Sean, I would love to get more runners rowing - its such pure fitness, but because the technique is so important, a lot of people wouldn't like it. I swear if I didn't have access to a gym the one piece of equipment I would prioritise obtaining is a rowing machine (ahead of a treadmill). So good for CV and strength as well - you can't let any part of you go soggy if you want to row well.
Stan, the magic mile is a challenge I;ve set for my followers - a way of getting some speed injected after the spring marathons.
Sense, 2k is quite a tough row if you've not done it before. Why not start with 3x 500m/ 1 min recovery (its one of the set programs on the concept 2 rowers). Will be far more achievable, and give you an indication of what sort of pace you can keep up for a 2k (probably about 5-10 seconds slower per 500m.
Then try the 2k in 2-3 weeks once you#ve done the 500s session 2-3 times.
Thanks for your feedback on the idea of a FB group. I guess its just the way things are going these days- I'm part of several business focussed groups, and they all rnu on facebook for this very reason. Like I said in my previous post, I will pop on here throughout April and marathon season. And then perhaps at the end of April set something up for those who want to keep in touch using FB. (Although i suspect after marathon season, I wouldn't be quite so busy!!)
Dave - you're welcome. Sounds like you may have some low grade virus or something, or just out of sorts a bit - I would drink loads of hydration fluids (like nuun or high 5, or even dioralyte) if I were feeling how you describe.
Sense - nice run. Well done! How's your calf now? Plenty of dynamic calf stretching and foam rolling and hopefully you'll sort it.
Rich - your gel strategy sounds fine, but If I were you (just because I like to control all I can), I would probably carry one more gel than you think you need (even allowing for the ones on the course), just in case the marshals at one station aren't handing them out qiuck enough or something you hadn't foreseen happened to stop you getting enough energy on board.
Malcs - Good to hear from ya. Expect you're tapering now.
Sean and RichN - GOOD LUCK IN MANCHESTER. GM is still doing it, so perhaps you can have a nice pre-event photo for us lot?