Saturday 28th May 2015

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!

Distance: 20,505m
Pace: 2:55/500m average
Strokes: 22s/m
Resistance: 7/10

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Peace Out x

NOMAN raises awareness about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cancer epidemic in men and women, and campaigns for universal HPV vaccination, while challenging participants to extreme endurance races across the world.

NOMAN raises awareness about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cancer epidemic in men and women, and campaigns for universal HPV vaccination, while challenging participants to extreme endurance races across the world.

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