Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by fancyoats » May 30th, 2023, 6:27 am

Thanks all for the feedback. I'm finding it very helpful in determining how I approach things.

Today was W5S2, 4 x 800m with 2:00 rest. Instructions said for the first 3 intervals to match average pace from last week's 3x1000m intervals (which was 2:21.6), then to go as fast as you can manage for the last interval.

Here is what I managed:
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Tomorrow will be a rest day for me. I'm settling in to keep Wednesdays and Sundays as my rest days. Right now, aside from the incidental 6-8K steps I get throughout my day at work, Erging is the only training I'm doing, so I don't have to consider any other activities as far as recovery goes.
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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by aegis » May 30th, 2023, 10:56 am

RayOfSunshine wrote:
May 28th, 2023, 5:31 pm
fancyoats wrote:
May 28th, 2023, 4:36 pm
RayOfSunshine wrote:
May 28th, 2023, 3:50 pm
I'm also a numbers junkie...
Seems like there are a lot of us here :lol:
My job as an engineering technician has definitely fostered in me an abiding love of data collection. The more charts and graphs the better.


(and wow 21k at those numbers - kind of in awe at that)
I'm an actuary, LOL.
I'm curious to see your 2k progression over the years, I just completed one season having close to 2M km and on to my second. The nice thing about this is that you will see improvements as long as you show up consistently, I track my own progress quite closely as well. I find it funny that your mileage actually went down during the covid years.
We are in not very dissimilar lines, I'm a statistician. :D

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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by iain » May 30th, 2023, 11:42 am

aegis wrote:
May 30th, 2023, 10:56 am
...I just completed one season having close to 2M km and on to my second...
We are in not very dissimilar lines, I'm a statistician. :D
Glad the 3 orders of magnitude error was by the statistician not the actuary :lol:
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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by RayOfSunshine » May 30th, 2023, 1:21 pm

aegis wrote:
May 30th, 2023, 10:56 am
RayOfSunshine wrote:
May 28th, 2023, 5:31 pm
fancyoats wrote:
May 28th, 2023, 4:36 pm


Seems like there are a lot of us here :lol:
My job as an engineering technician has definitely fostered in me an abiding love of data collection. The more charts and graphs the better.


(and wow 21k at those numbers - kind of in awe at that)
I'm an actuary, LOL.
I'm curious to see your 2k progression over the years, I just completed one season having close to 2M km and on to my second. The nice thing about this is that you will see improvements as long as you show up consistently, I track my own progress quite closely as well. I find it funny that your mileage actually went down during the covid years.
We are in not very dissimilar lines, I'm a statistician. :D
You'd think I'd track stuff better being an actuary. I don't as far as PBs go. I tracked HR b/c it gives me a good indication of my CV fitness. If I go an hour and keep it around x% HRR, I like to see how far I can go. Over time, that distance goes up. It's actually more like a step function than linearly.
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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by aegis » May 30th, 2023, 2:06 pm

Kinda the same for me, i started at 11ish km per hour and at 13km now in zone 2/SS. The improvements are non linear for sure, I've had periods of detraining due to travel, illness etc. But generally it goes up.

I'm finding that it takes more effort now to get to the target zones then when I first bought my erg last year around this time. As much as I want to train more its hard to find more time as I usually just train during lunch, maybe i could do a 45min morning and a noon session for SS.

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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by winniewinser » May 30th, 2023, 3:59 pm

BPP W8S2....4x1500m/3'R....🎯 1:54.7 but looking to match 1:53.5 from 3x1500.

Max HR 177

22:39.8 6,000m 1:53.3 241 1127 29
5:41.3 1,500m 1:53.7 238 1118 29
5:40.6 1,500m 1:53.5 239 1123 29
5:40.1 1,500m 1:53.3 240 1126 29
5:37.8 1,500m 1:52.6 245 1143 29

A tough set but actually felt reasonably controlled. Please with these as they are faster than 3x1500 I did on Saturday.
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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by RayOfSunshine » May 30th, 2023, 5:07 pm

winniewinser wrote:
May 30th, 2023, 3:59 pm
BPP W8S2....4x1500m/3'R....🎯 1:54.7 but looking to match 1:53.5 from 3x1500.

