WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

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WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby Bloodbuzz Corio » November 26th, 2016, 2:49 pm

A really well run and enjoyable event, and one I'm very glad I participated in, but only manage a somewhat disappointing 7:06.7, coming 6th out of 8 in the M 40+ LWT.

Headed over to Cardiff yesterday which is rocking with this evening's rugby international - and the WIRC were held today at the Channel View Centre - 20 ergs set up on their indoor football (soccer) pitch:

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As my first race meeting I have nothing to compare this to, but it was a really well run event with a very friendly and encouraging atmosphere. 20min cycle for start times of the 2k races, they did a great job of essentially sticking to time, and there were plenty of warm up ergs.

I arrived in good time for weigh-in (71.35kg in shoes and hoodie), and to see a few of the races before mine, but given the first announcement I heard over the PA was asking people not to be sick in the urinals perhaps should have arrived a few minutes later!

But the main thing for me was how anxious I was - I honestly cannot remember the last time I was so nervous. I knew I was going to be 20 odd seconds off the winner and don’t think I would have cared if I came last, so I really think the anxiety was my concern about how much the race itself would hurt and how horrid I would feel afterwards (last 2k TT was just over 2 months ago). I’d drunk some coffee this morning but hadn’t been able to eat anything, and even though my final time wasn’t that much slower than indicated by a range of predictors like my sprint interval times and non-2k PBs, I do think I had used up a decent chunk of my nervous energy before the race start actually arrived.

My optimistic plan was to do 800m@1:46, 600m@1:45, 400m@1:44 and 200m@1:43, hoping that if I couldn’t stick with that I could hold 1:46 with enough faster strokes to at least go under 7:04.

I was pretty happy with how I started, didn’t get carried away and settled into 1:45/1:46 after only a half a dozen or so strokes, but I certainly did cop a bit of a whack from the reaction time - my average/500m was 2:5x.x after the first couple of strokes, and did seem to take a lot longer to get down towards 1:46 than I’d have liked. Felt okay going through 1000m, but didn’t manage to speed up to the extent I’d have liked, and did start to hurt. I didn’t even think to check the memory for the splits afterwards, I reckon the lowest I got the average was 1:45.7 or 1:45.8 which was with about 500m to go, but by that stage I was really struggling and started not even holding onto 1:46s, I think my final 500m was 1:48.x or 1:49.x, had no meaningful sprint, and really did suck pretty bad.

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I was sitting between the guys who came 2nd and 3rd.

I was at least able to stand up and walk away from the erg at the end, but felt horrible afterwards for a fair while, and am still pretty whacked now several hour later.

But having said all that, as much as it hurt, as bad as I felt afterwards, and despite being slightly disappointed with the time, on the whole this was a really positive experience. As I mentioned earlier the atmosphere was really encouraging, I’m am very happy with the effort I invested even considering the fade at the end, I know I won’t be as anxious next time, it’s still the second fastest 2k I’ve ever done, and the cumulative effects of the consistent rowing I’ve done over the last 8 or so months has me about as healthy and fit as I’ve ever been.

It also helps to remember the best piece of advice I was given in the lead up to this (by G-dub) which was ‘pat yourself on the back and have a laugh for spending time in the [train] to go sit on a piece of stationary equipment for about 7 minute with other crazy people who are doing the same.’ :D

I hung around and watched a few other races, saw a couple of British records beaten and a 6:08 in the Men's Open, probably the only other disappointing thing about the day was the number of empty ergs (up to 8 or 10 out of the 20 being used in couple of races) - would have been even more exciting and potentially with some faster times with a full field.

Really looking forward to BRIC now in a couple of weeks - bring it on!
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby G-dub » November 26th, 2016, 3:27 pm

Well done Rohan! Sound like a fun event. I Have been to Cardiff several times to watch Rugby and it is a fun atmosphere for sure. Surprised you didn't get jacked up with the train thoug. Each time I've been on one on on the day of a Wales game it's been very packed. Anyway, race is under the belt, time for a cold one!
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby JohnAd » November 26th, 2016, 5:03 pm

Rohan, congrats for leaving it all on the pitch (and not in the urinals). Looks like you were part of a great race too, that seems very tight for 1,2,3 Thanks for the great write up and detail on the experience, as you say hopefully next to time you'll use up less nervous energy beforehand and be able to get closer to what you're capable of.

