|00491|02:00.0|02:02.2|196.0|18.6|159.0|163.0|13.2

Then I set up for the intervals.

The first felt pretty easy, so I pushed a little to negative split the next one.  That one was OK too, so I decided to try to beat 1:46 for the third.  That worked out OK too, so I decided to try to beat 1:45 for the last one.  That was a bit of a stretch.  I started up at 30 spm and I was looking at 1:44s and 1:43s, but it took a very long time to get to halfway, and I was feeling the pain around then.  I pulled tried to lighten up my stroke and focus on technique to distract myself.  That got me to 250 to go, and then I just counted the strokes down.  No problem.

That was good fun.  Target for next time is a scary 1:46.

Tomorrow:  Hopefully 4×20 if I have enough time in the morning.  Again starting at 165 and adjusting up or down to stay below 145bpm.

 

The next phase

Sunday – October 26 – Slow roll

I felt like rowing on Sunday, so I headed into the basement to do an easy session.  I wanted to long and slow, so I plugged in a HM and off I went.

Something went badly with Painsled, and it only recorded the first 400m of the row.  But I didn’t know that at the time.

bokeh_plot - 2019-11-02T222154.455

Monday – 28 October – 8 x 500/3:30

Not sure what to do for a training plan, but when in doubt I might as well just follow my own version of the Pete plan.  So, time for a sprint session.

Started with a fletcher warmup

Then into the session.  I aimed at 1:45 split.

Not bad.

Tuesday – 29 October – Fartek on Quinsig in a double

I saw that the weather forecast for Tuesday morning was looking pretty good.  Misty, calm and warm.  I met Joe at 5:30 and we headed out with no particular plan.

We warmed up headed down to the south end of the lake.  Then started north.  After we passed the islands, I told Joe that I was game for anything, and he suggested that we do a pyramid up to the bridge.  Once we were there, we dropped into a 2k piece at a sub-threshold pace.  On the way back to the dock, we were side by side with a women’s eight and we wanted to stay there, so we worked a bit harder than we would have.

All in all, a very pleasant morning.

Wednesday – October 30 – Waterfall

Target was a 1:55 pace.

The first 2000 was the warmup.  I ended up an average pace of 1:53.6.

Hard but doable.  I’m liking this.

Thursday – 31 October – 4 x 20’/2′

The plan was to row at 165W and that’s what I did.  I think that’s my training power for now, until I earn the right to go faster.

This was interesting.  My heart rate started nice and low, but it did not plateau the way it should.  It just kept rising.  I think that means that my aerobic base is not as good as it should be.  Basically that my easy sessions have been too hard and I have not been building ability to metabolize fat.  I need to be careful and limit intensity of my endurance sessions

       Workout Summary - media/20191031-1246090o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|19386|01:28:00.0|02:16.2|152.1|17.5|133.4|150.0|12.6
W-|18668|01:20:00.0|02:08.6|164.9|17.9|134.2|150.0|13.0
R-|00723|00:08:00.0|05:31.8|024.1|12.9|125.4|150.0|16.2
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04637|20:00.0|02:09.4|161.3|17.9|123.2|133.0|13.0
01|04680|20:00.0|02:08.2|166.6|18.1|132.6|138.0|12.9
02|04679|20:00.0|02:08.2|166.3|17.9|137.4|145.0|13.0
03|04673|20:00.0|02:08.4|165.6|17.8|143.6|150.0|13.1

Friday – 1 November – No Training

Scheduled rest day

Saturday – 2 November – 10K threshold

On slides.  Started with a 2k warmup.

Then into the 10K piece, target pace 1:58.

I’d say that was pretty consistent.  I was reasonably comfortable through the first 30 minutes and it was pretty tough going from there to the end.  I never felt in distress though.

