Snake Race

It’s been a busy week.  My last journal entry was on Oct 9 when I did a terrific 5 x 1500.

The rest of the 9th was a blur.  I worked out, then a day full of meetings, then rushed off to go a wake (One of our best friends lost his brother to a sudden illness), then ate dinner, then to the airport to catch a ten o’clock flight to Geneva.

I slept really well on the flight.  I probably got 5 hours of sleep.  We landed in Zurich and then connected to Geneva, finally getting in around 2pm.  I had meetings all afternoon, and then we went to dinner.  I finally got back to the hotel around 10:30pm and had hoped to get right to bed.  Unfortunately a time critical work issue came up and I spent the next 90 minutes on the phone.

My plan had been to do a short workout in the morning before my 10am flight home, but I decided that sleep was more important.  I slept until 7:30, had a nice breakfast, called an Uber and went to the airport.  The flight home was very uneventful.  I did work most of the way, took a short nap, and then I was home.  The worst part of the whole thing was the traffic home from the airport.

Friday – Oct 12: Drills and a little bit of race pace

My usual taper is to do a shrinking number of 500m pieces over the week before a race, and then just do a warmup on the day before.  This time, I had two complete rest days but lots of inert travel time.  I decided that it would be best to do some work on the day before the race to try to make sure that the race pace strokes felt OK.

I also wanted to do a lot of drill work.  I find it quite calming, and it really engages my brain in the session.  So the plan for the day was to do about 20 minutes of light rowing and drills, then a couple of 2′ race pace pieces, then more drills.

The summary shows the 4 – 1 minute pieces and 2 60 stroke pieces.  Plus a little bonus sprint to the dock at the end.  Notice the difference in power between the first 4 and the last three.  The last three are against the current, so it takes a lot more watts to get the same splits.

          Workout Summary - media/20181012-1145320o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|08125|49:34.0|03:03.1|097.9|22.1|127.3|164.0|07.4
W-|02106|09:14.0|02:11.7|178.9|25.4|146.2|163.0|09.0
R-|06029|40:20.0|03:20.8|079.4|21.4|123.0|163.0|04.3
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00217|00:56.6|02:10.2|146.6|22.2|140.2|148.0|10.4 
02|00178|00:45.8|02:08.7|177.7|26.1|139.9|148.0|08.9
03|00226|00:58.2|02:08.6|199.4|26.9|145.8|155.0|08.7
04|00217|00:56.1|02:09.4|151.2|25.6|148.4|157.0|09.1
05|00119|00:31.7|02:13.1|141.7|20.9|138.7|140.0|10.8
06|00513|02:16.8|02:13.4|186.9|25.8|150.5|162.0|08.7
07|00499|02:13.0|02:13.4|190.0|25.6|149.5|163.0|08.8
08|00137|00:36.5|02:13.5|202.6|27.7|139.4|149.0|08.1

Pretty easy session, only 18 minutes above a <ut2 level.

Then I loaded my boat on my car and went to work.

Saturday – 13 October: The Snake Race

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This may be my only race of the season, and I hadn’t raced since my disappointing outing at last year’s Head of the Charles.  I was nervous as hell before I launched, even though this was a low stakes local race.  My competition was.

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The rowers from Anchorage and Community scratched.  As for the rest.

  • Maldari is a good rower from Lawrence, he’s beaten me and I’ve beaten him in other events, we are about the same speed.
  • Kisarale is a rower from Uganda.  He’s 38, but he was in the 2015 Olympic qualifying regatta for Africa in the 2x.  I’d never met him, but I suspected he was a lot faster than I am.
  • Haddon is a rower in my club.  He was rowing this as a tune up for next weekend when he will be in the HOCR.
  • Krupnick was a 1st boat varsity rower at WPI and graduated in 2017.  He was going to be MUCH faster than me.
  • Byrnes is in the other main club on the lake.  I am usually faster
  • Sturges.  Same story
  • Sontgerath was the guy that I wanted to beat.  I had beaten him in the HOCR in 2015 and then returned the favor last year, beating me pretty badly.  This may sound silly or immature, but I saw the race as between him and me.

The way the bow numbers were handed out, I was starting second to last, and Sontgerath was starting last behind me.  So, it was simple, I just needed to keep my eye on him and maintain the spacing.

Bob and I launched around 8:30 for a 9am start.  We warmed up going down to the start.  For some reason, my speedcoach decided to stop soon after launching and I didn’t notice it until I was getting ready for the start.  So, most of the warmup is missing.

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It was cold and rainy, around 48F.  There was a light and variable wind that seemed to be from  the northwest, which is a cross/head wind.  I only noticed it a couple of times during the race when I felt like I was working harder and the splits slowed down.  I was quite glad to have the power meter.

