Aug 6 2015
Aug 1 2015
There was a lot of wind this morning, so Romana and I decided to the castle. We launched at 10am, at the same time my double partner Radek launched from the opposite side of the lake in his single. We would row the training together.
Before we arrived at the river/canyon with minor chop, the lake was quite hard to cross.
My feelings were:
Nice and fun.
Romana’s feeling were like this:
Terror and fear.
When we all survived the lake and met up at Rokle, we started our training. The training plan said “hard distance” so we decided to row up to the castle and a bit beyond in 24-26spm, then turn around and do the same thing on the way back.
There was still strong wind but relatively mild chop, so it was OK.
Tonight we are invited to a festival at the same castle that we rowed to this morning. Some Celtic song and dance, with food and drinks. It will be interesting I am sure:
Jul 25 2015
No rowing. Lots of stuff to do at work.
Long day at work, then to the rowing club to remove the boats from the trailer and rig them.
We had an unpleasant experience with our Wintech quad on Sunday afternoon. After Romana’s race in it, somebody informed us that some rowers from another club (not necessary to name them here) had bumped into our quad with theirs. Apparently the metal rudder construction on the hull had bumped into our boat.
We checked and discovered a nasty hole, so we went to ask the people involved.
Well, we got shouted at. Apparently it wasn’t “sportive” that we wanted them to take their responsibility for the damage. According to them our boat was in a stupid place (it was on the rack just below their boat), these things happen and it is absolutely normal that people damage other people’s boats at races and walk away without mentioning it.
The lady kept shouting at us, and wanted to give us 300 Kc for the repair “because we were so unpleasant”. We refused the 300 Kc (about 15 USD) and I went to see the race organizer.
The race organizer was very helpful, and suggested ways to resolve this if the club of the lady wouldn’t cooperate. Luckily, when I returned from that discussion, an official from that club had already approached us, apologized for the behaviour of the unpleasant lady, and offered that they pay for the repair.
So on Tuesday we were discussing the next steps. We would have to contact the Wintech rep and ask her how to carry out the repairs, to make sure the repair doesn’t impact the warranty we have on the boat, which is half a year old.
Then we opened the beer tap and fired the barbecue and had a splendid evening, celebrating the many medals our club has won in the past weekend.
Alarm clock at 3am for the travel to Toulouse. Meetings in Toulouse on Wednesday and Thursday morning. Nice dinner in the town of Blagnac.
This week is turning into a rowing vacation. Not bad, relaxes the rowing mind. Also, I have a lot of work to do this week, with some deadlines coming up by the end of the month.
I couldn’t row in the early morning because of work and some car related stuff (needed to get a new battery), so I had to do it in the afternoon after work.
35 degrees C. On Friday afternoon. On such days, our lake turns into a giant swimming pool.
I took the single, and Romana went on a quad with a few ladies. Because of a logistics problem around my water bottle, I had to row without taking water with me. I did a leisurely 10km on the single. Nice rowing. Swimmers to the left, swimmers to the right. Inflatable boats. Pedal boats. Paddle boards. Kayaks. Fun. This time, I didn’t mind too much, made constant use of my mirror as well as turning my head, and slalomed between the other people.
Stroke rate around 20spm.
Back at the club, I drank a lot of water, gave my single a wash and then jumped into the lake, waiting for Romana and her quad to come back. The water in the lake was perfect, clear and a nice temperature, like swimming in a lukewarm bath.
The quad ladies arrived and joined me swimming.
Then we all hopped in the car and drove around the lake to the other rowing club. My double partner Radek was throwing a birthday party on his club. It was very nice. One of his friends is a good singer, so first she gave us a concert of two ladies singing slightly jazzy songs, accompanied by a good guitarists. Then she turned into Alanis Morissette (even looks a bit like her) and her band turned into an Alanis Morissette revival band.
In the mean time I had a few beers, some meat from the barbecue, some salad. Nice talking to friends, and looking over the lake from the other side. A nice change of perspective.
We left quite late. There was some (quite stupid) drunk naked swimming going on when we left (I wasn’t involved).
Morning row to the castle, in the double with Romana. We saw something floating in the lake but luckily it wasn’t a drowned drunk swimmer.
We did steady state again but made it interesting by
a) rowing to the castle and beyond
b) doing Pete Plan rate ladders
Tomorrow: July CTC.
I made a plan that starts on Monday and ends on the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Hazewinkel.
