fwiw,I feel stale when i take a day or two off running. It takes me a day or two of moderate running to restoke the higher intensity furnace. Some of my running friends have told me the same thing. I don't know if that might be the way it is w rowing...Charlie?
Stale? I guess that's a good way to put it. But I really cannot say that I've ever developed the overall intensity that rowing requires in any other sport. Even in cross-country skiing, where your whole body is working, doesn't develop the same, all-out sustained anaerobic requirement as rowing. Certainly not running.
I feel fresher returning to the rower after a few days off. It has been a while since I have been able to run every day - too many body parts that complain. I don't have that problem with rowing, but I just think I am subject to some cumulative fatigue if I row every day. Maybe that is because I haven't built a strong enough base on a gradual basis. I've only got about 100,000 meters since I started up again in November. Not sure what chitown has, but I assume it is well more than double that. That renowned expert HIllary could set us straight on what might be the best plan.
Sounds like its made to order for your physiology. Running those strides yesterday punched my ticket!