Anyway, we were all at the start, and so the officials decided to move the start time up a few minutes so we wouldn’t just sit there getting cold and wet in the rain.  We were called up to the start in order and off we went.  The starting line was at the southern end of larger island, right about even with the label “Pinecrest”.  My first target was Sturges.  I saw him off my starboard side.  You go up the western shore of the lake, and soon after the start is a beach that juts out.  I decided that I could pass him to the shore side and still have enough room to steer out from the beach.  It worked out fine and I was well clear of him by the time I steered a bit out from shore for the beach.  The guy who started in from of Sturges was Kisarale, but when I looked around I saw no sign of him.  I did see Byrnes, so he became my next target.  He was also off my starboard side, and we had the narrows coming up.  I just held my line and we slowly moved toward the buoy line that marked the starboard side of the course. I passed him right around the narrows and when I looked around I could spot anyone close enough to focus on.

Now it was time to just row.  This is about where the video picks up.  There is bit more than 1km from the narrows to the bridge.  I was starting to feel the pain, so I started counting strokes.  I got to about 130 when I got to the bridge.  The whole time I was keeping my eyes on Heri (Sontgerath).  At times, he seemed like he was closing the distance, and other times it seemed like I was stretching it out.  Frankly, I didn’t even really remember how far back he was at the start, so I had no clue if I was ahead or not.

From the bridge to the end should be about another 200 strokes.  Which I counted off as I went.  It seemed like it took a lifetime to get from the bridge to the Gazebo.  I thought it was almost another 1000m from the gazebo to the finish and so I just settled in and tried to avoid blowing up while I started scanning for the finish.  I saw it, but in retrospect, I wish I had seen it sooner.  I started my sprint later than I should have.  But I finished strong.  I thought the finish was going to be marked with white buoys.  It was marked by a pair of oranges, which I thought represented the start of a finish chute.  I continued my kick for another 100m beyond the finish to a white buoy.

That extra kick brought be me up to be close enough to chat with Maldari.  Apparetly, he was trying to keep his seperation with me, like I was trying to with Heri.  We had a nice chat about boats and stuff as we paddled to the docks.  They I cooled down from the QRA docks to our club at regatta point.

The results

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Third place, but first place amongst the old guys.  I walked around 10 feet tall the rest of the day.

Here’s a video of the last 9 minutes of the race.  The first 10 minutes were basically useless because of water on the lens.

Looking at the video, as always there is a lot of stuff that I need to work on.  The most obvious is that I have re-established my habit of digging way too deep and rowing over a barrel.  I also need to work on making the body and arms part of the stroke more powerful.

          Workout Summary - media/20181013-1355320o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|08201|58:05.0|03:32.5|097.1|21.0|140.9|179.0|06.7
W-|05624|25:27.0|02:15.8|169.3|25.2|166.3|179.0|08.8
R-|02583|32:38.0|06:19.2|040.9|17.7|121.2|179.0|03.7
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00240|01:03.0|02:11.0|155.2|26.5|154.7|164.0|08.6
02|04363|19:36.7|02:14.9|176.1|25.8|170.7|179.0|08.6 - the race.
03|00632|02:55.2|02:18.6|151.6|22.6|150.2|159.0|09.6
04|00142|00:40.4|02:22.2|143.5|22.3|155.9|157.0|09.4
05|00247|01:12.0|02:25.8|128.4|21.6|148.8|151.0|09.5

My pace was 2:14.9 this year.  I did this race in 2015 in similar conditions and my pace was a 2:12.9.  Here is a link.  2015 was my best year at the HOCR.  Comparing the two races, I pushed hard in 2015, with the last 5 minutes above 178 bpm.  My rowing looks very similar.  I am probably about 15 lbs heavier now.  I am ever the optimist and when you put all that together, I come to the conclusion that I can get back to and even exceed where I was in 2015.  As always, it comes down to weight, technique and fitness.

Well, enough for now.  I think I will go do some easy rowing on the dreaded dynamic.

 

 

 

 

 

5 x 1500 / 5′ (ish)

Well, I guess it makes sense to look at my training plan.  I was so sure that I was supposed to do a 5 x 1500 today, that I didn’t bother to look.  Afterwards, I saw that, in fact, I was supposed to do a 4 x 2k.  Oh well, it was a hell of a workout.

It was a nice morning.  Grey skies, a bit misty, but around 60F.  There was a light and variable headwind heading up river.  I passed a few boats as I headed out and they were heading in.  I had the river to myself.  With the high level of the river and the high flow, There is a fair amount of debris.  I scared myself to death when I hit a stick poking up from the water with my oar.  It was only about an inch in diameter, but it must have been attached to a really big submerged log because it nearly took the oar out of my hand.  This happened on the first rep, so I was working hard to spot the stick on the four next reps as it slowly floated downstream on the current.

I am still having issues sleeping and I didn’t feel so great when I got to the river.  It was tiring sweeping he goose crap off the dock.  But once I was in the boat and doing my pick drill, I started feeling a bit better.

I stopped and relaxed and had a drink when I got to the fun part of the river and then I started my first rep.  As usual, I was careful with rate at first. Today, I tried to keep the power on the speedcoach display in the 180 to 190W range.

