20,505m 2:00:00 (NOMAN Ibiza to Barcelona, rowing session 2)
*46 days until the race*
The body wants what the body wants and often it’s best to listen to it – this is why I decided against doing any training yesterday and took an hour nap as soon as I got in from work! I woke up and decided that as I had originally planned a 1:30 session on the rowing machine I would have to make up for it with a two hour Saturday morning session before starting work for the weekend. (Note: thankfully this will be one of very few weekend shifts I will be doing)
So, my alarm went off at 0700hrs and it took me quite some time to rouse myself from bed but as soon as I was up I pulled on my rowing shorts, picked up my kit bag and headed to the kitchen to make a banana and berry juice before heading out. By 0810hrs I was pulling on the imaginary oars! I increased the resistance from 5/10 to 7/10 for this workout and to my surprise I found my pace also increased, after about 40 minutes I’d gone through 8000m and was feeling pretty strong but as I approached 10,000m I really, really needed a pee so I had to hastily undo my feet straps and dash to the toilet lest my average pace drop too much. I think this was a good move as my butt was beginning to feel quite uncomfortable too and this is just something I’m going to have to learn to deal with – I stopped rowing for about five 15 to 20 second intervals after my pee stop just to take a sip of water and to shift my position in the seat.
When I reached the 15,000m mark I thought I could be on for 21.1km half marathon rowing effort at only my second try on a machine ever…I upped my pace for maybe 5 minutes but the effort was too much for me to sustain so I dropped back into my previous rhythm and saw that my projected finishing distance was hovering between 20,000 and 20,650m. When the timer reached 30:00 to go I decided that I would row as hard as I could muster for the final 5:00 split and I’m happy I did as the last three minutes was a race against the projected finishing time which was now jumping between 20,495m and 20,505m – I felt pretty pleased with myself once the time stopped and I had managed to row 20,505m!
Aside from the numb bum I feel really strong after this row. I increased the resistance and my pace and I felt comfortable with both. When the going got a little tough or monotonous I closed my eyes and imagined being out in the middle of the Mediterranean and it seemed to work a treat – I think I must have rowed for a total of about 10 minutes over the 2 hours with my eyes completely shut!
Pace: 2:55/500m average
Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Peace Out x