pick a long row day… had a relatively late night yesterday, and subsequently got up a little later than usual – so that made the long row choice easy; 10km.
previously i’d got down to just above 40 minutes for this distance, so i set the 40 minute barrier as a target. this meant holding a 2:00 per 500m pace for the whole distance.
my gut feeling was that this would be achievable and that proved to be the case, delivering a 10km row personal best. with hindsight, spending the past few days with longer sessions focused on mid distance rowing, jogging or cycling really helped build up to that point. as i said in a message to Britt this morning; lesson learned.
at the end of the day my goal is to run a marathon, and so it makes sense that the training reflects and builds up to this. obviously there are always going to be compromises to be made if/when life throws in a few irregularities.
as for the row itself – i’m pretty chuffed to think that it wasn’t so long ago that i was aiming to do 10km in an hour (the milestone britt wanted me to achieve before attempting a half-marathon row). now, realisitically, i’m entering into the realms of trying to get down to 35 or even 30 minutes – unbelievable. i guess at that sort of intensity level, i might also be looking at running 10km in an hour or less.
but let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
Time got up (today): 03:45
Mood (1 to 5):
03:45 – 1 lite jatz cracker, glass water
04:05 – gym session (see below)
05:15 – bowl of cereal, orange juice
05:55 – bus, rest
07:00 – skinny long mac, bacon & egg roll
09:30 – morning walk, banana, yoghurt, nuts and dried cranberries
12:30 – lunchtime walk, chicken, cheese & salad roll
15:00 – few nuts, bus, nap
18:00 – tacos
21:30 – milk, bed
5 mins bike warm-up
10km row – 39:48