My left glute is aching today, getting carried away yesterday probably wasn’t wise: 10km remaining…
Excitement, arrogance and a small bit of innocence got the better of me today. After yesterday’s relatively good performance, I thought I’d be able to hold +220W for the final 10km of the challenge. I sat on the fecker and rowed at what I thought was a sustainable pace -230W- for all of 1500m; my body and mind (or just my mind?) told me this was not going to happen and I took it back to around 210W. This felt almost too easy, but because of the week that was, any increase on this power felt extraordinarily difficult. My mind games kicked in pretty heavily with 6km remaining and by the time I hit the 3km to go mark my body started to fall apart. Stomach muscles were hurting in the recovery phase – this is odd since the recovery phase uses the back muscles! The stomach pain relented and was soon accompanied by a left glute pain, soon to be followed by left calf, right hand and a wave of nausea. I backed the power off to 190W -which still felt tough- and hobbled over the line in a time of 39:37 with an average power of 208,2W.
Row Challenge Day 1 : 10km, Power 206,4W, challenge av. Power 206,40W – 60 km remaining
Row Challenge Day 2 : 10km, Power 201,3W, challenge av. Power 203,85W – 50 km remaining
Row Challenge Day 3a: 7,5km, Power 211,5W, challenge av. Power 205,95W – 42,5 km remaining
Row Challenge Day 3b: 7,5km, Power 213,9W, challenge av. Power 207,65W – 35 km remaining
Row Challenge Day 4 : 10km, Power 204,2W, challenge av. Power 207,37W – 25 km remaining
Row Challenge Day 5a: 7,5km, Power 206,7W, challenge av. Power 206,85W – 17,5 km remaining
Row Challenge Day 5b: 7,5km, Power 216,6W, challenge av. Power 208,07W – 10 km remaining
Row Challenge Day 6 : 10km, Power 208,2W, challenge av. Power 208,11W – DONE!
Average pace for the challenge: 1:58.9/500m
Now – recover first. What next?