There's plenty of opinion's going round but typically the grey zone is something that is often avoided to prevent overtraining. I've done it myself with all my UT2 way below target split and I just crumbled over a few months so I don't think that's a method that suits me particularly.Dangerscouse wrote: ↑February 22nd, 2021, 8:21 amPossibly you're going too slow. I have anecdotally heard people say about going slow has only made them slower, and I know of quite a few really good rowers who don't do much slow rowing at all.
Doing intervals and some 'grey zone' longer distances might be useful. I do suspect a fairly big part of the issue is in your head, and the change of circumstances, from rowing with a crowd and the associated camaraderie that comes with it, to rowing alone has taken its toll. Your mind can be your biggest supporter, or your biggest enemy if you don't focus on managing those negative thoughts.
Do you have some doubts and fears before you row atm? Are you subtly expecting it to be boring, and/or unsuccessful? Do you have to drag yourself on the erg? Is your inner chimp (bad inner voice) trying to convince you to do something else?
Seasonal differences can also affect people, along with natural cycles of form and motivation that we all have to wrestle with.
There's a few strands of possible issues at play here, but if you adapt your training for a few weeks, that should be long enough to see if that's an issue, and see some improvement. If you want some mental strength training, I highly recommend Dr Steve Peters 'The Chimp Paradox' and James Clear 'Atomic Habits'. Both books are extremely useful in advising on easy ways of addressing your innate ability to undermine your own efforts.
Mentally I'm ok on the erg, UT2 I'm fine with, same with UT1 and threshold work but anything test related I'm usually quite worried and stressed out before hand. I'm normally very competitive so it's sort of something I'm used to. Especially now though where I'm behind my previous pb split from a couple of months ago makes me worried to train or do pieces trying to beat it as I'm currently behind where I feel I should be. But other than on pace work and tests I'm quite happy to erg at the moment I think.