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Discussion: Half hour piece

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2016-01-12

Jan 12, 2016 6:40 PM # 
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!
Jan 14, 2016 5:14 PM # 
Long pieces make my butt hurt
Jan 14, 2016 11:07 PM # 
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.
Jan 16, 2016 2:21 PM # 
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.
Jan 16, 2016 2:51 PM # 
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.
Jan 16, 2016 3:23 PM # 
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 the World!
Jan 16, 2016 4:31 PM # 
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.
Jan 18, 2016 8:11 PM # 
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.

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