Jun 29 2015
Well, in terms of the post-race dinner, Masters clearly win:
Otherwise, Youth rowing is cool:
Jun 27 2015
Up at 3:20. To airport, catch flight to Brussels. Have Admin Board meeting (interesting part estimated to be around 3% of total content), lunch with board members (110% worth it but not for the sandwiches). Back to airport, catch flight to Vienna. Home at 21:45. Nobody there because Romana, Dominik & Lenka are at the Youth Nationals and Robin stays with my mother in law.
Surprisingly, I didn’t find time for a training.
At work. It dawned on me that I could have stayed the weekend in The Netherlands and visit some friends there … Next time plan better, Sander!
Afternoon training. The plan was to do Greg’s 7x1km in the double with Radek, but he is recovering from a cold. So we did 10k technique. Catch drills were very useful.
Home to empty house. In bed early.
Dominik made it to the semifinals by finishing third in his heat. Saturday’s semi will decide if he will row Final A or B on Sunday.
Lenka in the double also progressed by being 4th by a bow ball. She will row today and has to be third or fourth to make final B and first or second to make final A. Fifth and sixth place don’t row on Sunday.
Saturday part I
Up at 5:30 and drove to the club for the first workout. 7x1km done in 24/26/28/30/28/26/24 spm.
2000m warming up. I wasn’t sure about the rest intervals so I dialed up 3:00 rest. Turns out I should’ve used a longer rest interval.
Flat water. A slight breeze from the north causing ripples but no chop. Intervals 1, 2, 4, and 6 were rowed in the tailwind. All intervals from standing race start.
Data will follow later. Somehow the image upload refuses service this morning in the mobile WordPress app.
The first 28spm and the 30spm were rowed in 4:00. I lightened up on the pressure in the 30spm interval as I was getting tired and wanted to hit the prescribed stroke rates. Did I say I took very short rests? I barely rowed 250m, then turned around, a quick sip of water and then there were barely 15 seconds left to the starting command.
Session total 12km.
Now I am stretching in the gym and waiting for the mixed quad to arrive. A short row and then to the train station to catch a train to Prague and on to the race track.
Jun 25 2015
A busy day at work. In the morning a visit from a new Vice President. In the afternoon an interview with a major Czech newspaper. The interview went well, but these things are draining. Our communications guy later told me this lady regularly does interviews with prime ministers and the likes. Glad I didn’t know it beforehand.
Anyway, I arrived at the lake tired and uninspired. This is a problem, because my training plan has a fixed set of workout types per week (steady state, intervals, race prep, etc) but I decide on the spot what kind of workout I will do, depending on how I feel and what I have done earlier in the week. My week starting on Monday, I usually do short intervals on that day, but this week that had been a fierce low rate row. I was hesitating between “long” intervals and “short” intervals.
First thing I did was checking the juniors and men’s training schedule on the notice board in the changing room. Hm, the Juniors had a 3x2km/2km rest at 24/26/28spm that seemed doable with my level of energy.
Unfortunately, when I launched I noticed that there was a sailing race going on in the bottom half of our lake. Doing 2kms would get me in the middle of the race in the final 750m. Rather not.
So I reverted to “Cheops”, the Pete Plan Pyramid session. But I allowed my self to rate down in the 750m and 1km sections.
No speed bursts during the warming up, just not feeling like it. Also, the weather was a transition between calm/cloudy and rainy, with random wind speed and direction changes making it difficult to do anything with decent form. Luckily, there was only a light chop.
The wind was still changing direction every 10 strokes or so, but it seemed to be calmer around Rokle,the upper part of our lake. So I dialled up the session on CrewNerd and started the first 250m with a race start. Start was good at 40spm, then quickly settling down for 30spm. Splits looking good at higher 1:40s or lower 1:50s.
About 15 strokes in I passed another single going in the other direction. It was my double partner Radek coming from Lodni Sporty. I wanted to discuss a training on Friday, so after the 250m I did a hard stop, stopped the session in CrewNerd, quick turn and rowed back to Rokle.
After that I knew of no other way to do the training than to restart the entire session. Well, I kind of enjoy those 250s anyway, so it wasn’t a big problem.
