1/12/20 – 1/25/20 –> Work wins!

Well, I’ve lost a bit of momentum.  The past couple of weeks, I’ve been focused pretty intently on work.

Here’s the damage

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I’ve missed 3 training days in the past 8, and two of my workouts were less than stellar fitness center cross training sessions.

Sunday – 1/12/2020 – 4 x 30’/2′ Steady State

Glorious long steady state row on slides, listening to a good audio book.

       Workout Summary - media/20200112-1951170o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|29536|02:07:59.9|02:10.0|167.4|18.4|139.6|154.0|12.6
W-|28579|01:59:50.8|02:05.8|176.0|18.3|140.3|153.0|13.0
R-|00960|00:08:00.0|04:10.0|041.2|19.5|129.9|153.0|09.1
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07126|29:50.8|02:05.7|176.2|18.3|132.4|143.0|13.0
01|07147|30:00.0|02:05.9|175.5|18.3|138.2|144.0|13.0
02|07149|30:00.0|02:05.9|175.8|18.3|142.6|151.0|13.0
03|07156|30:00.0|02:05.8|176.5|18.3|147.9|153.0|13.1

Monday – 1/13/2020 – 4×1000/5′ L1

At workout.  On a static erg.  Feeling pretty good.  Target pace 1:45.

Started with a quick warm up.

That was a bit over exuberant, so I paddled a 1000m

No avoiding it any longer.

Wow!  That was great.

I am getting more comfortable at stroke rates around 30.

Tuesday – 1/14/2020 – 2×30’/2′ L4

Wednesday – 1/15/2020 – 5×1500/5′ L2

Pressed for time so I did the first 1500 as a warmup.  My target was 1:48.

Leave off the warmup and that’s a 1:47.7 pace vs my 1:48 target.  Tough work, but a big success.

Thursday – 1/16/2020 – No Training

Big day for quarterly business reviews.  They started at 8am and I felt like should spend time prepping for the meetings.

Friday – 1/17/2020 – 15 x 3’/1′ L3

This is a very intense workout.  Pretty grumpy that Painsled hung up on me.  My target was 800m per interval, which I think is about a 1:52.5 pace.

Here’s the hear rate data from my apple watch (hooray for redundancy!)

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And here are the old school monitor shots.

Actual: 1:50.7, and nearly a complete negative split.  I certainly layed out a really strong last rep.

Saturday – 1/18/2020 – Ergsana

I went out to Worcester to row with my friends.  There were two parts to the workout.  First was an erg session, then about an hour of yoga.  I have never done yoga before in my life and this was the seventh of eight sessions.  I was definitely the slow learner of the session.

But the erg session was fun.  I have never done any of the games that are built into the concept2 PM5.  It was very fun doing them as a group because for each game you could compete both on points, and on other things like distance covered.

First up was the fish game.  As far as I could tell, this game rewarded what I will charitably call unconventional technique.  You needed to make constant adjustments to stroke rate and stroke power to eat little fishes and avoid big fishes.  But, it definitely rewarded pushing yourself because the harder you go, the more of the screen you can cover to eat them fishies.

Each fish game is 4 minutes long and I found myself finishing each at about a 1:50 pace.  Since there was a lot of speeding up and slowing down, this was more challenging that you might imagine.  My scores ranged from 1170 to 1440.  I pretty much stunk at the game play, but after 4 games, I was pretty bushed.

After that, we tried the darts game.  This game was my jam.  It rewarded consistency, and I have done an awful lot of steady state rowing.  With the darts game, a “dart” comes on the screen at the left and at some point begins to drop down.  You must judge the trajectory of the dart and decide when to pull and how hard.  The drive sends the dart climbing and the rate of climb is rated to how hard you pull.  If you get it right, the dart lands in the center of the dartboard and you get 50 points.  A game is 300 darts, so a maximum of 15000 points.

You get 5 strokes to set a rhythm and I guess I was a bit amped up because I set out at a stroke rate of 24.  But I was also in a groove.  I was nailing the bullseye on most of my strokes.  But I couldn’t ease up.  If I did, then the darts started to go low.  the game was incredibly reinforcing.  I kept digging deeper and deeper, and finished with 1:52.2 average over 3225 meters.  (13785 points in the game)  I also finished with a heart rate of 182.  Doing a 12 minute piece after the 4x4min was a pretty big ask.

