Thursday, 9 January 2014

VTC 2014 Day eight and a HM challenge

Wow, in the last post we had a whole bunch of discussion about the VTC goals, training regimes and other juicy information. Very entertaining reading.

Matt C has set himself a goal of a half marathon (21,097m) on the 30th January and he has been joined by new team mates Nick and Karyn.

Mark B might get involved, but pointed out that the 30th was a Thursday and he would prefer a weekend time-slot. I would definately join in this too, but after a 06:00 - 19:00 working day I wouldn't have the necessary drive for a decent time.

Why don't we go for a HM in the last week of January? At least that gives ETT'ers a bit more flexibility and it will boost our VTC metres too.

Who else is going to join us for the HM challenge?
21,097 metres (in one sitting) between 25 - 31 January 2014

Matt C
Nick
Karyn
Caroline
Mark B?

If you have rowed a HM before let me know your previous time and we can see how you perform in the January 2014 HM.

VTC results on Day eight:

16Empty the TanksVirtual Club1,857,3424244,222

15 comments:

  1. Hi Caroline - my PB is 1:27:09.9 - a minute or two quicker this time around would be nice!

    Matt C

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  2. 1:19.30 dead on. Never gonna beat that at the moment!

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  3. Hi Caroline, it probably isn't worth me stating my pb for the HM because it isn't in the same solar system as the times above. I am just getting fit at the moment and trying to loose weight, although my body seems keen to not let it go....In six weeks I have rowed 700,000 metres and lost zero lbs!!! Hopefully soon the scales will tip in the right direction. Anyway, it will be great to take part in the HM but I probably wont focus on my time until my fitness levels are a little better. :-)

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    1. Nick, keep at it. My goal was to drop at least 90 lbs. I rowed for nearly 500,000 before the scale moved at all. But I'm officially down 12 pounds now, and it seems to be going down slow and steady. Seems like it was easier to drop the weight 20 years ago. I kept telling myself I was building long lost muscle. I've cut out all the sugar and starches. I'm in the same boat, working on endurance first. Hopefully speed will come later. I've done 3 halves so far, and I'm up for another one the last week of January. Time to beat for me is 1:35:44.
      Jeff K

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    2. Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for your words of encouragement and well done on your weight loss to date!! OK so my HM is roughly 1.46 but hey, two months ago I doubt I would ever have believed that I could do one and here I am hitting 30,000 a day or there abouts. You said that you have dropped sugars and starches. I dont really eat sugary things but starches I do. I dont eat bread but do eat wholewheat pasta etc and also have a protein shake after rowing. Do you, (or anyone), have any food tips please?

      I just want to say how much I am loving this. It was my primary aspiration to meet new people with a common interest and that is certainly happening. Well done Caroline for setting up ETT, I am loving it!!! :-)

      Nick W

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    3. Hi folks - looks like we have a little mini HM competition within a competition!
      Great stuff ETT'ers!
      Thanks Nick for your kind words ; )

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  4. 1:17:23 - earlier this year. Once you get the HM bug the times come down year after year (and the weight too), I would love to beat 1:18 again at the end of the month, time for a new Springsteen compilation ?

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  5. 1:38:57.2 for me. That was the first one ive ever done and I was worried I wasn't going to make the distance. Funnily enough all the rest have been a few minutes slower.
    I was hoping to lose weight since getting my own erg back in October too...alas none to date. But I have got fitter, changed shape a bit and I don't get lower back pain at all now. I do love my food and wine though...
    Karyn

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  6. I've got to try and beat 1.46:42 from my 2012 season. Haven't really done any HM's since so things will be interesting.....

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  7. I'm in. I've always found an excuse not to do one but am a sucker for peer pressure so I'll be there. Somewhere around 1:27:00 would be grand but who knows...

    Jeff and Nick - maybe take a look on therowingcomany.com about weight loss both in their articles and on the forums where there's a topic about it. I think there's an emphasis on diet as much as exercise or it can be very slow (as my non-washboard stomach more than confirms...).

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    1. Lucas, I found the articles early on as I was researching all the exercise equipment options . I though I was eating relatively sanely; but after about a six weeks of rowing with no weight loss, I was in to see a cardiologist after taking a stress test for my heart (long story, but I passed with flying colors). I was asking about diets in general and he recommended the South Beach Diet. It was developed by a cardiologist so he was a fan of it. Its all about natural foods, low glycemic load and keeping blood sugar under control. Long story short is that I have been loosing a couple pounds a week consistently for the last 3 or 4 weeks. It was 12 and counting this morning. So its working and I'm getting stronger on the rower. I use a heart rate monitor for all my rows. I created a workout where I row for 1 minute at increasingly faster 500m pace times (5 second increases per minute) until I can't go any faster. I just keep up with the little boat on the screen. When I upload the data to Excel, I chart my heart rate vs. 500 pace. In the 10 weeks or so since I started, the line keeps moving so that for any given heart rate my pace is faster and faster. Still overall on the slow side compared to some others, but I'm getting better. Hopefully the weight drop continues as the pace speeds up.
      Jeff K

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    2. Hi Jeff, it sounds like you're doing the right things and making really good progress! I'm no expert in these matters but I think "slow and steady" is much better for the long term so keep it up and take pride in all the positives. There was an amazing forum topic on TRC from a guy who had made some big changes http://therowingcompany.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=23894 - right near the end was a before and after picture.

      Personally, I've found my weight hasn't changed massively since i started rowing, but my shape has, not to mention feeling much better in myself! Weirdest of all, if my arms or legs aren't mildly achey from a few hundred pulls on the machine then I start to miss it... I must be mad.

      PS that heart rate test is a killer!

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    3. That is amazing! That was the exact forum thread that I found that made me choose the rower over anything else. Throughout the thread he was posting his 10k times. I am still trying to catch up to him! I remember when I first started, I could barely manage 10 minutes. Now I am rowing 10ks, HM's, and 10x2k regularly. My pants have started to loosen just a tiny bit. Although I feel worn out often, my wife says that I have much more energy. I've never been a morning person, so I can't believe that I wake up early to work so hard. I am definitely addicted to this. And connecting with people all over the world who do the same thing makes it that much better.
      Happy rowing,
      Jeff K

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  8. The HM is one of my favourites and i have completed several but unfortunately i won't be able to participate in this one as i am easing my way back from injury.

    My best time for a HM was 1:20:56.8 way back in the 2008 season. Last season i was within an agonising 2.7 seconds of beating this time. I still live in hope of going sub 1:20:00.0 even though i'm now in my 40's!

    Best of luck with the challenge everyone and remember to do your stretches and to hydrate! Dave P:)

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  9. Hi Jeff,

    thats really great information. Would you mind emailing me some of the typical menus that you have please? It would help my motivation if I at least lost a few lbs with all this effort. It you wouldnt mind then my email is wardekker@sky.com

    Thanks very much for the good advice.
    Nick

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