Aug 4 2015
Aug 2 2015
The training plan said row light 6-8km as recovery. I replaced it with a bike ride with my daughter.
This is what she expected:
This is how she talked about it afterwards:
It was a nice 35km ride with a beer stop after 15km. Granted, the climb to Vranov was quite steep, but we walked that one.
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.
Jul 7 2015
Monday was a bank holiday. We were in Pardubice visiting Romana’s family. My brother-in-law, Romana, Lenka and I went out at the rowing club in Pardubice. We took an old Empacher quad on the river Elbe and did 8km of nice steady-state.
Jul 2 2015
It’s quad craziness. Almost every second outing I do is in a quad. But we have to, because some members of our mixed quad are going on vacation, so the next time we meet it will be a few weeks before Belgium.
Today, the ladies of our mixed quad, my wife Romana and Lubica, will attend the funeral of Eva Velešíková:
Eva was a big driving force behind women’s Masters Rowing in Brno. Lubica and Romana have trained and raced with her. As a member of Masters International, a group of women raiding Masters races, she won two medals at Masters Worlds in Varese, in 2013, when she was already diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told she had 1-1.5 years left. After her husband died, she traveled around the globe, and remained very active, optimistic and energetic until a few months ago. I don’t know her closely but I feel enormous admiration for her.
She passed away last Saturday, when I was out in the mixed quad with two ladies who have rowed with her frequently.
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