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Sunday – 1/19/2020 – No Training

I flew out to California in the afternoon and arrived quite late.  I discovered there was a Furry Convention at my hotel.

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Well, that was not what I expected!

Monday – 1/20/2020 – 2 x 30′ in the fitness center

30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on a recumbent stationary bike.

A cool thing is I discovered that the apple watch would link up magically to the exercise gear.  There is a little note on the screen of the treadmill or bike that says “Connects to Apple Watch”, and you just put the watch close to the screen and a little bowtie symbol shows up.

After that, what ever the machine is recording shows up in the watch.

30 minutes at max incline on the treadmill at 3mph.  Then rolling hills on the stationary bike.

I had meetings all day, and then a business dinner in the evening.  Back at the hotel at a reasonable hour and right to bed.

Tuesday – 1/21/2020 – 9km run

I had a very important meeting in the morning and then a bunch of other meetings until mid afternoon.  We headed back to our hotel, now entirely devoid of furries and I decided to go for a run.

I decided to follow Guadalupe Park, and discovered there are a LOT of homeless people in San Jose.  There is so much wealth in silicon valley, but it has squeezed people on the margins out of their homes and into tents.  Profoundly depressing.

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It was also a lot of running for someone who doesn’t run.  I was sore for days afterward.

After a shower, I headed to meet up with my work friends.  We watched some basketball (and I drank a couple of beers), then we met some other work folks for an excellent greek dinner.

Another good night’s sleep.

Wednesday – 1/22/2020 – 2×30′ fitness center

Feeling quite sore and not quite motivated.

30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the bike.  Both magically connected to the apple watch!

Short intervals on the elliptical, Rolling hills on the bike

Pretty tame.

Meetings during the day and a business dinner that night with the unit of our company in San Jose.  They had a fantastic year, beating all targets and launching an important new product.  This was the dinner to congratulate them.

Thursday – 1/23/2020 – No Training

Up at 5am to drive to the airport.  Arrived in Boston around 5pm.

Friday – 1/24/2020 – 3×20’/2′ L4

At work in the fitness center.  HR a little high.

Saturday – 1/25/2020 – More Darts games and Boatcoach!

After Painsled betrayed me for my 15×3 workout, I decided that I wanted to check out boatcoach.  For rowing apps , there are three serious choices.  Ergdata, which is cheap and reliable, but it does a terrible job handling interval based workouts.  It doesn’t record the rest times reliably and that messes up analysis in rowsandall.  Painsled is proving to be more and more annoying because of dropped strokes and workout hangups.  And then there is boatcoach.  Every one that uses boatcoach raves about it.  The only problem is that it runs only on Android, and until today, I was an iOS only kinda guy.  I broke down and bought a small Android Tablet.  A Samsung Tab (Model A).

I went and downloaded boatcoach.  That was easy.  Then I tried to get it hooked up to the erg.  This required a bit of fumbling around, but eventually I mastered that.  Then I took my inaugural row.  A “Just Row” of 501 meters.

That out of the way, I was thinking that the darts game would be an excellent way to pass the time for steady state workouts.  300 strokes at 20spm would be a 15 minute piece and the game definitely rewarded good steady rowing.  So, I set it up and off I went.  My goal was 14000 points, and to keep my HR below 150.  I had time for 4 games.

       Workout Summary - media/20200125-2122030o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|15131|01:04:40.2|02:08.2|182.3|19.6|139.4|152.0|12.0
W-|15131|01:04:40.4|02:08.2|182.3|19.6|139.4|152.0|11.9
R-|00000|00:00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|152.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|03739|15:01.2|02:00.5|201.0|20.3|137.2|152.0|12.2
01|00211|01:37.5|03:51.0|091.7|11.8|131.8|151.0|11.0 - abort!
02|03724|15:25.7|02:04.3|187.5|19.8|143.2|149.0|12.2
03|00281|02:36.3|04:38.1|076.9|09.6|110.1|131.0|11.2 - abort!
04|03634|15:05.6|02:04.6|184.8|20.3|141.7|147.0|11.9
05|03542|14:54.1|02:06.2|183.8|20.4|141.1|149.0|11.6

I got worse at the game each time!  First time, I score 14485, 515 away from a perfect score.  The second try was close at 14335, but then I seemed to lose the hang of it at the start of the third and it took almost 10 strokes to get into a consistent groove.  The same thing happened in the last game.