        Workout Summary - media/20191102-1906560o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|10000|00:39:03.0|01:57.2|216.0|24.7|162.0|180.0|10.4
W-|10000|00:39:03.5|01:57.2|216.0|24.7|162.0|180.0|10.4
R-|00000|00:00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|180.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01000|03:49.6|01:54.8|215.0|24.0|134.8|148.0|10.9
01|01000|03:55.0|01:57.5|215.9|24.3|151.4|154.0|10.5
02|01000|03:55.3|01:57.7|215.1|24.1|155.5|158.0|10.6
03|01000|03:55.2|01:57.6|215.2|23.9|159.0|161.0|10.7
04|01000|03:54.8|01:57.4|216.1|24.6|162.4|165.0|10.4
05|01000|03:54.9|01:57.4|216.2|24.7|165.3|167.0|10.3
06|01000|03:55.7|01:57.8|214.1|24.6|167.8|171.0|10.4
07|01000|03:55.7|01:57.8|213.9|24.9|171.7|175.0|10.2
08|01000|03:56.0|01:58.0|213.1|25.2|174.1|175.0|10.1
09|01000|03:51.5|01:55.8|225.8|26.7|177.5|180.0|09.7

Look at those even splits.   Nice.

Here’s a comparison of today’s row with the one that I did on 12 October.

  • 3 more watts today
  • Slightly lower HR
  • half an spm higher rate (which is good)

So, I’m happy with that.  A little bit of progress over the past month.

Tomorrow:  4 x 20 at 165W

 

Wormtown Chase

Wormtown is apparently the nickname for Worcester Massachusetts.

I got curious and googled to try to figure out why.  Here you go.

I was delighted to find out that it was bestowed in the late 70s by a punk rock DJ because the punk rock music scene in Worcester was so dead, that it was decomposing.  I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that the DJ’s name was L.B. Worm.

Anyway, this was the inaugural running of the Wormtown Chase.  For the past two years, the QRA has been generous enough to include masters events in the running of the Snale Race, a collegiate head race on Lake Quinsigamond.  This year, they wanted to do something new and different.  So instead of tagging on to the Snake Race, there would be another Regatta for schools and masters, and a new course!

The course was the draw.  Instead of straight boring shot up the lake, This race was going to feature a giant 180 degree turn around a couple of small islands.

Here’s the course map.

I looked to see who my competition would be,

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OK, so I know Dave Baker.  He’s a great guy, the inventor of the Shox Box and someone who was really nice to me when I first started rowing.  I remember seeing him on the lake when I was out maybe my second or third time in a single and he asked how it was going.  I said, “Well, I haven’t flipped yet”.  His reply made me feel so much better.  It was basically to the effect “flipping happens”.  I was really kind of hung up on the idea that flipping would mark me as a noob, and be incredibly embarassing.  Dave saying that it was just kinda a normal part of rowing was really an awesome thing for me in that moment.  I’ve been in a bunch of races and I’m normally faster than he is.  But he had been rumored to have been training up in Lowell, so I’d better not get cocky.

The other guy.  He’s a mystery to me.  So, the sleuthing begins.  I check to see if he rowed in the HOCR this year.  Nope.  Then I checked the Textile.  Ah ha!  There he is.  He finished a respectable fourth.  I knew the guy that won, and he was 5% slower.

Now, here’s how obsessive I can get.  I then went to the HOCR results and checked the textile winners time and place.  Then I compared it to guys that I am typically close to.  Last year, I beat a guy by less than 1% in the snake race, and the Textile winner beat him by 10% in the HOCR.  Oh crap.  This guy, Dan was faster than me.  Probably 5% faster than me.

So, going into the race, I was thinking that I probably couldn’t beat him, but if I got within 5% of his time, I could feel like I had performed up to expectations.

The start order was Dan, then me, then Dave.

When I got to the lake in around 7am, it was beautiful.  There was no wind, it was warm and the skies were clear.  But as we got closer to the 9am start time, the wind began to build, and build, and build some more.  By the time my race rolled around at 10:50, it was blowing straight out of the north between 12 to 15 mph.  Ooof.  It was going to be a long and slow race.  I hope all that coastal rowing pays off.

The start line was only about 1500m south of our docks, and there was no place to do a warm up on the water, so I went into the boathouse and did a fletcher warmup on the erg.  I pushed it hard because I was doing it about 45 minutes before my race.