The first rep was blazing fast.  2:06.4 and 176W.  Thanks to the tail wind and the current, I was flying.  The second rep was a rude shock.  Almost 11W higher average power for an average pace of 2:17.8.  I was a bit more conservative in the third rep, but it was stil pretty damn hard by the last 500m.  The fourth was higher watts than #3, but lower than #2 and it really stung at the end.  Then it was a cruise down the river for the fifth, 16W lower than the second interval.  A bit more fade than I would have liked.  But, I’m happy with my execution on the workout.

          Workout Summary - media/20181009-1340300o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13644|83:39.0|03:03.9|115.7|22.8|139.8|178.0|07.2
W-|07540|33:19.0|02:12.6|176.4|26.3|161.1|178.0|08.6
R-|06111|50:20.0|04:07.2|075.6|20.5|125.7|178.0|07.3
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00111|00:32.0|02:23.6|117.6|18.7|116.9|122.0|11.2
02|01496|06:18.2|02:06.4|175.9|26.1|155.3|167.0|09.1
03|01471|06:45.3|02:17.8|186.5|26.7|163.3|175.0|08.1
04|01514|06:28.4|02:08.3|173.5|26.0|161.0|175.0|09.0
05|01462|06:52.7|02:21.2|179.7|26.8|166.5|178.0|07.9
06|01486|06:22.5|02:08.7|170.5|26.3|162.7|176.0|08.9

Tonight, I fly to Geneva.  I have meetings on Wednesday afternoon and evening, and fly home on Thursday.  If I can find a gym to do a quick taper workout on Thursday morning, that would be a bonus.  Then I will do a quick technique row on Friday.  I race Saturday.

 

 

Drills on the Fives

We came back from the cape last night, and I had a choice to make this morning.

I needed to be at work, showered and ready for a 8 am meeting, so I could either head straight to work and do a 60 to 80 minute steady state session on the erg, or I could do an shorter session on the water.

I decided to row on the water.  Here’s why.

  • With a race this weekend, I want to taper down volume a bit anyway
  • Also because of the race, getting in a technique session this week would be good reinforcement for good mechanics
  • It’s too late to do much to improve my aerobic fitness, so doing just enough to maintain what I have is enough.

It was dark when I got to the boathouse.  Very dark.  And cool,  around 55F.  And there was a noticeable breeze blowing as a headwind when going down stream.  Did I mention it was dark!  With the overcast and the later sunrise, I couldn’t see across the lagoon when I arrived.

By the time I had swept the goose poop off the dock, and got my boat rigged and in the water, the sky was starting to lighten up.  I felt irresponsible that I don’t have working lights though and I was glad that there was no one else on the river today.  I’ve ordered a new pair of lights, hopefully they will be delivered today.

Today’s session was drills on the fives.  4 minutes of steady state, and then 1 minute of a drill.  The drills were

  • Half slide: working on clean releases and blades off the water
  • delayed feather:  Working on releasing on the square, and then feathering without touching water
  • Pause at body over:  Working on keeping my knees downwith my body over and arms extended.
  • Open hands on recovery:  Working on outward pressure against the oarlocks on recovery and clean catches after regripping the oars.

As usual, with this session, I felt like I was rowing better at the end than the beginning.  Today, it was even more the case because the wind seemed to be dying down a during the session and the water was a bit flatter at the end.

I had time for one lap down to the dam and back.  I was pretty surprised at how low my heart rate was today.  My RPE felt like it was in line with this session, but my HR was a good 10 beats lower.

Here is a summary of the steady state bits.  It cuts out the drills and the turns.

          Workout Summary - media/20181008-1700310o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|08689|46:43.0|02:41.3|116.3|20.0|130.7|143.0|09.3
W-|05153|25:33.0|02:28.8|131.8|20.6|134.5|143.0|09.8
R-|03548|21:11.0|02:59.2|097.6|19.4|126.1|143.0|10.6
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00365|01:51.0|02:32.1|129.4|18.9|119.8|126.0|10.4
02|00270|01:15.9|02:20.8|134.9|19.7|126.9|131.0|10.8
03|00529|02:39.0|02:30.3|117.0|20.4|135.1|141.0|09.8
04|00887|04:23.3|02:28.4|130.3|21.0|139.2|142.0|09.6
05|00782|03:49.9|02:27.1|136.6|20.4|138.1|143.0|10.0
06|00129|00:38.2|02:27.7|148.6|20.4|134.9|137.0|10.0
07|00256|01:17.2|02:31.1|121.2|20.2|130.0|135.0|09.8
08|00680|03:23.8|02:29.9|132.4|20.9|136.4|142.0|09.6
09|00744|03:44.2|02:30.7|127.1|21.1|137.4|141.0|09.4
10|00179|00:51.6|02:24.1|144.1|19.8|129.7|136.0|10.5
11|00098|00:29.2|02:28.8|142.7|20.4|127.1|131.0|09.9
12|00236|01:10.0|02:28.4|157.3|23.1|131.1|139.0|08.8

Tomorrow:  Last hard workout…5 x 1500 / 5′ target pace 2:15.

