disappointing, and yet very satisfying season

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_PBH_
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disappointing, and yet very satisfying season

Post by _PBH_ » May 21st, 2019, 3:36 pm

The 2018 / 2019 season was a disappointing, and yet very satisfying season for me. This was my first full season on the erg. I began rowing in January of 2018, and hit my first million meters in November of 2018. At that time I had fully expected, and planned to complete at least 1 million meters in the 2018 / 2019 season (May 1 - April 30). I was easily on target wrapping up February (971,745 meters as of 2/27). That's when things got both disappointing, and very satisfying.

On February 28th I got a phone call from my daughter's high school head softball coach. He was obviously desperate -- and asked if I would be willing, and able, to help coach softball for this season - and, by the way, try-outs started that day. I told him I could do it, and then went to ask our company CEO if we'd be able to work this out. It was only a two and a half month gig, so he said it was OK. I would be working most of the time with the Freshmen / Sophomore team, and then helping with Varsity / JV as much after the younger group as possible.

For the next ~11 weeks I was waking up at 4:30am, skipping my morning workout sessions on the erg, and getting to work early to make sure that I could keep up with my job. I'd then leave early in the afternoon and head to the softball fields to spend a few hours hitting grounders and flyballs, and throwing batting practice to the girls. There were numerous days (game days) where we wouldn't get home until 11:00pm. Those were long days. But they were so much fun! Our Fresh / Soph team went 13-2 on the season! Our Varsity girls went 16-7, finishing 2nd in Region (1-2 in the State Tournament). It was the best season our high school girls have had in numerous years. I was so proud of what those girls accomplished this year.

I was also able to spend a ton of time with my own daughter. Unfortunately, she was not able to play this year, as she is still recovering from an ACL tear (October 2018) and reconstruction surgery (December 2018). She took on the role of team "manager", where she certainly excelled. She scheduled her physical therapy sessions (2 / week) around game days, attended every practice she could helping out the coaches (and participating where she was able), and took control of the scorebook for every game. She learned a whole new side of the game, that should hopefully benefit her in the future when playing. We both had a great season!

My 4:30am alarm is now, once again, the erg alarm. The time away from the erg has already been noticeable, but I'm sure I'll get back to where I was very quickly. When I logged in today and looked at my stats, I was disappointed seeing that I had missed that 1 million meters for the season by such a small margin. But as I reflect on what my time was spent doing over the last couple months, I can't help but smile and wish that my time on the field wasn't over already. Oh well. It will start back up soon enough. Which means only 1 thing: I've got 9 1/2 months to hit 1 million meters before the next softball season starts!

:D
Brett | 43 | 6'0" | 168lbs
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Re: disappointing, and yet very satisfying season

Post by Dino » May 22nd, 2019, 5:53 am

Its great that your employer was flexible enough to allow you to fit in the coaching :)
_PBH_ wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 3:36 pm
...My 4:30am alarm is now, once again, the erg alarm.
04:30 :shock: thats very early!!!!
_PBH_ wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 3:36 pm
Which means only 1 thing: I've got 9 1/2 months to hit 1 million meters before the next softball season starts!
~25km per week if my maths is any good? bit more to allow for some weeks off?
How many times a week do you get on the ergo? I reckon if you try to get in a 10Km session once a week and then make up the rest in shorter sessions you will hit it easily :D
Good luck!
51M HWT 18/19, 19/20
500m 1:38,7, 1k 3:35.7, 2k 7:24.2, 5k 19:14.2, 30m 7708m, 10k 39:26.1, 60m 15025m, HM 1:25:04.7, FM 2:59:26.0

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Re: disappointing, and yet very satisfying season

Post by KeithT » May 22nd, 2019, 2:32 pm

The trade-off was a good one!

We all hate missing workouts and/or being kept from training but....some times it can't be helped and time with your daughter and helping out other kids is more important than some meters on the ERG. That said you already got the mindset to get back at it, so just train hard and move forward.
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1 min - 373m, 500m - 1:21.9, 1K - 2:59.8, 4 min - 1265m, 2K - 6:29.9, 5K - 17:27, 30 min - 8277m, 10K - 36:30, 60 min - 16036, HM - 1:20:22

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Re: disappointing, and yet very satisfying season

Post by _PBH_ » May 22nd, 2019, 4:03 pm

Dino wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 5:53 am
~25km per week if my maths is any good? bit more to allow for some weeks off?
How many times a week do you get on the ergo? I reckon if you try to get in a 10Km session once a week and then make up the rest in shorter sessions you will hit it easily :D
Good luck!

