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

Core:

  • 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

Strength:

  • 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.

Screen Shot 2018-11-10 at 8.22.20 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2018-11-04 at 1.36.35 PM

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.

 

 

Monday: 3 x 20’/2′

        Workout Summary - media/20181029-1225340o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|15037|66:00.0|02:11.7|165.7|18.7|138.8|154.0|12.2
W-|14349|60:00.0|02:05.4|177.3|19.3|139.7|154.0|12.4
R-|00690|06:00.0|04:20.7|049.2|12.6|129.8|154.0|10.1
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04747|20:00.0|02:06.4|172.9|19.0|131.4|139.0|12.5
01|04760|20:00.0|02:06.0|175.2|19.1|140.0|147.0|12.5
02|04841|20:00.0|02:03.9|183.9|19.8|147.9|154.0|12.2

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.

       Workout Summary - media/20181102-1240330o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|24703|66:04.0|01:20.2|171.4|19.5|142.8|155.0|19.1
W-|14509|60:00.0|02:04.1|183.4|19.8|144.0|154.0|12.2
R-|10196|06:04.0|00:17.9|053.1|17.0|131.5|154.0|216.2
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04832|20:00.0|02:04.2|182.4|19.6|139.6|147.0|12.3
01|04823|20:00.0|02:04.4|182.1|19.9|145.5|151.0|12.1
02|04854|20:00.0|02:03.6|185.6|19.9|146.8|154.0|12.2

 

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

Free form week

I’m between plans right nw, so I am just sort of making up as I go along.

Tuesday:  Steady State OTW

Back on the Charles.  Mostly messing around with the Quiske pod.

        Workout Summary - media/20181028-1930330o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13791|76:57.0|02:47.4|127.7|19.0|135.3|159.0|09.4
W-|10694|53:15.0|02:29.4|146.9|19.1|141.8|159.0|10.6
R-|03110|23:43.0|03:48.8|084.4|18.8|120.6|159.0|09.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00250|01:09.0|02:18.0|151.8|19.9|125.7|135.0|10.9
02|01050|05:14.4|02:29.7|133.3|18.2|134.6|142.0|11.0
03|00861|04:10.5|02:25.5|142.5|19.5|137.7|146.0|10.6
04|00611|02:46.3|02:16.0|182.8|21.2|145.0|159.0|10.4
05|02779|14:13.7|02:33.6|143.5|18.1|143.4|153.0|10.8
06|02704|13:21.1|02:28.1|146.6|18.3|144.0|153.0|11.1
07|00808|04:01.3|02:29.3|156.1|20.4|142.9|151.0|09.9
08|00348|01:45.0|02:31.1|133.9|20.6|146.6|150.0|09.7
09|00787|03:55.8|02:29.9|167.4|20.9|151.3|156.0|09.6
10|00071|00:23.1|02:43.6|135.8|20.9|122.7|125.0|08.8
11|00062|00:20.3|02:45.0|128.0|20.6|116.6|117.0|08.8
12|00364|01:54.8|02:37.6|122.9|21.4|131.9|138.0|08.9

Wednesday: No Training – Drs appointment

My weight is still too high (209lbs).  Blood pressure is good 120/80 (with meds)

Thursday: Strength Training

I’d like to incorporate strength work into my offseason training so I started today.

  • hip equalization
  • foam roll quads
  • swiss ball twists with med ball
  • front plank 3 x 30sec
  • side plank 3 x 30sec each side
  • Front Squats.  Bare bar, bar + 20, bar + 50…3 x 12
  • Good mornings. bare bar, bar + 50…3 x 12
  • inclined row on smith machine, 3 x 12

Friday: 3 x 20’/2′

OK, I was pretty close to paralyzed from the weight work on Thursday.  But I did a slow 3 x 20 on the erg.  No matter how much I slowed down, I could not keep my HR from going through the roof.

       Workout Summary - media/20181026-1240330o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|15026|66:00.0|02:11.8|164.2|19.3|148.1|162.0|11.8
W-|14330|60:00.0|02:05.6|176.7|19.6|149.2|162.0|12.2
R-|00698|06:00.0|04:17.8|038.8|16.8|138.0|162.0|09.8
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04870|20:00.0|02:03.2|186.8|19.7|138.9|153.0|12.4
01|04789|20:00.0|02:05.3|177.9|19.9|153.0|161.0|12.0
02|04671|20:00.0|02:08.4|165.5|19.2|155.6|162.0|12.2

Saturday:  Wicked Slow 10K push on the dynamic.

