Why is my performance dropping?

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Why is my performance dropping?

Postby Scott Lewis » October 14th, 2017, 7:39 am

I am so tired lately.
OTW from 8:00, up at 6. 3 hr session OTW and then coach decided to spring an 8×500m 3r on us!

1:48.9/500m average.

I am really not happy with the way things are going. Did the same workout 2 months ago with 2r and got 1;48.0/500m. My fitness is definitely better and my 30' (from just over a week ago) indicates a 1:48.5 split /500m. From this workout I am on about 1:52/500m for a 2k! That is way off a PB. I should be getting 1:45 or 6 for this from my 30'! I don't understand what is going on as I am a lot fitter than I was 2 months ago.
Is it lack of sleep? I've not been getting much lately. Is it because I just did a water session? Should it be this bad?
Should I take a couple of days rest?

Why has my performance dropped off so suddenly?

Thanks Scott
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Re: Why is my performance dropping?

Postby JerekKruger » October 14th, 2017, 10:44 am

Lack of sleep seems like a likely candidate. Sleep is a very important part of recovery so if you're not getting enough your body might very well not be recovering sufficiently from your workouts. If you know you've got an early morning session the next day try to get to sleep earlier than you usually would.

Another possibility, given your age, is that you're going through a growth spurt at the moment, which is likely to leave you more tired than usual.

That said it's not something to worry about. Sometimes workouts are going to go worse than expected and to expect otherwise is to invite disappointment. Focus on the long term, keep chipping away and in a year, or four years, or whatever I can guarantee you won't care at all that this one 8x500/3r didn't go as fast as you'd like.

As a side note, when you did your 8x500/2r at 1:48 average had you just rowed for 3 hours OTW? If not then I'd hazard a guess that that might make a fair bit of difference.
Tom, 33 years old, 6'6", 90kg. PBs: 500m in 1:28.0, 2000m in 6:53.3, 5000m in 18:37.0, 6000m in 22:40.1, 8022m in 30min.
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Re: Why is my performance dropping?

Postby Dangerscouse » October 14th, 2017, 12:03 pm

Scott, JK has nailed it, and there's nothing more to add from me

The odd rest day shouldn't be feared, sometimes it's one step back to take two steps forward. At your age it will probably help more than most too
44 Years Old; 6' 4"; 92kg; Liverpool, England 2k= 6'45; 5k= 17'46; 10k= 36'21 60mins= 16,317m HM= 1'19" 31; FM= 2'49"39; 50k= 3'28"18; 75k=5:29:15; 100k= TBC; 12 Hours= TBC

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Re: Why is my performance dropping?

Postby Scott Lewis » October 14th, 2017, 2:18 pm

Yeah, this is what I thought I just needed some reassurance. Well tomorrow training but I've got three days after to rest (it's holidays). Might give a couple of SS sessions a bash on Tue/We'd because I'm getting a new ergo!
Definitely getting a good night's sleep tonight and looking forward to a lie in on Monday! Whoopee!
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Re: Why is my performance dropping?

Postby Edward4492 » October 14th, 2017, 8:18 pm

Like Jurekruger said. You said you did a 3 hour OTW session. And you said the coach "springed" an (8) x500mm on you. So....you didn't know you were going to do this while you were in the boat. So you (presumably) went hard in the boat.

Why would you expect to have a solid (8) x 500m after three hours on the water?
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Re: Why is my performance dropping?

Postby Dangerscouse » October 15th, 2017, 9:21 am

Nothing to worry about Scott. Ups and downs are part of the process it's only when they go on for a while and you're stuck in a rut that it becomes an issue and you need to re-think your programme.

Perfectly normal to worry a bit though, we all do it to some extent as your brain can all too easily play tricks on you
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