Then I launched, and with the brisk tail wind, I was down to the start area way too quickly, and so I sat around.  Dan came rowing up and then he went ahead of me.  No sign of Dave.  I waited a bit longer, and I saw that, even though our start time was still a few minutes away, Dan was heading down to the line.  I didn’t realize it until he was a good 200m away.  Damn, I was hoping to be close enough to try to hang onto him, maybe even push him a bit through the turn.  I picked it up and headed to the line.

The chop was tough.  I was rowing short downwind, and I felt tentative at the catch.  I tried to find a rhythm and crossed the line going kind of slow.  With the chop, I didn’t do as much looking around to perfect my course, and I ended up a bit further off the first island than I wanted.  I was watching the speedcoach and disappointed to see 2;20, even going downwind.  I noticed with some annoyance that the power readings were “—“.  I guess changing the battery before the race would have been a good idea.  Especially with the wind.

I handled the start of the turn well, and it felt great to get into the lee of island.  I lined up to skirt nice and close to the southern point, and hit that turn just right.  Of course, that is also when the wind hit me broadside, and the chop too.  I took a couple of pretty sloppy strokes, but focused on pushing hard on starboard, with very little pressure on port.  I looked around, but in the daylight, it was really hard to pick the point of the third island out against the shore line.  There was fall foliage on both the island and the shore, and I really struggled until I was kind got close enough to make it out.  Luckily because of the practice, I ended up on a good line, and hit  the eastern point at a good angle and nice and close to the island.

Now I was into the head wind, and I was kind of freaked out about how high my heart rate was.  I thought I was going to blow up.  I tried to calm down and just row clean, but the wind was a big challenge.  I tried lower rates and more power.  I tried rating up and rowing light.  That felt a bit better.  But the splits were soul crushingly slow.  I was hovering on the wrong side of 2:30.  All I could hope was that other folks were equally slow.

I continued to battle along.  I never saw the rower in front of me, and Dave started far enough behind me that it was tough to judge distance to him.  I just slogged akong.

There was a funnel effect under the route 9 bridge and there were a few strokes where it was tough to even swing my oars back to the catch for the next stroke.

It took forever to get up to the gazebo, but once I was there, the water seemed to smooth out a bit and the wind seemed to drop a bit.  I pushed up a bit harder.  Then a wonderful thing happened.  I passed the last girls novice four of the event that started before ours.  They were cheering as they rowed along.  I’m sure it was for themselves, but I imagined it was for me and I rowed a bit harder and smoother to the finish.

My arms and legs were cramping up and I limped back to the dock.  Here’s the map.

Screen Shot 2019-11-02 at 7.06.56 PM

Here’s the turn.  Looks pretty good actually.  I went a bit wider around the point than I needed to, but the turn around that south point was better than I feared.

Screen Shot 2019-11-02 at 7.07.39 PM

Here’s a comparison between the practice turns (blue) and the race turn (red).

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As for heart rate.  It was the hardest I havce ever worked in a race.

As for splits, it was bad as it looked in the boat.

        Workout Summary - media/20191026-1541100o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|08488|00:60:20.5|03:33.3|034.8|23.5|149.3|184.0|06.0
W-|06368|00:33:03.0|02:35.7|034.0|24.6|169.3|184.0|07.9
R-|02127|00:24:24.3|05:44.2|035.6|22.2|125.9|184.0|08.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00248|01:24.0|02:49.2|102.8|19.3|142.3|147.0|09.2
02|05380|27:22.1|02:32.6|031.0|25.2|175.7|184.0|07.8
03|00058|00:20.5|02:58.3|031.0|20.6|132.3|133.0|08.2
04|00101|00:36.0|02:57.5|031.0|19.8|133.5|134.0|08.5
05|00468|02:42.0|02:53.1|031.0|23.1|138.4|143.0|07.5
06|00114|00:38.4|02:48.9|031.0|21.7|139.6|140.0|08.2

2:32.6.  In a race.  At 25 spm.  Wow!  That’s slow.

Here are 500m splits in the race.

