Mileage

Jul. 3rd, 2017 11:47 am
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It is time to start building up the mileage in earnest, in preparation for the rowing marathon in Petaluma over Labor Day weekend. Four days of rowing, back-to-back, feels really, really good, even with the BAP all choked full of algae.

I'm mostly doing steady-state rowing, emphasizing very good technique with drills thrown in periodically. For my body, a lot of the stabilizing muscles that contribute to a well-balanced and efficient rowing shell are muscles that are very difficult to train and coordinate properly via anything other than rowing itself. When I do enough rowing, I also observe more general postural/comfort benefits throughout the rest of the day. It is highly rewarding to work on extending the duration of time that I'm able to row cleanly.

The other major limiting factor for rowing a marathon is hand toughness. There, again, the only way to prepare is to row for long enough to challenge one's hands, but not so long that one develops endless skin rips and bloody blisters. So far, so good.

I won't row tomorrow morning because I'm also back to work on circadian experiments (ugh), but in the interest of prioritizing rowing to a greater extent, my schedule this week will look like the following:

Tuesday morning: erg
Tuesday - Wednesday: lab overnight + morning timepoint
Wednesday afternoon: row (hopefully during the 2-5 pm afternoon window)
Thursday morning: row
Thursday - Friday: lab overnight + morning timepoint
Friday evening: kayak

Next Wednesday, we're heading to the field for two weeks. No rowing there, so I'll just have to jog and do some strength-training instead.
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Busy times right now, so some background first. We had a grad student heading out to Bishop, California, on this past Monday, and he's doing a bunch of field respirometry measurements on small willow leaf beetles, and is still getting up to speed on respirometry in general, so that's been randomly sucking up time. On Friday at noon, just as I was trying to head out the door with my gear for the weekend, he called me over to the FoxBox in a panic because something wasn't working right.

I quickly triangulated the problem to the built-in air pump, and mentioned that I'd purchased a spare air pump a week or two prior so I could pump air in the dark for the circadian experiments. If he was desperate, he could take my air pump. So he did. But now I have another midnight timepoint tonight. I went back to the Albany Aquarium Store (awesome place), but they didn't have another air pump in stock. They're expecting to get another one today. Close timing.

Between sorting that out, cricket care, lab meeting, and wrangling student researchers, yesterday vanished.

Anyway, the weekend, which was more fun overall. Back in my Arizona Outlaw days, I got to hear a handful of stories about some regatta that happened up on Lake Tahoe. A couple of our Outlaw buddies who went out to the Marathon in Louisiana had gone up to Tahoe and had a blast. So I'd known about the regatta for years, but never had the resources and logistics lined up to attend. Well, after our fun times at the Open Water Regatta in Sausalito, M suggested we look into the North Lake Tahoe Regatta, so we did.

Logistics wound up being somewhat involved, but not terrible, altogether. Apparently D, a rower who works for Maas (open-water rowing shell manufacturer), had volunteered to drive his trailer up to the lake. That sounded leagues better than trying to cartop the Maas 2x all the way up there, so we said, "Sign us up!" So I de-rigged our club's Maas 2x last Wednesday morning, and met up with D on Wednesday afternoon to load it onto his trailer. He had an interesting and clever method for throwing it all the way up onto the top rack, and it worked beautifully. I think he wound up hauling around 15 boats, which allowed a comparatively large number of rowers to compete in the regatta.

Here's the trailer setup, later on. It was a fantastic small boat trailer setup:
Lake Tahoe 2017

So then, back to Friday. After wrapping up a busy morning in the lab, I headed down to the boathouse to meet up with M and drive out to Tahoe. We wound up making good time and didn't hit any especially crazy traffic, so we had enough time to stop for some espresso in Truckee before the evening banquet in Tahoe City at the Tahoe Yacht Club.

Like many yacht clubs, it was swanky:
Lake Tahoe 2017

And there were all kinds of fun trophies and photos on display.

When we arrived, we learned the regatta was canceled due to high winds. The organizers said the cancellation was because our two safety launch drivers decided it was too dangerous for them, especially given the number of race entrants.

I think they had a good point. I could see some impressive waves through the Yacht Club's spotting scope:
Lake Tahoe 2017


There were also large waves on the beach where we were supposed to launch for the race:
Lake Tahoe 2017

Even if we could row in water like that, we'd have a hellish time trying to launch the boats without immediately crashing back into shore.

