Thursday, 25 May 2017

CTC 10 by 30 seconds 60 seconds rest

Well managed to get a second session today - not quite what I hoped for pace wise but happy i stuck with it and finished the stroke rate reading isn't correct I'd say I maxed out at 34spm and have noticed that the monitor is throwing in odd numbers and counties extra stokes need to video it and get onto concept2









60r20 75% HRR (ish) 2 by 1 min 1r

Did this session a couple of days ago but didn't get chance to blog it, got in the gym this morning to find the HR strap wouldn't pick up so used the pace from three days ago for the 60min as a base (1:54.9) sat happily sweating away at that and then the two by 1 min on 1 min rest aimed at a little faster than two days ago - just to increase some blood. Felt good to


"I don't quit when I'm tired I finish when I'm done" was today's motto











From three days ago



Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The slow rows will continue until fitness resumes 60r20 75%

Same session this morning as yesterday with a slightly better result - it doesn't have to be better every day but it's encouraging when it is - had a little issue just after half way when the air con in the gym stopped so hopped off quickly to flick it on again

Onwards and upwards







Monday, 15 May 2017

The real restart 60r20 75%HRR

And let's hope this is as slow as it goes - into gym earlish had place to myself until just before I left popped new Netflix series on and off I set - at any other time since I stated rowing seriously had I seen the splits as bad as they where today I would have thought I was extremely ill.. It's a start and a completion of a piece - one step at a time.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Starter for 10 ... 10by30s 1m r r20 May CTC

Well it's been a while - life taking its toll and although I keep trying to get back into it I admit without the routine of a job to go it's been tough - I've started so many times in the last few months but stopped eve quicker, so maybe keeping account of myself may help.

It was a year yesterday since we had our sons Louis's diagnosis of Edwards Syndrome (Friday the 13th of May) and he battled on until just before his birth on the 13th July. So I once again had some reflections on life and once again I know I need to row for my own balance.

Other more recent happenings have been diagnosed with suspected Carpel Tunnel Syndrome which I first really discovered the last time I started to try and row again and we also sadly lost one of our dogs to doggy heaven. I checked my erg monitor this morning - last time I rowed was the 26th April - I also rowed on the 25th - for 30 minutes each time, prior to that it was March....


So where to start - well with the pains in the wrists a long slow one wasn't gonna help so as I knew that the current CTC is short reps I plumped for that to get the fun going in me. Deciding to be sesible I went with R20 and figured I should be good for 1:35 pace if not a little more. Into the gym at 9am and after the majority of my standard warm-up - which normally en-tales a max HR of 160 (I hit 180 without the high end sprint today....)

So not feeling hugely confident of I set and with a standing start hit 1:41 on the first stroke - hmm - 1:24 on the second and then settled in through the line at 167m with exactly 10 strokes. Then the fun began, with the monitor/ergdata for some reason at the end of the second rep even though I counted out ten strokes it came up with 11.... I noticed this again on the third but I had the erg lifting of the floor and so put it down to that I also noticed the monitor flicked up a 1:13 pace - odd at 20 spm .... on the 8th stroke.... something not right here.

The fourth rep it was getting daft and now I can see the ergdata it's showing I hit 1:13 pace on three of the strokes - it also recorded 13 strokes! So again putting it down to the erg lifting of the floor at the front I got up and walked over to grab two 20kg plates to hold the erg down. Funny how that takes it out of you in the middle of these kind of rows lol


That seemed to settle the issues of miscounting and pace out but it also took the stiing out my legs and so I slipped to just over 1:30 pace and at the end I was on 1:32 - still something to get me going and a target for next time so job done.






Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Prepared to go slow to get quick

One of the biggest problems when committing to a long term rowing plan is the ability to go slow in order to get quick - and also have the understanding of the discipline required and what it changes in you both physically and mentally. It's taken me over five years but I think I made progress... Today was 60r20 75% HRR and the pace ended up being slower than yesterday's r18 (normally I'd expect to be slightly quicker at 20). This can lead to frustration but it's at this point we (i) need to remember that if I want to go as "fast" as I can in twelve months or so then I need to commit to a plan i know work's which is building the "engine" which means keeping it ticked over at also it's important to note that sticking with a rate from start to finish creates a mental discipline which is so important come race day.











Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Time to go to work

Yesterday's blog was extracted from a longer email to my coach Q who came back fully supporting me and I think he's looking forward to it lol he also mentioned getting in as much 70/75% HRR work as I could (sensibly) at the moment so that's what I did at 8am this morning. 60r18 75% HRR.