Max HR 177

22:39.8 6,000m 1:53.3 241 1127 29
5:41.3 1,500m 1:53.7 238 1118 29
5:40.6 1,500m 1:53.5 239 1123 29
5:40.1 1,500m 1:53.3 240 1126 29
5:37.8 1,500m 1:52.6 245 1143 29

A tough set but actually felt reasonably controlled. Please with these as they are faster than 3x1500 I did on Saturday.
Excellent! That's some very good progress. 1500m intervals are probably my least favorite.
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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by winniewinser » May 31st, 2023, 3:56 am

RayOfSunshine wrote:
May 30th, 2023, 5:07 pm

Excellent! That's some very good progress. 1500m intervals are probably my least favorite.
Thx.....maybe I was sandbagging the 3x1500 B)

2km intervals are pretty grim but for me the absolute worst are 750's.....pure :twisted:
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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by fancyoats » June 1st, 2023, 6:43 am

Good morning all.
W5S3 -- another 7000m, slow and steady until the last 1000m, when I gave it a little spice. A little slower than the 7k earlier in the week, but during that one, I went faster during just about the whole second half.
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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by winniewinser » June 1st, 2023, 4:03 pm

BPP W8S3....8.5km....no dramas

36:09.2 8,500m 2:07.6 168 879 20
7:14.1 1,700m 2:07.6 168 878 20
7:13.9 1,700m 2:07.6 168 879 20
7:13.8 1,700m 2:07.5 169 879 20
7:13.8 1,700m 2:07.5 169 879 20
7:13.6 1,700m 2:07.5 169 880 20
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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by Sakly » June 1st, 2023, 4:27 pm

winniewinser wrote:
June 1st, 2023, 4:03 pm
BPP W8S3....8.5km....no dramas

36:09.2 8,500m 2:07.6 168 879 20
7:14.1 1,700m 2:07.6 168 878 20
7:13.9 1,700m 2:07.6 168 879 20
7:13.8 1,700m 2:07.5 169 879 20
7:13.8 1,700m 2:07.5 169 879 20
7:13.6 1,700m 2:07.5 169 880 20
Wow, very consistent 👌
Male - '80 - 82kg - 177cm - Start rowErg Jan 2022
1': 355m
4': 1217m
30'r20: 8068m
30': 8,283m
60': 16,222m
100m: 0:16.1
500m: 1:27.1
1k: 3:07.8
2k: 6:37.1
5k: 17:39.6
6k: 21:15.3
10k: 36:01.5
HM: 1:18:40.1
FM: 2:52:32.6
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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by mitchel674 » June 1st, 2023, 4:41 pm

Just started my fourth time at the BPP. I enjoy the structure and variety of this plan at the start of the season. It keeps me accountable and pushes me to do more interval training than I would normally attempt on most weeks. Plus I like posting on this thread. :roll:

May was a rowing disaster for me. I was bedridden with the flu the first week. Did not eat or drink for 3 days and required 3L of IV hydration before I could even get up and about. Did not row for almost 2 weeks which is the longest stretch for me in over 4 years! Total meters in May was my lowest in the past 3 years at just over 50k. Still weak now, but I am confident the BPP will build me back up.

BPP W1S1:
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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by Sakly » June 1st, 2023, 11:22 pm

mitchel674 wrote:
June 1st, 2023, 4:41 pm
May was a rowing disaster for me. I was bedridden with the flu the first week. Did not eat or drink for 3 days and required 3L of IV hydration before I could even get up and about. Did not row for almost 2 weeks which is the longest stretch for me in over 4 years! Total meters in May was my lowest in the past 3 years at just over 50k. Still weak now, but I am confident the BPP will build me back up.
Had a similar start of the season, but other reasons. Anyway, there is plenty of time to build up again, so let's go 💪💪
Male - '80 - 82kg - 177cm - Start rowErg Jan 2022
1': 355m
4': 1217m
30'r20: 8068m
30': 8,283m
60': 16,222m
100m: 0:16.1
500m: 1:27.1
1k: 3:07.8
2k: 6:37.1
5k: 17:39.6
6k: 21:15.3
10k: 36:01.5
HM: 1:18:40.1
FM: 2:52:32.6
My log

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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by winniewinser » June 2nd, 2023, 3:23 am

mitchel674 wrote:
June 1st, 2023, 4:41 pm
Just started my fourth time at the BPP. I enjoy the structure and variety of this plan at the start of the season. It keeps me accountable and pushes me to do more interval training than I would normally attempt on most weeks. Plus I like posting on this thread. :roll:

May was a rowing disaster for me. I was bedridden with the flu the first week. Did not eat or drink for 3 days and required 3L of IV hydration before I could even get up and about. Did not row for almost 2 weeks which is the longest stretch for me in over 4 years! Total meters in May was my lowest in the past 3 years at just over 50k. Still weak now, but I am confident the BPP will build me back up.

BPP W1S1:
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Welcome back :)
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Re: Pondering the Beginner Pete Plan

Post by fancyoats » June 2nd, 2023, 6:39 am

Good morning - happy Friday everyone!
W5S4 - a 20 minute row. Instructions say to judge by how you feel, and either to just focus on technique without worrying about pace or to try to go a couple seconds faster than your 7k pace (2:32.9 and 2:33.5) from earlier this week. I was feeling pretty good so pushed a little.
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