Running and rowing (erging)

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15/01/2013 at 12:48

Tricky choice there Muttley!

15/01/2013 at 19:30

Well, I thought long and hard and did the decent thing - a bash on the erg

Inspired by others going long, I decided on a 30-min warmup before hitting the 5k. So the juices were flowing when I went for it. I knocked another 3 seconds off to finish in 20 mins 19 seconds. Gradual progress towards the magic flat 20 mins but my screaming quads and the sweat splatters around the erg tell their own story. Don't know how much nearer I'll get.

The post-erg cuppa is really hitting the spot right now

16/01/2013 at 14:51

Second by second Muttley - you are chipping away at that erg and  WILL beat it

I was going to do a long steady row at lunch of 15k, but time ran out and changed to a planned 12.5k, and than became 10k as my time became squeezed.

In the end I took out my frustration on the erg and managed 39:53. Definitely not steady territory for me as my heart rate continued rising throughout the row, and definitely harder work than a sub 40min 10k run for me.

So now I have a history of one 10k road race, and one 10k row TT. I'm definitely more suited to a 'gentlemanly stroll' around half marathon and marathon courses. Anaerobic stuff can be pure evil - the last 250 meters were brutal.


16/01/2013 at 15:24

Heh, an impromptu 10k time trial ... that's got to hurt

No erging for me today, after yesterday's fun. So a lovely long slow run through the Oxfordshire countryside, just over 14 miles, cold and frosty air, lungs and tubes well and truly clear.

For some reason the harder I hammer the erg the evening before, the better the next day's run is.

17/01/2013 at 21:33

I've upgraded my steady row from 45 mins to 2 x 30 mins with a short break to stretch legs and back and take on a little water. That was today's session, which concludes the fourth time round the block with the Pete Plan. Back to week 1 to start with those 500m sprints ...

I like erging in a nice warm conservatory, as the snow falls outside

20/01/2013 at 14:58

No running for me while there's snow on the ground. Call me a wimp but without off-road shoes etc and with packed ice on the pavements round here, I'm putting it on hold.

So just as well that I have the erg

Hitting it every day now, racking up those metres and knocking out those intervals for the fifth cycle of the Pete Plan ... lovely

21/01/2013 at 21:32
I managed to get my long run in on Friday before the snow. It is all treadmill at the gym or erging at the moment. Managed a 25k easy row at the weekend, nice and warm indoors watching a DVD. Back to the speed intervals next
23/01/2013 at 14:09

The dreadmill .... urrrrgh.

I'm working on lengthening the easy rows. I think the big factor is mental rather than physical stamina.

Progress on the 5K target today. Done in 20:12, which is 7 seconds knocked off the previous bash. Only this time I held it together to the end and even negative splitted so who knows, it might be doable ... hr was close to max at the end though.

01/02/2013 at 15:39

I think you are right Muttley - long easy rows is more of a mental challenge. Once you can switch you mind off, and stop watching the meters clock up, it gets easier.

 I am back to those pesky 8 x 500m intervals. Short, sharp and blister inducing.

While in the gym today, I went on the model D's - first time in several months. I adapted back to it quickly, after overcoming the sensation of being whizzed back to the pull position (feels very different on the Dynamic). The D is notably quieter. Took a bit of time to adapt to going back and forward compared to the relatively static seat position on the Dynamic (not sure I could read a Kindle on the D on a long row )

03/02/2013 at 12:05

I do my long rows to music, which is turned up quite loud to drown out the model D. If Ds are noticeably quieter than Dynamics I dread to think how noisy they are!

But anyhoo ... the long row is now 1 hr straight, no breaks, and shaping up nicely.

When the snow was on the ground I was on the erg every day. Feeling quite up for it I had another go at the 5K in 20 mins session today. And failed. Classic mistake - set off too fast, got overconfident, overcooked it, downhandled half way through. Feck feck feckity feck.

I might have another go, or I might adjust the hard distance row to half an hour at a pace maybe two-thirds the way between speed intervals and steady rows. I sense I need to work on my endurance at the more energetic paces.

07/02/2013 at 19:22
Hi everyone. Did a 5k row tonight. Racing myself. Noticed tonight I kept the pace far more consistent. Plus I knocked off 30secs of my previous time. Slowly creeping up them rankings. Still slow though at 194 out of 306.

Hope everyone else is doing ok.
09/02/2013 at 09:48

Hello bb

Slowly does it ... but what rankings are these?

09/02/2013 at 10:13

the ranking are those on the C2 log, ranks you by weight, sex and age.

09/02/2013 at 12:14

Oh I see. I'd never paid any attention to that. I'm not showing so must read the FAQs and see how to submit workouts. Thanks

09/02/2013 at 13:24



I just go to my log on rowpro, right click, send to C2 and it sends it across to the c2 log.  On the C2 log it then gioves you the choice whether you want to rank the workout if it is a suitable one

09/02/2013 at 18:49


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I did a rowing half-marathon last week in 1:40:21 for 21.250km, and today did a 5k TT in 21:15.

There seem to be some really good efforts going on

How is everyone?

10/02/2013 at 21:43

A half marathon on the erg? You must have buns of steel!

My principle is to alternate between rowing and running regardless of the weather. Today was a running day - Wokingham Half Marathon, in fact. It was cold, miserable, windy and pissing down and I got very wet and very cold indeed. And chafed. Yowch.

At least I won't get hypothermia on the Concept.

10/02/2013 at 23:35

Good going on the Half Marathon Fuzzy. How do you feel about the distance now you've done it. I've done a couple but can't see me doing many more, and the thought of a marathon makes me wince.

Wasn't it a lovely day for a run in Wokingham today Muttley. I've had a little 'paddle' this evening as the legs were starting to stiffen a bit - very nice in a warm dry place. I've got the Bramley 20 next weekend so hope the weather picks up. 

11/02/2013 at 18:02

I had a look at the rankings today, courtesy of bb.

My 5,000 metres time of 20:12 came up as 83rd out of 215 in my age bracket (50-59) and 457 out of 1,058 in the men's all category. Which is not bad I suppose.

I entered myself as lwt because I am that, but only by a scant one lb ... Today ... could well be a hwt again tomorrow ...

No erging, no running, no nothing for me today after yesterday's exertions.

11/02/2013 at 19:21
That's good muttley. It's nice to know how you compare to others. Gives you add competitiveness.
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