I thought I could be any more sore than I was on Friday.  I was wrong.  Putting on my underwear was torture.  I staggered through grocery shopping and various household chores.  Late in the day, I decided to do a short erg to try to loosen things up.

I started very slow.  I intended to start at 2:15, but I just couldn’t bring myself to row that slowly.  I ended up starting at 2:12, and shaving a second each 1000m.  I did a little push at the end to 2:00.

        Workout Summary - media/20181027-2225340o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|10000|42:25.0|02:07.2|169.9|21.5|143.6|171.0|11.0
W-|10000|42:25.0|02:07.3|169.9|21.5|143.6|171.0|11.0
R-|00000|00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|171.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01000|04:24.1|02:12.1|149.6|18.1|112.1|123.0|12.5
01|01000|04:21.9|02:10.9|155.6|19.5|127.4|130.0|11.8
02|01000|04:19.2|02:09.6|160.7|20.1|135.2|139.0|11.5
03|01000|04:18.2|02:09.1|162.8|20.3|139.9|143.0|11.4
04|01000|04:16.8|02:08.4|165.1|21.3|142.1|146.0|11.0
05|01000|04:15.3|02:07.7|168.3|21.2|147.5|151.0|11.1
06|01000|04:12.8|02:06.4|173.0|22.1|151.4|155.0|10.7
07|01000|04:10.5|02:05.3|177.8|23.5|156.2|158.0|10.2
08|01000|04:08.4|02:04.2|182.5|23.5|160.5|163.0|10.3
09|01000|03:58.3|01:59.1|207.5|25.9|167.5|171.0|09.7

Sunday: 12km in a double with Joe

Technical issues with the speedcoach.  For some reason, it did not save the session, even though I was sure that I had started it.  Luckily, Joe was wearing his Garmin Fenix.

It was nice to get out.  The water was really flat and there was very little wind.  We rowed 20-22 spm to the south end of the lake.  Then we did 2 rate ladders.

  • 750m @ 22
  • 500m @ 24
  • 250m @ 26

Then we did a last ladder.  In this one, Joe called for a power 10 and power 20 in each section.  We then held the r26 to the end of the lake alternating about 10 power strokes with 10 lighter strokes.  Then more steady state back to the boathouse.

 

 

Wednesday: Quiske!

For the past year or so, there has been a product on the market from a Finnish startup called Quiske.  They have a little pod that can be attached to your oar, or your seat.  On a boat or on an erg.  And this pod is MAGIC.  It works with an app on the phone to provide a stroke by stroke graph of interesting things like your oar path or your seat velocity.

I am interested in this product because I rarely if ever am able to get real time coaching.  I will record video and send it off to Marlene Royle who will give me feedback and recommend drills and suggest changes, but it is very hard to keep these changes in mind when I practice.  Here are a couple of examples.

  1.  I tend to break my knees too early on the recovery.  With the sensor on the seat, I would be able to see the seat velocity occurring too soon and could work to correct it.
  2. I have developed the habit of digging too deep at the catch.  Obviously, it’s pretty hard to look at your oar blades, but with the magic pod, I can see the exact path that my oars are taking through the water, and I can see in all its glory how my stroke includes both digging too deep AND washing out towards the release.

So, I had big hopes for this new toy and I was eager to give it a try.  So the session on Wednesday was more of a fartlek than anything else.

Setup was a snap.  I put the included strap around the oar collar, inboard of the oarlock, and then launched the app, it found the pod and I connected up.  Then I rowed out to the good part of the river.  I was blown away and delighted by seeing the oar path diagrams like I had seen in Kleshnev’s book popping up on my iphone screen.

         Workout Summary - media/20181018-1250330o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|12427|69:54.0|02:48.8|126.5|19.7|133.6|162.0|09.0
W-|08058|39:21.0|02:26.5|152.4|19.3|141.8|162.0|10.6
R-|04379|30:33.0|03:29.3|093.2|20.3|123.1|162.0|03.3
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00166|00:47.4|02:22.5|146.6|17.6|113.4|125.0|12.0
02|00146|00:41.0|02:20.5|142.8|17.5|129.4|133.0|12.2
03|00243|01:04.7|02:13.2|161.1|20.4|134.4|143.0|11.0
04|01539|07:19.3|02:22.7|146.2|18.4|143.2|148.0|11.4
05|00633|02:46.9|02:11.9|186.1|22.3|145.5|162.0|10.2
06|00431|02:14.0|02:35.5|139.0|18.8|134.5|141.0|10.2
07|00592|03:02.0|02:33.7|145.0|18.8|142.3|149.0|10.4
08|01234|06:16.2|02:32.4|142.1|18.5|146.7|153.0|10.6
09|01258|05:53.9|02:20.6|154.6|19.7|142.7|153.0|10.8
10|00582|03:02.0|02:36.3|154.0|18.5|139.8|144.0|10.4
11|00887|04:32.0|02:33.3|156.9|19.4|143.9|149.0|10.1
12|00348|01:42.4|02:27.3|171.1|24.0|138.5|154.0|08.5

Now for the Quiske stuff.