        Workout Summary - media/20191026-1541100o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|08494|01:02:35.6|03:41.1|034.7|23.0|148.5|184.0|05.9
W-|05250|00:26:45.0|02:32.9|031.0|25.2|176.4|184.0|07.8
R-|03245|00:35:51.0|05:31.4|037.4|21.3|127.6|184.0|05.7
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00500|02:19.9|02:19.9|031.0|25.1|160.3|165.0|08.5
02|00500|02:21.8|02:21.8|031.0|25.9|170.3|174.0|08.2
03|00500|02:27.6|02:27.6|031.0|25.9|173.6|176.0|07.9
04|00500|02:31.7|02:31.7|031.0|25.1|176.4|179.0|07.9
05|00500|02:33.9|02:33.9|031.0|24.6|177.9|179.0|07.9
06|00500|02:42.3|02:42.3|031.0|24.2|178.9|181.0|07.7
07|00500|02:38.1|02:38.1|031.0|24.9|179.6|181.0|07.6
08|00500|02:40.9|02:40.9|031.0|24.6|180.8|182.0|07.6
09|00500|02:37.8|02:37.8|031.0|25.6|180.1|182.0|07.4
10|00500|02:38.2|02:38.2|031.0|25.6|181.5|184.0|07.4
11|00250|01:12.8|02:25.7|031.0|26.6|181.2|184.0|07.7

I couldn’t believe how slow I was, but it seemed like I held my distance with Dave.  I had real hope that I had made up ground on Dan.  When I looked at the results, as I expected, I had finished second.

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A quick bit of math revealed that I was 3.4% behind the winner.  So, I was happy with that.  I wanted to be within 5%.   I met Dan after the race.  He seems like a great guy.  Former college rower, just getting back in the sport.  We talked a bit and he lives quite near where I keep my boat.  I tried to convince him that the place where I row would be a good spot for him too.

But beyond meeting a nice person, now I have a most valuable tool.  A target.  I want to be able to beat this guy next year.  To do that I need to get faster.  I feel more energized than I have in two years.

After the race, I hung out with my friends for the club for a while, then I packed up my boat for the winter and stashed in the back of the racks.  I hope there’s some more good rowing days, but with the colder weather, rowing bigger boats seems like a better idea.

 

Race week prep

Monday – Oct 21 – 5 x 1000 / 5′ 

My original thought was to do a 4 x 2000, but I didn’t think I had the oomph for that workout.  I decided to go easy on myself and swapped in a 5 x 1000.  It was still a reasonably tough session.  I ran out of lake for the 4th interval.

Looking at the paces, all I can hope is that there was a nasty headwind for the first 4 reps!

       Workout Summary - media/20191021-1156050o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|11506|01:07:10.1|02:55.1|125.2|22.7|148.1|177.0|07.5
W-|08049|00:39:35.4|02:27.6|164.7|24.3|157.3|177.0|08.5
R-|03462|00:27:35.4|03:59.0|068.6|20.5|135.0|177.0|06.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|02669|13:32.1|02:32.1|139.3|20.0|145.3|158.0|09.9
02|01272|06:11.8|02:26.1|179.9|25.5|161.7|174.0|08.1 - 1
03|01011|04:49.1|02:22.9|187.5|26.8|167.2|177.0|07.8 - 2
04|00972|04:51.8|02:30.1|177.1|26.1|167.7|177.0|07.7 - 3
05|00805|03:56.0|02:26.6|184.6|27.5|167.1|177.0|07.5 - 4
06|00292|01:31.3|02:36.6|124.5|22.3|135.4|145.0|08.6 
07|01027|04:43.3|02:17.9|177.8|28.4|164.3|173.0|07.7 - 5

I like rowing out in Worcester a lot.  But it adds about 40 minutes of driving to my morning.

Tuesday – 22 Oct – San Diego

Early flight to San Diego.  I had a spare hour after I checked into my hotel, so I went to the fitness center.  20 minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the recumbent bike.

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Wednesday – 23 October – No Training

I had early conference calls and then a 9:45 am flight back to Boston.  No chance to get to the gym.

Thursday – 24 October – The turn

The race that I did on Saturday features a big sweeping 180 degree turn around two islands.  I know the lake reasonably well, but I have never really taken this turn in a single.  I wanted to fix that on Thursday morning.

It was a nice morning to row.  Of course, it was totally dark when I launched, but there is enough light along the shores to pick out your course, and there is pretty good discipline among the rowers to use a bow light and stern light.  I was counting on this on Thursday morning because the turn cuts across the preferred uplake travel lane.  I really didn’t want to run into anyone.