So that was a disappointment.

Thankfully, there were a couple of consolation activities. Our trailer driver knew of a more sheltered beach, Commons Beach, on the other side of Dollar Point, where he thought we might be able to get in some rowing, at least. And he was right. We did. It was still bouncy over there, but rowable.

Lake Tahoe 2017

After rowing and a leisurely potluck lunch, we also got in a nice hike that included some scenic views of the lake and mountains. Vistas of the route that we would have raced, if it weren't for the winds and freak weather.

The near cove is Kings Beach, where we stayed and were supposed to launch. The winds were blowing directly towards Kings Beach, so it had the worst of the waves.
Lake Tahoe 2017


Dollar Point, our outbound destination:
Lake Tahoe 2017

Sunday morning, a different group of rowers got up early to try and fit in a second row at Commons Beach. It was chilly, maybe in the 40's, and as we worked on rigging the boats, it started to snow. "Time to channel your inner New Englander!" I declared to M. The brief snow flurry cleared up as we waded on in and hopped in the Maas for another couple of spins.

I have a better appreciation for Lake Tahoe now. First off, it was still cool enough to make the dusty hike enjoyable and not a hot and sweaty misery-fest. I think the cool weather also meant that tourism wasn't at its peak yet, which was also a boon. Secondly, I now know of a couple of lakeside swimming beaches that would be pleasant in warmer weather. It looks like it would also be pretty easy to drop in a kayak and go for a paddle. There's a 100-mile road bike route around the lake, so that would be a third option.

So maybe we'll just have to try again next year.

Mileage

Jun. 7th, 2017 02:06 pm
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I'm heading to Lake Tahoe this weekend with M, to race in the North Tahoe Rowing Regatta. We'll be up against the same two boats as for the Open Water Rowing Club Regatta in Sausalito, but at least this time there won't be a mass start. So I should be able to steer clear of the double that repeatedly cut us off at the turns. In theory.

It's time for me to start building more distance, so I rowed 5 laps around the BAP this morning (16 km). There was the typical head/tailwind, and algae is continuing to bog up the south end.

Evening timepoint tonight (7-10 pm, basically).

Blue Hudson

Jun. 1st, 2017 09:31 am
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On Tuesday morning, I took the silver Kaschper out for a long row. It's time to start building up for longer distance rowing and racing. Of course, a "long row" was only 13 km, but it's a start. When I brought it back to the boatyard to rinse it off and dry it, I discovered a nasty punch hole right along the bottom of the hull that was definitely letting in water. So I notified the appropriate people, thoroughly toweled out the bow compartment, and put it away to completely dry for repairs.

So, back to the Blue Hudson this morning! It was fine. I can tell that I am now managing to make it to the boathouse at a satisfactory frequency to sustain and build technique and speed. Now I just have to try and keep that up through another round of circadian trials.

Tonight's a 9 pm timepoint, and tomorrow's a midnight timepoint, so on Saturday morning I'll sleep in and then I'll row with M on Sunday instead. We're getting ready to go out to a long-distance regatta on Lake Tahoe that we're pretty excited about. 16 km. Some of my Arizona Outlaw teammates used to go to this regatta and really liked it.
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This morning was the BPRC's annual Work Day.

People worked on all sorts of projects, like laying out the base fabric for the area behind the boathouse that's going to get turned into a fenced-in storage yard:

BPRC Work Day 2017

All the boats were hauled outside, so the floors could be thoroughly swept and mopped.

BPRC Work Day 2017


Some of the equipment that's looking worse for wear got repaired, too. These two canoes needed a bunch of fiberglass repairs and reinforcement, for example.

BPRC Work Day 2017

But my project for the day centered around this doorframe.

BPRC Work Day 2017

At last year's work day, when we were clearing piles of stuff out from inside the boathouse, one of the old timers mentioned that there was an aluminum threshold piece that needed to be cut down to size for the bottom of this doorframe. Eventually I decided: challenge accepted. I brought the threshold home and got advice on how to use a hacksaw and Dremel cut-off tool to shape the end pieces.

When I brought it back to the boathouse, it still didn't quite fit. I rummaged around in a toolbox there and finally dug up an ancient, rusty wood file, which I used to file it down until it fit.

But there was a second lingering problem: with the new threshold in place, the door wouldn't close completely.

