A blind 1K. Could have been better…

I wonder how I’d have got on if I hadn’t covered the monitor.

As next week I’m going to the Free Spirits get together known as ‘Madchester’ – where I’ll be racing some big boys at a 1K – I thought I’d see how I was faring today. The answer is not too well – but the caveat was that I covered the monitor  – so I’d let my body do the talking instead of looking at the numbers on the monitor.

End result was 3:11.1 – 3 seconds slower than the Scottish Champs last year, but faster than the World Sprint challenge in March. To be honest, I don’t really know how I feel about this. I know I need to do better. I know I can do better – which means I’m disappointed but also hopeful. If that makes sense.

The row itself was interesting. I felt ok through the first 350m, then it started to get tough. At 450m to go I had to slow the rate a little bit (not much) and go for harder pulls. I don’t think this helped my final time at all well. As you can see in the graph below:

Stroke graph

My plan tomorrow and Tuesday is to set the monitor to 1000m – then see how far I can hold a 1:33,5 average for. If I can manage it for 700m at least, then hopefully the last 300m will go through the energy of being in the company of my team.

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