Aug 5 2015
Aug 3 2015
Up at 5:30 after a pretty bad night (too hot in the bedroom) so not 100% motivated to do this training, the Pete Plan Pyramid. Luckily I was launching together with another crew, so I casually mentioned what I was going to do so as to force myself to not bail out half way through the set.
Had some difficulty with the XGPS160 working with CrewNerd during the warming up. What happens is that you see CrewNerd stop counting the meters. I then usually reset CrewNerd, and everything works. But this time I couldn’t bring up CrewNerd again. It just froze, then crashed. So I started the XGPS160 monitor app, which also froze. Then I tried resetting the XGPS160 and that did the job.
|Dist_|Time_|_Pace__|avg HR|max HR|Remarks
|01997|12:50|03:12.8| 120 | 154 |WU
|00242|00:54|01:51.6| 147 | 169 |250m standing start
|00502|01:59|01:58.6| 168 | 176 |500m
|00746|02:59|01:59.9| 170 | 179 |750m
|01000|04:05|02:02.4| 172 | 179 |1km headwind
|00747|03:12|02:08.5| 174 | 179 |750m headwind
|00498|01:57|01:57.6| 166 | 177 |500m
|00239|00:55|01:54.8| 158 | 170 |250m
|01225|07:37|03:06.5| 139 | 169 |CD
I rowed the first 250 from a standing start and at good pressure. The double was just coming next to me when I started, and it helps to have a boat next to you.
My average split from last time was 1:59.9 and the weather was very similar, so I wanted to stay under 2:00 average.
I thought I was doing fine, focussing on technique, and both the 500m and the 750m were under target. When I turned the boat at the end of the lake I noticed however that what I had considered “no wind” conditions was actually a light breeze from the north. This slowed me down in the following 1000m and 750m. The 750m was particularly slow because it was in the turning north end of the lake. In fact, I was almost running out of lake and was contemplating whether the last 200m would fit or if I would have to make another sharp turn to go on the river. It fit, but I had to hard stop the boat and had literally 3 strokes of lake left.
Then I turned again for the last 500m and 250m. During the 500m, CrewNerd stopped counting meters again, which I noticed about 10 strokes before the end, so I finished that one as a 60 stroke interval, then watched the distance on my Garmin watch for the final 250m.
One second slower than last time … 🙁
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.
Aug 1 2015
There was a lot of wind this morning, so Romana and I decided to the castle. We launched at 10am, at the same time my double partner Radek launched from the opposite side of the lake in his single. We would row the training together.
Before we arrived at the river/canyon with minor chop, the lake was quite hard to cross.
My feelings were:
Nice and fun.
Romana’s feeling were like this:
Terror and fear.
When we all survived the lake and met up at Rokle, we started our training. The training plan said “hard distance” so we decided to row up to the castle and a bit beyond in 24-26spm, then turn around and do the same thing on the way back.
There was still strong wind but relatively mild chop, so it was OK.
Tonight we are invited to a festival at the same castle that we rowed to this morning. Some Celtic song and dance, with food and drinks. It will be interesting I am sure:
Jul 30 2015
13 km of steady state in the double with Radek. Good steady state.
In the mixed quad, but with a substitute for Romana. She’s not feeling well. Minor stomach bug.
We did our patented “special 4x2km” training (see this post, session #2).
It was difficult water. Strong wind. Chop. And lots of swimmers. The temperatures have dropped so the drunk swimmers have disappeared. But we seem to have an invasion of long distance swimmers. Luckily, since a recent incident where a motorboat killed a swimmer, most of them tow a small orange inflatable pillow which makes them much more easy to spot and avoid. Still our bow lady was obviously nervous and checking often and we had a hard time balancing the boat.
Hard work and good technique feedback in the 17spm stretches. A lot to work on, clearly.
I felt slightly weird taking a club boat out with three members of the other club in town.
The graphs show the 4x2km and the cooling down. Had to reset CrewNerd again after the warming up. It seems I was quite good at hitting the rates, which is great since in the quad the iPhone is at an odd angle and I cannot really look at it without looking down too much at the catch. I used only the audio alerts.