Weather: Cloudy, cool. A bit more wind this morning. About 4mph from E, but swinging randomly around from NE to SE.
Plan: Day 2 of the taper
- practice starts
- 3 x 500
- pace target 1:55-1:57
- rate target: 30-32
- cool down technique work
Here are zoom views:
- Zoom1: 4 practice starts
- Zoom2: rep #1
- zoom3: rep #2
- zoom4: rep #3 (headwind gust right around 6800m)
I think I must have been feeling a bit tired today. I felt sluggish in the boat and it took a ton of effort to hit paces that I was doing yesterday. My balance was also off a little bit. Maybe the light wind upset my balance and timing a bit?
My first practice start was horrific. My initial stroke was off balance, and that screwed up my next two strokes. I was working on getting the boat set right and not able to really put power into the little half slide strokes. It wasn’t until the fourth stroke that I was really laying down some power. The next 3 starts were much better.
I blew the start of the first 500, but recovered well. I took my time settling down to pace, and paid a pretty steep price. I was in real pain during the last 20 strokes, and I was a mess for a minute after I finished. The good news, a 1:56.1 pace, even with the lousy start. Even Crewnerd liked this one…1:54.8 on crewnerd.
I paddled through the s-turn, and got setup at the downstream end of the 1K straight section. Today, I remember to setup Crewnerd correctly. This start was better, but still not all that dynamic. I settled more aggressively and tried to stick to 30spm to try to save myself from the mild discomfort I had experienced in rep #1. I needed to do a bit of steering in the last 20 strokes, but all in all a pretty good rep. 1:56.9 on speedcoach, 1:59.0 on CrewNerd.
More paddling around, and then the final rep. When I spun at the uptream end of the 1K, I noticed that the wind was a bit fresher, and for this part of the river, right on my bow. Resigning myself to a slower rep, I got set for the start, and pretty much nailed this one. I settled to 30, and was even seeing some 29s. The boat felt a fair amount heavier, and the pace was hovering around 2:00. Then around the 40th stroke, I noticed the water flattened, and the pace pick up a bit. I was in a lull. But then the inevitable gust happened after that and it slowed me right back down again. At this point there were about 15 strokes left, and I really didn’t want to have the pace be over 2:00, so I pushed the rate and pressure up. On Speedcoach, the average pace was 1:59.6. On Crewnerd, it came out 2:08.6?????? I assume that I must have accidentally triggered the timer at the start before I actually went.
After all that, I rowed with square blades most of the way back to the dock.
Tomorrow: 2 x 500.