I have just finished my half marathon, I'm still very hot and my hands are shaking with adrenalin. I rowed the last 2,000 metres at just under my 2k pace and threw everything into the last 1k at my 2k pace. This probably indicates I could have put a bit more into the half marathon earlier on, but with very little practise at longer distances its hard to know how much you will have left in the tanks. My average stroke rate was 25spm and my average heart rate was 154bpm although in the last 2k it rose to 184bpm.
It felt much better than my 2009 row but the first 5k was slower than I wanted so I picked up the pace at the 15k mark. I rowed at a pace of 2:36.3 taking 2 minutes off my previous half marathon with 1:49:56.1. I am currently ranked 4th out of 7 in my age and weight category on the C2 world rankings. I think its time for a chill out now.
Good luck to any other Empty the Tanks team mates doing a half or full marathon this weekend.
Well done to the nine team mates who rowed the Global Marathon Challenge:
Mark - 42,195 metres - 2:49:13.7 - 4th out of 19 MHW 30-39 PB
David J - 21,097 metres - 1:37:45.0 - 57th out of 78 MHW 40-49
Caroline - 21,097 metres - 1:49:56.1 - 4th out of 7 FLW 30-39 PB
Andy H - 21,097 metres - 1:30:48.9 - 20th out of 42 MHW 30-39 PB
Hector - 21,097 metres - 1:33:27.6 - 46th out of 78 MHW 40-49
Ian - 21,097 metres - 1:34:49.0 - 31st out of 56 MHW 50-59 PB
Jim - 21,097 metres - 1:40:14.8 - 48th out of 63 MHW 50 - 59 PB
Dave - 21,097 metres - 1:27:39.2 - 12th out of 42 MHW 30-39
Andy S - 21,097 metres - 1:28:56.3 - 21st out of 76 MHW 50-59