Wednesday, February 17, 2010

200K down, 800K to go...

After a 10K row this morning left me with just about 5K left to break the 200K mark, I just couldn't call it a day without getting that first 200K in the bag.  So I turned on the Olympics and started rowing while watching Shaun White work his magic on the half-pipe.  (That guy is to snow boarding what Michael Jordan was to basketball!) 

My intention was to shoot for a sub-20 minute 5K.  My PR on a 5K was a little under 19:30 last year during a CrossFit WOD.  But I found myself totally mesmerized by the snow boarding and my pace would slack.  Gradually my more aggressive workout turned into a fairly easy 5K.  Oh well...

But this leads me to the debate between watching TV or a DVD while rowing, versus not and staying totally focused on the effort.   Clearly my times are better when I am not distracted by the TV.  But staying focused on rowing on an erg for 40+ minutes is... well let's just say it's not something I excel at!  This is the same dilemma I face with winter bicycle training at home.   Riding on a trainer is just boring!  I find I really need a distraction to keep my butt in the saddle long enough to build up the conditioning on a trainer. 

With cycling, my outdoor rides are typically all-out.  So if my times durning the winter - when I am cycling indoors on a trainer - are not great, I don't really mind.  I can focus on technique.  Right now my CrossFit Endurance workouts on the rower are kind of like my outdoor bike rides... focused and aggressive.

Perhaps something like RowPro would be a good compromise for longer rows... interacting with virtual competitors might keep me focused on the effort, but also provide visual distraction for longer rowing efforts where I am really trying to get a PR. I'd be interested in hearing what others think about rowing with distractions versus not... and how they see it effect their performance.

Today's results that put me over the 200K mark:


Description
Total Meters
Time
Pace/500m
10K
10,000
49:07.1
2:27.3
5K
5,000
21:07.1
2:06.7
Total for Day
15,000
Meters to go
799,307

2 comments:

  1. I love rowpro, found it to be very motivating racing myself and racing other "replays" from the online ranking.
    Online rowing / racing is also possible. Haven't tried that yet. Recommended!

    Up to 10K (40 min) I can stay focused, but 60 min rows are though. Don't see myself going longer than 60 anytime soon. Hats of to Michelle for her long distance rowing.

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  2. Hey Johan! I'm going to download the trial version and check it out. Maybe we can sync up to try an on-line row / race together. :-)

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