Thursday, 7 October 2010

FTC Day 23

Del is the new leader of the pack. He has stormed to the top spot with 355,089 metres (only 3k ahead of Dan M) - excellent stuff Derek.
We had better keep an eye on the Island Rowers from the USA, because when I logged on this morning they had pushed us down to 9th place.
Due to the hard work of Del, the David's and the rest of Empty the Tanks team mates we are back in 8th (again).
For those of you who have taken an interest in the race within a race, David M is now heading up the David Row-off. David A e-mailed me this morning to say he was unable to put in any more hard-core rows because the surgeon who removed his tonsils on Tuesday 'painted a picture of vigorous exercise leading to a burst wound' - (I think this put him off). Thanks David A for all your hard work during this team challenge. Hope to see you in the January Virtual Team Challenge in 2011.

13 comments:

  1. Go Del! Those Island Rowers are closing in, I'm really annoyed I can't row everyday now.

    Not being able to row everyday has it's benefits though - the day off I had yesterday meant I was nicely rested for today's 15km. I set off slow but realised I was feeling good after a rest, so thought I'd push it and see how I was getting on ahead of the BIRC. Finished in 55:51.6 @1:51.7, which is effectively 7.5 consecutive 2ks in 7:27 and a potential 16km/hr pace - the most I've ever done is 15.9km/hr. Genuinely excited about BIRC chances now!

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  2. Great job Des and Mark. Mark, sorry to hear the PM3 repair didn't work. Too bad you can't borrow one off one of the work machines over the weekend. We obviously really miss those meters. Your pace is impressive and in a different league than I can manage. I have to depend on longer duration rows to get those extra meters. I was inspired by Des's strong showing and the need to make up those meters today.

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  3. Thanks Dan, and it doesn't matter about pace for the FRC, that's one reason I like it so much! It's a nice break from pushing myself to try and beat a PB, so my usual 15km pace is more around the 1:58 mark, you can't keep pushing yourself with every row after all! I'm just really pleased after today, it's nice to see the effect that the FRC can have, my fitness is through the roof at the moment!

    Del's doing a fantastic job, but looks like you've got him beat?! Maybe that'll spur him on to do even more and catch you out! I'd also watch out for others in the team, I wouldn't put it past some of them to be keeping their metres back, it's been known in the past!

    Keep it going guys! I'll be doing my usual 15k tomorrow to contribute!

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  4. Please call me Del .
    I had the day off yesterday and did 32k , then I had a late shift today so I did 20k.
    How do you guys do your sessions?
    I prefer doing mine in 'chunks' 20 or 30 minute pieces, my head can't handle doing a 1 hour piece in one go.

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  5. Great job everyone! I usually do the erg am/pm & like to mix up the pieces for variety, sometimes just a single long piece or sets like 3x15 min etc. I usually use the erg in the bedroom or go to the gym if I want a change of scenery. I just got to 18 million meters on this erg since I started a log in 2001 & have been rowing sweeps & sculling since 1986.

    Andy

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  6. I tend to do my ergs either side of the working day: either 7.30am or 7-ish in the evenings. I prefer the morning ones, before breakfast, gets me going for the day. My current training plan is worth about 80k a week on the ergs, as well as time on the water. Pieces vary - anything from ultra-long 21k steady state to 2.5k high intensity. Have been leaning towards the more long-distance steady-state stuff for the FRC! At great neglect of my sculling!!

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  7. PS great job all! I can hardly keep up with you lot!

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  8. Del, sorry for the confusion on the name. If you are doing 30k+ days you'll probably be by me soon enough! I've been trying to do one chunk of at least an hour and then chunks in addition to that depending on how I feel and what my goal is for the day.

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  9. Are these people real? I was feeling quite pleased with myself doing 13399 in an hour last Sunday - a PB for me. A bit disappointing as I was aiming for 13500 but faded in the last third. Unfortunately, work has kept me away from rowing this week but I'll try to do a couple of hours over the weekend. Maybe a bit less beer on Saturday night and I might reach my target but I'll never catch up with these crazy guys.

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  10. Ian, I think crazy is the correct term for us. This bloody challenge is taking over my life! I literally get up and get on the erg for 20mins doing just over 5k, then I take the kids to school then do another 5k, I then go to work all day, come home and do another 10k. I do feel very good physically but I'm really looking forward to next Friday.
    Keep up the good work everyone.

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  11. I am extremely impressed with the dedication (or madness) of the team. Keep up the amazing work people - its our first serious chance of a top ten slot in the team's two year history.
    Caroline

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  12. Ian, for me I think it is temporary madness until Friday. Consider the level of madness of the rowers at the top of the individual standings. As of this morning, there were 5 with over a million meters. The top rower was at 1.4 million. If my math is correct, they are averaging from a marathon a day to more than 50,000 meters.

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  13. I have to do all my metres in one row before work. I generally start at 6.45am and do an hour 14.1k is about normal, but on a Friday maybe only 13.8k, and if I feel good like today 14.4k. It is definitely easier to do a couple of rows a day in my opinion. Last year for FRC I did 1hr before work and 10k at lunch for 9 days, then went on holiday. Although that is about 24k a day, it was easier than doing a single Half Marathon.

    30k a day is insane - congratulations to all of you who can sustain that for the duration!

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