Well, that was disappointing! #indoorrowing

Here’s the TL:DR headline: I learned two things yesterday. I still have a lot of work to do mentally and physically I either row, or do tech bits. Not both. Yesterday, I did both disastrously! If you want to settle in for the full rant, here we go! I’ll cover the row first. I guess if I was searching for an excuse, I’d say the that I made a mistake rowing the 5K at 10:20 ahead of the 1K at 14:00. And I certainly made a mistake in HOW I…

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Well, that was disappointing! #indoorrowing

Here’s the TL:DR headline: I learned two things yesterday. I still have a lot of work to do mentally and physically I either row, or do tech bits. Not both. Yesterday, I did both disastrously! If you want to settle in for the full rant, here we go! I’ll cover the row first. I guess if I was searching for an excuse, I’d say the that I made a mistake rowing the 5K at 10:20 ahead of the 1K at 14:00. And I certainly made a mistake in HOW I…

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Devon Indoor Champs – ‘failed’ already. #indoorrowing

Failed is a bit harsh. But it looks like I’ll be racing in my first ever heavyweight competition tomorrow, as I’m going to fail a lightweight weigh in. That said, I weighed myself this morning, and it came out at 75.8kg. So I’m sure I can easily lose that .8 by not eating much today, not eating anything in the morning, and then sweating out what’s left with a 5K row. But on the 23rd July, when I decided I was healthy and injury free enough to put my body…

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All starts and no finishes #indoorrowing

Here we go again. Another “I’m back into hard training” post. That’s not to say each time before I’ve said “this time” I’ve been lying. It’s just that things got in the way. Injury, illness, knives (kitchen and surgical) have all put a halt to my great renaissance. (Ahem). But what I’d add to the mix of why things were a struggle was poor goal setting. Setting goals I feel I should because of the sport. Ie – a great 2k – a great 10k and of course the 1k.…

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A tale of knives and invasion (a bad year for my #indoorrowing)

A bad year to say the least!! Ok, invasion is maybe a bit strong, but my body was being invaded! 2018 was pretty much a write off for me. It all went south in January, when all set to go to Virginia for the World Champs, I suddenly got ‘struck down’ by a really bad bug. Not the man-flu kind – the kind that ACTUALLY leaves you bed-ridden and unable to move for a few days – then takes weeks to get strength back again. But, by March, in time…

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Bronze in the “Old and Skinny” races at @ScottishRowing IRC. #indoorrowing #concept2 #perfectstartandfinish

This was the start and the finish of my race season this year. I won’t go into the gory details of why (although I did when I was talking to people at the race today) but let’s just say I’m going to have a limp for a couple of weeks, and it’s going to keep me away from the Welsh and BRIC – and unless a miracle happens, will mean there’s no point in me travelling to the English IRC and certainly not the World’s. Add in a mistake in…

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The answer has been staring my in the face. #indoorrowing woes

It’s Sunday. Which means I’m in ‘over-thinking mode’ after another week of not being over the moon with my training.  Yesterday was ok. The original plan was to have another go at this week’s Rowseries event – 8 x 300m with 30sec rests. But as next weekend I’ve got the Scottish Champs 1K event, I figured I’d be better off doing some 1K prep work. So I plumped for 12 x 250m starting at 1K rate and pace. And hoping to hold it. I don’t think I did too badly.…

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I need an #indoorrowing rowing buddy…

It seems I’m struggling with motivation to try.   It used to be that the desire to win was enough. Then it became the desire to not get beaten. But after a year of injury and illness keeping me locked in a comfort zone, I’m feeling it tough to push hard again.   (Some of you have heard this song from me already this week!)   I train on my own. The plan I’m on is amazing for sure. The challenges I do are tough (as we all know). But…

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So what do I do?

This just ain’t working. From the moment I got hit by illness back in February, I’ve been trying to catch up with myself. Get Ill, try to return. Then cut my hand, try to return. Then get Ill, and try to return. (Dejavu) I think if I look back over my posts here, I’ll probably notice a pattern. And it goes like this. 1) train. I’m happy 2) train. I become unhappy 3) race. I’ve suddenly disappeared inside my head, and it’s a negative place to be 4) perform below…

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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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