Jan 2 2018

## Rowing by numbers – big fun

A steady state row.

To make it a bit more interesting, I added a mental arithmetic challenge.

After 1000m of rowing, I took the power of the stroke at which I crossed 1000m, in Watts, and subtracted 100. I multiplied that number by my heart rate minus 100.

I got

```
188-100 = 88
128-100 = 29
------------ x
3534
```

So I rowed to 3534m, where I did the same arithmetic with the value at that moment:

```
3534 + (97x56) = 8964
```

So I rowed to 8964m, where I had to calculate:

```
8964 + (86x62) = 14196
```

In fact, I made errors on all the calculations, so the numbers above are just as an example (although the meter values are approximately right).

Anyway, it was good fun and I realized I need to restore my mental math skills. I am pretty good at estimating and I used to be slightly faster than gents with calculators, back when I was a Ph.D. student and estimating skills and mental arithmetic were a handy skill to have have.

Yes, I do realize that this is not everybody’s idea of fun, but it works for me. The hour was over in no time.

Jan 16 2018

## Ouch

## Monday

The plan was a (pretty long) steady state workout, but a rest day seemed the wiser option. I came back from work really tired and just couldn’t get myself to sit down on the erg. A rest day.

## Tuesday

So, today I was double motivated to do that workout. Also, I had the urge to do a full out minute as a stand-alone piece, even though I had done a one minute effort a month ago. So I modified the Pete Plan Pyramid to suit my goals:

This is a bit longer hard rowing than the original session, and a bit shorter rests. Also, starting with a full out minute instead of pacing this smartly makes it a bit harder. Actually, it turned out to make everything after the one minute effort pretty slow and painful. But it was a good experience. Sometimes the painful place is a good one to be in.

Here is the one minute effort:

And here is the entire workout (the two separate rows glued together on the Rowsandall.com site):

Holding something between 1:47 pace and 1:52 pace in the intervals:

Today was pretty bad weather. It snowed hard all day. All roads into Brno were blocked by accidents.

Edit – adding a link to the book mentioned in the comments:

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