My plan was to basically to do 2 x 1500, but do them around the islands to practice the turn.

        Workout Summary - media/20191025-1236080o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|08103|00:45:25.7|02:48.2|128.1|22.1|143.1|168.0|08.1
W-|05586|00:26:23.2|02:21.7|167.2|23.6|153.7|168.0|09.1
R-|02523|00:19:02.8|03:46.4|073.9|20.1|128.4|168.0|06.3
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|01316|06:35.1|02:30.1|149.8|18.6|144.3|154.0|10.7
02|01205|05:31.4|02:17.5|171.1|24.9|158.4|168.0|08.7 - turn 1
03|01450|06:37.5|02:17.1|173.8|26.7|160.5|168.0|08.2 - turn 2
04|00208|01:03.0|02:31.4|148.8|21.9|125.7|140.0|09.1 
05|01407|06:36.2|02:20.8|177.7|24.5|156.8|168.0|08.7 - the 4+

Here’s the whole row.  The turn is down at the south end.

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Here’s the view of the whole turn.  The start of the race is by the beach in the upper left corner.  Then you row down past the first small island, turn around the second, and then around the outside of the third.  You row up past a projecting point, and then up to the narrows.  Fun thin I learned about the point in this row.  They put a big white buoy off of it.  My plan had been to hug up really close to it to try to minimize distance.  I just missed it on my first go round, and got it caught on my oar the second time around.  I didn’t do that in the race, so I guess the practice paid off.

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Here’s a close up of the turn,  The key thing I was trying to figure out was how to minimize the distance rowed without unnecessarily slowing down.  The key was how to handle the southern tip of the bigger island.  Starting the turn too late at that point results in swinging wide.  That’s what happened in my second go.  In the first one, I felt like I was too far away from the first island and western point of the second when I started my turn.  So, on try number two, I hugged the first island, and hit the western point just right, but I took one stroke too many at the south point and swung wide.

I’m very glad I tried out the turn.

I finished my turns, and took a bit of a breather for a drink.  A coxed four came up lake and we ended up nearly side by side.  I increased pressure to stay ahead of them through the narrows, and then basically matched them for pace up through the bridge.  It was good sub-threshold rowing.

What a blast!

Friday – 25 – No Training

I was planning to do just a 20 minute warmup on the erg, but a busy schedule a work messed that up for me.

 

 

Getting ready for my last race of the season

A great week of training.

Sunday – Oct 13 – 90′ Coastal row

Long and slow.  A really beautiful day!  Might have been my last coastal row of the year, if so, it was a great way to finish up.

I launched about 2 hours before high tide and I didn’t have much of a plan beyond rowing at low intensity for about 90 minutes.  I started off with the tide, and then turned to head out into the bay.  I hugged the shore for a little bit, and then headed out, picking a house on the top of a hill as my point.  I decided to row on that heading until I had a straight shot up to Wellfleet harbor, through the buoyed channel.  I thought it would be fun to ride the current.

It was.  I just paddled along, enjoying the sunshine and watching the boats and birds.  I turned in the harbor and paddled through the anchorage, around the jetty, and then up along the boat slips.  I had a nice drink of water, turned around and headed for home.

When I reached the buoy at the entrance of the harbor, I turned to the south, picked another house on the shore and kept it as my point the whole row back down to Lt Island.  Looking at the map, you can see how straight this section was.  It was also getting very close to high tide by this point, so there wasn’t much current pushing me around.

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        Workout Summary - media/20191013-1856250o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|15361|01:29:43.5|02:55.2|000.0|21.0|137.4|156.0|08.1
W-|14880|01:24:52.9|02:51.1|000.0|20.9|137.9|156.0|08.4
R-|00486|00:04:51.0|04:59.2|000.0|22.9|128.5|156.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
08|00922|05:09.0|02:47.6|000.0|19.6|122.4|134.0|09.1
09|07850|43:57.3|02:48.0|000.0|20.1|137.7|152.0|08.9
10|05996|34:04.7|02:50.5|000.0|22.3|142.7|156.0|07.9

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Monday – 14 October – Technique work on Quinsig

I needed a nice easy row on Monday.  I basically did steady state, square blades, and slow roll ups in 2 minute chunks.  I managed to stop my speedcoach with my water bottle after the first 4K of my row (Arghhh!), so I tried to reconstruct the data using the speed and position data from CrewNerd and hear rate from my watch.

