3/18 – 3/23: A week in China

Monday – 3/18: No Training

My Birthday.  I got up at 5:15 to catch a 8am flight from Boston to Newark.  Then a flight from Newark to Shanghai.  Might be the least enjoyable way to spend a birthday.  The most entertaining thing about my birthday was almost flying over the north pole.

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Our highest latitude was 82.39deg, which put us about 525 miles from the north pole.

The direction of travel also meant that this was my shortest birthday ever.  By my estimate, since we were flying east, my birthday was about 18 hours long when I crossed over the time zone into Tuesday.

So, that’ my excuse for not training.  The day was too short.

Tuesday – 19 March: No Training

I arrived in Shanghai at 2pm on Tuesday afternoon.  I went to the hotel, took a nap for an hour, and then went to dinner.

Wednesday – 20 March: 3 x 20’/2′ L4 – Static

I love this Hotel!  They have good restaurants.  It is adjacent to a mall.  You can walk to the exhibition site where the conference was, and since they have a microbrewery, they leave a couple of personalized beers for you in your room.

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Most importantly they have an amazing fitness center, complete with two rowing machines.  Unfortunately, they have neglected the maintenance on the rowing machines since I was last at the hotel.  One of the machines had chain slip, that’s where the chain slips over a couple of teeth on the gear during some pulls.  And both machines had a drag factor under 90 with the damper at 10, they must have been really dirty inside the fan assembly.

The erg with chain slip was unusable, but the other one was perfectly fine.  I just had to get used to rowing with extremely low drag.  I think it was probably good for a change.  I found it a bit more work to hit my splits at such lower drag, but it was doable.

I knew the hotel had the rowing machines, so I even brought my luxurious butt pad!

I was working with a PM4, so no fancy stroke data, but thanks to the apple watch, I get HR data.  Thanks to RunGap, that data can get to Strava.  And thanks to rowsandall, I can import that data.

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Thursday – 8 x 500 / 3’30” L1 – Static

I was not sure how well an L1 workout would go with such a low drag factor, add in jet lag and a few drinks the night before and you have a recipe for underperformance.  I set a conservative 1:43 target and off I went.

I started with a 2000m warmup.  It was a challenge to get down below 1:40 in the bursts.

The actual 8×500 was pretty fun.  The first 20 strokes are always fun.  The next 10 start to bite.  Then you have only about 22 strokes to the finish.

The apple watch struggled a bit more with the higher stroke rates

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I was happy with the last rep.

Friday – March 22: 3 x 20’/2′ L4 – static

More of the same.  Higher HR than I like to see, but not a big deal.

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Saturday – March 23: 5 x 1500’/5′ L2 – Static

He’s quick summary of my Friday night.

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There were four of us, and it was all in support of a good cause.

I felt a little dehydrated on Saturday morning, but after a bottle of water, none the worse for wear.  The schedule demanded an L2 workout, but between my less than stellar nutrition plan, and the slickest erg in the east, I wasn’t sure how well it would go.  I opted for the 5×1500, since it’s the easiest of the L2s.  I took the first 1500 rep as a warmup and added some more warmup strokes in the 5 minute rest after that.

I decided anything faster than 1:55 would do.  Getting into the first rep, I felt like I could go a bit faster, so I did.  I ended up with an average pace of 1:49.5, which I was delighted with.

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After my workout, I enjoyed a heart breakfast and headed off to the airport.  At noon, I flew to Narita, and then caught the direct from there to Boston, arriving at 6pm local time.

That might be my best set of on the road training sessions.

Later today:  3 or 4 x 20′ L4

Tomorrow:  Hopefully my first OTW session of the season.

 

Cherishing routine – 3/10 to 3/12

I got back from California last Tuesday night and since then, I’ve trained every day.  It’s been so nice being able to go to bed at an OK time, drive to work, get my session in and then do my job.  I have to cherish this, because I’m heading out to China, next Monday morning.

Sunday – 3/10 – 15 x 3’/1′ L3 on slides

I worked hard in the waterfall session on Sunday, but I wanted to get in my 3rd “hard” workout of the week.  I felt like I didn’t have the fortitude to hold up in a long continuous piece like a 10K, so I opted for one of my favorite short interval/short rest sessions from the Wolverine Plan.  This workout tends to be bit faster than other L3 workouts, and it gets pretty intense in the last 5 reps, but having the 1 minute breaks makes it pretty manageable.  Even if you blow a rep, you have a chance for redemption coming right up.  So, I think it gives a similar physical training effect, but is a lot less taxing mentally.

I haven’t done enough middle distance work on slide to have a great idea about pacing, but I don’t like it when I do less than 800m per rep (1:52.5), so I used that as my goal.

I fell short of 800m on reps 11, 12, 13 and 14.  Average distance per rep was 806m.  Average pace was 1:51.7.

It was quite a workout.  Over 30 minutes in TR and a nice little touch of red at the end.