At that point, I'd run out of tools and energy, so I just left the threshold there.

Before I went rowing this morning, I grabbed the Dremel. After rowing, I spent maybe around an hour and a half trying to get things to fit. First, I shaved down the threshold piece with some sanding pieces that clearly weren't supposed to be used on aluminum. Then I wised up and switched over to sanding down the underlying wood. That aspect was somewhat tricky because the side support that contained the strike plate had a tendency to flex outward when it wasn't bolted in place, and it thus covered up a small lip of wood that was a part of the problem.

After all that, I got things to the stage where the door could be closed and locked, but it still required a forceful tug at the end. That doesn't work well for a facility that serves a group of people who vary in their strength and body leverage.

So finally, a guy who was watching and helping a bit suggested just taking a hammer to it. Now it fits.

BPRC Work Day 2017

I had thought the project was largely a cosmetic one, but in the process of getting it to fit, I learned otherwise. Apparently it had been really challenging to hang that door in that spot, and it's the main entry door for the boat bays, so it's an important one. One of the old-timers pointed out spots around the doorframe where things had been kludged together, and noted that the whole thing needed that aluminum threshold to brace the side supports.

I'm just glad it's finished and I can check it off my list.

Then I came home and made a quiche out of a bunch of things that needed to be used up.

Now I need to work up the motivation to get to work on the bike spats. It probably isn't going to rain again for several months.
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I managed to get myself out of bed to go rowing this morning. As usual, I'm glad I did. The wind was blowing up the BAP out of the south, as it often does, but the water was still nice enough for a good steady-state piece.

I'm continuing to work on my posture in the boat. A long while back, Iz had some useful feedback on how to think about it, and I've finally reached a stage where I can feel the feedback from my muscles when I'm doing things correctly vs. being sloppy. Good postural control at the finish/release makes for much smoother rowing and better preparation at the catch. It should also help smooth things between M's rowing style and mine.

The challenge is that I have to keep rowing with at least a minimal amount of consistency to hold onto improvements like this one. Days like Monday through Wednesday this week made that challenging, however, so I have to be satisfied taking what I can get.

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Wednesday through today I have been dissecting the crickets from this week's inulin experiments. My primary goal is to determine the flight muscle status for the long-winged crickets (pink, active flight muscle or white, histolyzed flight muscle). My main focus is on the long-winged pink-muscled crickets because they are metabolically distinct from the short-winged white-muscled crickets.

But on any given day, the ratio of long-winged pink to long-winged white varies. For the 11 pm - 1 am timepoint, I had 7 pink and 1 white, so that timepoint is set. However, for the 11 am - 1 pm timepoint, I only had 2 pink and 8 white, and for the 8 pm - 10 pm timepoint I only have 1 pink and 7 white.

So I will need to redo two out of the three timepoints. Based on the current results, I'll set up long-winged to short-winged crickets at a ratio of 2:1.

These dissections have been very tedious and labor-intensive because in addition to checking the flight muscle status, I'm also dissecting out and weighing it, and also the crickets' ovaries and fat body. The ovaries are straightforward, but the fat body is a diffuse and sticky tissue that has to be gathered up.
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Notes to self and reflections for racing:

That was not an easy race again (Desert Sprints being the last ...interesting... one). Too much talking and futzing heading to the starting line left me feeling unfocused. I stuck us too far in the middle of the pack for a 6-boat mass-start. We wound up spending the first straightaway jockeying with three other boats, and got stuck behind everyone at the first turn around Cone Rock. M kept on turning around to look for herself, which makes me think we should switch seats and she can be bow and make all the steering decisions for a while. IF I can manage to do a decent job of setting stroke length, stroke rate, and recovery speed.

I'm finding it hard to make snap decisions in the middle of the race about how to move around other boats. Do I need to be more ruthless, and just hold my course and yell at other boats to move out of the way? Or do I need to just decide to go around, set my course, and get the business done with? It's admittedly hard to do this on a long (10k) course that's unfamiliar. And altogether, I actually did a reasonable job of steering us whenever we weren't fighting with other boats for position.

How do I hold on to or regain an effective stroke if early segments are shot due to nerves? More high-quality time on the water, I suspect.