This time, with Radek on my tail, I managed a 1:49.0 average split at 32spm. Not bad.
Then a 500m from a rolling start. I focused on “swing” which enables me to keep the stroke rate high without too much effort. CrewNerd showed paces between 1:55 and 2:05 depending on the wind and reported a total time of 1:56.6 at 30spm, which I was happy with.
A few kids in sailing boats had ventured towards the 1000m mark, so I turned again to do the 750m towards Rokle. Doing this one in a calmer fashion, it turned out to be a 2:02.7 pace in 29spm.
Then the dreaded kilometer. I survived this one by counting strokes. One hundred and sixteen strokes at an average pace of 2:03.7, and 28spm.
The second 750m done in slightly calmer water but headwind. Again a 2:03.7 pace in 28spm.
I was now on the good side of the pyramid and as training usually does, my mental energy was slowly coming back to me. The 500m done in 1:58.6, 30spm and looking forward to the final 250m.
During the training the wind had definitely calmed down, and a few strokes before the start of the final 250m it started to rain heavily. I managed the 250m in 1:49.0 pace at 33spm, counting six sets of five strokes.
The rain was too cold so I had to stop and put on an additional layer before doing a cooling down.
The spreadsheet gives slightly different paces than CrewNerd, which is caused by rounding errors.
|Start|Stop_|Dist_|Time_|Pace__|_SPM__|avg HR|max HR|DPS|Remarks
|00000|02056|02056|13:42|03:19.9| 17.9 | 123 | 145 |08.4|warming up
|02056|02306|00250|00:55|01:50.2| 31.5 | 146 | 170 |08.6|250m
|02306|02510|00205|04:01|09:49.2| 17.3 | 164 | 170 |02.9|chatting with Radek
|02510|02760|00250|00:54|01:48.0| 31.4 | 144 | 171 |08.8|250m
|02760|03010|00250|01:11|02:22.2| 20.7 | 165 | 172 |10.2|rest
|03010|03508|00499|01:57|01:57.3| 29.1 | 173 | 178 |08.8|500m
|03508|04019|00510|03:12|03:08.1| 18.6 | 149 | 177 |08.6|rest
|04019|04766|00747|03:03|02:02.5| 28.5 | 171 | 181 |08.6|750m
|04766|05540|00774|06:09|03:58.4| 17.2 | 138 | 180 |07.3|rest
|05540|06537|00997|04:07|02:03.8| 27.4 | 172 | 179 |08.8|1000m
|06537|07537|01000|05:38|02:49.0| 18.9 | 147 | 178 |09.4|rest
|07537|08285|00748|03:05|02:03.6| 27.8 | 174 | 180 |08.7|750m
|08285|09034|00749|04:59|03:19.7| 18.6 | 141 | 180 |08.1|rest
|09034|09532|00498|02:00|02:00.4| 28.5 | 166 | 178 |08.7|500m
|09532|10038|00506|02:46|02:44.1| 19.5 | 157 | 179 |09.4|rest
|10038|10287|00249|00:55|01:50.5| 31.3 | 166 | 176 |08.7|250m
|10287|11658|01371|08:45|03:11.5| 19.4 | 140 | 176 |08.1|cooling down
Overall happy with having done this workout. Technique wasn’t bad.
Jun 24 2015
Tuesday evening is quad evening this week (because I will be on a business trip on Thursday).
Before the training, we broke the news to “Turkey” (some of us have nicknames) that we are going to row the quad in Hazewinkel in this constellation. Selection has been made and we will now train without crew changes. Good news for him because his pair partner cannot make it to Belgium.
He was happy as a child. Jumping up and down in the changing room.
“I am going to Belgium! I am going to Belgium! Guys, I am so happy! I gotta tell my wife!”
