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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Almost back to form. 

Admittedly, it’s been a couple of months of few posts here I’m afraid. Why? Because I’ve been slowly building my strength and fitness back after my pectoral/intercostal injury.  Like I’ve said in previous posts, patience is the key to recovery!! Slowly slowly catchy monkey!!  But, I’m almost there. I’m not saying I’m back to peak fitness, but I can sprint, I can hold a good split, and I can row for a duration without pain. So injury woes hopefully banished, it’s now about training to get fast. But this time…

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Recovery is 1 part hard work, 99 part patience

It’s going over old ground a bit, but the past 3 and a bit weeks have all been about slowing ramping myself back up into form again. I’m still not there, but I’m getting faster. Looking at the CTC as a benchmark, when I tried it on the 11th March, it was 19:02 – then a couple of week’s later, I managed to get it down to 18:48 – and then yesterday I had a final bash for the month, getting the result to 18:35. (All of this was a…

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The ‘temple’ needs refurbished after damage. 

A rather conspicuous absence from me for the past couple of weeks. Why? Because I overdid it again, and injured myself.  Three weekends ago, in my post Boston anger, I hit the weights room hard. The problem was, it had been about 6 weeks since I’d done any weights – and as much as I was rowing strong, I wasn’t iron strong. And doofus me, I didn’t drop the weight.  Somewhere between bench presses and pull-ups, I damaged an intercostal near or along with my pectoral muscle.  Two days later,…

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Nope… not a bad rib. It’s boring intercostal nastiness

Having just finished editing a programme about the new(ish) Superhospital in Glasgow, I realise how selfish this statement is because this is nothing like those folks are going through – but sweet Mary Berry I’m pissed off. My hope yesterday that it was a dislocated rib turned out to be as truthful as my medical degree. Utter bollocks. Now on day three of no exercise due to what I’ll now accept as intercostal damage – and I could literally cry. How ‘normal’ people go through life without exercise and the endorphins…

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Feeling blue – not in a good way

I’m injured again. Actually, I say again – it’s been quite a while since I was injured. Last time my body failed on me  was when I got strep right before the Scottish Indoors – but this time, it’s not so nice… It’s either an intercostal calamity – or I’ve dislocated a rib. As it stands, I’m hoping it’s the latter. Why? Because earlier on today I felt something pop in my back – and I’m really hoping it’s a dislocated rib going back to its location. Regardless, I’ve spent…

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