I feel like I'm missing a certain level of poise/body control, and I don't quite know how to get it. I may need to erg with a mirror for a while, and I absolutely need to stay on top of strength training. I would like to have a sense of grace when I race, and it isn't there right now.
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When I got to the boathouse gym this morning, I discovered that a piece of equipment I never use had been moved to another space outside. Its removal freed up a section of wall that's invaluable to me. I use that bit of wall to brace my feet while doing shoulder exercises on an exercise ball (to me, those balls will forever be Swiss physical therapy balls). Previously, I'd been trying to brace my feet against the piece of equipment, but it wasn't ideal.

The extra wall space inspired me to start adding this exercise back into my routine. It's really great for building shoulder stability and strength, which are crucial for preventing repetitive-use rowing injuries.

I also want to get even better at one-legged squats. They're a fast way to notice and work on correcting bilateral strength imbalances. I also feel like they're good for facilitating long-term mobility. As evidence: the notorious RBG does them.

I still need to figure out how to add a second strength workout into my weekly agenda. Maybe if I study crickets hard enough, I can figure out how to use them to bend the space-time continuum.
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Saturday morning I met M over at the BAP to pick up oars and drive to the Open Water Rowing Center and practice the race course for the OWRC Regatta in two weeks. We were lucky to have S as our course guide. He's half of the Old Man Double and used to sail, so he knows a thing or two about precision navigating.

Our race course will be entirely within Richardson Bay, which is well sheltered compared to other parts of the Bay. Even so, there's a lot of open space to cover, which means lots of room to accidentally steer a very wide course. I guess a couple years ago S wrote a short novel explaining how to effectively steer the race course, and after reading it last Thursday evening I became even more convinced that a practice run would be incredibly helpful.

And it was. I wish I'd had a bit more time to take some pictures, but we were focused on getting the work done. The OWRC's dock is nestled in in a lovely little part of Sausalito - I guess you can check the webcam to see for yourself! The weather was absolutely beautiful and clear, which enabled us to see all of the landmarks and channel markers. It was useful to get the sightseeing aspect out of the way so we can focus while we race. Some of the open-water skiffs stored at the OWRC were cool, too, so I will aim to take photos when we go back for the regatta in 2 weeks.

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From there, I hightailed over to the lab to take food away from the crickets, then headed in to San Francisco to meet up with a friend at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

It's challenging for me to try to simultaneously catch up with someone and also gaze at art, but I'm glad to have had a chance to distractedly check out SFMOMA because I probably wouldn't have gone for a visit on my own otherwise. It's a small enough museum that one can visit everything in a single trip, but it's on the larger end of my preferred range of art museum sizes. I also spend enough time at contemporary art museums to find it kind of odd to just look at stuff that's mostly already comfortably within the established artistic canon. I guess I like the sense of freshness and dialogue that comes from viewing very new work, in lieu of just having my eyes land on Duchamp's sideways urinal or Warhol's prints.

I did, however, like William Allan's aesthetic, particularly his landscape paintings of the Sea of Cortez and Deception Pass. In person, it's easy to get lost in their vibrant luminosity. There were a number of other works spread throughout the museum that exhibited similar extreme levels of meticulous painting and drawing, which is interesting as a common element.

Two examples include Lesende (Reader), by Gerhard Richter and Wall Drawing 1247, by Sol LeWitt.

This image tickled my funny bone the most. It reminded me of Stella Marr.
No Radio - SFMOMA

Kayak 1

Mar. 19th, 2017 05:18 pm
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Kayak paddle strokes learned:
-Regular - paddle close to side of boat, maintaining "box" between paddle and shoulders
-Franken-paddling (locked elbows to practice using torso and core)
-Sweep-stroke - wide, long, shallow stroke to correct direction
-Backing up - look behind as you back
-Side-scull: good transition stroke for thinking about stability when flipping
-Conventional side-paddle (move boat sideways)
-Stretch with paddle

Signals (we don't get to do this with rowing oars, heh):
-Paddle raised over head: stop
-Paddle pointing straight up: come over here
-Paddle pointing straight up, moving up and down: come over here, FAST
-Paddle pointing forward at an angle in a certain direction: paddle thataway

The instructor also made useful comments about different boat types, including the utility of having sealed hull compartments (as with rowing shells, these provide buoyancy). It was also helpful to see how to paddle efficiently.

Kayaking is a great counter-motion to rowing, methinks. I should probably take the Level 2 and Level 3 lessons.

