Hydration is kinda important.

The past few weeks have been a solid bank of training. Alternating Sam’s plan with a variety of technique drills, sprints (this month’s CTC is a 200m sprint) and 2k prep (the following is a screenshot from a 12×250/1 at 2k or better pace – happy with how this turned out). It’s been offset slightly by the normal push to the end of the current TV programme I’m editing. Less lunch sessions, and a few enforced complete rest days. But all in all, apart from a few off days, it’s…

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I alone chose power

A butchered quote from "Assault on Lake Casitas". But totally applicable to me. So much so I just got one of those silicone wristbands made with that on one side and "nothing beats me" on the other. Why the power quote? Because something in my head looks at a tough session "5×1250/3r @ 2k+5" for example – and says "I don't want to do that!! That looks like hard work!!" The truth is, I don't have to do that. I can back off, settle into my comfort zone, still be…

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Hitting the @concept2 technique sweet spot…

Sometimes, you hit the sweet spot – and you go fast, and it feels good. I want to make sometimes all the time!! The downside is, the difference between the sweet-spot and the ‘norm’ is just a tiny tweak in technique. But it’s a tiny tweak which not only means a drop of at least 1sec per split, but also – amazingly – it feels easier!! Actually, the real downside is that I can’t always get there. Yesterday, I tried a soft attempt at this month’s CTC – a nasty…

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Motivation is a funny thing. But I’ve remembered something – #NOTHINGBEATSME

Yup another post about struggling with motivation. But this time, it has a happy ending – in that I’ve come full circle and remembered that I’m not a whiny little loser – that I chose this. No one else is making me do it. I am the one who chose to try to be as fast as possible. And the moment I start to feel like it’s something I don’t want to do – I need to remind myself that it’s an internal fight – and one that I’ll win.…

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@RowSeries Event 4 – a new plan

Today, I had another go at the 4th and final RowSeries event. Yesterday I went out hard on the 333 – and wondered if that was a mistake. So today I was a bit more restrained. I did hit the 1111 a little harder, which was good – but the 333 seems to have helped with the rest of the session – as in total, this was 8 seconds quicker! It’s unlikely I’ll get another go at this – so I’ll have to submit, and hope that this lets me…

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@RowSeries – Event 4 – 1st go

Well this ones an eye-opener! I think it’ll come down to the correct pacing. Which I got wrong today.  I thought I’d manage 2k / 2k-4/3/2/1. But I ended up nowhere near that towards the end: However, I think my error was going hard on the 333. If I had backed off a bit, I think I would have been able to do the 555 better.  So I’ll have another go tomorrow (which truth be told I’m not looking forward to!) and try to hold the 333 at 1:39 instead…

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@RowSeries – 3 events down, 1 to go

The RowSeries challenge has come along at an interesting time for me. Basically, I’m motivationally drained for the ‘tough stuff’. I don’t know whether it’s that I’ve hardly stopped training for the past couple of years (only taking a break through illness) or whether it’s a byproduct of all the sprint training I was doing for the (successful) World Record attempt at Coetq – but either way, sitting down to do a session that I know is meant to have everything thrown at it is just not filling me with…

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Torn between specific and generic training. 

I don’t think I have any “real” competitions until the indoor season kicks off again in October/November. Sadly I can’t make the Devon Indior champs on 16th September, so the next race I think I have is the WelshIndoor  Champs in November (if I can work out how to get there and back without it costing a fortune).  Yes there are challenges like the CTC, monthly Facebook challenges and the odd extra online challenge – but nothing to aim for, and more importantly, nothing to focus my training. It would,…

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Success at Coetq – Long distance Rowing event

This is a post of two halves. The first is while I was sitting in the airport, waiting to fly out to Rennes in France, the second, is the ‘race’ report:   To be fair, there’s not that much that I could have posted really over the past few weeks. Training sessions were either:   CTC 15 x 20/40 Sam’s plan Yes, I’m back on Sam’s plan. But with the caveat that this isn’t at the expense of the sprint stuff that I now know I need to do in…

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Rate up – go fast – easy really. 

East apart from the actual effort you need to put in. But it’s not just about 20 second sprints.  I’ve been doing various versions of either 20 seconds on / 40 off x 15 or 30 seconds on and 60 off x 10 (the latter being this month’s CTC). And although the more I do, the faster I get – it’s having knock on effects on the rest of the my sessions too. The sprints get me into the pain cave really quickly – which is building fortitude. They demand…

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