The fast 30 importance of #indoorrowing

I’ve been looking at my logbook. Yeah, THAT’S how interesting I am. And taking a look at how my training has changed since I started indoor rowing at the end of 2014. When I had no idea what a plan was, it looks like I’d pick a few ranking distances (1/2/5/6k) and go for them. Then the odd 500m sprint and what looks like some 500m/2min rear intervals. And then it was clear to see when I bright RowPro – as my logbook starts to fill up with 30 minute…

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The good with the bad (stomach)

It happens scarily regularly. I hit some kind of change that feels like a quantum leap in my training, and then I get smoked by something. Usually just injury or illness. Nothing more sinister yet. But quite often I’ve hit a bit of increase in motivation and things have gone south. 2015 after entering crashB in August, I over trained and got rib stress Fractures by November, which made the February race painful. 2017 after a bad crashB I over trained and got the same, ruling me out of proper…

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I over reached because I undercompressed!! #indoorrrowing improvements!

If you have had such a slow lunch recently that you’ve read over a few of my posts, you may have gathered that one of the main focuses of my stroke is trying to improve what’s going on at the catch. There are several issues with it – but one of the biggest ones seems to be that in order to get more length, I over-reach at the catch, leading to a rounded back, and therefore a loss of power. After watching the real-life rowing at the Glasgow European Championships…

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Erm, thanks – but I’m not @jamescracknell

Did I ever tell you about the time a girl at the gym thought I was James Cracknell? Probably not, as it was yesterday. Not entirely sure how she got confused. Me being a Scottish lightweight 6:38 kinda guy, and not a world class English beefcake. However, as I clambered off the machine yesterday after a 60 r20 @ 2k + 20 – I sat there sweating, when a girl came rushing over, and asked for a photo. Eh? Me? Yes! Please! But I’m nobody! Just a quick photo, please.…

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Light at the end of the tunnel?

So it’s been a long summer so far trying to build power and strength back up, alongside trying to get back down to 75kg A combination of lots of rowing, following the Fitness Matters Rowing Plan, with a few extra curricular 30min efforts then a focus on changing how I eat and how I train with weights means I’m getting there. Weight is back to normal. And thanks to weights, training with @davidkingsbury, I seem to have toned up quite well so far. (No progress photos for that yet –…

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My problem with low rate rowing

Really quick post. My problem with low rate (18-22) rowing is that in order to hit targets (say 2:00 for 18) while striving for a good technique, nearly all the power comes from my legs. My arms are almost an after thought. And the problem is, all the time spent doing low rate engine building means that when I go up to something like 28spm and 1:52 – I’m so used to not using my arms at the finish that either it takes a while to remember that’s why I’m…

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A tale of woe not row.

I’m never sure whether anyone reads this. Actually, that’s a lie. I know some people read what I post. Be it on the johntherower.com website or on Twitter. But what I don’t know is whether anyone pays more than the usual passing interest that you’d show a funny cat photo on Facebook (don’t worry, I don’t have any pretentious thoughts of being as entertaining as a funny cat photo!) My reason for pondering this isn’t a desperate need for people to validate me – it’s that if anyone does have…

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Weight training is back on the table.

I’ve decided that I need to change a few things about my training. Not to do with it not working before, but slightly different emphasis. I’m working on the mental side of things (a lot of my Christmas presents were books about sport psychology!  But I’ve decided to put weights back into my training again. For the past 10 months or so, all I’ve done is row, and do some core work. Now, I’ve decided to put the weights back into my routine. For a few reasons – hopefully the…

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My gym got some #indoorrowing Skillrows! Are they better than @Concept2 ? Read on…

So, someone at my gym must have been good this year. As there’s a bunch of new equipment including 2 WattBikes and 2 new Technogym Skillrows – their latest entry into the Rowing Machine market. (Come to think of it, have they ever had a rowing machine?) Obviously I still aimed for the Concept2’s – but after my session, I thought I’d have a row on one of these, to see what they’re all about. It’s easy to fall into the trap of “It’s not a Concept 2” which I’m…

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I wonder if Squash would have me back?

Kidding! So, this weekend has sucked a bit. I didn’t want to start this post off on a negative slant, but as I’m now winging my way back into central London after my flight has been cancelled, it’s certainly taken the shine off the weekend. In truth I like hotels. Well, nice ones anyway. Let’s just hope the Doubletree next to London City isn’t the nail in the coffin for the weekend. So. The race. How did it go? It won’t surprise you to hear I didn’t win. That was…

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