T/F/S : A Threshold Sandwich

Thursday – Oct 4 : 70′ Steady State R20

          Workout Summary - media/20181004-1200310o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13830|74:54.0|02:42.5|123.4|20.7|144.8|159.0|08.9
W-|13187|65:37.0|02:29.3|132.7|20.2|147.8|159.0|10.0
R-|00650|09:17.0|07:08.7|057.5|24.5|123.4|159.0|06.2
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
05|01254|05:57.9|02:22.7|130.0|19.9|132.2|144.0|10.6
06|02592|11:59.4|02:18.8|136.2|19.8|145.6|155.0|10.9
07|02839|14:42.0|02:35.3|134.2|20.0|149.8|159.0|09.7
08|02758|12:57.1|02:20.9|133.4|20.3|149.2|156.0|10.5
09|03037|16:11.7|02:40.0|129.7|20.2|151.6|157.0|09.3
10|00305|01:40.8|02:45.5|138.9|21.4|153.6|156.0|08.5
11|00370|01:59.1|02:40.8|125.1|23.1|154.6|159.0|08.1

Friday – Oct 5: 2 x 3K Threshold

The goal for today was essentially a Head Race simulation.  Stroke rate around 25.  The goal was to try to keep the pace around 2:15, but it was not to be.  There was a lot of wind which was basically a head wind for the downstream part of the row.  That’s better than the alternative, it would have been very depressing rowing into a head wind and against the current during the second half of the session.

The wind was strong and gusty enough that I took some really bad strokes.  Generally, striking a wave as I was squaring up and catching with one oar skewed.  This was a bit scary at the time, but I was just trying to keep it going.

The hard bit for me is keeping my motivation through the turn.  Today, with a brisk tail wind, it wasn’t so bad.  I kept my mind of clean finishes.

          Workout Summary - media/20181005-1140300o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|08131|43:02.0|02:38.8|133.9|24.7|150.1|177.0|07.6
W-|05488|25:16.0|02:18.1|164.8|26.2|165.5|177.0|08.3
R-|02645|17:46.0|03:21.6|090.0|22.6|128.2|177.0|07.5
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|02746|12:30.1|02:16.6|166.6|25.9|161.0|169.0|08.5
02|02742|12:46.1|02:19.7|163.1|26.5|169.9|177.0|08.1

So, slower than I would have liked, but considering the wind, I guess it is OK.  I was happy about the sprint at the end.

Saturday, Oct 6: 13km Coastal Row

Today was absolutely beautiful.  The temp was around 60F.  There was a light wind from the northeast, which meant that the water was flat.  The sun was sparkling on the water.  It was amazing.

The only problem I had was a wonky heart rate monitor.  I worked hard, but not too hard.  I think my heart rate was in the high 140s to 150s.

The tide was running pretty fast today.  It was going out, so it was with me at first, then as I turned toward the harbor, it was against me.  Then I turned and rowed with it all the way out past my favorite buoy, then I was rowing right into it for the last section.

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          Workout Summary - media/20181006-191253-Greg Smith 20181006 1249PMo.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13357|75:56.0|02:50.6|000.0|20.7|147.0|147.0|08.5
W-|13359|75:56.0|02:50.5|000.0|20.7|147.0|147.0|08.5
R-|00000|00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|147.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|00037|01:18.7|17:35.0|000.0|21.3|147.0|147.0|01.3
01|05862|32:53.8|02:48.4|000.0|19.5|147.0|147.0|09.1
02|07059|38:07.7|02:42.0|000.0|21.5|147.0|147.0|08.6
03|00401|03:36.4|04:30.1|000.0|22.9|147.0|147.0|04.9

Tomorrow:  If it’s a nice day, another coastal row.  If not, a steady state erg session.

I’m racing next weekend.  One complication is that I am going to Geneva on Tuesday night and returning on Thursday.  So, it will be a unique kind of a taper.

4 x ( 3 x 3′ / 1′)/2′ – Short Rest Intervals

Cool and wet this morning (and dark!).  After working my way around a few boats on my way out, I had the river entirely to myself.  There was a little bit of a head wind for the down river sections.

The plan was to focus on race rate and slightly higher than race pace / power.  My pace target was to get as close to the 2:13.4 that I averaged for the 2′ interval session that I did last time.  This session is a lot harder.  The last minute lasts a loooong time in each interval.

I also wanted to really work on trying to get my releases to be clean and crisp.

The workout went very well.  I was in control for all the reps.  The high power readings at the end of the 5th and 11th reps are because I finished both of those reps going into the big s-turn and really leaning on the port oar (where my empower oarlock is).

I was working really hard in these reps, but my HR didn’t really max out.

Here’s a bit closer detail on pace and power.  You can see the power is reasonably consistent across all the reps and the upstream and downstream paces vary with the current and wind.

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It was a fair amount of hard rowing.

