Nicely done! Almost perfectly paced.
And I know what you mean about the psychology. Rowing a long timed piece rather than a distance piece seems much more difficult to me too.
With a distance piece, I'm used to shedding a dozen meters with every stroke. The counter seems to fly downward! By comparison, when I'm on a timed piece, I only lose 2 seconds per stroke, and the counter seems stuck.
But of course as I get near the end of the piece, this effect works in my favor. And I seem to be able to squeeze out a lot more distance than planned. Which you apparently did too!
Long pieces make my butt hurt
Well, that one made my butt hurt, but I guess it's all a matter of getting used to it. I usually seem to get through 5K with my butt more or less intact, but the combination of the longer piece and maybe trying a little harder hits me right in the butt.
Do you guys use the 3/8" foam Concept II Seat Pad
that you can order for $3.50? Mine is nine years old, showing no sign of wear, and I've never had a sore butt.
No, and I doubt it would help. When I get a sore butt it is from the muscular effort, not from lack of cushioning or abrasion. Although perhaps I have a lack of personal cushioning in that spot. I haven't wanted a seat pad. It's kind of like the bicycle. When I get back on it in the spring, my butt will kill me for a while, and then suddenly it is better. I had no butt problem this morning rowing a hard 5K.
Amazing that you're putting up times you haven't seen for five years! Have you discovered the Fountain of Youth up there on Ratlum Mtn?
Well-paced 5k this morning, with a controlled and declining stroke rate, all the way down to 2000m remaining. Congratulations! And even more significant since you're close to the top of your 60-69 age group; there's only two guys as old as you who have posted better times...in the World!
I credit my personal trainer workouts for my resurgence. I am slowly improving leg strength, core strength, doing rowing intervals a little more often and harder. Best news is after the piece this morning I felt limber and strong. That hasn't been the case in a few years, now. So maybe it is the Fountain of Youth, at least for a while.
I testimonial for strength training, of the proper type. Your PT knows what he is doing. I have incorporated more and more of this over the past 10 years.