Tuesday 9th June 2015

17,104m 1:15:00 (NOMAN Ibiza-Barcelona, row session 7)

*36 days until the race*

I fell asleep on the train home from work this afternoon which is unusual so I knew this workout was going to be tough in one way or another! Originally I thought of doing a ‘power hour’ and trying to keep the pace below 2:00/500m for as long as possible and following it with a 1km pool session. But, well, this went out of the window when I sat on the slider – I tapped in 1:15:00 for a set time workout and set the splits to 15:00. I was tired before I sat down but I as soon as I put in the splits I thought ‘I know, why don’t I do ‘Power 15s’?! 15 minutes at 2:00/500m or under followed by a 15 minute ‘recovery’ at a more sustainable ocean rowing pace of 2:08-2:12/500m. What a great idea I thought I’d had as I set of hard on the first 15…

It was still a great idea as I headed into the second 15 but I soon realised that after 5 minutes I was having to put in a fair amount of effort to keep at 2:08-2:12/500m – by the end of the set I was feeling pretty whacked but I vowed to carry on and attempt a power set…for about 3 minutes! Then I kind of resigned myself to rowing within my ocean rowing pace zone and throwing in the occasional quicker section during each set.

A couple of things aside from tiredness were plaguing me whilst I was rowing too! Number one; I forgot my gloves so my hands were sliding everywhere. Number two; the foot straps kept loosening which annoyed the hell out of me! Number three; I couldn’t help notice people in the gym chatting on their mobile phones, lounging around and generally being lackadaisical about their workouts and by the end of my last set I found that this was beginning to really, really wind me up! I think those three things plus the fact I was hungry and realised I’d gone out way too hard made this workout the hardest one yet on the ergo. But, well, if I wanted an easy life I’d stay at home and watch TV!

Yeah it was tough going mentally, yeah I overcooked the first set and set myself up for a struggle but all of this just conspires to make me a better rower and a better endurance athlete – learning to suffer physically and manage the mental aspects of endurance are the basic building blocks and I don’t think anyone who runs marathons, ultras, takes part in triathlons or rows ever stops learning new strategies. It’s why I keep on keeping on!

Distance: 17,104m
Pace: 2:11.5/500m average
Strokes: 26s/m
Resistance: 10/10

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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