Today, I raced at the English Indoor Rowing Championships in Manchester. A great day, where I was able to watch a lot of amazing events. From Sam Blythe’s 6:03.x in the 40-49 HWT to Charles Green’s 5:59.x in the HWT open – it was incredible.
Amazing to be part of a larger team too. In no way dissing Free Spirits (my old team) but having a table with a bunch of fellow Fitness Matters team-mates, and most adult races having at least one competitor from the team, it made a great day (and the medal haul was fantastic too).
As for my race. There’s always a general level of dread/fear/panic before a 2K – and add in performance anxiety when there’s a race situation, and there’s a lot of over-thinking to be done!
For me, it was the race plan.
Option 1 – The plan I’d ‘planned’ on – 1:39 / 1:40 /1:40 /1:39 (giving 6:38)
Option 2 – Keep it simple – 1:40 /1:40 /1:40 /sprint like mad
In the end, I opted for option 1. A decision made even easier when the scorecard fella sitting behind me offered to give me encouragement. I told him the plan, and he was great! I hope I said thankyou enough to him as I left, but having his voice in my ear really helped. Each time I fell off the time, he’d pipe up – keep me honest, and I’d get back on it again.
And with 500 and 300 to go, I think he was shouting encouragement. But frankly, I couldn’t have told you my name during those last meters!
- First 500m went well
- Second weren’t too bad – I certainly started to feel it, but it was ok
- Third it was starting to bite a lot
- Fourth – the plan was to sprint at 500, but I was in no place to do that, so waited until 300m
- 200m to go – I was basically flailing at the handle! Terrible technique, but I did manage to keep the splits at around 1:38
- And here’s the result:
I’ll take this as a good result. I’ll stick to this plan for Boston next week – and hopefully I can hit the last 500m harder to drop some more time off it.
Really happy to win Gold again at EIRC.
Roll on Boston!