The heart rate readings were a bit erratic, but it was a very easy row.

Tuesday – 15 October – 2K/1.5K/2K/1.5K

I was short on time, and I was not really in the mood for a hard workout.  But this is a critical prep week for the race coming up on the 26th, so I stuck with the plan, sort of.  The plan was for a 4 x 2K.  As it turned out, I shortened the 2nd and 4th intervals.  The second, I got confused on stroke counts and basically just gave up.  On the fourth, I started a bit too close to the boathouse, and I was running out of time to get to the office in time for my first meeting.

The first interval felt great.  I felt fast and crisp.  After that, it was not much fun.

       Workout Summary - media/20191015-1551110o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|10612|00:56:45.6|02:40.5|139.0|23.7|154.7|176.0|07.9
W-|07024|00:32:24.4|02:18.4|181.7|26.1|166.6|176.0|08.3
R-|03592|00:24:21.5|03:23.5|082.3|20.5|138.8|176.0|06.1
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|02013|09:04.5|02:15.2|187.5|25.3|163.3|171.0|08.8 - tail
02|01556|07:11.4|02:18.6|186.5|26.6|168.3|175.0|08.1 - head 
03|02009|09:29.6|02:21.8|178.6|26.0|169.7|176.0|08.1 - head
04|01445|06:38.9|02:18.0|172.8|26.8|164.9|172.0|08.1 - tail

Wednesday – 16 October – Steady State – Quinsig

Really foggy and dark.  Felt very alone, especially during the first half of the row before sunrise.  Pushed a bit too hard because I was trying to keep the split below 2:30.  I didn’t succeed.  For some reason, my HR sensor dropped connection for a few minutes towards the end of the trip up the lake.

        Workout Summary - media/20191016-1156080o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|11835|01:07:51.2|02:52.0|128.2|21.8|142.0|167.0|08.0
W-|10727|00:54:04.8|02:31.2|144.9|19.6|147.2|166.0|10.1
R-|01111|00:13:46.6|06:12.1|062.4|30.7|121.9|166.0|04.8
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|02926|14:45.5|02:31.3|147.9|18.6|148.2|158.0|10.7
02|05657|28:34.4|02:31.5|141.9|19.7|143.4|166.0|10.1
03|02145|10:44.9|02:30.3|148.9|20.7|155.8|166.0|09.6

Thursday – 17 October – 15 x 3′ / 1′ Threshold

There was a massive Nor’easter that blew through New England on Thursday.  I decided to sleep in and grab a quick workout in the fitness center at work.

Because I am not in the kind of shape I want to be right now, I took the easy way out in the workout and started slow (2:00 splits), and took a second in each interval, until I was around a 1:52 pace.

Then I slowed a bit in the last 3 as well.

 

Friday – 18 October – Steady State

On Quinsig.  The forecast said that there would still be a bit of wind left over from the storm, but it would be coming from the west, so it would be a cross wind and the lake is pretty narrow.  I saw that some other folks had signed up, so I decided to give it a try.  When I got to the lake, I discovered that they had all cancelled on me, but the conditions were actually really nice.  Light cross wind, and nice flat water.

I really just wanted to row, and it was a great morning to do that.  Again, I pushed a bit too hard chasing splits.

        Workout Summary - media/20191018-1101070o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|11841|01:03:42.5|02:41.4|135.5|20.9|150.9|167.0|08.9
W-|10982|00:55:04.8|02:30.5|149.7|20.5|155.0|167.0|09.8
R-|00864|00:08:38.0|04:59.8|045.3|23.5|124.6|167.0|04.7
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|03246|16:02.7|02:28.3|150.6|19.4|151.1|163.0|10.4
02|05678|28:44.5|02:31.9|150.2|20.8|157.7|166.0|09.5
03|02058|10:17.6|02:30.0|146.8|21.3|153.6|167.0|09.4

A little faster than Wednesday, but not very impressive.