It was a fun and absolutely “in the zone” steady state workout.

Oh, and boatcoach worked perfectly!  One cool feature of boatcoach and rowsandall.  You can look at your force curves!

For a workout like this, it could be useful to look at how tight you can get the q25 to q75 band.

Tomorrow – I think I will do a long, slow steady state session.

 

 

 

12/30/2019 to 1/12/2020

Another couple of weeks have gone by and I’ve done some good training. I’m back in the groove, with no business travel and limited crises at work.  It’s been good.

Monday – 12/30 – 4×2000/5′

I had spent the christmas vacation just rebuilding my aerobic base with lots of base work.  I wanted to ease into doing the hard stuff.  So, even though this was a hard session, I rate limited it to try to make it a bit more doable.  It didn’t work, I still blew up in the last rep.

I started with a 2k warmup at 2:00 pace, then the main session.

Note:  this session is on slides.  I think you’ll see a trend develop.

Tueaday – 12/31 – 3 x 20’/2′ L4

On the cape, on slides.  Nothing to report.

Wednesday – 1/1/2020 – 3 x 20’/2′ L4

A little hungover, but not a bad session.  Session done at home after we returned from the cape.

Thursday – 1/2 – 10K push – L3

Back at work!  Again, trying to ease into the harder stuff.  Change 10K hard into a 10K push, starting at 2:05 and ending at 1:56.

First a 2k warmup.

Then…

       Workout Summary - media/20200102-1336170o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|10000|00:39:44.3|01:59.2|206.8|22.8|151.4|177.0|11.1
W-|10000|00:39:44.9|01:59.2|206.8|22.8|151.4|177.0|11.1
R-|00000|00:00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|177.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01000|04:07.8|02:03.9|181.8|20.5|122.3|134.0|11.8 - 5
01|01000|04:06.6|02:03.3|187.0|21.4|138.5|142.0|11.4 - 4
02|01000|04:04.9|02:02.5|190.4|21.7|144.3|146.0|11.3 - 3
03|01000|04:02.7|02:01.3|195.8|22.1|147.5|149.0|11.2 - 2
04|01000|04:00.8|02:00.4|200.5|22.4|150.5|152.0|11.1 - 1
05|01000|03:58.2|01:59.1|207.0|23.0|154.2|156.0|10.9 - 0
06|01000|03:56.6|01:58.3|211.4|23.2|157.5|160.0|11.0 - 9
07|01000|03:54.2|01:57.1|218.0|23.8|162.5|166.0|10.8 - 8
08|01000|03:51.0|01:55.5|226.8|24.3|167.2|171.0|10.7 - 7
09|01000|03:42.2|01:51.1|255.6|25.9|173.5|177.0|10.4 - 6

That went well.  Next push starts at 2:04.

Friday – 1/3 – 3×20’/2′ L4

Tired, high HR for this one.

Saturday – 1/4 – Rest day

first rest day in 14 days, although I stopped one workout after 30 minutes.

Sunday – 1/5 – 3 x 30/2′ steady state

And I had a problem with painsled so the data did not get captured.  Steady state at 18 spm and ~170W.

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Monday – 1/6 – 8 x 500 / 3’30” L1

At work, static erg.

2k warmup with lots of little bursts

Then…  Target of 1:44.  Actual 1:42.  <– pretty happy about that

Tuesday – 1/7 – 2 x 30’/2′ steady state

Not in the mood for L4s right now.  On a static erg, I can just about hold 180W at 18 spm.

