March Madness

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March Madness

Post by Atorrante » March 3rd, 2012, 9:45 pm

The 10K/day for at least 25 of the 31 March days appear to be a tough one. Has just completed 3 days and I'm feeling it. May be tomorrow should be a rest day... Well, let see how it feel tomorrow
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Re: March Madness

Post by enrage » March 3rd, 2012, 9:47 pm

yea, there is no getting around the soreness.
Don't worry. i'm feeling it too after having a short layoff from my rower.
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Re: March Madness

Post by Atorrante » March 11th, 2012, 8:00 pm

It is cool to see how everyday the progress list become shorter, specially the 10K list. For now I'm in this list but don't know if will be at the end of this week.
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Re: March Madness

Post by carlb » March 11th, 2012, 9:09 pm

Atorrante wrote:It is cool to see how everyday the progress list become shorter, specially the 10K list. For now I'm in this list but don't know if will be at the end of this week.
I know the feeling, I tried it for a few days last year. I can't fit in the time for 10k on too many days. I'm targeting to row/ski on all 31 days in the 5k list.

Next year I want to suggest they add a 7500/day category.

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Re: March Madness

Post by bepah » March 14th, 2012, 12:50 pm

So far, so good...took yesterday off and today set a PR for my 10K (althought it is quite slow since I have just returned to erging at the 1st of the year)...

nonetheless, I am encouraged that barring injury or illness, I should have no trouble completing the 10K challenge; I crossed halfway this morning!

I am truly lucky, as I dodged the widowmaker last March........

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Re: March Madness

Post by Atorrante » March 15th, 2012, 3:12 pm

Today I pass the mid point of the 10K challenge and do it flawlessly with a 10K in 38:38 . Yesterday the 10K was done 6K in 22:52, 8 minutes rest and then 4K in 15:16, so today take it easy. So far I'm feelling great and hope to complete the 10K March Madness. As the holyday challenge, this is a very motivating challenge and very useful to log a lot.
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Re: March Madness

Post by Atorrante » March 19th, 2012, 9:28 pm

16 days completed and 9 to go. Have 12 days yet in the month so there is plenty of time to accomplish, with God's grace.
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Re: March Madness

Post by bepah » March 20th, 2012, 10:18 am

Atorrante wrote:16 days completed and 9 to go. Have 12 days yet in the month so there is plenty of time to accomplish, with God's grace.
7 to go here.....but taking tody off......a little sore after stiffeing the damper a bit to slow my SPM rate.....good time but paying the price after so many days on the erg...

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Re: March Madness

Post by carlb » March 20th, 2012, 11:53 am

bepah wrote:7 to go here.....but taking today off......a little sore after stiffening the damper a bit to slow my SPM rate.....good time but paying the price after so many days on the erg...
Try going at UT2 or UT1 pace, i.e. back off the pace about 10 seconds/500. I find it feels really good to slow down and have a easy workout. Feels better then doing nothing. Just go 5k. Focus on nice form. Try _not_ to slow down by inserting a paus at the end, slow down with a slow-motion recovery.

Based on AUS site document I brought my drag back to 115 and gotten used to it.

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Re: March Madness

Post by Bob S. » March 20th, 2012, 1:00 pm

bepah wrote:
7 to go here.....but taking tody off......a little sore after stiffeing the damper a bit to slow my SPM rate.....good time but paying the price after so many days on the erg...
That is a strange way to lower your rate. Rate is controlled by the drive to recovery ratio. By taking long, slow, relaxed recoveries it is easy enough to lower the rate down to the point where the monitor no longer gives valid rate data, i.e.<10spm. It shouldn't matter what damper setting is used.

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Re: March Madness

Post by bepah » March 20th, 2012, 4:46 pm

Bob S. wrote:
bepah wrote:
7 to go here.....but taking tody off......a little sore after stiffeing the damper a bit to slow my SPM rate.....good time but paying the price after so many days on the erg...
That is a strange way to lower your rate. Rate is controlled by the drive to recovery ratio. By taking long, slow, relaxed recoveries it is easy enough to lower the rate down to the point where the monitor no longer gives valid rate data, i.e.<10spm. It shouldn't matter what damper setting is used.

Bob S.
I understand your point. I generally pull around 19-21 for most of my longer sessions but as I get into better condition I tend to speed up.....

Bob, I am of weak mind and little discipline. A harder pull causes me to slow my SPM.....being the out of shape wimp that I am....I am continuing to attempt to find rhythms that work for me to slow myself but generally go with how strong or weak that I feel. Day off today, more than likely. Although when work becomes a bit frustrating, I have foregone the rest day to blow off some steam. Thanks for your input.
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Re: March Madness

Post by Atorrante » March 27th, 2012, 8:09 pm

Two more 10K days and done. Willing to end this challenge so can ride my new bike. Bought a new Fuji ACR 2.0 equipped with Shimano 105. She looks gorgeous in white and red and doesn't had the time to give her maiden ride due to this challenge, but with weather permitted, this weekend she will ride.
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Re: March Madness

Post by bepah » March 27th, 2012, 11:38 pm

Finished today with an easy row, kind of like the Tour de France ride to the Champs on the last day....now on to the next basing challenge,.....1/2 marathone, after somwe shorter work and a day off or two. Very pleased with todays row, my 3 month anniversary of my return to erging!

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Re: March Madness

Post by Atorrante » March 28th, 2012, 7:12 pm

Congrats Bepah on completing the challenge. I have one more to go. Today did my best 30 minutes in long time with 7877 meters. Then took a 4 minutes break and row 2150 more meters to complete the 10K. I think that this challenge has been very important in achieving this time.
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Re: March Madness

Post by Atorrante » March 29th, 2012, 1:11 pm

Finally completed the 10K madness challenge. Did it with an easy steady 10K in 38:36. Easy now but 3 months ago a pace and a distance that was completely out of my posibilities. So I'm very happy with this...
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