Training with the quad is interesting. A lot of time spent messing with the boat. When we rowed, we did steady state and technique:
| Dist_ | Time_ | _Pace__ | avg HR | max HR | Remarks
| 00180 | 03:58 | 10:59.3 | 080 | 111 | Messing with boat
| 02743 | 12:59 | 02:22.0 | 141 | 154 | Warming Up
| 00120 | 03:03 | 12:41.4 | 107 | 150 | Discussions
| 02564 | 11:26 | 02:13.8 | 149 | 162 | To the castle
| 00183 | 05:45 | 15:40.4 | 110 | 153 | Turn & Peeing
| 03220 | 12:48 | 01:59.3 | 148 | 160 | Back to the lake
| 00182 | 02:19 | 06:22.1 | 117 | 151 | Discussions
| 02021 | 09:22 | 02:19.0 | 145 | 156 | Cooling Down
It was interesting to steer through the narrow and windy part of the river with a foot steered quad:
Pictures by Marcela Jakusova https://ssl.panoramio.com/user/2080598?with_photo_id=54959204
Jun 22 2015
Sunday I did no training. The rowing club was closed because of long distance swimming championships, so we decided to make it a relax day.
Just a relax day, huh? Romana and I went to the spa resort that is close to the rowing club, and while driving there we were talking a bit about back pain and the back injury I had a few weeks ago. I have got feedback from different people that my back muscles are too tight and I should do something about it. Romana goes to massage regularly so she suggested I sign up for a massage session and see what that does.
Sounds like a good idea. I have been thinking about this already for a long time. Problem is, I am extremely ticklish. Always been. The other problem is that I have a pretty wide intimate space and always feel uncomfortable about unknown people entering it:
But it is time to bite the bullet. I am a fan of getting out of your comfort zone and I guess the only way to get over it is to learn how to deal with it when getting a back massage. I also imagined that if a sturdy masseur would work on my back it would rather hurt than tickle. I can handle pain.
So when we arrived I ordered that massage, and spent the time until my appointment by taking a sauna, then having a light lunch.
All relaxed and open to new experiences, I waited for the masseur to pick me up. Turns out the masseur was a she, a nice lady about half my age. I should have known. About all the staff in this resort is female and twenty-something.
This was a bit more out of my comfort zone than I expected.
Now I am normally not very prudish, but this was starting to get scary. Not to a normal person, but to me.
The lady asked me what I wanted to have massaged. I told her that I sometimes have problems with my back and would like to a massage. “OK,” she said. “Take off your sheet and lay down here.”
Again, I am normally not very prudish, but this also caught me by surprise. But after A, you have to be ready to say B. Right? So I did what she said. Slightly terrified now. And starting to sweat.
I am not an expert, but I have the feeling the massage was done well. She worked the muscles of my back thoroughly and I had the feeling I could relax and relieve the strain on those muscles. But of course there were moments where I would get a slight tickle response.
To me it was extremely controlled. Being my normal self, I would jump off the massage table, arms flailing and hysterically screaming. None of that. But of course I would not be relaxed.
The masseuse noticed of course. She “solved” it by saying “relax” in a soft voice, quite close to my ear. Right in that “intimate space” that I talked about above.
Anyway, probably much ado about nothing for normal people but it was quite an experience for me!
Still have to say that I did enjoy the massage and I do think I need to start seeing a masseur more regularly, but it will take time to get used to it and be comfortable with it.
Of course I told the whole story to Romana who just laughed.
Fierce steady state
Arriving at the lake this morning, the day starting at a chilly and humid 11C, I noticed that my temporary double partner Jiri was also launching. Usually, he starts his row when I am already cooling down, but today he had a lot of things to do and decided to start early.
We discussed a bit and discovered that both of us were doing steady state. Great. I like rowing next to somebody.
I knew there was a big risk that I would push too hard, but that I accepted that, and was actually looking forward to it. There has to be some fun in training as well, right?
Warming up and technique drills. Then off into a headwind for the first part of the steady state.
We were rowing next to each other and of course I was pushing a bit harder than normal. He’s 6:30 erg man, 82 kg heavy, so he should be fast. He gained half a length on my doing what I estimate to be 20spm. I was alternating 18/20/22spm in two minute intervals. He gained during the 18spm, but I gained back what I lost during the 22spm. Splits were faster than normal.
