Out on Lake Quinsigamond with Bob in a double. Quite windy. Here’s the weather data from the station nearest the south end of the lake.
So, wind speed 10 to 15 mph from the NNE, which is a head wind heading up lake. The gusts were impressive, basically boat stoppers. Bob was in bow and he tried to hug the easter shore of the lake when we were heading north. This helped a bit and gave us flatter water to work with.
The north end of the lake was off limits because of racing. So we did a loop to the south end of the lake, and then a shorter loop just down through the narrows.
Because the conditions were a bit challenging, we basically just did it as a steady state row. We were out with a two quads. The only time we really pushed it was when we were going south on the first leg and were in a position to pass one of the quads. That was the boost in heart rate in the first section. The blank bit from 6000 to 7000 meters was while we were rowing up lake into the wind and my phone got splashed just right to fool Crewnerd into thinking I wanted to go to the setup screen.
The conditions were not ideal, but I had a good time. I enjoyed rowing with Bob and frankly, anytime I get to get on the water right now is a welcome change.