18 Jul 2012: Don’t Go Away

This track is the one that was playing as I completed the final 500m of this morning’s row…


Time to bed (previous night): 22:30 (roughly)
Time got up (today): 02:30
Mood (1 to 5):
Morning 5
Lunch 5
Night 5


02:30 – Multigrain Cracker, glass of water
03:00 – Gym (see details below)
05:30 – Bowl porridge. 2 slices toast. Orange juice
06:30 – Bus, nap
07:30 – Skinny long mac – piece of lemon meringue pie (from the cafe owner celebrating her birthday)
10:00 – Morning walk, sliced banana, nuts, seeds, yoghurt.
13:45 – Lunchtime walk, roll with hot chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomato
16:00 – Banana, bus, nap
18:00 – Corned beef, bread sauce, roasted veggies (potato, pumpkin, zucchini, onion)
23:00 – Milk, bed


5 minutes warm-up bike

Half marathon row (21.1km) – 1h 48m 30s @ level 7

5 mins gentle walk on the treadmill


The half marathon row was interesting – no problems at all with breath and heart rate. From that perspective I felt as though I could keep on going and going and going…

Totally different story with the arse, leg, back and shoulder muscles though. Could easily have stopped at 10km, 14km and pretty much any time during the final 4km.

For the most part I got by quite comfortably with my music collection on random play and an almost zen-like tuning out and focus on the wall, or the strap on the rower, or eyes shut… it was a simple case of mental endurance.

The last 4km was physical endurance – my backside was telling me “I’ve had enough”, over and over again.

Not surprising though – the last time I rowed a half marathon, the resistance was set to level 4 and it took over 2 hours. This time the level was increased to 7, which helped in smashing the 2 hour barrier.

Overall I was pretty pleased with the row and the time was great. The average pace for that time is a little over 2m 30s per 500m. As mentioned in a recent journal entry, not so long ago just rowing 500m at that pace was more than enough for me. Hovering around that pace for a half marathon is ever so slightly awesome as far as I’m concerned!

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