Turn at Sirka and same story back. He crabbed during the first 100m so he was rowing 30m behind me, but doing a 22spm he gained that back. At one point I looked at my phone and noticed I was doing 2:06 pace at 21spm!!
This continued all the way to Rokle where he finished one length ahead of me.
Silence for a minute or so. I took a glance at him and noticed he was breathing heavily, trying to disguise that. I was in a similar situation.
We commented that we had rowed 3km in a faster pace than on our 2km race of last weekend, at much much lower stroke rate. RIM Metrics look OK, I think.
| Dist_ | Time_ | Pace__ | _SPM | avg HR | max HR | DPS | Remarks
| 02247 | 11:32 | 02:34.0 | 16.5 | 129 | 141 | 11.8 | WU
| 00064 | 01:27 | 11:19.9 | 19.4 | 105 | 124 | 02.3 | headwind part starts
| 00420 | 02:01 | 02:23.9 | 18.8 | 138 | 151 | 11.1 |
| 00420 | 02:00 | 02:22.9 | 19.6 | 154 | 157 | 10.7 |
| 00431 | 02:00 | 02:19.1 | 20.9 | 161 | 166 | 10.3 |
| 00414 | 01:59 | 02:23.7 | 18.6 | 160 | 164 | 11.2 |
| 00430 | 02:01 | 02:20.7 | 19.7 | 160 | 162 | 10.8 |
| 00444 | 02:00 | 02:15.2 | 21.5 | 165 | 169 | 10.3 |
| 00419 | 02:00 | 02:23.1 | 18.7 | 163 | 169 | 11.2 |
| 00038 | 00:10 | 02:11.5 | 20.3 | 157 | 158 | 11.3 |
| 00062 | 00:48 | 06:28.7 | 19.2 | 151 | 157 | 04.0 | turn
| 00386 | 02:02 | 02:37.9 | 19.1 | 139 | 153 | 10.0 | tailwind part starts
| 00450 | 02:00 | 02:13.5 | 20.7 | 161 | 166 | 10.8 |
| 00440 | 02:00 | 02:16.4 | 20.7 | 166 | 169 | 10.6 |
| 00453 | 02:00 | 02:12.3 | 20.4 | 165 | 168 | 11.1 |
| 00471 | 02:00 | 02:07.3 | 22.4 | 171 | 174 | 10.5 |
| 00450 | 02:00 | 02:13.3 | 19.9 | 170 | 173 | 11.3 |
| 00433 | 02:00 | 02:18.7 | 21.8 | 169 | 170 | 09.9 |
| 00183 | 03:00 | 08:11.2 | 19.1 | 134 | 166 | 03.2 | turn
| 02047 | 10:04 | 02:27.5 | 19.1 | 154 | 164 | 10.7 | CD
Jun 20 2015
… the Mix quad for Hazewinkel. We managed to get Lubica to row with Radek, Romana, and me. She is by far the most successful rower of us, with a 6th place World Champs Nottingham 1986, 5th place Olympics in Seoul, fourth place at the World Champs in Bled 1988, and 6th in the Barcelona Olympics, all in the W4x. Also, she is a very nice lady.
I offered her the stroke position, but she refused. In her opinion, mix boats should be stroked by men.
So from bow to stern we have my lovely wife Romana, then Radek, then Lubica, and finally me. I was really looking forward to rowing bow or 3-seat, but no. I stroke again. :-/
We started with paddling, then added back swing, then half stroke, three quarters, full. That took us the first 1km of the warming up. Then we did a few 10 stroke intervals at increasing stroke rates.
We turned around and rowed to the start for the first 1km.
I dialed up a 1km in Crewnerd but forgot to start it, so I was rowing this one based on the Albano lane markers and don’t have an official time. This was a “feel” 1km, which I did in 25-26spm. It felt good.
1km of rest, then we turned around for another 1km, this time in headwind. This time I didn’t forget to start CrewNerd. I now use it with a “voice” start 30 seconds from pressing the start button. It gives the nice race prep feeling when you announce to your crew: “20 seconds to the start … 10 seconds … attention … ready .. go.” Better than just start it by the first stroke. From the standing start I lowered to 28spm, but the stroke rate crept to 29spm.
