Nov 26 2017
Cold & Windy & Rough & Wet & Totally worth it
Saturday was take two in the Quiske pod experiment.
Actually, it was a full gear row.
- My new GoPro Session.
- Quiske Pod.
- Android phone running RowP app.
- Empower Oarlock.
- NK SpeedCoach GPS 2
- My new Polar OH1 heart rate arm band
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Add a bottle of water and that is a lot of kit to carry to the boat house. Surely, it took some time to prepare the boat and the sculls. About 15 minutes.
I was the only fool rowing outdoors. The rest of the club was in the erg room.
There was quite a strong wind, and there was a lot of chop on the lake, so I decided to row on the river:
The GoPro happily filmed for the first 40 minutes. Unfortunately, I discovered later that DashWare doesn’t run on my updated Windows 10 notebook. It seems that this piece of very useful software is starting to become obsolete. There are no updates to fix these kind of issues. I spent more than an hour browsing web fora with suggestions on how to fix, but nothing worked.
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So here is a 20 minute interval without metrics:
As you can see from the video it was cold and wet but I thoroughly enjoyed it. This part of the river is beautiful in any weather conditions.
The Quiske measurements turned out well, and I wrote a separate post about them on the Analytics blog.
The final 2k, crossing the lake, was quite rough. The wind had become stronger, and I had a lot of water in my boat. It is a great feeling when an ice cold wave breaks on your forestay, throwing water all over your back and behind.
I did really enjoy the warm shower at the club.
Nov 26 2017
To Belgrade! To Belgrade!
The training plan called for action:
The only problem is that the virus that has been with me at least since Thursday, has now established itself in full. From 4am, I haven’t slept well. I have a headache, a runny nose, and the slightest exercise makes me sweat.
But I am stubborn and always hope for a miracle.
Or something like. Before the row, I spent some time looking at my erg CP curve:
This one predicted a something between 1:54.5 and 1:55.5 pace should be achievable.
First, I did a 2k warming up. Then I set off for the main event. I started conservatively, and allowed myself to slow down instead of speed up if things were going bad.
First three kilometers were pretty fine. I managed to get a good rhythm at 26spm and rowed a 1:56 pace, seeing 1:55 frequently. With 6k to go I decided to check what would happen if I pushed a bit.
So now I was rowing 1:55 pace, frequently seeing 1:54. I was ready to slow down if things started to feel difficult.
The problem was, I went from “all fine” to “I need to stop” in the course of 5 strokes. I just stopped.
I drank a bit, then paddled a bit. Then I tried to row out the piece at a 2:01 pace, but I couldn’t.
I was disappointed and frustrated, and in order to at least do something with that stupid CP curve, I dialed up a 1 minute interval on 1 minute rest, the idea being to go full out in the second 1 minute interval and move the CP curve for the shorter durations.
I had difficulty holding 1:36.
At least I moved the CP curve:
I am wondering though if this weak performance is due to the virus or I am just in worse shape. Two years ago seemed to be my peak. I rowed PBs on every hard row I did.
Tomorrow morning I will leave to Belgrade. Like the good soldier Svejk: “To Belgrade! To Belgrade!”
For those who don’t know, the story of the good soldier Svejk was written shortly after World War I by the Czech humorist Jaroslav Hasek. It is a classic story of the ‘little man’ fighting officialdom and bureaucracy with the only weapons available to him – passive resistance, subterfuge, native wit and dumb insolence. Entangled in red tape, pushed around by police, doctors, clergy and officers, and ever obliging, the good soldier (once discharged as a certified idiot) proceeds toward the crowning achievement of his military carreer — to be captured by his own troops.
Here is the English translation of what I am referring to:
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