          Workout Summary - media/20181003-1200300o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13144|74:02.0|02:49.0|117.4|24.2|148.7|176.0|07.3
W-|08088|36:08.0|02:14.1|169.3|26.3|160.9|176.0|08.5
R-|05066|37:55.0|03:44.6|067.9|22.2|137.0|176.0|06.5
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00112|00:31.9|02:21.8|125.3|19.0|125.5|130.0|11.1 - wu
02|00712|03:02.8|02:08.3|169.4|25.9|146.6|160.0|09.0 - downstream
03|00729|03:08.1|02:09.0|171.2|27.1|157.1|167.0|08.6
04|00704|03:02.4|02:09.5|175.5|26.3|159.3|167.0|08.8
05|00629|02:52.6|02:17.2|171.4|26.7|158.0|169.0|08.2 - upstream
06|00648|02:57.0|02:16.6|182.0|26.1|162.8|172.0|08.4
07|00632|02:55.0|02:18.4|163.2|26.7|166.5|174.0|08.1
08|00709|03:06.2|02:11.3|170.4|26.1|158.7|171.0|08.8 - downstream
09|00694|03:02.8|02:11.7|158.8|26.3|167.3|174.0|08.7
10|00673|02:57.0|02:11.5|173.0|26.0|167.7|174.0|08.8
11|00597|02:47.0|02:20.0|164.4|26.2|157.9|171.0|08.2 - upstream
12|00630|02:53.7|02:17.8|181.1|26.9|166.4|175.0|08.1
13|00617|02:52.0|02:19.3|159.1|26.8|169.2|176.0|08.0

So, I was happy with the workout.  Happy enough that I did some comparisons.

First, I wanted to compare today to last week 20×2 session.  Very similar stroke profiles.  Looks like my peak and avg force was higher, which makes sense since my stroke rate was at least 1 spm lower.

Next I took all the hard sessions that I’ve done over the past month and did some box charts.

  • About a 4 sec improvement on pace
  • stroke rate all over the map
  • Power up about 15-20 watts
  • eff drive length about 2-3 deg longer
  • catch angle up about a degree.

Tomorrow:  70′ steady state at r20.

 

Drills on the fives

Misty and cool, very little wind.  The river is still very high and there is a fair amount of flow.

The plan for this morning was a low intensity session, working on technique.  I almost rolled over and went back to sleep.  I felt very tired both muscle fatigue and just sleepy.  The session felt like it was a lot of work.

The drills were:

  • delayed feather
  • half slide
  • pause at body over
  • open hands on recovery

          Workout Summary - media/Greg Smith 20181002 0639AM.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|-Avg--|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|-SPM--|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13802|75:38.9|02:44.4|128.0| 19.5 |135.0|154.0|10.1

It’s getting more and more dark when I launch.  There were a bunch of boats out today, my head was on a swivel to make sure that I didn’t run into anyone.  They were pretty much cleared out by the second lap.

I love this session.  I feel like my balance in the boat is so much better at the end than when I start.  The time also goes by really quickly.

 

Another week on the Head Race training plan

Last post was Sept 25th.  Since then I’ve been consistently training, but struggled with insomnia for much of the week.

I was very sleep deprived when I got home on Saturday morning (9/22).  I slept a few hours that morning.  Then a solid block of 10 hours on Saturday night.  But on Monday night, I fell asleep around 10:30, and woke up at 1:00am.  I was unable to fall back asleep.  Tuesday, a little better.  I slept from 10:30 to 2:00am.  Wednesday, I got maybe 5 hours.  Thursday, I headed down to the cape in the evening, arriving there around 11.  I had some things to do around the house, so I didn’t get to sleep until 12:30.  My daughter and one of my son’s arrived at 3:00am.  I took some work to get back to sleep and I got maybe 3 hours of sleep before I needed to get up for my first meeting.  Finally, Friday night and Saturday night I seemed to get back to more normal sleep patterns.  It sure effects mood and stamina when you don’t get enough sleep.

Despite the sleep issues, I was on the water Tues/Wed/Thur.  I took a rest day on Friday.  And then trained Sat/Sun/Mon.

Wednesday, Sept 26: 60′ Steady State

The plan was to row at about r20 and keep my HR below 150.

         Workout Summary - media/20180926-1900310o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|12157|65:34.0|02:41.8|116.0|19.0|144.9|158.0|09.7
W-|11571|58:23.0|02:31.4|123.0|19.0|146.5|158.0|10.5
R-|00590|07:11.0|06:05.5|058.6|19.5|132.3|158.0|05.7
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00008|00:01.5|01:32.6|131.6|18.5|091.0|91.0|17.5 --?
02|00009|00:01.5|01:19.8|149.0|19.0|091.0|91.0|19.8 --? 
03|01100|05:21.3|02:26.0|128.6|19.4|135.4|147.0|10.6 - blocked by boats
04|02754|13:05.3|02:22.6|127.1|19.3|147.7|153.0|10.9
05|02729|14:19.6|02:37.5|121.0|18.1|145.4|154.0|10.5
06|01942|09:26.1|02:25.8|120.8|18.4|146.9|155.0|11.2 - cut short for time
07|02615|13:54.7|02:39.6|123.0|19.5|150.5|158.0|09.7
08|00413|02:13.4|02:41.4|109.0|20.7|148.0|156.0|09.0

Thursday, Sept 27: 4 x (5 x 2′ / 1′)/2′ Short Intervals

Plan for Thursday was to use these short intervals to practice working at rates higher than head race rate.  Try to keep my stroke light and work on the release.