Monday – 11 March – 3 x 18’/2′ L4 (static)

My ass was dragging on Monday morning.  But, I was hoping to do a nice long 4 x 18′ session.  I ended up stopping after 3 reps because I was feeling pretty worn out.

       Workout Summary - media/20190311-1235390o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13861|60:00.0|02:09.9|167.1|17.1|140.0|159.0|13.5
W-|12947|54:00.0|02:05.1|179.6|17.4|140.8|159.0|13.8
R-|00918|06:00.0|03:16.1|054.0|14.9|132.7|159.0|10.5
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01429|06:00.0|02:05.9|177.1|16.5|121.7|134.0|14.4
01|01444|06:00.0|02:04.6|180.9|17.6|136.9|140.0|13.7
02|01427|06:00.0|02:06.1|174.6|17.1|139.7|142.0|13.9
03|01433|06:00.0|02:05.6|180.2|17.2|132.9|146.0|13.9
04|01442|06:00.0|02:04.8|180.6|17.7|144.5|150.0|13.6
05|01442|06:00.0|02:04.8|180.6|17.6|147.8|151.0|13.6
06|01421|06:00.0|02:06.7|173.4|16.7|139.2|147.0|14.2
07|01442|06:00.0|02:04.9|180.0|17.7|148.8|155.0|13.6
08|01465|06:00.0|02:02.8|189.1|18.3|155.2|159.0|13.3

Tuesday – 12 March – Pyramid L1

I felt like I had been hit by a truck this morning when my alarm went off.  I barely dragged myself out of bed.  But today is L1 day and L1 day must be respected!

The schedule called for the pyramid.  Last time, I managed a 1:42 pace, so this time the goal was to try to hold 1:42 until the last two reps and then go faster.  It didn’t end up turning out that way.

I started with a 2k warmup.

I think I need a longer warmup.

Then it was time to program the session into the PM.  It made me think that Concept2 should offer a more expensive, fancier PM that would make this easier.  I would buy one in a heartbeat and get the gym to upgrade.  Actually, if they just added the ability to download programmable workouts from ergdata, that would work too.  It was a lot of button pressing.

Here’s how it went.

  • 250.  (1:41.2 split) Felt good, but I was a bit worried that it started to bite with about 10 strokes left.
  • 500 (1:41.3) Ooo.  That was a bit more work than I had hoped.
  • 750 (1:41.4) I struggled through the last 250.
  • 1000 (1:46.5).  I held a 1:41 split through the first 250m, and when it started to bite, I chickened out.  I wasn’t in distress yet, but my thighs were burning and my breathing was a bit ragged.  I was counting strokes, but I went out too hard and didn’t manage pace very well.  Anyway, I basically stopped rowing for about 2 seconds and then started up again.  By that time, the average split was around 1:55.  I held about a 1:45 pace and watched the average slowly come down.  Then with about 250m left to go I pushed harder.  Not my best work.
  • 750 (1:40.7).  I was kinda mad at myself, I didn’t want to blow another rep.  I rowed this one carefully through the first 500m and then emptied the tanks in the last 250.  I coasted into the last stroke feeling really gassed.
  • 500 (1:38.1).  Now we’re getting into “fun time”.  I consciously tried to rate up and hold the split under 1:40.  This was pretty much OK through 300m, but the last 200 were very close to the edge.
  • 250 (1:33.4).  All out.  I used to do this one well below 1:30.  Sucks to suck.

I need to harden up and stop bailing on reps like this.  It’s a bad habit.

 

Working hard – 2/28 to 3/9

Thursday – Feb 28 – Inclined march / recumbent cycle

30 minutes each

Treadmill on 15% grade.  3.2 mph

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Recumbent cycle.  Random on level 15.

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Friday – March 1 – 3 x 20′ / 2′ L4 on slides

I love doing these on slides.

       Workout Summary - media/20190301-1855360o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|15349|65:59.0|02:09.0|166.8|18.9|142.4|164.0|12.3
W-|14321|59:21.0|02:04.3|179.2|19.3|143.3|163.0|12.5
R-|01033|06:00.0|02:54.3|057.1|16.2|135.0|163.0|09.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|02355|09:44.7|02:04.2|175.0|18.8|126.4|137.0|12.8
01|02302|09:36.7|02:05.3|178.0|19.0|140.1|145.0|12.6
02|02423|10:00.0|02:03.8|177.9|19.1|140.9|147.0|12.7
03|02407|10:00.0|02:04.6|180.6|19.5|151.0|156.0|12.3
04|02410|10:00.0|02:04.5|181.7|19.5|147.8|157.0|12.4
05|02423|10:00.0|02:03.8|181.8|19.5|153.3|163.0|12.4

Saturday – March 2 – 4 x 18 / 2′ L4 on Slides

Even more fun. 6′ ladders.  18/20/22.