       Workout Summary - media/20200107-1351170o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|15018|01:04:00.0|02:07.8|172.0|18.1|141.0|156.0|12.9
W-|14389|00:60:00.0|02:05.1|178.7|18.4|141.3|156.0|13.1
R-|00631|00:04:00.0|03:10.3|071.3|14.7|135.8|156.0|10.8
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07179|30:00.0|02:05.4|177.4|18.3|135.1|146.0|13.1
01|07210|30:00.0|02:04.8|180.1|18.4|147.6|156.0|13.0

Wednesday – 1/8 – 3×30’/2′ steady state

I’m into a good audio book right now, so the steady state rows are fun and easy.  I had extra time on Wed morning so I tacked on an extra 30 minutes.  Right about 176W.

       Workout Summary - media/20200108-1406210o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|22239|01:36:00.0|02:09.5|168.5|17.7|140.8|153.0|13.1
W-|21473|01:30:00.0|02:05.7|176.2|18.0|141.2|153.0|13.3
R-|00770|00:06:00.0|03:53.9|052.2|12.7|136.2|153.0|12.6
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07164|30:00.0|02:05.6|176.2|17.9|133.5|142.0|13.4
01|07156|30:00.0|02:05.8|176.2|18.0|142.9|151.0|13.3
02|07153|30:00.0|02:05.8|176.2|18.1|147.0|153.0|13.1

Thursday – 1/9 – Waterfall L2

Warmup

Then the main session.  I was really worried about this session because the 4×2000 was so bad.  But I decided to just go for it.  I set a aggressive target of 1:51, which was about what I had done back a few weeks ago.  I smashed it!

Incredibly gratifying.  So, this one was on a static erg.

Friday – 1/10 – 2 x 30′ / 2′ steady state

Saturday – 1/11 – Hard 5K

Start with a 20′ fletcher warmup.

The warmup was unexpectedly hard.  It didn’t bode well for the 5K.  Since I had gotten the 1:49.4 for the waterfall, I thought that a 1:51 would be in reach for the 5K.  That dream lasted 1K.  I reset my sights on 1:52.  That lasted to about 2500m, when I reset for 1:54.  I kind of lost it around 3750m, but brought myself back in focus to just try to finish the piece out.  I suspect if I had set out at 1:53, I would have been able to accelerate in the second half and done better.

So the interesting thing to me is the big difference in performance between the waterfall workout and this one.  Here are the differences.

waterfall 5K
Static Slides
Morning Afternoon
2k warmup 5k warmup
3 days after rest 5 days after rest day
room 20C room 18C

Looking at it, it seems like the biggest differences are static versus slides and length of warmup.

So, I looked at the previous time when I did the waterfall workout, and discovered it was on slides.  Here’s the plot.   (ignore the HR in the second rep, the sensor went screwy)

And here’s a direct comparison.  The first one on 11/25, was done when I was in better shape as measured by the Strava fitness and freshness metric.

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So, I think that I am about 11W more efficient on a static erg than I am on slides.  In pace terms.  1:51.0 on slides vs 1:49.4 on static.  If I can figure out why this is, and how to fix it, I might be able to go faster in a boat.

 

 

Piling up meters

Saturday – Nov 30 – 4 x 20′ / 2′ L4

In the early evening after dropping my sons off back in Cambridge.

On slides.  Classic L4 progression

       Workout Summary - media/20191201-2301590o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|20024|01:28:00.0|02:11.8|166.9|19.1|136.9|158.0|11.9
W-|19238|01:20:00.0|02:04.8|179.9|19.4|137.3|157.0|12.4
R-|00791|00:08:00.0|05:03.4|036.3|15.6|133.4|157.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|04787|20:00.0|02:05.3|177.2|19.0|128.6|137.0|12.6
01|04840|20:00.0|02:04.0|183.8|19.8|137.5|153.0|12.2
02|04758|20:00.0|02:06.1|174.6|19.0|139.5|148.0|12.5
03|04852|20:00.0|02:03.7|184.0|19.9|143.4|157.0|12.2

Sunday – Dec 1 – 3 x 30’/2′ Steady State

The goal here was to maximize power and keep HR below target for each section.