Ran out of river in the last interval of the first set.  I really torched the whole first set.  A fair current behind me and a bit of a tail wind.  It looks like I dialed back the power a bit on the upriver trip.  Otherwise, pretty uneventful.

         Workout Summary - media/20180927-1230310o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13891|80:10.0|02:53.1|116.6|24.1|147.6|174.0|07.2
W-|08479|37:42.0|02:13.4|171.7|27.3|157.2|174.0|08.2
R-|05430|42:29.0|03:54.8|067.6|21.3|139.0|174.0|06.4
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00460|01:58.5|02:08.7|167.9|26.3|140.2|154.0|08.9
02|00475|02:01.9|02:08.2|183.0|27.5|149.5|159.0|08.5
03|00490|02:04.9|02:07.5|163.7|27.4|155.4|166.0|08.6
04|00476|02:01.3|02:07.3|176.4|27.3|154.7|163.0|08.6
05|00267|01:07.4|02:06.4|194.7|28.4|153.9|161.0|08.4
06|00440|01:58.3|02:14.4|165.7|27.8|150.0|163.0|08.0
07|00428|01:56.1|02:15.5|168.9|27.8|158.4|170.0|08.0
08|00433|01:59.8|02:18.5|189.0|27.0|160.8|169.0|08.0
09|00425|01:55.5|02:15.9|170.5|27.5|163.1|172.0|08.0
10|00439|01:56.7|02:13.0|175.4|27.8|164.3|174.0|08.1
11|00437|01:59.9|02:17.2|168.7|26.5|152.1|168.0|08.3
12|00457|01:59.2|02:10.4|175.7|27.2|160.5|169.0|08.5
13|00427|01:54.9|02:14.5|148.9|27.1|160.7|170.0|08.2
14|00428|01:55.5|02:14.9|179.0|27.0|164.0|172.0|08.2
15|00454|01:55.9|02:07.8|186.5|28.4|162.8|172.0|08.3
16|00430|01:58.0|02:17.1|160.9|27.5|149.9|167.0|08.0
17|00423|01:56.4|02:17.7|161.0|27.2|159.8|169.0|08.0
18|00266|01:13.9|02:19.2|170.1|26.8|158.2|165.0|08.0
19|00420|01:55.8|02:17.8|158.3|27.4|162.5|172.0|08.0
20|00405|01:52.4|02:18.7|178.6|26.7|164.6|173.0|08.1

I was pretty happy with the result.

Friday, 28 Sept:  No Training

Saturday, 29 Sept: 10km threshold on slides

On Saturday, I wanted to hand with the family.  We got ourselves organized and went on a day trip down to Chatham.  While we were there, we had a big lunch.  I was still feeling kind of full when we got back to the house, but I figured that I better go do my thing on the erg in the basement.

The plan was for 40′ of threshold, so another 10K.  It would be useful to compare to the one on slides to the one on the dynamic last weekend.

I started with a 2K warmup.  It felt hard and I felt bloated.

Then I got going.  Target pace was 1:59.

That was brutal.  But frankly more pleasant than the dynamic.

Splits are pretty darned consistent.  I got a bit scared of blowing up around 7k.

         Workout Summary - media/20180929-2250290o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|10000|39:31.0|01:58.6|209.6|25.5|165.9|183.0|09.9
W-|10000|39:31.0|01:58.6|209.6|25.5|165.9|183.0|09.9
R-|00000|00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|183.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01000|03:53.5|01:56.7|214.5|25.3|137.1|154.0|10.2
01|01000|03:56.1|01:58.0|213.1|25.2|157.0|159.0|10.1
02|01000|03:56.8|01:58.4|211.0|25.4|160.9|162.0|10.0
03|01000|03:57.5|01:58.8|209.1|25.1|163.6|165.0|10.1
04|01000|03:57.6|01:58.8|209.0|25.3|166.1|167.0|10.0
05|01000|03:57.3|01:58.7|209.2|25.1|169.2|171.0|10.1
06|01000|03:57.6|01:58.8|208.6|26.0|172.2|174.0|09.7
07|01000|03:59.5|01:59.7|204.0|25.2|175.1|177.0|09.9
08|01000|04:00.7|02:00.4|200.7|25.1|177.0|178.0|10.0
09|01000|03:55.1|01:57.5|217.6|27.4|179.8|183.0|09.3

So, a very similar row to the dynamic.  Weird how I prefer the feeling of slides so much more, but the performance is not that different.  Here are a few different parameters compared between the two rows.