       Workout Summary - media/20190302-2045370o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|18333|79:59.0|02:10.9|165.9|19.3|139.4|158.0|11.8
W-|17193|71:51.0|02:05.4|178.9|19.3|140.1|158.0|12.4
R-|01147|08:00.0|03:29.3|051.1|19.4|133.1|158.0|08.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01450|06:00.0|02:04.1|180.9|19.0|119.0|134.0|12.7
01|01422|06:00.0|02:06.6|180.9|19.2|133.1|140.0|12.3
02|01440|06:00.0|02:05.0|179.4|19.3|140.0|144.0|12.5
03|01432|06:00.0|02:05.7|179.1|19.4|130.8|141.0|12.3
04|01407|05:52.4|02:05.2|178.7|19.3|141.1|148.0|12.4
05|01470|06:07.6|02:05.0|178.8|19.4|145.3|151.0|12.3
06|01432|06:00.0|02:05.7|179.7|19.6|136.9|150.0|12.2
07|01437|06:00.0|02:05.2|178.3|19.4|146.5|150.0|12.4
08|01400|05:51.6|02:05.6|177.0|19.3|147.6|153.0|12.4
09|01429|06:00.0|02:05.9|177.5|19.3|139.1|151.0|12.3
10|01436|06:00.0|02:05.3|177.8|19.3|149.6|156.0|12.4
11|01436|06:00.0|02:05.3|178.3|19.5|152.0|158.0|12.3

Sunday – March 3 – No Training

I flew out to San Jose (again) for another customer meeting on Monday.

Monday – March 4 – Fitness Center

30 minutes inclined march.  Felt tired.  Needed to slow it to 2.8 mph (from 3.0) and HR was still quite high.

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Recumbent cycle.  random. level 15

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Tuesday – March 5 – No Training

I caught a flight at 6 am, got home around 7pm.

Wednesday – March 6 – 3 x 20′ / 2′ L4 (static)

Not as lovely as doing it on slide, but still pretty relaxed.

       Workout Summary - media/20190306-1345400o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|15207|66:00.0|02:10.2|169.4|17.0|139.1|159.0|13.6
W-|14468|60:00.0|02:04.4|181.9|17.4|139.9|159.0|13.9
R-|00744|06:00.0|04:02.0|044.7|12.9|131.1|159.0|09.6
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|02395|10:00.0|02:05.3|177.3|16.8|124.1|136.0|14.2
01|02404|10:00.0|02:04.8|180.4|17.1|138.6|142.0|14.1
02|02401|10:00.0|02:04.9|179.1|17.2|136.3|144.0|14.0
03|02419|10:00.0|02:04.0|184.0|17.6|147.8|153.0|13.7
04|02416|10:00.0|02:04.2|183.6|17.4|144.2|152.0|13.9
05|02433|10:00.0|02:03.3|187.3|18.2|148.4|159.0|13.4

Thursday – March 7 – 4 x 1000m / 5′ L1 (static)

Back to the real workouts.  Here’s my L1 History

  • 30 Jan – 4 x 1k – 1:47.7 (static)
  • 4 Feb – Pyramid – 1:42.0 (static)
  • 11 Feb – 8 x 500 – 1:39.7 (static)

So, there’s a 4 week gap in doing an L1 because of vacation and business travel.  That’s not very good.  So, what should I aim for on the 4x1k?  It’s the hardest of the L1 workouts, and I am usually slower on it.  I decided to aim for 1:45 and see if I could push it faster as I went.

I started with a 2k warmup.  Hitting sub-1:45 felt really good.  I was aiming at r28 and the strokes felt nice and light.

Then the fun began.

Boom!  I was thrilled.  Negative splits.  An average of 1:43.8 and a nice faster last.  I felt in control in every rep.  I got a bit of a lactate rush after  each interval, kind of a wave of nausea and shiver, but I felt OK after about a minute of the rest.  I walked around in a happy haze all day after this.

Friday – March 8 – 3 x 18′ / 2′ L4 (static)

A little pressed for time because I had an 8:30 meeting to get to.

6′ rate ladders. 16/18/20.

An absolute joy.

Saturday – March 9 – Waterfall L2 (slides)

My L2 History:

  • 1 Feb – Waterfall – 1:52.4 (static)
  • 9 Feb – 4 x 2k – 1:51.6 (slides)
  • 15 Feb – 5 x 1500 – 1:49.2 (static)

So another gap of almost a month.  Today, I was doing the waterfall on slides.  I decided to try for the ambitious target of 1:50.  The waterfall tends to be a bit slower than the 4 x 2k, and the slides tends to be slower than static for me, but I guess I was feeling a bit cocky after the 4x1k.  It didn’t go that great, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The warmup.  2k with bursts at sub-1:50 trying to get the feel for 1:50 and r28 on slides.  It felt a bit heavy.

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Then the main event.  I managed to hold the target split for the first rep, but it was massively hard.  I got about 500m into the second rep and I knew I was cooked.  I broke form for a stroke and retargetted at about 1:54 for a little bit to get back in control, then through the last 500m, I sped up a little.  The last rep was another struggle, but I managed to hold on to a 1:52 split and managed a tiny sprint at the end.  It was hard fought and it was not as fast as I wanted, but it was a good, tough session.

