Aug 6 2015
Aug 3 2015
Up at 5:30 after a pretty bad night (too hot in the bedroom) so not 100% motivated to do this training, the Pete Plan Pyramid. Luckily I was launching together with another crew, so I casually mentioned what I was going to do so as to force myself to not bail out half way through the set.
Had some difficulty with the XGPS160 working with CrewNerd during the warming up. What happens is that you see CrewNerd stop counting the meters. I then usually reset CrewNerd, and everything works. But this time I couldn’t bring up CrewNerd again. It just froze, then crashed. So I started the XGPS160 monitor app, which also froze. Then I tried resetting the XGPS160 and that did the job.
|Dist_|Time_|_Pace__|avg HR|max HR|Remarks
|01997|12:50|03:12.8| 120 | 154 |WU
|00242|00:54|01:51.6| 147 | 169 |250m standing start
|00502|01:59|01:58.6| 168 | 176 |500m
|00746|02:59|01:59.9| 170 | 179 |750m
|01000|04:05|02:02.4| 172 | 179 |1km headwind
|00747|03:12|02:08.5| 174 | 179 |750m headwind
|00498|01:57|01:57.6| 166 | 177 |500m
|00239|00:55|01:54.8| 158 | 170 |250m
|01225|07:37|03:06.5| 139 | 169 |CD
I rowed the first 250 from a standing start and at good pressure. The double was just coming next to me when I started, and it helps to have a boat next to you.
My average split from last time was 1:59.9 and the weather was very similar, so I wanted to stay under 2:00 average.
I thought I was doing fine, focussing on technique, and both the 500m and the 750m were under target. When I turned the boat at the end of the lake I noticed however that what I had considered “no wind” conditions was actually a light breeze from the north. This slowed me down in the following 1000m and 750m. The 750m was particularly slow because it was in the turning north end of the lake. In fact, I was almost running out of lake and was contemplating whether the last 200m would fit or if I would have to make another sharp turn to go on the river. It fit, but I had to hard stop the boat and had literally 3 strokes of lake left.
Then I turned again for the last 500m and 250m. During the 500m, CrewNerd stopped counting meters again, which I noticed about 10 strokes before the end, so I finished that one as a 60 stroke interval, then watched the distance on my Garmin watch for the final 250m.
One second slower than last time … 🙁
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 30 2015
13 km of steady state in the double with Radek. Good steady state.
In the mixed quad, but with a substitute for Romana. She’s not feeling well. Minor stomach bug.
We did our patented “special 4x2km” training (see this post, session #2).
It was difficult water. Strong wind. Chop. And lots of swimmers. The temperatures have dropped so the drunk swimmers have disappeared. But we seem to have an invasion of long distance swimmers. Luckily, since a recent incident where a motorboat killed a swimmer, most of them tow a small orange inflatable pillow which makes them much more easy to spot and avoid. Still our bow lady was obviously nervous and checking often and we had a hard time balancing the boat.
Hard work and good technique feedback in the 17spm stretches. A lot to work on, clearly.
I felt slightly weird taking a club boat out with three members of the other club in town.
The graphs show the 4x2km and the cooling down. Had to reset CrewNerd again after the warming up. It seems I was quite good at hitting the rates, which is great since in the quad the iPhone is at an odd angle and I cannot really look at it without looking down too much at the catch. I used only the audio alerts.
Jul 27 2015
At 6:15 in the morning. In 14 degrees C and rain. Light wind. No chop, good conditions.
After yesterday’s CTC, Romana and I made a short bike tour. We were on away for three hours. I felt the tiredness in my upper legs this morning and decided to go for a “not full out” 8x500m.
But I wanted to be under 2 minutes for each interval. It was difficult to hold in intervals 4, 5 and 6. Especially #5 was difficult, because of a sudden increase in the headwind. Still, it is interesting how this arbitrary target works. I ended up working much harder in the headwind intervals but it actually made me feel less tired. Interval #8 was an attempt to empty the tanks.
The stats show only part of the warming up. CrewNerd was misbehaving. After about 1200m of rowing (according the Garmin and according to experience) it showed 1500m and the pace was jumping between 1:30 and 2:50. I quit the app and reset it.
All 500s were with a running start.
|Dist_|Time_|_Pace__|_SPM__|avg HR|max HR|DPS_|Remarks
|00753|05:00|03:19.1| 19.7 | 132 | 153 |07.6|part of warming up
|00499|01:59|01:59.1| 26.9 | 153 | 166 |09.4|#1 tailwind
|00583|03:00|02:34.4| 18.4 | 141 | 167 |10.6|
|00498|01:59|01:59.4| 26.9 | 159 | 168 |09.3|#2
|00545|03:00|02:45.3| 18.0 | 140 | 168 |10.1|
|00500|01:59|01:59.0| 27.9 | 161 | 172 |09.0|#3
|00478|03:00|03:08.2| 18.4 | 142 | 171 |08.7|
|00500|02:00|02:00.1| 28.7 | 164 | 174 |08.7|#4 headwind
|00487|03:00|03:04.8| 17.9 | 143 | 174 |09.1|
|00499|02:04|02:04.1| 28.7 | 165 | 175 |08.4|#5
|00506|03:00|02:57.9| 18.4 | 146 | 175 |09.2|
|00499|02:01|02:01.2| 28.8 | 165 | 173 |08.6|#6
|00473|03:00|03:10.1| 19.2 | 146 | 173 |08.2|
|00499|01:58|01:58.3| 28.7 | 164 | 173 |08.9|#7 tailwind
|00503|03:00|02:59.1| 18.5 | 145 | 173 |09.1|
|00500|01:53|01:53.1| 31.2 | 168 | 176 |08.5|#8
|02056|12:16|02:59.0| 18.8 | 136 | 177 |08.9|cooling down
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.