Thursday, 31 March 2016

Quick update - erg and chest still struggling

So my erg and chest are still struggling - videos will demonstrate the noise when the chain jumps but with the help of concept2 UK I think a solution is on the way - wanted to try some 150m reps but as I wasn't sure that the erg wasn't about to snap I just did three reps and got videos for the tech guys.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

erg issues - 60r20 70% HRR am 20by1 r20 pm

So got up very early this morning and managed to have enough time to get a 60 minute piece in before getting to my desk at 8am - r20 and 70% HRR - found my USB OTG for my android phone so used my old sony z1 to track the piece - unfortunately the battery went on that about 10 minutes before the end ffs - still had the PM and it's memory :o) nothing spectacular but trying to get back into some form of training with all the interruptions of late - plus still suffering from the chest infection...

So at lunch time I decided to thump it a bit - no warm up - 20 by 1 min on 1 min off all static start flywheel - aimed at 1:40 but then went with it - two issues I had here - lungs clearing crap which caused a few hiccups and also my erg has a bit of a "jump" going on at the moment - thought it was the clutch and c2 replaced my flywheel - but it's still happening and more than a little unnerving to be honest as the chain lurches back and more than once in a stroke sometimes which through the rhythm and stopped any thoughts of a "fast last" - still sweat produced and work done.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Chest infection - so a long slow one 60r20 70% HRR

From the touch of flu I was suffering from mildly last week this week it's been more of a cold and headed into the chest - so although I wanted to have a pop at something with a higher rate/pace I also like having my lungs stay in my chest - so with getting into work early and leaving a little late I knew I could push the lunch break a little and so 60r20 70% HRR was on - put on a film to help pass the time and after a few early coughs just settled into it and let it flow like water ;o)

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

30r20 70% HRR

simple row this morning - what isn't so simple is getting enough time to get it done with all that married life and dog owner entails lol still have a touch of sickness in me evident by the drain on pace as I maintained the HR

Monday, 21 March 2016

Long term training for long term benefits 40r20 70% HRR

Had two photos pop up on my Facebook feed on the "this day last year/s" thing - one from 21st March 2014 and one 21 March 2013 - 2014 showed a 70% HRR 30r20 done at a average of 1:47.4 - the other was 90% HRR 30r20 done at a average of 1:47.3 - if you ever needed an example of the long term gains from long term work there it was - so back to the grind and lets get this engine purring again

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

World Rowing - Erg Sprints - 1k

Far from my best (2:50.8) but good enough to earn the bronze in the World Rowing Indoor Sprints

WorkshopRameur 500m 1:18.5 throwdown - #2XUDefiGuillaume

So spotted a 500m throw-down on Facebook yesterday (google translated version here -

 Guillaume Guillou, Coach and Athlete in Hyeres CrossFit offers a challenge on the rowing machine: 500m for time! In this challenge to the 15/03 you can try to win a compression shorts 2XU Two lucky will be drawn, it which will leave many chances to athletes who have done better than William to those who have not been faster! Time to beat: 1: 28.3! to participate, you shoot and share your video on facebook using the hashtag # 2XUDefiGuillaume! requirements: - Good show her BEFORE and AFTER the 500m. - Post the video on his profile publicly. - Use the hashtag # 2XUdefiGuillaume and tag our page and that of William in the description of your video.Go to the page facebook 2XU France to see the video of Guillaume! )

and with little prep I decided it would be good to see where I lay in terms of a 500m - I'm not going to be training for next couple of days so what the hell. I actually had a try this morning before work but just not motivated to complete it - still lunchtime meant more coffee int he system so off I went - 2 min warm up - then a 500m race start and then set to go - target was sub 1:19 although I would love to have broke my all time PB of 1:18.0 - still not bad and something to work on - power wise I never got any lower than 809 watts - (1:15.6) and SPM wise I maxed out at 44 - so ye a lazy day...

Monday, 7 March 2016

CTC for PaddyPower IRC - 9by300m 30sec rest

A deviation was called for today away from the sprint stuff - a rallying call to the paddypower flag meant a shot over the CTC bow - now not having rowed for more than 5 minutes in one stint since the 10k Irish record (40-49H) on the 26th Jan I knew this was going to be pretty nasty - well at the pace I wanted - which was to clip into top spot temporary while the big lads recover from Boston etc so 1:31.2 was the target and those 30 seconds rest are bloody useless lol - mucked up three or four of the starts but happy to say I got through it - left the drag at the heavy end also.

The evidence of lack of time on the erg all too clear on the blister tearing a hole in my palm lol

Friday, 4 March 2016

another minute please - 394m 1:16.0 - with video

Hmm that was a bit lackluster - just didn't have the oomph I needed in myself today - really need to get a fire going inside to get these 1 minutes done - still not a complete disaster and happy I held on and went through the line. Started with a 1:49 split then 1:22 and down as far as 1:11- flicked from 395 to 394 right at the end FFS

Thursday, 3 March 2016

died before the line - 1 minute TT

Went for the minute at lunchtime and was seeing 410 predicted finish at halfway but crumbled in the last ten seconds (had 399m then 397m) ended up with a 1:52 final stroke and 380m lol - not finished with it... 973 max watts