4×20′ – Amazing difference

I had intended to take today off, but then I remembered that I was taking off for Chicago first thing Monday morning and would probably not have time for a workout.  Of course, by then it was 6 at night and I had consumed a big easter lunch, along with beer, wine and other spirits.  I didn’t feel too full, so I thought an easy session would be OK.

Besides, I was interested to see what happened.

Well, it was stunningly easy.  I had to work hard to slow down to 185W, and when I did, my HR just ticked along, barely teetering along the bottom UT2 range through the second half of the 20 minutes.  And the lactate test was similarly low –> 1.7mmol/l


Workout Summary – Apr 05, 2015
–_|_04869_|_20:00.0_|_02:03.2_|_187.0_|_19.0_|_131.6_|_ 62.1% _|_12.8_|_09.9
Workout Details

01_|_01222_|_05:00.0_|_02:02.8_|_189.1_|_19.0_|_119.4_|_ 53.5% _|_12.9_|_10.0
02_|_01220_|_05:00.0_|_02:03.0_|_188.1_|_19.4_|_135.5_|_ 64.9% _|_12.6_|_09.7
03_|_01214_|_05:00.0_|_02:03.6_|_185.4_|_18.8_|_136.3_|_ 65.5% _|_12.9_|_09.9
04_|_01214_|_05:00.0_|_02:03.6_|_185.5_|_18.6_|_135.1_|_ 64.6% _|_13.1_|_10.0

So, after that happy result, I dialed in a 63′ minute rowpro session, with 21 minute splits.  That way, I can row 20 minutes, take my 1 minute rest, and then start up a new 20 minutes with a new split so I can watch the avg watts. It makes it a lot easier to hit the 185W target.  The rest of the session was exactly the same.  Easy and anything, and my HR never really rose much.


Workout Summary – Apr 05, 2015
–_|_15027_|_63:00.0_|_02:05.8_|_175.9_|_18.7_|_138.6_|_ 67.1% _|_12.8_|_09.4
Workout Details

01_|_04857_|_20:00.0_|_02:03.5_|_185.7_|_19.1_|_135.7_|_ 65.0% _|_12.7_|_09.7
02_|_00102_|_01:00.0_|_04:53.9_|_013.8_|_09.0_|_127.2_|_ 59.0% _|_11.3_|_01.5
03_|_04859_|_20:00.0_|_02:03.5_|_185.9_|_18.8_|_139.9_|_ 68.0% _|_12.9_|_09.9
04_|_00107_|_01:00.0_|_04:39.4_|_016.1_|_11.0_|_128.1_|_ 59.6% _|_09.8_|_01.5
05_|_05101_|_21:00.0_|_02:03.5_|_185.8_|_18.9_|_140.7_|_ 68.5% _|_12.8_|_09.8

So is this a new workout secret?  Have a couple beers and a big slice of lemon meringue pie a couple hours before each workout?  Perhaps I can start a new trend?

Tomorrow:  Off to Chicago.  Looking for a rowing machine somewhere near Buffalo Grove.


One thought on “4×20′ – Amazing difference

  1. sanderroosendaal says:

    There is one Masters rower here in the Czech Republic who drinks a couple of beers before the race. He is fast.
    It is amazing how the body can respond to relaxing and resting.
    We have a holiday today in Europe.


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