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Not horrible, I ended up with a 1:51.9 pace.  And every single rep ended with my HR above 95% of HRR.

Tomorrow:  I owe myself an L3.  I’ll see how I feel, and maybe I’ll do a 15×3’/1′

 

Long and fast

Not at the same time.

Sunday:  4 x 20′ / 2′ L4

Down on the Cape.  We went down to see how things were holding up over the winter.  The house looks to be a good shape, but the stairs that I built last spring have taken a serious beating.

The damage is much worse than last winter.  It appears that pack ice must have entrapped the bottom of the stairs and when it broke free, carried the stairs with it.  Next time I go down, I will see what I can salvage and once it warms up, I’ll rebuild.

The workout had a much better outcome.  Sometimes, it just happens.   You do a workout where you feel great.  That’s how I felt on Sunday.  I had pushed really hard on Saturday and for Sunday’s session, I just wanted to bank the meters.  So, I set up to do the same L4 as I have been doing.  But it just felt so easy.  And my HR never really went up.  I’ve been doing 3 x 20s lately, but 4×20 was no problem.

        Workout Summary - media/20190210-1840400o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|20119|87:59.0|02:11.2|167.1|19.2|132.4|151.0|11.9
W-|19165|79:25.0|02:04.3|181.0|19.5|133.6|150.0|12.4
R-|00957|08:00.0|04:10.8|038.9|16.3|122.3|150.0|08.8
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04761|19:53.2|02:05.3|174.1|19.0|129.2|138.0|12.6
01|04766|19:46.4|02:04.5|179.1|19.2|133.6|144.0|12.5
02|04797|19:51.6|02:04.2|183.5|19.6|134.3|147.0|12.3
03|04842|19:53.9|02:03.3|187.1|20.1|137.0|150.0|12.1

Notice the summary is a bit ragged.  I have seen this before and almost always on the erg down on the Cape.  The reason it looks that way is it is missing lots of strokes.  This is a quick graph to show what I mean.  The captured data includes stroke number.  This is just a graph of the stroke number minus the prior stroke number in the file.  There are 9 times where more than 10 strokes are missing from the data.

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The question is why?  There are lots of possible suspects.  The data is communicated from the PM5 to my iphone by bluetooth.  At the same time, my iphone is streaming a podcast over wifi, and using a bluetooth connection to my earphones.  My wifi on the cape is really bad (Thanks directTV!).  It’s possible that the streaming is the cause.  Someday, I might try to sort it out.  Definitely if I am going to do an online challenge or ranked piece.

We headed home around 3 in the afternoon.

Monday – 8 x 500m / 3’30” – L1

I slept badly last night.  It’s a Sunday night tradition.  But I was up at 5:15 and in the office by 6:20.  The planned session was an 8×500, and I was hopeful that I could hold a target pace faster than the 1:42 from the pyramid session last week.

I started with a 2k warmup.  Pick drill, then 20 stroke bursts at target pace.

Then the main event.

        Workout Summary - media/20190211-1315390o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|08603|41:22.0|02:24.3|158.5|22.1|140.0|172.0|09.4
W-|04000|13:20.0|01:40.1|351.3|29.5|146.4|171.0|10.2
R-|04607|28:02.0|03:02.6|066.7|18.5|136.9|171.0|09.6
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|00500|01:39.7|01:39.7|339.7|29.0|130.2|158.0|10.4
01|00500|01:40.5|01:40.5|356.1|29.7|146.5|163.0|10.0
02|00500|01:40.6|01:40.6|342.9|29.1|145.6|163.0|10.2
03|00500|01:40.7|01:40.7|345.5|29.1|148.5|165.0|10.2
04|00500|01:40.3|01:40.3|349.3|29.3|147.3|166.0|10.2
05|00500|01:39.2|01:39.2|354.8|29.5|149.2|168.0|10.3
06|00500|01:40.5|01:40.5|352.0|29.4|150.7|168.0|10.1
07|00500|01:39.3|01:39.3|370.5|31.0|153.3|171.0|09.7

Nailed a 1:40 pace.  Happy with that.

Tomorrow:  3 x 20′ / 2′ L4

Weekend L4s and Pyramid Monday

I am feeling very grateful.  Over the past week, my work schedule has been reasonable, my various injuries are getting much better, and I’ve been able to string together some good training sessions.

Saturday – February 2 : 3 x 20′ / 2′ L4 Dynamic

Started a bit too aggressively at 160W/18spm.  I should have stuck with 150W/18spm like last weekend.  I dropped back in the second 20 minute piece and it was a lot better.