It was still sunny. The third 1km was a tailwind one, again rowed in what felt like a leisurely 29spm.
We turned around and the wind rose. The last 1km was a headwind battle into starting rain.
First 1km was unmeasured, the others were in 3:49 (headwind), 3:42 (tailwind), 3:52 (headwind). I take that as a steady improvement, because the last 1km was in much stronger headwind than the first one, and we lost just 3 seconds. The boat felt nice and steady and the 29spm felt like there was a lot of margin to go to higher stroke rates. I love quad rowing.
A technique cooling down in my beloved 17spm with very strong tailwind and rain. Arriving at the dock, we had to wait because everybody was trying to get in at the same time, and we let the kids clear the lake first.
We had lunch in the clubhouse. Lubica couldn’t stop praising my rowing … it was almost embarrassing, but I enjoyed it. 🙂
On Friday, Romana and I did a 10km steady state in the double. High wind, high waves. It was a useful outing because we managed to get our stroke together in the rough conditions.
Jun 19 2015
Masters Nationals in a few weeks. I decided to do the 2k intervals to get our guys used to each other. Good feeling about the boat run, even though it didn’t translate into great splits right away.
|Start|Stop_|Dist_|Time_|Pace__|_SPM__|avg HR|max HR|DPS|Remarks
|00000|02667|02667|18:45|03:30.9| 18.9 | 112 | 150 |07.5|warming up
|02667|02867|00200|00:51|02:07.8| 16.9 | 137 | 144 |13.9|200m @ 17spm
|02867|03167|00300|01:12|01:59.9| 19.8 | 152 | 159 |12.6|300m @ 21spm
|03167|03367|00200|00:51|02:07.5| 17.3 | 158 | 160 |13.6|200m @ 17spm
|03367|03666|00299|01:09|01:55.5| 20.1 | 159 | 165 |12.9|300m @ 21spm
|03666|03867|00201|00:51|02:06.7| 17.5 | 160 | 165 |13.6|200m @ 17spm
|03867|04166|00299|01:08|01:53.5| 20.7 | 162 | 166 |12.7|300m @ 21spm
|04166|04365|00199|00:51|02:08.3| 17.6 | 162 | 168 |13.3|200m @ 17spm
|04365|04667|00302|01:10|01:55.9| 21.1 | 161 | 166 |12.3|300m @ 21spm
|04667|04857|00190|01:58|05:11.0| 18.3 | 156 | 166 |05.3|turn
|04857|05357|00500|02:12|02:11.9| 17.2 | 137 | 147 |13.2|500m @ 17spm
|05357|06358|01000|03:49|01:54.4| 22.0 | 169 | 178 |11.9|1000m @ 23spm
|06358|06860|00502|02:21|02:20.5| 16.5 | 157 | 175 |12.9|500m @ 17spm
|06860|07037|00178|01:59|05:35.0| 15.3 | 136 | 140 |05.8|turn
|07037|07536|00499|02:09|02:09.2| 17.4 | 144 | 159 |13.3|500m @ 17spm
|07536|08537|01000|03:29|01:44.5| 26.4 | 176 | 183 |10.9|1000m @ 27spm
|08537|09039|00502|02:19|02:18.4| 17.8 | 166 | 183 |12.2|500m @ 17spm
|09039|09194|00155|01:59|06:23.9| 13.3 | 145 | 148 |05.9|turn
|09194|09691|00498|02:28|02:28.7| 17.4 | 142 | 157 |11.6|500m @ 17spm
|09691|10194|00502|01:45|01:44.5| 27.9 | 175 | 183 |10.3|500m @ 29spm
|10194|10692|00499|02:22|02:22.4| 18.1 | 170 | 183 |11.6|500m @ 17spm
|10692|11192|00500|01:45|01:45.0| 28.1 | 174 | 184 |10.2|500m @ 29spm
|11192|13770|02578|15:23|02:59.0| 16.6 | 143 | 183 |10.1|cooling down
I filmed the row with the GoPro, so I made a little promo video:
Not sure if I should be the stroke. Perhaps the guy rowing on 3 should stroke it.