Saturday – 19 October – Bad 10K

I needed some sleep, so I did not attempt to get out on the water on Saturday.  Around noon, I set myself up to do my weekly long threshold piece.  It did not go well.

I did a 2K warmup, and my HR was sky high.  It also felt like very hard work.

I started the 10K once, but decided that I needed better music and quit after about 500m.  I started again and tried to hold 1:59 splits.

For some reason, Painsled stopped recording after about 20 minutes.  But that was enough time to see the point where I knew I was not going to be able to hold my split.

But this close to a race, there is no way that I am going to quit on a training piece, so I just slowed down and watched my HR go up and up.  Here’s the HR data from my watch.  My MaxHR is about 185.  Even though I was rowing at a sedate 2:02 pace, my HR was with 5% of my max for the last 5 minutes.

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Not sure what was wrong with me.  It might be training load, This was my 12th workout day in a row.  Anyway, I’m coming into a taper week, so I’m not gonna worry about it.

Sunday – 20 October – Drills on the fives on Quinsig

Really cold this morning, only about 34F when I launched and the dew droplets had frozen into ice on docks.  There was a little bit of wind from the North, but it was barely enough to kick up a ripple.  There was a power boat out, and they managed to wake me about 4 times.  None too severely, but enough to make balance drills a lot tougher.

There was also a ton of debris in the water.  Clumps of leaves, sticks, a soccer ball, multiple floating fenders, and a few mostly submerged thick branches.  Generally not too much of a problem, but it slowed me down at times.

I was doing 4 minutes of hardish steady state, then a minute of drills

  • Square blades
  • Delayed feather
  • Pause at body over
  • Open hands on recovery

A lovely morning.

     Workout Summary - media/20191020-1246050o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|11464|01:01:14.3|02:40.3|135.7|20.5|148.1|169.0|09.1
W-|08730|00:43:17.8|02:28.8|154.1|21.2|148.7|169.0|09.6
R-|02752|00:17:57.9|03:15.9|091.4|18.9|146.4|169.0|04.7
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00008|00:01.3|01:22.3|188.0|09.5|115.0|115.0|38.4
02|00006|00:01.3|01:50.2|161.0|22.0|117.0|117.0|12.4
03|00007|00:02.8|03:32.1|111.0|21.0|117.0|117.0|06.7
04|00008|00:03.0|03:02.9|156.0|20.0|117.0|117.0|08.2
05|00009|00:03.2|02:52.0|124.0|19.5|116.0|116.0|08.9
06|00009|00:02.8|02:37.3|139.0|21.0|116.0|116.0|09.1
07|00954|04:47.7|02:30.8|143.4|19.1|137.3|145.0|10.4
08|00786|03:58.3|02:31.6|146.1|18.8|147.4|151.0|10.5
09|00864|04:13.4|02:26.6|151.2|20.3|151.9|156.0|10.1
10|00286|01:22.1|02:23.5|160.6|21.8|150.7|154.0|09.6
11|00193|00:58.6|02:31.9|153.3|21.5|131.8|140.0|09.2
12|00744|03:48.7|02:33.7|150.1|20.4|149.4|153.0|09.6
13|00764|03:46.5|02:28.3|161.8|22.2|153.2|160.0|09.1
14|00652|03:16.6|02:30.9|157.5|22.2|147.7|159.0|09.0
15|00761|03:51.4|02:32.0|150.9|21.3|152.7|155.0|09.3
16|00387|01:59.6|02:34.6|146.7|21.0|150.3|153.0|09.2
17|00184|00:56.6|02:33.6|148.6|21.3|149.4|152.0|09.2
18|00404|01:55.3|02:22.7|183.0|24.5|156.9|162.0|08.6
19|00217|01:06.0|02:31.9|120.0|21.6|131.6|142.0|09.1
20|00841|04:07.2|02:27.0|148.9|21.1|149.9|154.0|09.7
21|00646|02:55.4|02:15.7|188.1|25.9|159.8|169.0|08.5

Tomorrow:  4 x 2K on Quinsig, then in the afternoon, I head out to California.