Wednesday – Mixed 2x Race Prep

Free form rowing in the double with my wife Romana. We did practice race starts and sequences of 20-30 strokes at race pace.

Unfortunately, I missed a SpeedCoach memory full warning, so only the first 20 minutes or so of this hour long workout was recorded. You are missing the best. Seeing 1:45 and 1:50 paces in neutral conditions (Temperature 18.0C/64.4F. Wind: 2.5 m/s (5.0 kt). Wind Bearing: 10.0 degrees), I concluded we are definitely not slow.

It was good that we did this practice. The first 30 stroke race pace interval was not entirely satisfying (that’s the last interval that’s entirely visible in the chart). The boat felt heavy and I didn’t get the stroke rate up above 32. We reminded ourselves of some attention points and worked on “just feeding the pace”, i.e. rowing at a light, high stroke rate cadence where you just keep the boat going. That helped a lot. We were definitely faster.

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