  • first 30′ – 145
  • second 30′ – 150
  • third 30′ – 155

       Workout Summary - media/20191201-2301190o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|21998|01:35:59.9|02:10.9|169.1|19.6|143.4|156.0|11.7
W-|21431|01:29:28.5|02:05.2|177.6|19.8|143.9|156.0|12.1
R-|00571|00:06:00.0|05:15.4|056.1|16.1|136.5|156.0|07.5
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|07196|30:00.0|02:05.1|177.7|19.7|135.7|145.0|12.2
01|07065|29:28.5|02:05.2|178.2|19.8|145.5|152.0|12.1
02|07171|30:00.0|02:05.5|176.8|19.9|150.4|156.0|12.0

Felt tired.  It was my 13th day in a row without a break.  The double session on 11/21 was actually one session in Shanghai, and then another at home after my flight.

bokeh_plot - 2019-12-02T114126.846.png

Now I am sitting in the lounge in the airport, waiting to board my flight.  I am on my way to Taiwan for some customer meetings, I will be returning on Friday night (late).  Last year, there was an erg in the fitness center.  Hopefully, I can keep up on my plan.

 

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.

 

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′

 

 

 

 

Septum Mirabilis

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

Sunday – Sept 15 – 16km on the Lower Charles

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

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

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

Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 9.52.30 PM.png

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

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

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

An incredibly enjoyable outing.

Monday – 16 Sept – Drills on the 5s

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

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

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

By the way, the weather was perfect!

Tuesday – 17 Sept – 4 x 2k/4′

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

It was a great workout.  I felt good throughout.

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

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

Wednesday – 18 Sept – Steady State

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

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

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Thursday – 19 Sept – 3′ on / 1′ off

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

Here’s the heart rate from my apple watch

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And here’s the view from Humon.

Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 10.21.42 PM.png

Another really good workout.

Friday – 20 Sept – Steady State

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

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

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

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

IMG_0022

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

Saturday – 21 Sept – No Training

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

 

 

Treading water (but no actual swimming)

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

Tuesday – Sept 3 – Drills on the fives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday – Sept 5 – crappy static 10K

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

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

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

Friday – Sept 6 – No training

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

Saturday – 7 Sept – Aborted 10K

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

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

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

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

Sunday – 8 Sept – 3 x 30′ / 2′

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

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

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

Monday – 9 Sept – Steady state OTW with Humon

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

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

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

Screen Shot 2019-09-14 at 11.46.11 AM

Tuesday – 10 Sept – No Training

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

Wednesday – 11 Sept – Steady State OTW with Humon

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

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

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

Screen Shot 2019-09-14 at 11.51.20 AM

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

Thursday – 12 Sept – 3 x 20′ / 2′

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

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

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

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

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

Screen Shot 2019-09-14 at 12.16.35 PM

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

Today:  Steady state on the erg.

 

 

 

Jun 9 – Jun 15: A nice week

Sunday – June 9: 10 x 2’/2′ – L1(ish)  On Slides

At home.  Started with a fletcher warmup.

Then into the session.  Rowed at a single 40′ session and timing the intervals from the time remaining.  Some missing strokes, but a pretty consistent session.  I got tired and eased up in the 8th and ninth interval and then emptied the tanks on the tenth.

       Workout Summary - media/20190609-2031180o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|08558|00:39:53.8|02:19.9|157.8|25.4|150.8|175.0|08.5
W-|04885|00:17:43.3|01:48.8|274.0|29.5|157.9|175.0|09.4
R-|03680|00:22:11.7|03:00.9|064.9|22.1|145.2|175.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00531|01:55.5|01:48.8|273.9|28.4|149.6|162.0|09.7
02|00544|01:57.9|01:48.3|279.4|29.6|155.0|168.0|09.4
03|00516|01:50.2|01:46.7|299.5|30.4|163.9|169.0|09.2
04|00426|01:32.5|01:48.5|272.6|29.0|161.4|170.0|09.5
05|00440|01:35.4|01:48.4|276.2|29.4|155.9|170.0|09.4
06|00513|01:53.5|01:50.7|258.9|27.5|157.4|171.0|09.9
07|00511|01:51.7|01:49.2|268.7|30.0|160.1|174.0|09.2
08|00506|01:52.7|01:51.3|254.3|29.2|158.3|172.0|09.2
09|00369|01:22.3|01:51.4|253.5|28.5|153.7|168.0|09.4
10|00529|01:51.7|01:45.7|298.4|32.8|163.1|175.0|08.7

I finished off with a 2k cool down.  I did a few power bursts to sort of clear my legs.