        Workout Summary - media/20190203-1800500o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|14970|66:00.0|02:12.3|162.0|19.5|140.5|165.0|11.6
W-|14218|60:00.0|02:06.6|172.6|19.5|141.7|165.0|12.2
R-|00755|06:00.0|03:58.4|055.9|19.7|128.0|165.0|09.2
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04753|20:00.0|02:06.2|173.6|18.9|133.6|147.0|12.6
01|04715|20:00.0|02:07.3|170.1|19.5|142.3|153.0|12.1
02|04750|20:00.0|02:06.3|173.9|19.9|149.2|165.0|11.9

Sunday – February 3: 3 x 18′ / 2′ L4

Sunday was my scheduled rest day, but I’ve been missing so much training that I wanted to get a lightish session in.  I was also worried about sleeping Sunday night if I didn’t exercise.

I did 6 minute sequences today, and at a bit higher intensity.  I ran out of gas in the last 9 minutes.  I was fine with easing up in this session.  I had my eyes on the Monday session.

        Workout Summary - media/20190203-2330370o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13770|60:00.0|02:10.7|160.3|19.3|145.0|162.0|11.9
W-|12723|54:00.0|02:07.3|169.9|19.3|145.9|162.0|12.2
R-|01052|06:00.0|02:51.1|073.6|18.8|137.3|162.0|10.5
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01434|06:00.0|02:05.5|175.8|19.7|121.5|140.0|12.1
01|01428|06:00.0|02:06.0|175.6|19.9|139.0|147.0|12.0
02|01430|06:00.0|02:05.9|175.6|19.8|145.3|152.0|12.0
03|01427|06:00.0|02:06.2|175.3|19.8|142.8|153.0|12.0
04|01430|06:00.0|02:05.9|175.9|19.9|151.5|159.0|12.0
05|01429|06:00.0|02:05.9|175.9|19.8|156.4|162.0|12.0
06|01387|06:00.0|02:09.8|160.2|18.4|148.1|155.0|12.5
07|01386|06:00.0|02:09.8|160.2|18.6|154.2|158.0|12.4
08|01372|06:00.0|02:11.2|155.0|17.7|154.2|155.0|12.9

Monday – February 4 : 250/500/750/1000/750/500/250 – Pyramid

I really like this session.  The 1k and the second 750 are really tough, but the last 500 and 250 are a blast.  I set a pace target of 1:45, and I ended up beating it.

Started with a 2k warmup and finished with a 2k cool down.

My HR monitor didn’t work right in  the last 500.  I’ve seen this in other workouts, when my HR rises very quickly, the HR monitor gets confused.

        Workout Summary - media/20190204-1316240o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|06855|36:09.0|02:38.2|145.4|19.5|138.1|172.0|09.7
W-|04000|13:37.0|01:42.2|329.0|28.3|153.5|172.0|10.4
R-|02857|22:31.0|03:56.6|034.3|14.3|128.8|172.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|00250|00:50.5|01:41.1|317.0|28.1|135.5|146.0|10.6
01|00500|01:44.4|01:44.4|317.2|27.4|153.3|162.0|10.5
02|00750|02:34.5|01:43.0|318.1|27.7|158.0|167.0|10.5
03|01000|03:26.9|01:43.5|317.6|27.7|161.4|172.0|10.5
04|00750|02:34.4|01:42.9|322.2|28.1|158.5|171.0|10.4
05|00500|01:38.9|01:38.9|361.8|29.8|135.8|145.0|10.2
06|00250|00:47.9|01:35.8|405.5|32.1|145.4|158.0|09.8

1:42 will be a very challenging target for the next time I do this workout.

I did a quick flex plot of power and pace versus stroke rate.

bokeh_plot (69)

I was surprised to see my stroke power increasing as steeply as it is.  The slope is roughly 18W per SPM.  In endurance workouts, I am a lot closer to 10W per SPM.

Digging deeper, I could see that the stroke force was getting a bit higher as the rate went up, and I was able to maintain consistent drive length.

As the result of the steep slope in the power vs SPM curve, my work per stroke was increasing as I went faster.

bokeh_plot (72)

I am not sure how I feel about this.  I like the fact that my stroke length stayed consistent, but I think I need to lighten up a bit at higher rates to be able to maintain them for longer pieces.

Tomorrow:  3 x 20′ / 2′ L4

 

Wednesday: 8 x 500 / 2’30”

Warmup: Fletcher

          Workout Summary - media/20171115-1315300o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|04996|20:02.0|02:00.3|212.2|20.7|148.7|167.0|12.0
W-|05001|20:02.0|02:00.2|206.7|20.3|148.0|167.0|12.4
R-|00000|00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|167.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|00945|04:00.0|02:07.0|173.4|17.7|119.9|135.0|13.3
01|00990|04:00.0|02:01.2|196.5|20.0|142.7|147.0|12.4
02|00765|03:00.0|01:57.7|214.4|21.8|151.8|156.0|11.7
03|00268|01:00.0|01:52.1|245.5|23.8|157.9|160.0|11.3
04|00140|00:30.0|01:46.9|284.8|26.2|160.8|162.0|10.7
05|00478|02:00.0|02:05.5|184.9|18.8|160.8|164.0|12.7
06|00288|01:00.0|01:44.2|302.4|26.5|159.4|165.0|10.9
07|00483|02:00.0|02:04.3|189.4|18.5|163.3|166.0|13.1
08|00150|00:30.0|01:40.1|352.2|29.1|160.0|161.0|10.3
09|00494|02:02.5|02:03.9|198.4|18.9|163.9|167.0|12.8

