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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Looks like I’m right. 

So I’ve always said that my problem is that when it gets tough, if I don’t have confidence that I can push through and keep going at the same pace, I’ll back off and take the easier route home.  Last night I did a 5k to test this. (The blue line was last night, the grey line was a few months ago).  I capped the rate at 26 – planning to hold 1:48. About 2k in, it got tough – and I found I had to stray back to 1:50…

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I ain’t getting any faster… A change in routine may be welcomed.

On Sunday, I was in Manchester for the Just Row competition. An amazing event. Really testing, great support, fantastic atmosphere – and incredible prizes. Something I’ll be returning to next year for sure! What I don’t want return to however, was my performance. Any reason I give for today’s result is just excuses. I may have dropped fitness/speed since injuring myself last month – but that wasn’t what did me in today. The first row was 2 x 3 minutes, with 2 minutes rest in between. Both times, I came…

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Some last minute 40/40’s

A bit of a confused training week for me this week – as I thought I had one extra day!! Stupid me, I forgot about those pesky rest days. This is all in preparation for the Just Row competition in Manchester on Sunday (which I mentioned in my last post). So, yesterday I had a low rate 30 and a sprint session as my last major sessions before the event. The low rate was dull, as it would be – but the 40 sec on, 40 sec off x 20…

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