  • HR: A bit higher on slides.  Basically I was willing to take a bit more pain.
  • Power:  5W more on slides
  • Stroke rate: nearly identical
  • Drive length:  3 cm longer on slides.  Feels about right.
  • Peak force:  Higher on slides.  I was a bit surprised by this.  Since the dynamic feels so much heavier, I expected higher peak force.
  • Avg force:  As expected, about proportional to the watts difference

Sunday, September 30: 90′ bike ride.

My daughter and I went for a bike ride.  The intent was to explore some of the sand roads, but as it turned out, the sand was too loose to make any progress on, so we headed to the roads and went north.  It was just a nice easy ride.

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Monday, 1 October: 5 x 1500 / 5′

Plan was to work on stroke rate around 26, and beat my last 5×1500 pace and power (2:16, 154W).

The downstream intervals were a blast.  The river was flowing reasonably fast, and there was the lightest of tail winds.  Anyway, after I went through the s-turn, and I had about 300 or 400 meters to go, I was rating up and pushing the pace.  On the third and fifth interval, I was seeing the splits drop below 2:00 for the last 5 or so strokes.  It turns out that I was working a little harder on the upstream segments, as measured by power.  I struggle to use power in the boat because of the big turn in the middle.

          Workout Summary - media/20181001-1310300o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|13634|80:28.0|02:57.1|113.7|22.9|139.8|178.0|07.4
W-|07578|33:51.0|02:14.1|165.0|26.3|158.8|177.0|08.5
R-|06061|46:37.0|03:50.8|076.5|20.4|126.0|177.0|07.6
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00158|00:44.0|02:18.9|117.9|19.2|124.5|129.0|11.3- wu
02|01490|06:31.6|02:11.4|154.4|25.2|153.8|166.0|09.1
03|01438|06:40.9|02:19.4|170.5|26.4|160.0|172.0|08.1
04|01486|06:24.1|02:09.3|167.6|27.0|159.1|175.0|08.6
05|01440|06:45.0|02:20.6|170.1|26.9|163.0|173.0|07.9
06|01565|06:46.1|02:09.7|167.7|26.7|161.7|177.0|08.7

Tomorrow:  80′ of steady state.  Drills on the 5s.

4 x 2K / 5′ OTW

I have been having trouble sleeping the past two nights.  On Monday night, I slept from 10:30 to 1:00AM, and not at all there after.  Last night, 10:30 to 2:00.  So 6 hours of sleep over two nights.  I sure hope I sleep through tonight.

As you might guess, I had no trouble getting up with my alarm this morning.  I was watching the clock, waiting for it to click over to 5:15.  Then I headed to river.  It was cool and cloudy, mid-40s with a light wind that was a cross tail wind going downstream.  It’s getting darker in the mornings now.  It was quite dark when I arrived at the dock, but by the time I finished scrubbing the goose shit off the dock, it was reasonably light.  I definitely need to replace the batteries in my safety light.

I also replaced the battery in my oarlock and it sprung back to life.

The plan for today:

  • 4 x 2k
  • roughly 5 minute rests, but longer is OK
  • stroke rate: 25-26
  • target pace: 2:16
  • target power: 165W (same as last time)

I started with a nice formal warmup.  Pick drill, then some legs only, then about a minute of full pressure at around 20 spm.  Then paddle through the cut, have a quick drink of water, get myself lined up, get myself psyched up, wait for an even minute and go.

          Workout Summary - media/20180925-1255310o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|12338|74:51.0|03:02.0|106.9|23.8|141.8|177.0|06.9
W-|08116|37:06.0|02:17.2|158.2|25.4|162.5|177.0|08.6
R-|04228|37:45.0|04:27.9|056.6|22.2|121.6|177.0|05.7
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|00213|00:59.4|02:19.2|129.9|20.2|125.9|135.0|10.6 - wu
02|01983|08:40.4|02:11.2|159.1|25.2|159.3|172.0|09.1
03|01993|09:20.7|02:20.7|164.3|26.0|166.4|175.0|08.2
04|01966|08:46.9|02:14.0|153.7|25.8|162.7|175.0|08.7
05|01961|09:18.9|02:22.5|158.5|25.4|165.1|177.0|08.3

The first interval was magical.  I needed to maneuver around a couple of fours that were infringing in my lane about 500m into it, but otherwise it was like gliding on rails.  We’ve had a lot of rain later (Thanks Florence) and the river is unusually high for this time of year.  I think it was giving me about 5 splits downstream.  Seeing the fast splits got me a bit excited, so I pushed the last 500m pretty hard.

What the stream flow giveth in piece #1, it took away in piece #2.  5 more watts, almost 10 seconds slower per 500.  And it took 40 seconds longer!  I was a little fatigued after that one.

I didn’t push the third piece as hard through the first 1000m.  I was feeling a little rough around the edges.  After I negotiated the s-curve.  I pushed harder and finished it strong.