First, this is what my normal steady state rowing looks like.

2018-10-17 06.58.50

This is apparently what it should look like.

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Here is my first screen cap of rowing at head race pace and pressure.

2018-10-17 07.10.15

Then I started to work on changing my stroke.  The first thing I tried was to consciously keep my oars in deeper through the last part of the stroke.

2018-10-17 07.27.19

The I was just having fun.  Here are Arm only, then arms and body, then half slide.

Next I tried to row as deep as I possibly could.  I really pulled the handles up high and buried the shafts.  It looked like this.  Now I know what to avoid.

2018-10-17 07.47.06

I was curious about the recovery being slanted in all the plots. so I tried rowing with just my port oar and kept my starboard oar flat on the water.  It wasn’t as flat as I would have expected.  I am not sure if that’s a alignment issue in the pod, or if the water is at an angle where I row.

2018-10-17 07.54.29

Finally, I tried some head race strokes again, right at the end.

2018-10-17 07.59.11

Not much different from the first ones.  Maybe even deeper at the catch.  I guess this will be a long project.

 

Tuesday: Steady State r20

This week is a bit weird.  No more races for the season, but the weather is still good for rowing, so what should I be doing?  I decided that just enjoying the last few days on the water and doing some steady state training would be the best way to go.

So, the goal today was to row at r20 and stay under my HR cap. The exciting thing was that I was rowing with the impeller!  It was slightly disappointing that there was a head wind so I could not see perfectly identical splits going upstream and down, but it was still a lot closer than what I was seeing before.

Also, over the past couple of days, and with a lot of help from the fine folks at NK, I finally figured out why my power numbers were so pitifully low.  This is a little complicated, so bear with me.

Back earlier this year, NK discovered that their power algorithm was yielding power numbers that were a bit too high, and they pushed a correction in a firmware update.  At the same time, the web site that I use to log my training (rowandall.com), did an update so that it would look at the rev of firmware in uploaded speedcoach files, and if it was the old FW, it would apply the same correction, so that power would be consistent for all logged workouts.  That’s all great, stuff, but there was a bug in the iOS application that NK provides to transfer workouts.  This LINK app apparently was reporting the old FW rev in exported files, even if the speedcoach had been updated.  Rowsandall was seeing the old rev and deducting a percentage of my power, but the speedcoach was reporting the corrected power already, so my power readings ended up being about 10% low.

The solution was to delete and reinstall the LINK app on my phone, and viola, my power readings popped back to something that made a lot more sense.

          Workout Summary - media/20181016-1205320o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13751|74:24.0|02:42.3|132.3|19.9|142.4|164.0|09.3
W-|11512|57:07.0|02:28.9|149.5|20.3|147.4|164.0|09.9
R-|02246|17:17.0|03:51.0|075.5|18.6|125.8|164.0|13.8
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00205|00:57.6|02:20.2|147.1|18.7|124.4|132.0|11.4
02|00877|04:14.5|02:25.1|141.2|19.1|131.8|142.0|10.8
03|01868|08:48.7|02:21.5|152.4|19.4|142.4|149.0|10.9
04|02606|13:32.1|02:35.8|149.7|20.2|152.9|158.0|09.5
05|01993|09:26.4|02:22.1|145.7|20.5|146.3|154.0|10.3
06|00629|02:56.1|02:19.9|154.3|20.1|147.2|153.0|10.7
07|02647|13:56.0|02:37.9|145.1|20.4|152.3|157.0|09.3
08|00257|01:13.5|02:23.2|194.2|24.5|141.3|157.0|08.6
09|00429|02:02.8|02:23.0|167.3|25.4|150.7|164.0|08.3

 

 

Monday: Impeller Cal

I really enjoyed Sunday.  I spent a couple of hours just messing around with my boat.  I recalibrated my empower oarlock.  I tried setting up the new Quiske Pod and it’s iOS application.  And I reinstalled the impeller on the bottom of my boat.

On Monday morning, my training goal was to do some steady state, but the other task was to calibrate the impeller.  All season long, I have been unable to do much with the pace reading on the speedcoach because the river current has been higher than normal.  I finally decided that remounting the impeller would be better.