The main event:  Target pace 1:45

I played it safe in the first 5.  It also took a bit of practice to rate up and keep my stroke smooth.  I tried to remember the posture stuff from yesterday, mainly tried to keep my knees down at the beginning of  the recovery.  In the last three I started to push harder with the end in sight.  I really pulled out the stops for the last one.

I’ve got a long way to go.  My training objective is to break my 2k PB of 6:36.  That means I’d have to hold that 1:39 split for 4x the distance I did today.  Its going to take a lot of work, but I’m excited by the possibility.

Cool down:

I’m very happy with the workout.  I think the safe pace target worked out well and being able to pull a “fast last” was awesome.  Next time for this, a target of 1:44.

Now, I get to enjoy a day of not eating.  I am going to get my first routine colonscopy tomorrow so they mandate no solid food for the full day before.

So, we’ll call tomorrow a “rest” day.  😦

 

 

Tuesday: 9 x 2′ / 1′ in the double

I needed to drop off my car for service out in Shrewsbury for service at 7am.  So, I dropped a text to my friend Joe to see if he wanted to take out a double with me before I dropped off my car.  We met at the boathouse at 5:30am, and the eastern sky was just starting to lighten up.  It reminded me of last fall when we would do a couple sessions a week like this when we were getting ready for the HOCR.

It was cool, only about 50F and there was a lot of mist on the water.  There was a bit of wind blowing from the North, maybe 6 mph of so.  Just enough to make the boat feel heavier when we were rowing up lake.

My plan called for an L1 workout today.  An 8×500 sprint session.  I decided to dial it back a little bit and change it to more of a head race type session since I didn’t think it would be good to try to rate up too much.  It takes a few good practices together before you can really get the timing down well enough to sprint together.  I figured by cutting back the rests ad bringing down the stroke rate it would be a good threshold workout and it would fit into the trip up the lake.  That would leave us the trip from the boathouse down to the south end of the lake to warmup and get used to rowing together, and the trip from the north end of the lake back to the boathouse for cool down.

So, the Plan:

  • 8 or 9 x 2′ / 1′ rest
  • Target stroke rate: 26-28
  • Heart Rate Limit: None
  • Pace Target:  Who knows.  Maybe 2:15?

8-29a

8-29b

       Workout Summary - media/20170829-131818-Greg Smith 20170829 0546amo.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|11696|62:17.0|02:39.8|000.0|24.2|149.1|173.0|07.8
W-|09238|43:52.0|02:22.5|000.0|24.7|153.0|173.0|08.6
R-|02471|18:24.0|03:43.5|000.0|22.1|132.5|173.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|03364|16:00.0|02:22.7|000.0|22.3|143.9|162.0|09.4 - warmup
02|00414|02:00.0|02:25.0|000.0|25.1|144.7|158.0|08.2 - rep 1 - waked
03|00440|02:00.0|02:16.5|000.0|26.8|160.2|166.0|08.2 
04|00416|02:00.0|02:24.3|000.0|28.5|163.3|168.0|07.3 - waked
05|00437|02:00.0|02:17.4|000.0|27.6|162.9|171.0|07.9
06|00434|02:00.0|02:18.1|000.0|26.5|165.7|171.0|08.2
07|00445|02:00.0|02:14.9|000.0|26.7|163.1|171.0|08.3
08|00452|02:00.0|02:12.9|000.0|27.7|166.7|172.0|08.1
09|00451|02:00.0|02:13.1|000.0|27.4|166.3|173.0|08.2
10|00454|02:00.0|02:12.1|000.0|28.0|164.8|172.0|08.1
11|01932|09:52.7|02:33.4|000.0|23.9|151.3|160.0|08.2 - cool down

There was a ski boat out at the same time as us.  He nailed us in the middle of our first interval, and then again with 30 seconds left in the third interval.  We were free and clear after that.  With the head wind we were a bit slower than I thought we’d be, but I was also rowing a bit lighter than I normally would, trying to be careful of my back.

My back was really touchy this morning before we set off.  If I bent wrong, I got shooting pains in my hip and lower back.  I stretched a bit before we launched and worked my way out to full length during the warmup and it felt much better by the time we finished.

It was a great workout.  I really like rowing in the double.  I like stroking and not having to worry about steering and its nice to be out rowing with someone literally in the same boat.

Tomorrow:  The workout plan calls for an 80′ L4.  I am going to continue to substitute r20 endurance sessions for L4s for the foreseeable future to minimize risk of aggrevating my back injury.