4:30am is early. But that's really the only option for me. There are many days that I just want to toss the alarm out the window, and go back to sleep! The worst part of getting up that early all week is that on weekends I still roll over and look at the clock at 4:30am!! :cry:

Most weeks I'll get on the rower 3x (Mon, Wed, Fri) with a few turns on the weekend thrown in the mix as well. A typical row for me during the week is 30 minutes / 7k. Every-other-Friday I'm off, so I can go for a 60 minute row on them, and Saturday too (~13.5k). It won't be a cake-walk -- but should be a goal within reach.

Over the last couple months I kept an eye on my weight. I honestly thought that I'd gain a few pounds back. Surprisingly, my weight remained constant. I didn't expect to be exerting myself at practice as much as I did. Those first two weeks of practice I had a serious case of DOMS all over due to using muscles differently. That was seriously the worst soreness I've experienced in a long, long time!



i just glanced at my signature and realised that one more thing happened in March -- I'm another year older now! ugh....
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Re: disappointing, and yet very satisfying season

Post by Erik A » May 22nd, 2019, 8:57 pm

a similar thing happened to me with my daughters junior basketball team when she first got to high school.
got asked by head coach if i would coach due to no one stepping up. well i think it was more the fact i was the only parent watching at the trials.
first time coach for me and it was a great experience. lucky for me the timings didnt impact work.
2 or 3 days a week coaching then game night. came third in the region for our grade which was the second top grade.
my daughter went on to represent the local region in U13,U15 and U17 in both basketball and netball at national comps and also made a national age group team that toured Australia.
also went to high school regionals and nationals when she made the senior A team. she could have got a basketball scholarship to the states but didnt want to leave home (which she is regretting now) . several girls in her team got scholarships and did really well competing in div 1 collage teams.
watching and coaching your kids teams is great fun and the amount of father daughter time is great.(not so great for the daughter with Dad as the coach lol)
mine also did coaching, reffing in both basketball and netball with junior teams
we worked it out when she was doing the rep training + school teams she was doing about 35-40 hrs a week training/coaching plus at least two games a week. she barely had any time for school. we had to stop her from playing more sports as she is such a good multi discipline player. she was asked to represent her high school in football, volley ball and swimming
was a busy time being a taxi for most of it LOL

good on you for helping out. its a real struggle to get parents to participate with their kids sports etc (actually with pretty much everything these days) . when i was coaching and watching i would have to say that 75% of parents wouldnt even turn up to watch the kids play let alone assist in some way or even drop the kids off. i dont think i went to any game and not have at least 3 or 4 of the team in the car
I used to get parents that did stop and watch training and games pull me aside to offer helpful advice.
my response was
"thank you for your comments. they will be considered and discarded"
which used to get some real angry responses lol but i would then say if you want to coach i am quote happy to step aside. funnily enough i had no one take me up on that offer.

again good on you for helping out
Erik
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Re: disappointing, and yet very satisfying season

Post by Ripples » May 22nd, 2019, 11:29 pm

You’re a great dad and involved parent. Making good memories with your daughter is more important than adding up meters.
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Re: disappointing, and yet very satisfying season

Post by Dangerscouse » May 23rd, 2019, 3:42 am

KeithT wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 2:32 pm
The trade-off was a good one!

We all hate missing workouts and/or being kept from training but....some times it can't be helped and time with your daughter and helping out other kids is more important than some meters on the ERG. That said you already got the mindset to get back at it, so just train hard and move forward.
I have nothing else to add. Perfectly sums it up
46 HWT; 6' 4"; Liverpool 1k= 3:09; 2k= 6:36; 5k= 17:27; 6k= 21:23; 10k= 36:21 30mins= 8,356m 60mins= 16,317m HM= 1:18:40; FM= 2:49:39; 50k= 3:28:18; 100k= 7:52:44; 12hrs = 153km

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