Saturday – Fartlek, Video & Stroke Analysis


I did body weight and core exercise during a 4 hour conference call marathon. There were enough low information density moments that I could listen and “work out” at the same time. It gives a new dimension to “Plank” when at the same time you are following the conversation.


I am entering a low volume training cycle, and I didn’t find time to completely plan out each session for this cycle, so I had to improvise a bit. Fartlek, “speed play”, is, for example “sprint all out from one light pole to the next, jog to the corner, give a medium effort for a couple of blocks, jog between four light poles and sprint to a stop sign, and so on, for a set total time or distance” (quote from I basically allowed myself to play with the boat speed as I felt fit.

Romana was training the girls, but had to jump in a double with a less experienced girl, so she asked me to row with Iva, who was doing 500m intervals. So I rowed with her and coached her by rowing my single next to her and shouting instructions.

And, I recorded all that with my GoPro Hero Session 5 camera.

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Here is the result:

In the video, I am showing my (long) standard warming up drill starting with arms only. Then a (not so well executed) technique drill, then some snippets from 500m intervals, and finally a very short race pace piece.

All in all I am pretty happy with the row. By the way, this was the first real video taken with my new camera.

It’s now a bit over a month since I have started to row on the water again, so time for some analysis.

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I made these charts using the Box Chart functionality on Click here to read the tutorial on how to use the Box Charts.

I am not going to make any conclusions based on these box charts now, apart from the things I mention in the image captions. But it show that this is a good tool to monitor progress.

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