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by mdpfirrman
July 19th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Health & Fitness
Topic: Thinking of adding the kettlebell swing to my KB routine
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: Thinking of adding the kettlebell swing to my KB routine

Before Bret Contrares became the Butt Guru for all females that know anything about bodybuilding, he put out some great information on Kettlebell Swings. If you look for his article around 2012 and 2013, great stuff. He ended up moving toward other things before he wrote the now famous book, Strong ...
by mdpfirrman
July 19th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting Back into after a long layoff-10 years
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: Getting Back into after a long layoff-10 years

I started back at fitness at 41 or 42 at my largest. I had just blew out my knee completely and was told I might need a knee replacement. I was around 255 or 260 and likely around 50% body fat. Seriously depressed too. Fast forward to today and I'm 188 (at 54, turning 55 soon), 18% body fat, and asi...
by mdpfirrman
July 18th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: What Training Have You Done Today?
Replies: 23070
Views: 2489373

Re: What Training Have You Done Today?

Working hard again these days but I'm really slow currently, even for me. Coming back at 54 from back injury is hard work! When I started rowing a few years back, I could hit a 7:50 and worked my tail off to get to 7:11. I suppose all that progress is gone, but I'm slowly getting it back. Did 3 X 8 ...
by mdpfirrman
July 17th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Coping strategies
Replies: 37
Views: 724

Re: Coping strategies

Always funny to laugh at others... But here one the other way around, last year in my gym they held a 500m comp. One of the trainers, a 60m discustrower, who never touches the rower, pulled a 1.17 rate 32. Big guy, but no giant. They did the same thing in my gym around five years ago and similar th...
by mdpfirrman
July 17th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Coping strategies
Replies: 37
Views: 724

Re: Coping strategies

When I row in the isolation of my garage, I have my ipod on shuffle and count through about 10 songs before I check the PM to see how far I've gone on a steady state 10K. I also have a couple of mirrors in the garage gym so I can check my form from time to time...otherwise going by feel in UT 2 or ...
by mdpfirrman
July 3rd, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Building endurance base / MHR
Replies: 22
Views: 762

Re: Building endurance base / MHR

So if I get to around 148 or so, 150 definitely, slow it down. Well, that is not exactly how the HR drift approach works. If you get more than 5% drift, you should start lower the next time. The aim is to be able to hold a constant intensity (meaning constant pace or power) through the full session...
by mdpfirrman
July 3rd, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Building endurance base / MHR
Replies: 22
Views: 762

Re: Building endurance base / MHR

Thanks Allan, that helps. I started out yesterday around 135 BPM after W/U, then slowly drifted up to around 150 and got off the rower at 45 minutes and went to the Assault Bike, which I have an easier time with keeping my HR lower. That's around what I was thinking. Once I'm drifting off above 145 ...
by mdpfirrman
July 3rd, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Building endurance base / MHR
Replies: 22
Views: 762

Re: Building endurance base / MHR

Interesting and timely thread for me. I seemed to have turned the corner on my Thoracic pain. If I constantly do PT/Yoga, I've figured out that I can tolerate rowing again without significant pain or any pain. I just hate yoga. :roll: Small price to pay. Anyway, I've just got a HRM and I'm back doin...
by mdpfirrman
June 26th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Slipped disc and incorrect posture while rowing?
Replies: 14
Views: 435

Re: Slipped disc and incorrect posture while rowing?

I had what I thought was a rowing induced injury to my Thoracic spine (mid back). I hurt it, or at least I was convinced I did, doing January's CTC challenge -- that's an inter squad challenge online for virtual, indoor rowing clubs. As others have mentioned, it could have just been the straw that b...
by mdpfirrman
May 10th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: What Training Have You Done Today?
Replies: 23070
Views: 2489373

Re: What Training Have You Done Today?

Thanks guys - I think next time I'll aim to stick to 1:38 flat until about 300 to go and then go wild from then on in. Went out a little too fast today I think. Good thing about 1k is I feel able to give it another crack relatively soon. After last week's 10k PB I'd say I felt pretty shocking for q...
by mdpfirrman
May 10th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Newbie - How do I find my stroke length?
Replies: 26
Views: 1242

Re: Newbie - How do I find my stroke length?

I've been looking at my drive length in real time using erg data along with the force curve on the PM for the past 2 months. This combo has really helped me keep my stroke in good form. I still tend to deteriorate when I fatigue or rate up. By watching my drive length I can alert myself when I am g...
by mdpfirrman
May 8th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Reflections on this season
Replies: 12
Views: 832

Re: Reflections on this season

Fifth year rowing for me. First significant injury this year. It took me off the rower for four months. I'm just able to get back into it. I went from 7:50 in my first year to 7:11 last year and was hoping to be nearer 7:00 by the end of this year and compete in Paris. The back injury had me rethink...
by mdpfirrman
May 7th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: 30:00 for distance, strategy.
Replies: 23
Views: 1217

Re: 30:00 for distance, strategy.

There is a 5K Pete Plan. Google it. I was doing it until I hurt my back in Fall of last year and again in January :roll: It's great training for longer distance pieces. I was doing it to force myself to endure pain on a bit of longer pieces. Though it's geared toward a 5K improvement, it's also grea...
by mdpfirrman
May 7th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Painstakingly Slow Progress from Back Recovery
Replies: 23
Views: 1119

Re: Painstakingly Slow Progress from Back Recovery

I've been seriously considering getting a road bike. Not sure where to begin though or how much I'd have to spend, etc. I wouldn't even know how to change a tire if I had a flat. I'll likely sign up for some group rides and see if I like it. Mike, I imagine that Tucson has some great bike shops. Do...
by mdpfirrman
May 6th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Painstakingly Slow Progress from Back Recovery
Replies: 23
Views: 1119

Re: Painstakingly Slow Progress from Back Recovery

@Jim - I'm really elated to hear your progress! The fact that you're back to road biking is amazing! You've been through a lot. Much more than me with your recent back injury! When we subject our bodies to constant stress over years, eventually, something is going to give way. And backs are right a...