Here is the view from Humon, the notable thing to me is the effect of the warmup.  It really helped to increase the oxygen % prior to starting the real work. Notice that I have HTR in both the rowsandall and Humon plots…I wore two heart rate monitors!

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Monday – June 10 – No Training

I was up late on Sunday night, and had an early meeting, so no time to workout.

Tuesday – June 11 – Steady State OTW with Humon.

I was really curious to try out Humon in the boat.  I tend to end up with higher heart rates in the boat, and if my erg session was showing high lactate levels, then I expected even more in the boat.

I struggled with the setup and the change in my routine.  I tried to wear two HR onitors and connect one the the speedcoach, and the other to the Humon app.  The trick, I thought would be to turn off BT on the phone, turn on one HR monitor, then turn on the speedcoach, get that one connected.  Then turn on BT on the phone, turn on the other monitor, and the Humon hex and pair both to the phone.  Sounded good in theory, but it didn’t work for some reason.  So, I pressed on with no HR on the Humon app.

I was so preoccupied with all this, that I forgot to push start on the speedcoach (again!) and didn’t get any data saved from it.

Here’s the Humon data.  I row about 4k to the dam, then 3k back to the cove, then back to the dam, then 4k home.

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You can see the gradual increase in smO2% over the first 4k, and then recovery to very high levels when I had my drink at the dam.  Then dropping down when I start again.  This was a very interesting way to do steady state.  I would push the pace until I saw the display flip over from green to orange, then I would focus on technique and let the splits go up a bit.  I was working to try to accelerate gently from the catch.  It seemed like I could hit faster paces without going orange that way.  Doing things this way really focused me on things like relaxing my arms and shoulders at the catch and holding my body position through the first phase of the drive.  It was probably wishful  thinking, but I felt like I was going faster at lower HR than I had all season.

Since I didn’t have speedcoach data, I wanted to look at boat speed.  I figured out that I could export the Humon data to Google Earth as TCX.  My boat speed ranged from 13km/h (2:18) with the current to 11km/h (2:45).  So, nothing dramatic, but this was all at 18SPM, and my HR was a bit lower than I have been running in these sessions.

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Wednesday – June 12 – More OTW Steady State with Humon

Same thing, same setup, except today I actually pushed start on the speedcoach.

        Workout Summary - media/20190612-1630280o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|14268|01:16:43.0|02:41.3|120.2|19.0|137.2|154.0|09.8
W-|13308|01:06:17.5|02:29.4|130.2|18.6|140.9|154.0|10.8
R-|00966|00:10:26.0|05:23.9|056.5|21.5|113.7|154.0|10.2
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00545|02:48.4|02:34.6|126.1|18.9|120.1|131.0|10.3
02|02951|14:26.3|02:26.8|136.3|19.1|139.9|148.0|10.7
03|02909|14:25.9|02:28.8|127.9|18.4|141.4|151.0|11.0
04|02816|14:07.4|02:30.5|131.7|18.1|141.3|147.0|11.0
05|04087|20:29.5|02:30.4|127.1|18.7|143.7|154.0|10.7

This is a really good steady state session.  The combination of <2:30, 18.6SPM and Avg HR of 141 is significantly more “efficient” than I have seen in other sessions.  For example on May 16, I did a shorter session (10K) at 2:30, 20spm, 141bpm.  Not a huge difference, but it felt noticeable on the water.

Here’s the Huon data for this one.  Less orange and shorter durations in the orange.

Screen Shot 2019-06-16 at 1.01.01 PM

I’m liking this!

Thursday – June 13 – Guess what…Steady State OTW with Humon

I was having so much fun working on technique and learning how to use Humon that I decided to just do the same session for a third time.  Today, I felt a bit more tired.  Tuesday and Wednesday sessions had been easy, but they were longer than I’ve been doing lately.  The Humon agreed with me.  My SMO2% seemed to not want to get up to the lofty heights of Tuesday and Wednesday.  No matter. I could still row to the same basic plan.  push to orange and backoff working on a nice smooth easy drive.