For reference, here’s the link to the google sheet with my workout plan and daily summary.

 

Tuesday: OTW Pyramid

Weather:  Perfect.

Plan:

  • L1 Pyramid workout
  • 250m/500m/750m/1000m/750m/500m/250m
  • Roughly 1’30” of rest per 250m rowed
  • stroke rate target: 28-32
  • pace target:  Not really sure, maybe around 2:00
  • Technique:  Work on improving efficiency at high stroke rates.  Try to maintain length and form.  Especially keep finishes clean.

I was not feeling good about this workout.  My back hurt and I debated whether it was wise to risk to row with it hurting.  I’ve had mixed results, some days rowing doesn’t seem to cause any problems and other days, I feel much worse afterwards.  (More about that later).  I decided to give it a try and bail out if I felt too compromised.

I did a short warm up while heading through the twisty bits to the start of the good section of the river.  Since I am training for head races, I eased into each interval with a rolling start, not a racing start (also a bit easier on my back).

I did the intervals by distance.  This was a bit of a challenge because I wanted the 4 fields on the speedcoach for pace, HR, effective length and work per stroke.  I used RIM for distance and stroke rate on the boat acceleration screen.  Analyzing the data later, it looks like there is some innaccuracy in how RIM starts measuring meters because even though I rowed through the full distance by the display, the data on the speedcoach shows I cheated each interval by up to 50 meters.  I think I’ll go by time delimited intervals from now on when I’m on the water.

I pounded out the first interval and, frankly, it felt awful.  Well, it’s more complicated than that.  I really enjoyed the feeling of getting up to speed and seeing the speedcoach dip down into the 1:50s on pace.  I love the gurgling noise the boat makes when I’m going fast.  I also like the skinny smoothies at higher rates.  I felt more stable, and under control above 30 SPM with the longer oars and I felt like the softer shafts made the drive smoother.  So, that was what dominated my thinking for the first 20 strokes.  Then it hit me.  The last 10 strokes really hurt.  Whoops.  I guess I need to be a little more conservative.

So, I backed off a bit for the 500m.  That went OK.  The 750m was basically the same deal.  I was now struggling a bit with intestinal issues that hit pretty hard after I finished each piece.  The back was feeling OK though.  I was not looking forward to the 1000m.

For the first 2 intervals, I had rowed back to the start after each and rowed them downstream, but for the 1000, I rowed it in the other direction.  There wasn’t much current, but there was a light breeze blowing down river and it surprised me how much slower I was going on the 1000m in the other direction.  But I made it through it and it was pretty clear sailing for the rest of it.

I didn’t realized how tired I was getting, but I had a bad case of tunnel vision in the last 250m and nearly ran myself into the riverbank with some very poor steering.  I had to do one of those full stops where you jam both oars in and reverse feather to avoid it.

I rowed back to the dock with feet out and tried to work on perfect finishes.

8-22a

When you look at it on a pie chart it looks a lot easier than it felt.

You can see how the intervals all got shaved down a bit.  Very disappointing for a completist like myself.  i probably would have been close to the 2:00 target if I hadn’t been working against the head wind in the 1000m piece.

        Workout Summary - media/20170822-151706-Greg Smith 20170822 0636amo.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|10478|69:33.0|03:19.2|130.5|23.7|138.4|176.0|06.3
W-|03780|15:34.0|02:03.7|267.5|29.4|158.8|176.0|08.2
R-|06699|53:59.0|04:01.8|069.6|21.1|129.5|176.0|07.2
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00233|00:55.6|01:59.3|278.9|29.9|149.0|159.0|08.4
02|00475|01:55.1|02:01.2|274.7|30.0|152.8|165.0|08.2
03|00701|02:54.6|02:04.5|274.4|28.4|158.3|172.0|08.5
04|00962|04:09.7|02:09.8|251.3|28.8|163.9|175.0|08.0
05|00704|02:56.3|02:05.2|248.8|28.8|160.9|174.0|08.3
06|00464|01:49.3|01:57.8|289.5|30.8|160.3|176.0|08.3
07|00241|00:54.2|01:52.5|308.9|33.0|150.3|167.0|08.1

I did a lot of metrics charts.

  • power and wps: pretty consistent through the workout.
  • stroke rate and pace:  I tried to hold 28 for the 750s and 1000.  I tried to push it up to 30 or higher for the 500s and 250s
  • peak force:  I think it’s interesting that I was most consistent in the last 500m interval.  I bet that’s a good thing.  The prior 750 looks much sloppier.
  • length:  Very happy that my effective length was consistent as I got more tired.

The bads news was that I could barely stand up after I got back  to the dock.  My lower back was VERY irritated.  Well to be more precise about it, the area at the top of my left glute, right around where my pelvis is.  It is not very painful once I find a reasonable position, but bending over and getting up from sitting cause me problems.