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 16 2015
I took a recovery day. A full day of work until 10pm, only interrupted by dinner and a hot, relaxing bath. Still feeling tired from Sunday’s races.
Looking forward to a planned L4, steady state session with 18spm, 20spm, 22spm, 24spm rate ladders. No difficulty getting up early. It was looking to become a nice sunny day. Temperatures have dropped more than 10 degrees since Sunday, to a nice maximum temperature of 21 degrees C. It was 15 degrees when I drove to the lake.
Quite some chop, so decided to row to the castle.
Rowing to the turning point, about 500m past the castle, I did 2x10min rate ladder (4min/3min/2min/1min in 18/20/22/24spm). Paces were not particularly fast but I tried to focus more on technique.
The lake was choppy, but the river part was perfect flat water with a thin layer of mist on top. It was so beautiful, I decided to take some pictures when I turned, and then again when I passed the castle.
Here are the stroke acceleration pictures from RIM:
May 21 2015
Finally some time for proper L4 rate ladders in the single. It was a drizzly morning, but not too cold. The lake was rowable, but I preferred to go to the castle, where I found super flat water and no wind. The cost is having to steer through a few narrow and sharp turns, which inevitably slow you down and remove the focus from technique.
However, given that I would be rowing in a forest canyon, along a medieval castle and some very beautiful rocks, that was an easy price to pay.
I used the RIM app to keep track of my technique. I like to watch “stroke efficiency”. It’s a bit of a funny metric the way it is defined, and I can’t really get a hold of why, but it seems to correlate strongly with what I believe I should be improving in my sculling. It’s also a sensitive metric so you can monitor it from stroke to stroke and usually when it changes I can understand why. So the goal was to have stroke efficiency above 2 for as many strokes as possible.
I chose to row 4min/3min/2min/1min at 18/20/22/24spm. Here are the pretty pictures:
The conclusion: Yes I did succeed in working on technique.
Here are the data:
And all the gory details (broken up in the same way as the RIM analytics graphs above):
| Dist_ | Time_ | _Pace__ | _SPM_ | avg HR | max HR | DPS | Remarks
| 02194 | 12:00 | 02:44.1 | 18.8 | 136 | 149 | 09.7 | WU
| 00772 | 04:00 | 02:35.5 | 18.4 | 139 | 146 | 10.5 | 4min @ 18spm, steering
| 00636 | 03:00 | 02:21.5 | 20.5 | 152 | 159 | 10.4 | 3min @ 20spm
| 00439 | 01:59 | 02:15.5 | 22.3 | 163 | 165 | 09.9 | 2min @ 22spm
| 00219 | 01:01 | 02:19.0 | 22.5 | 167 | 168 | 09.6 | 1min @ 24spm
| 00790 | 03:59 | 02:31.2 | 18.8 | 154 | 166 | 10.5 | 4min @ 18spm
| 00621 | 03:00 | 02:25.0 | 20.9 | 159 | 162 | 09.9 | 3min @ 20spm
| 00428 | 02:00 | 02:20.1 | 21.9 | 164 | 166 | 09.8 | 2min @ 22spm
| 00206 | 01:01 | 02:27.8 | 22.7 | 167 | 168 | 08.9 | 1min @ 24spm, steering
| 00236 | 01:59 | 04:12.4 | 17.1 | 138 | 163 | 07.0 | rest, turn
| 00797 | 04:01 | 02:31.2 | 19.3 | 151 | 157 | 10.3 | 4min @ 18spm,
| 00607 | 03:00 | 02:28.2 | 20.7 | 159 | 162 | 09.8 | 3min @ 20spm, steering
| 00437 | 02:00 | 02:17.3 | 22.3 | 164 | 167 | 09.8 | 2min @ 22spm
| 00219 | 00:59 | 02:15.0 | 23.6 | 169 | 171 | 09.4 | 1min @ 24spm
| 00822 | 04:01 | 02:26.6 | 18.5 | 163 | 170 | 11.1 | 4min @ 18spm
| 00644 | 03:00 | 02:19.8 | 21.0 | 165 | 170 | 10.2 | 3min @ 20spm
| 00445 | 02:00 | 02:14.9 | 22.8 | 170 | 173 | 09.8 | 2min @ 22spm, steering
| 00215 | 01:00 | 02:19.5 | 24.1 | 173 | 173 | 08.9 | 1min @ 24spm, steering
| 02228 | 12:33 | 02:49.0 | 19.2 | 151 | 171 | 09.2 |