But the impeller is a finicky little gizmo.  If you don’t have it well aligned with the sensor, you get intermittent readings, if you don’t have it well calibrated, you get wrong readings and if you row in a place with a lot of weeds, it gets fouled.  But at least you get rid of current as an error in your data!

So the first thing to do was calibrate.  I rowed out to the straight 1000m section, and set up to do a 500m cal.  The way the speedcoach does this is it uses the GPS to measure you going 500 and sees how far the impeller has measured.  Then you do the same thing in the other direction, over the same exact section of river.  The theory is that this will cancel out the effect of the current.  Anyway, I did it and it seemed to yield sensible results afterward.

Of course, after I calibrated, I forgot to push “start” on the the speedcoach, so I didn’t log any of the rest of the workout.  Have no fear!  I had a backup.  I was running RIM on my phone.

          Workout Summary - media/20181015-164518-115122o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|11390|66:03.0|02:54.0|000.0|19.8|0.0|000.0|08.7
W-|11391|66:03.0|02:54.0|000.0|19.8|000.0|000.0|08.7
R-|00000|00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|000.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|11391|66:03.0|02:54.0|000.0|19.8|000.0|0.0|08.7

Sunday: 3 x 20′ dynamic

Nothing to special.  Just trying to keep things going along.  Rowed with a HR cap of 155.

          Workout Summary - media/20181014-2235320o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|14375|63:00.0|02:11.5|159.7|20.1|142.8|155.0|11.4
W-|14034|60:00.0|02:08.3|165.9|20.0|142.8|155.0|11.7
R-|00343|03:00.0|04:22.0|036.4|20.9|142.3|155.0|07.9
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04705|20:00.0|02:07.5|168.4|20.1|131.5|145.0|11.7
01|04666|20:00.0|02:08.6|164.5|20.0|146.1|151.0|11.7
02|04663|20:00.0|02:08.7|164.6|20.0|151.0|155.0|11.6

Drills on the Fives

We came back from the cape last night, and I had a choice to make this morning.

I needed to be at work, showered and ready for a 8 am meeting, so I could either head straight to work and do a 60 to 80 minute steady state session on the erg, or I could do an shorter session on the water.

I decided to row on the water.  Here’s why.

  • With a race this weekend, I want to taper down volume a bit anyway
  • Also because of the race, getting in a technique session this week would be good reinforcement for good mechanics
  • It’s too late to do much to improve my aerobic fitness, so doing just enough to maintain what I have is enough.

It was dark when I got to the boathouse.  Very dark.  And cool,  around 55F.  And there was a noticeable breeze blowing as a headwind when going down stream.  Did I mention it was dark!  With the overcast and the later sunrise, I couldn’t see across the lagoon when I arrived.

By the time I had swept the goose poop off the dock, and got my boat rigged and in the water, the sky was starting to lighten up.  I felt irresponsible that I don’t have working lights though and I was glad that there was no one else on the river today.  I’ve ordered a new pair of lights, hopefully they will be delivered today.

Today’s session was drills on the fives.  4 minutes of steady state, and then 1 minute of a drill.  The drills were

  • Half slide: working on clean releases and blades off the water
  • delayed feather:  Working on releasing on the square, and then feathering without touching water
  • Pause at body over:  Working on keeping my knees downwith my body over and arms extended.
  • Open hands on recovery:  Working on outward pressure against the oarlocks on recovery and clean catches after regripping the oars.

As usual, with this session, I felt like I was rowing better at the end than the beginning.  Today, it was even more the case because the wind seemed to be dying down a during the session and the water was a bit flatter at the end.

I had time for one lap down to the dam and back.  I was pretty surprised at how low my heart rate was today.  My RPE felt like it was in line with this session, but my HR was a good 10 beats lower.

Here is a summary of the steady state bits.  It cuts out the drills and the turns.

          Workout Summary - media/20181008-1700310o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|08689|46:43.0|02:41.3|116.3|20.0|130.7|143.0|09.3
W-|05153|25:33.0|02:28.8|131.8|20.6|134.5|143.0|09.8
R-|03548|21:11.0|02:59.2|097.6|19.4|126.1|143.0|10.6
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00365|01:51.0|02:32.1|129.4|18.9|119.8|126.0|10.4
02|00270|01:15.9|02:20.8|134.9|19.7|126.9|131.0|10.8
03|00529|02:39.0|02:30.3|117.0|20.4|135.1|141.0|09.8
04|00887|04:23.3|02:28.4|130.3|21.0|139.2|142.0|09.6
05|00782|03:49.9|02:27.1|136.6|20.4|138.1|143.0|10.0
06|00129|00:38.2|02:27.7|148.6|20.4|134.9|137.0|10.0
07|00256|01:17.2|02:31.1|121.2|20.2|130.0|135.0|09.8
08|00680|03:23.8|02:29.9|132.4|20.9|136.4|142.0|09.6
09|00744|03:44.2|02:30.7|127.1|21.1|137.4|141.0|09.4
10|00179|00:51.6|02:24.1|144.1|19.8|129.7|136.0|10.5
11|00098|00:29.2|02:28.8|142.7|20.4|127.1|131.0|09.9
12|00236|01:10.0|02:28.4|157.3|23.1|131.1|139.0|08.8

