Time to stop training, and start trying!

I’ve said this a couple of times to different people over the past week. The last ‘real’ race I did was in April – the Train Manchester event (which I really recommend looking at entering) and although I had the World Record row in June, and various CTC challenges between then and now, it’s fair to say I’ve not had any 100% efforts in the past few months. It’s all been training. Yes, some of the sessions have been very tough, but they have all been geared around training to…

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Technique (yes, that again) improvements

I fully realise I’m probably working on the wrong aspect of my rowing. Rather than just slogging through, getting stronger, fitter, more mentally prepared etc, I’ve spent the past few weeks trying to improve my technique – with the hope that I can rid ‘energy leaks’ and become faster with what I have. (Ultimately, if I can then get stronger and fitter etc – I’ll be faster than I’ve ever been). Anyway, this week was an up and down week. Started off terribly. Still uncomfortable, still not happy, and still…

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Going slower to get faster – I hope!

This week, I’ve had my thinking cap on. Why? Because it’s that time of the year when I start to panic about my stroke, and blame that for not getting any faster. Well, it turns out that this time round, I may be right. I don’t think my old stroke was stopping me getting faster, I just think I was reaching the peak of how fast I could get by not quite hitting the technique right. The problem? My previous thought had been just to do with my back-swing. That…

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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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