Since then, I’ve been on a diet of ibuprofen and rest.  I skipped yesterday’s L4 and today’s L2.  I’m not sure how long this will take to heal, but I think I will avoid rowing for a few days.  I’ll give the stationary bike a go to see if I can at least save a bit of aerobic fitness.

 

Thursday: 4 x 1000 / 5′ Open Water

Weather:  Sparkling sunshine, perfect temperature, around 70F.  Light wind from WNW which built from nearly calm when I launched about 9:15 to about 10mph by the time I finished.  This was a cross wind.

Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 10.13.23 AM.png

The tide was ebbing.  This was against me on the odd intervals and with me on the even intervals.

Plan:

  • 4 x 1000
  • 5 minutes rest (roughly.  I paddled 500m and took a drink.  I didn’t actually measure how long the rests were.
  • Stroke Rate Target: 28spm
  • Pace target:  I wanted to be faster than the 15×3′ session (2:34)

I rowed out to Buoy 10.  This seems to be a good starting point for these kinds of workouts.  I did some 10s and 20s to get used to rowing at 28.  My hip/back felt a bit tight and sore through the warmup, but seemed to be loosing up by the end.

I got lined up and started the first interval with 2500m on the speedcoach.  Doing these intervals in a Maas Aero is a different experience from doing them on an erg.  On an erg, they are over in a about 3:30-3:40.  In an Aero, it’s a lot closer to 5 minutes.  So, I found that I had to pace myself a bit more.  There is also a lot to think about.  Steer a good course, react to the waves, look for boats, row with good form (especially, clean finishes and getting good clearance o recovery).

I felt like I was pushing hard, but my HR was lower Thursday than it was on Tuesday.  Not that it mattered much, this was a good workout.

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8-17a

8-17b

        Workout Summary - media/20170817-194615-Greg Smith 20170817 0919amo.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|10423|66:48.0|03:12.3|000.0|23.8|145.5|175.0|06.6
W-|04000|19:12.0|02:24.1|000.0|28.2|162.8|175.0|07.4
R-|06423|43:36.0|03:23.7|000.0|20.6|132.9|175.0|10.2
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|01000|04:45.7|02:22.8|000.0|28.3|163.5|173.0|07.4 
02|01000|04:43.8|02:21.9|000.0|28.0|160.5|173.0|07.5
03|01000|04:59.4|02:29.7|000.0|28.0|164.6|175.0|07.1 - not sure what happened here
04|01000|04:43.6|02:21.8|000.0|28.5|162.4|175.0|07.4

I was pretty tired when I finished, and I took it easy rowing back to the beach.  I took a couple pictures of the beach where I launch.

Later Thursday, we headed back home.  We might head back to the cape this weekend.  On Friday, I think I will do an L4 maybe 60 minutes or so.

 

Wednesday: 8 x 2′ / 2′ 1x

A beautiful morning.  Sunny, warm, dry, hardly any wind.

Plan:

  • Long warmup to re-acclimate to higher stroke rates
  • 8 x 2′ / 2′ rest
  • Stroke rate target: 26 (head race rate)
  • Pace target: better than 2:15 (a pretty easy target for this workout)
  • Do work sections in line down the river, do not avoid turns
  • Technique work after

The basic thing I was trying to do today was to row at Head race rates and slightly higher than head race pressure to start getting my head wrapped around what I need to accomplish over the next 9 weeks before the HOCR.

I was really happy with how the workout went.  I am liking the new smoothies at higher stroke rates.  I feel like the softer shafts are helping me manage the drive better and the extra length is providing more stability on recovery.

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Workout Summary - media/20170809-133817-Greg Smith 20170809 0633amo.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13815|81:42.0|02:57.4|149.0|21.7|146.5|180.0|07.8
W-|03748|16:00.0|02:08.1|252.0|26.7|160.2|180.0|08.8
R-|10077|63:42.0|03:09.6|112.1|19.9|141.5|180.0|08.3
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00456|02:00.0|02:11.7|247.1|26.7|154.4|167.0|08.5 - vs current
02|00455|02:00.0|02:11.9|242.6|26.6|158.9|170.0|08.6
03|00458|02:00.0|02:11.1|228.0|27.0|161.3|172.0|08.5
04|00460|02:00.0|02:10.3|259.7|25.8|160.6|173.0|08.9
05|00479|02:00.0|02:05.2|236.8|26.7|161.3|175.0|09.0 - w/ current
06|00470|02:00.0|02:07.7|267.6|26.5|160.0|176.0|08.9
07|00478|02:00.0|02:05.5|258.7|26.3|159.1|177.0|09.1
08|00493|02:00.0|02:01.8|275.8|28.3|165.6|180.0|08.7

A few metrics plots.  I held things very consistent throughout.  Lifted stroke rates on purpose in the last interval and allowed it to creep up in the turns.

Tomorrow:  I have an 8am meeting, so no OTW.  I will try to squeeze in an erg session during the day, but it might not happen.