Now the last interval.  Up river and into the light headwind.  I was really tired, so I started off limiting my stroke rate to 25.  I tried to work on holding form and I tried to ignore the pace.  The last 1000m were pretty horrible.  I felt like I was on the edge of blowing up, but my HR was basically pegged at 175 until the very end.  Either it was lack of sleep, or an inability to really dive into the hurt locker, but it felt like the last 1000m was in the “red”.

After I finished, I rowed with feet out back to the dock (quite slowly).  Good workout, a little depressed it wasn’t faster, but well executed.

Tomorrow:  75′ steady state, r20.

 

And we’re back to a regular progamming

Let’s see, where were we.  Friday morning, I went for a run on sore legs.  The rest of the day, I was mocked mercilessly by my coworkers because I was hobbling around like a very old man.

Around 3pm I left for the airport.  I was supposed to hop on a 5:40 flight to Toronto, and then connect to Boston, getting me home by around 8pm eastern time on Friday night.  Things did not work out that way.  We left the gate about an hour late, and then once we got out to the runway, the pilot came on and announced that there was a maintenance problem and we were heading back to the gate.  They unloaded us and gave us dinner vouchers, and gave us no clue about when we would leave.

I started working the phones.  Given that I had already missed my connection and I had no idea when I would take off, I decided that I should start working on options.  I found a flight that would leave at 10:50 to LAX and allow me to connect to the red eye to Boston, getting in around 8am.  This seemed like a better option that getting stuck overnight in Tokyo or Toronto, so I reserved a seat and waited to hear what happened with my flight.

Around 8:30, they came on the PA and announced that the new boarding time for my flight was 10:30pm.  Since that was so far away, I figured there had to be some uncertainty in it and I decided to go for the LA option.  I got on board (last row in coach!), and settled in for a long and bumpy flight.  My original flight ended up taking off at 12:44am.  It arrived at 11:01 pm on Friday night.  The next flight to Boston left at 2pm the next day, so I guess I made the right call.  It was still 30 hours of travel and I felt totally destroyed when by the time I got home.

Sorry for the long story.  Anyway, I didn’t feel like working out of Saturday.

Sunday – Sept 23:  10K Threshold on the dreaded Dynamic

Gotta back to it.  First, a 2k warmup.  Held 2:00-ish pace for 1000m, then paddled 500, then another 500 around 2:00.

I had failed last week with a target pace of 2:00.  I had actually started a bit faster, at 1:58 and I decided that I could again try for 2:00, but be a bit more careful about staying on target.  It was also a lot cooler.  The piece went much better.  I got a bit desperate with 2k to get and rated up a couple of pips which got me through the worst of it.

          Workout Summary - media/20180923-2055320o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|10000|39:48.0|01:59.4|205.3|25.3|164.5|180.0|09.9
W-|10000|39:48.0|01:59.4|205.3|25.3|164.5|180.0|09.9
R-|00000|00:00.0|00:00.0|000.0|00.0|000.0|180.0|00.0
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
00|01000|03:57.2|01:58.6|206.8|24.8|139.7|153.0|10.2
01|01000|03:59.2|01:59.6|204.6|25.0|155.4|158.0|10.0
02|01000|03:59.1|01:59.5|205.2|25.1|159.1|161.0|10.0
03|01000|03:59.3|01:59.7|204.1|25.1|162.5|163.0|10.0
04|01000|03:59.6|01:59.8|203.5|25.1|164.7|166.0|10.0
05|01000|03:59.8|01:59.9|203.1|25.1|167.1|169.0|10.0
06|01000|03:59.3|01:59.7|204.3|25.1|171.1|174.0|10.0
07|01000|04:00.3|02:00.2|201.8|25.2|172.6|174.0|09.9
08|01000|04:00.2|02:00.1|201.6|26.3|174.6|176.0|09.5
09|01000|03:54.5|01:57.3|218.1|26.4|177.8|180.0|09.7

So, mission accomplished.  I will have to try this on a static erg soon to see what the pace difference is to the dynamic.  I think it’s nearly 5 splits.

Monday – Sept 24: Drills on the fives

Back on the water after 9 days.  Felt wobbly and awkward at first.  And it was windy and choppy (Wind 10-15mph NE).  Not ideal for drills, but really useful nonetheless.

Looks like the batteries on my oarlock died about 50 minutes into the session.  The paces were pretty slow with a head wind going downstream and abnormally high flow going upstream.

By the end of the session, I felt much better.  I was tapping down well and getting myself over the oars

Tomorrow:  4 x 2000 / 5′ (target pace: 2:16)

 

 

Ohhh, my legs!

Still in Yokohama.  This morning I went to the gym at 6:50am intending to do some kind of a non-impact workout to try to easy the horrifying DOMS I was feeling in my legs from yesterday’s run.  When I got the the gym, I discovered that it opened at 8am.  (WTF?)

So, despite the complaints from legs, and the fact that it was raining, I decided to go for another run.  Same route as yesterday.

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