Tomorrow:  Last hard workout…5 x 1500 / 5′ target pace 2:15.

T/F/S : A Threshold Sandwich

Thursday – Oct 4 : 70′ Steady State R20

          Workout Summary - media/20181004-1200310o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13830|74:54.0|02:42.5|123.4|20.7|144.8|159.0|08.9
W-|13187|65:37.0|02:29.3|132.7|20.2|147.8|159.0|10.0
R-|00650|09:17.0|07:08.7|057.5|24.5|123.4|159.0|06.2
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
05|01254|05:57.9|02:22.7|130.0|19.9|132.2|144.0|10.6
06|02592|11:59.4|02:18.8|136.2|19.8|145.6|155.0|10.9
07|02839|14:42.0|02:35.3|134.2|20.0|149.8|159.0|09.7
08|02758|12:57.1|02:20.9|133.4|20.3|149.2|156.0|10.5
09|03037|16:11.7|02:40.0|129.7|20.2|151.6|157.0|09.3
10|00305|01:40.8|02:45.5|138.9|21.4|153.6|156.0|08.5
11|00370|01:59.1|02:40.8|125.1|23.1|154.6|159.0|08.1

Friday – Oct 5: 2 x 3K Threshold

The goal for today was essentially a Head Race simulation.  Stroke rate around 25.  The goal was to try to keep the pace around 2:15, but it was not to be.  There was a lot of wind which was basically a head wind for the downstream part of the row.  That’s better than the alternative, it would have been very depressing rowing into a head wind and against the current during the second half of the session.

The wind was strong and gusty enough that I took some really bad strokes.  Generally, striking a wave as I was squaring up and catching with one oar skewed.  This was a bit scary at the time, but I was just trying to keep it going.

The hard bit for me is keeping my motivation through the turn.  Today, with a brisk tail wind, it wasn’t so bad.  I kept my mind of clean finishes.

          Workout Summary - media/20181005-1140300o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|08131|43:02.0|02:38.8|133.9|24.7|150.1|177.0|07.6
W-|05488|25:16.0|02:18.1|164.8|26.2|165.5|177.0|08.3
R-|02645|17:46.0|03:21.6|090.0|22.6|128.2|177.0|07.5
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|02746|12:30.1|02:16.6|166.6|25.9|161.0|169.0|08.5
02|02742|12:46.1|02:19.7|163.1|26.5|169.9|177.0|08.1

So, slower than I would have liked, but considering the wind, I guess it is OK.  I was happy about the sprint at the end.

Saturday, Oct 6: 13km Coastal Row

Today was absolutely beautiful.  The temp was around 60F.  There was a light wind from the northeast, which meant that the water was flat.  The sun was sparkling on the water.  It was amazing.

The only problem I had was a wonky heart rate monitor.  I worked hard, but not too hard.  I think my heart rate was in the high 140s to 150s.

The tide was running pretty fast today.  It was going out, so it was with me at first, then as I turned toward the harbor, it was against me.  Then I turned and rowed with it all the way out past my favorite buoy, then I was rowing right into it for the last section.

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          Workout Summary - media/20181006-191253-Greg Smith 20181006 1249PMo.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13357|75:56.0|02:50.6|000.0|20.7|147.0|147.0|08.5
W-|13359|75:56.0|02:50.5|000.0|20.7|147.0|147.0|08.5
R-|00000|00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|147.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|00037|01:18.7|17:35.0|000.0|21.3|147.0|147.0|01.3
01|05862|32:53.8|02:48.4|000.0|19.5|147.0|147.0|09.1
02|07059|38:07.7|02:42.0|000.0|21.5|147.0|147.0|08.6
03|00401|03:36.4|04:30.1|000.0|22.9|147.0|147.0|04.9

Tomorrow:  If it’s a nice day, another coastal row.  If not, a steady state erg session.

I’m racing next weekend.  One complication is that I am going to Geneva on Tuesday night and returning on Thursday.  So, it will be a unique kind of a taper.