Today, my HR started low, stayed low and didn’t want to move, it was an average of 134 over all the work segments.  I was a bit slower (2:32), but my stroke rate was even lower at 18.0spm.  Again, good efficient rowing.

        Workout Summary - media/20190613-1505260o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|14134|01:17:02.5|02:43.5|115.6|18.2|130.6|146.0|10.1
W-|12989|01:05:48.9|02:32.0|124.2|18.0|133.6|146.0|11.0
R-|01152|00:11:14.1|04:52.5|065.1|19.1|113.0|146.0|10.2
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00554|02:58.2|02:40.9|111.0|18.2|118.6|123.0|10.3
02|02876|14:23.3|02:30.1|128.2|17.7|136.7|146.0|11.3
03|02910|14:43.5|02:31.8|123.7|17.7|134.7|143.0|11.2
04|02816|14:18.7|02:32.5|126.4|17.9|134.4|142.0|11.0
05|03046|15:27.7|02:32.3|121.8|18.0|131.7|145.0|10.9
06|00335|01:39.0|02:27.8|137.1|21.8|135.3|139.0|09.3
07|00453|02:18.5|02:32.8|112.8|20.4|132.2|139.0|09.6

Here’s the Humon data.  It was harder to stay out of the orange today, but I was trying very hard to relax and take the drive insanely softly.  You can see the difference between Wed and Thursday.  About the same amount of orange, but a HR that was 6 beats lower.  From an RPE perspective, I don’t think it felt any easier.

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I think that using Humon for steady state work will be an interesting experiment.  I alway worry that I am not working hard enough, and the evidence that I got from lactate testing a few ago was that I was, in fact, pushing too hard to make optimal progress.  Now, I seem to be seeing the same thing.  It is also making me feel like there is a real opportunity for more speed through technique improvement.

Friday – June 14 – 4 x 6’/4′ L2 on slides

Down on the cape.  We drove down on Thursday night and I worked remotely on Friday.  I had a busy day of meetings starting at 8:30 and continuing through 5pm.  After that, I needed to just blow off a little steam.  I headed to the basement and set up a 40 minute time based piece with the intent to squeeze in 4 – 6 minute intervals, with 4 minute rests.

I planned to wear the Humon, but do the workout to the preset times, not the SMO2 limits.  Target pace was 1:50.

I didn’t take time for a proper warmup, and afterwards I wish I had.  I just did 4 minutes of paddling at the beginning and then started the first interval.  Everything went fine.  I really needed to dig deep in the third interval and I was in trouble in the last one.  I bailed with about a minute to go, which was a bummer.

       Workout Summary - media/20190614-2250270o.csv
--|Total|-Total----|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time-----|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|09136|00:39:56.0|02:11.1|182.4|24.8|149.7|180.0|09.2
W-|06219|00:22:56.3|01:50.7|258.6|27.0|159.6|180.0|10.0
R-|02923|00:16:07.1|02:45.4|075.3|21.9|136.9|180.0|06.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00095|00:21.1|01:50.8|253.4|26.0|105.1|111.0|10.4
02|00126|00:28.0|01:50.9|263.2|27.0|125.4|130.0|10.0
03|01621|05:59.6|01:50.9|257.7|26.0|152.5|167.0|10.4
04|01564|05:44.7|01:50.2|261.5|27.5|160.0|174.0|09.9
05|01626|05:58.8|01:50.3|260.0|27.4|166.2|179.0|09.9
06|01186|04:24.1|01:51.4|253.8|27.3|167.8|180.0|09.9

Here’s what Humon thought of my adventure.  I managed to fool the algorithm in the first interval.  The transition from red to green around 8 minutes probably should not have happened.  I think it was due to inadequate warmup.  You can see how the SMO2% plateaus and climbs just a bit.  That must be part of what the algorithm looks at to determine the state transitions.  Once it was green, the change was so gradual that it did not flip back to red.  The same thing happened in the second interval, little plateau, fake state change.  In the third and fourth, I was now fully warmed up and responding to intervals the way I should have by seeing a monotonic decrease in SMO2% through each piece.  I was kind of surprised at how low the numbers got and by the seeming lack of a final plateau.  How much deeper could I possibly dig?