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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby Kxthor911 » November 26th, 2016, 5:43 pm

Rohan, nice write up and I know what you mean 100% about the nervous energy. I hobby with sport bikes on the track and being at your first event I would have been a wreck. Cheers sir and just look forward to doing better your second go around. Good luck in the future sir
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby jackarabit » November 26th, 2016, 5:59 pm

One under the belt, Rohan. Disappointing to you perhaps, but certainly not a failure of nerve or intelligence. You are a true student of the game and won't beat yourself. I'm guessing that's more than half the battle. Jack
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby Pie Man » November 26th, 2016, 6:12 pm

Congratulations Rohan. Great write up thanks for sharing your experience, lots of useful information for you (and me!) to take into the BRIC your test event has been a great success. Did you get to do any sort of cool down?

BTW the event was being streamed on periscope if you want to relive it...
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby hjs » November 27th, 2016, 4:55 am

You now know how it works. In the longer run get a few kg muscle on. The nerves are often there, simply take that as a given. No congrats from me :wink: The time is not good enough :wink:
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby Bloodbuzz Corio » November 27th, 2016, 5:09 am

Thanks for the thoughts guys!

JohnAd wrote:Are you going to change your plans for the next couple of weeks?

John probably not - definitely still aiming for a big week this week - then will see how I feel next weekend. If any change I might reduce the amount of taper next week - but will see how I go. What are your plans over the next fortnight?

Pie Man wrote:Congratulations Rohan. Great write up thanks for sharing your experience, lots of useful information for you (and me!) to take into the BRIC your test event has been a great success. Did you get to do any sort of cool down?

BTW the event was being streamed on periscope if you want to relive it...

Piers there were a heap of warm-up ergs - I think they had 28 in total, and they weren't very busy either when I went to warm-up, or when I did go for a cool down. Obviously can't comment what the situation will be like at BIRC though. Thanks for including that link - I honestly didn't realise just how much I had faded at the end but I saw from that video my last couple of strokes were at 1:53/1:54! :shock: If anyone does watch that video I'm the bearded chap in the green shirt in the front row.

hjs wrote:No congrats from me :wink: The time is not good enough :wink:

Henry thanks - this did genuinely put a smile on my face! As always appreciate your 'tough love'. :D
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby mdpfirrman » November 27th, 2016, 8:32 pm

Nice work Rohan. Don't be disappointed. You worked hard and broke 7 minutes in the training. Can't be too disappointed in that. What a race for 1st!! One second between all the top 3. That's pretty incredible. Those are some really strong lightweights for over 40.
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby Edward4492 » November 27th, 2016, 11:32 pm

Good job Rohan, I've done (16) actual erg races, three times to Boston; and I'm a nervous friggin' wreck each time. I get the same feeling of dread when I do a 2k test on my own. It's very difficult to do a PR on race day. I've had races were I came up huge, pulled a great time, including at Boston. And other times where it just didn't happen. There's a lot of variables and the best advice I can give ya is to keep a training log and look for the patterns behind peak performances and when you're flat. And work to get the window between a great day and a bad day down to a couple of seconds.

The other thing I do is remind myself that the reason I do this; the sense of anxiousness and dread is what proves we're alive! We're not bummin' on the couch gettin' fat watchin' the TV. We're in the mix! On the field of battle! What could be better?
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby hjs » November 28th, 2016, 4:09 am

Rohan, looked at the video, big differences in technique as always. Your looks looks pretty ok, one thing though, at the catch you stay to upright, closing the gap between your chest and legs gives you more stroke.
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby JohnAd » November 28th, 2016, 5:17 am

Bloodbuzz Corio wrote:What are your plans over the next fortnight?

One more full week of PP, it's week 3 so 4x1k and waterfall as main sessions and I'm going to go for a 5k PB on Friday although the xmas season is starting this week so I might not be 100%. But looking to do my full quota of 3 hard and 3 steady this week then Sunday off. My paper will look soemthign like, Monday next week will do the 8x500 steadily, focussing on start technique and last 200m sprints, Tuesday easy recovery row, Wednesday race warm up + 1500m race pace, Thursday race warm up plus a few starts and a couple of 250m sprints, Friday rest.
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby jackarabit » November 28th, 2016, 7:57 am

Rohan is 4th from right hand when facing front row?
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby Pie Man » November 28th, 2016, 8:22 am

I count it as 3 from the right with your back to the screen in the front row. He has a full beard and a green t-shirt on.
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Re: WIRC (Welsh, not World) 2016

Postby jackarabit » November 28th, 2016, 10:58 am

Tango mucho Piexx Xxxman. The Taffy camera work is pretty good. Well lit. New haha Boston feed is mostly like lizard spotting for the fanbase. I missed the numbers at back leg of machines first time thru and counted from first occupied machine (#2). Bundle of nerves. Damn near HD'd as a spectator! Imagine that. :lol:
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