A light week?


In the evening, I sat down determined to do at least an hour of steady state on the erg.

As you can see from the chart, I lasted for only 30 minutes. It was weird. Even though I was working at normal steady state effort levels, my heart rate stayed really low, and at the same time it felt really hard. After about 30 minutes, I decided that it was enough. I just stopped.


I decided that I would take a rest day instead of working out. I also had a pretty long working day.


An hour of swimming. Pretty light, but it felt good. This was also the day that I did a 14 hour work day.


A 4x2km with 5 minutes rest. Classical Pete/Wolverine plan workout. It didn’t go well. At all.

I thought 1:52 pace would be sustainable so I set off with that plan.

As you can see from the chart, I stopped half way the second interval and paddled it out. I was almost ready to give up on the entire workout, but then I decided to just complete the other two intervals at a slower pace. Here is a comparison with the same session from February:

Heart rate sky high, compared to the well executed session of February.

There are a lot of bugs going around at the office. Colleagues are either at home sick, or at home with sick children, or walking around like walking dead, sniffing, visibly uncomfortable, but being there to get the stuff done that needs to be done. I guess that being in relatively good physical shape helps me ward off those bugs, but perhaps the fighting off of bugs has an impact on my capability to do serious workouts.

I can also see that from my HRV values taken each morning using the HRV4TRAINING app.

Well, this was supposed to be a light, recovery oriented microcycle anyway.

So, instead of the steady state on the plan, I am going to take a rest day today, and tomorrow, I will be busy clearing out the rowing club house. We are preparing it for a major renovation of electric circuits.


In other news, on Monday I went to the Honda dealer to pick up this guy:

The main reason for getting this is economy and speed. Brno traffic is sometimes extremely slow, and this will allow me to move faster. In terms of economy, this little thing goes 100km on 1.8 liters, which is significantly cheaper than driving a car, especially on my usual OTW training days, when I drive around 45km between rowing club, home, and work.

Because of winter weather, I couldn’t take it out until Thursday afternoon, when I just rode it to the gas station to fill it up. A full tank for 123 Czech crowns (6 USD), giving me a range of 300km. Yay!

In other mobility related news, I received a letter:

You can see the GPS coordinates and the mention of 63 km/h.

Yes, it was a speeding ticket. Ouch. The interesting thing was that it was from 7 October, when I was driving to Uherske Hradiste to take part in the 6km head race (and won the Masters category). This was on the main road, where you drive down a hill and the town limit of Slavkov (“Austerlitz” as it is known historically) starts at the bottom of the hill. I did find the speed camera on Google Street View:

You can see the speed camera in the top right of the second photo.

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