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Saturday – June 15 – 10K coastal row

Well, that was…interesting.  I decided to go for a row around noon.  It was beautiful out.  Sunny, low seventies, and a nice 7mph wind from the west.  By the time I launched, it felt like the wind might have build a little bit, but not much.

[Narrator voice:  Little did he know what was going to happen]

Here is the data from my personal weather station at my house.  We are on top of a bluff, so the wind we see is almost exactly what it is like out on the water.  At 12:30, 7mph.  By 1pm, 25mph.  By 1:30, 30mph.

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The smooth path is the one from launching up to Wellfleet harbor.  The bumpy turny one is the slog back with the wind and waves on my port bow.

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I have never rowed in conditions like this and I learned a lot, pretty quickly.  The wind seemed to spring up very suddenly.  I was in Wellfleet inner harbor, heading to the end of the jetty and all the sudden there were white caps and foam streaks on the water. I turned into the lee of the jetty and had a drink.  I was hoping that the wind would calm down a bit, and getting myself ready for the likelihood that wouldn’t.  I opened the bailer in the cockpit.  This is extra drag in flat water, but an insignificant factor once you have water in the boat.  I got the first blasts of wind as I turned around the end of the jetty.  Here it was still quite flat, but the wind was on my starboard bow and I had to work hard to stay in the channel.  You can see how I left the harbor a lot closer to the shore than I came in.  That was not on purpose, I just had trouble clawing my way into the wind.

I ultimately got to the point where I just needed to point straight into the wind and waves and push my way out of the harbor.  This was pretty scary.  The waves were between 1-2 feet and all the power boats were essentially making a run for it to get back in the harbor, so there was a chaos of wakes on top of the massive chop.  I was taking water over the bow as I plowed through the waves, and over the gunwales from the wakes.  The cockpit was so full that my water bottle was trying to float out.  The bailer couldn’t keep up.  But I could see from the speedcoach that I was making slow but steady progress and I could see that I was slowly putting the breakwater behind me.  Once it was well behind me, then I could start to figure out how to row better in the huge waves.

I started to detect that there was a bit of a pattern in the waves.  I would get slammed by a couple of really big waves, then there would be a half dozen or so smaller waves.  I tried to see if I could spot the bigger ones coming, but I really couldn’t.  Part of it was a mental block.  I found it really scary looking upwind at the white caps and waves rolling at me.  I was much more comfortable looking over my other shoulder.  But I started to be able to hear the difference.  I could tell that a big wave was coming when I heard a sizzling noise, and knowing that, I could be turn a bit towards it and try to time my stroke to be driving up the wave face.  It only worked a part of the time, but when it did I felt a lot more in control than taking a big one while my oars were in the air.

The Aero was amazing in these conditions.  Because of the angle of the waves, sometimes I wouldn’t be able to extract one of my oars.  Other times, I would take a wave on the beam that would push the boat sideways.  The extra width of the boat and it’s shape gave it great stability.  After 15 minutes or so, I was really confident in the capability of the boat and started to enjoy the challenge.  That lasted about another 15 minutes and I was just physically exhausted and ready to be done.

The speedcoach data is kind of fun.  I noticed this last year that the stroke detection algorithm has a bit of trouble with waves.

Here’s a Google earth view of the row.  The arrow points to the path out of Wellfleet harbor right before the sh*t hit the fan.  You can see the big dips in speed where I got hammered by cross wakes.  Then things got a bit more restrained.  Then I was dealing with the wind on my starboard bow as I rounded Indian Head (that arced piece of land.  Then at the end, you can see abruptly where the stroke rate stops having all the noise on it.  That’s when I finally rowed into the lee of the island and the water got a lot flatter.

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So, that was something that I’m glad I experienced, but I don’t want to experience again any time soon.

Today I am not sure what I’ll do.  I might go for another quick row, or maybe just an erg session in the basement.  (It’s still a little windy)