There's a lot of traffic in the Oakland Inner Harbor.
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This morning, M and I began training for an upcoming Open Water Regatta. As we got underway, I was telling her a handful of stories from the Desert Sprints Regatta last weekend, including mention of my Arizona Outlaws teammate, K, who I am trying to entice to a regatta or two this year.

Somewhere, over the course of our conversation, M said something about rowing for the sake of "Prevention of Decrepitude." That really tickled my funny bone.
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I time-trialed the silver Kaschper this morning. Three 1k pieces. They were all at least 5 seconds faster than the pieces I did in the Hudson a couple of weeks ago, and I could feel that I could get even more speed out of things with some additional work.

That wasn't the outcome I'd hoped for, but then again, that's why I went to the trouble of collecting the data.

The water was flat and beautiful. The National Weather Service expects the next storm system to show up Wednesday night.
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I will be the first to confess that the recent rainy weather has contributed to my failures to get out and go rowing over the past week or so. Thankfully, things started to let up last night, so I finally made it out this morning.

This is going to be a good year for rowing. I have all of last year's efforts under my belt as a good baseline for what to expect and which regattas to attend. For this early part of the year, I'm starting out by gathering some baseline information. In doing so, I have ZERO regrets about having bought a SpeedCoach GPS towards the end of the fall. It makes a night-and-day difference for getting in a structured workout on the water, and takes away a whole lot of the psychological headgame where I bargain with myself about what I'm going to get done on the water. In addition, the near-instant feedback between the speed readout and what feels good and right in terms of my rowing stroke is invaluable - faster, even, than having a coach in a launch right next to me.

This morning I rowed 3 1k race pieces. They weren't particularly fast, but at least they were consistent, within 4-6 seconds of each other. Pretty soon here I'll also do a 5k at head race pace, and I may continue to do some additional test race pieces while trying out a handful of equipment changes (different oars, different boats).

I have a good sense of my speed on the erg, but I really haven't had any sense of my speed on the water. The baseline info will make for a good anchor point as I work to make the boat move faster.
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[Women's March, Oakland: Proud to be part of the 60,000-strong crowd. Hoping that marching will translate into positive political action.]

So. On Thursday, I got a phone call about that bed that I purchased last Sunday: when would I like it delivered? Friday at 6 pm. Not only did an employee deliver the bed, he also assembled and installed everything. We are still getting used to not sleeping on the floor anymore. Maybe it's frivolous, but I'm relieved that I no longer have to argue with the edge of the futon whenever I sweep. I also really like my corner next to the bed, which also features the recently refinished sewing machine cabinet:

New Arrangement

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Today was the annual meeting for the Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Club. My one-year anniversary for rowing here! It was great to hear about the projects from 2016 and plans for 2017. My goal for 2016 had been membership in the Century Club, which I'd learned about at the prior annual meeting. All it required was 100 visits to the boathouse to use the gym and boats.

I wound up making exactly 100 visits. Maybe it's better that I didn't know that at the time, one way or another. Still, I'm pleased.

Card-carrying century club member

I have higher expectations for 2017, although I'll admit things have been a struggle with how much rain we've been getting.

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I consulted the internet on how to bust open coconuts. David Lebovitz said to use the backside of a cleaver to crack it open.

I guess I was a bit too late with the coconut I picked up from the BAP. Oh well.

End of the coconut

Recharging

Dec. 13th, 2016 09:17 am
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When I went to turn off my phone alarm this morning, my phone informed me that its battery was about to die. I also managed to forget to recharge my mp3 player for the second day in a row, so I was out of luck for music while erging.

I, myself, wasn't moving very fast this morning either. So it was even more entertaining to get to the boathouse and be the first person there, and then have other people drag in, all saying similar things about having a hard time getting out of bed. At least I'm not the only one. I even had J's company while erging.

I now have about 20 km left to go, out of 200 km total for the Holiday Challenge. That's basically two more mornings of erging. I'm feeling pretty proud of myself for having maintained a steady erging schedule. I haven't gotten sick yet, in spite of a couple of dodgy mornings and all of the circadian trials. In past years, I've reached this stage and things have been hit-or-miss, finishing on a whimper. Using the marathon training plan has helped because it keeps me from falling into the "negotiation hole," where I wind up using a lot of mental energy just in deciding what workout to do and for how long.
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It's probably inevitable that on a morning where I make a mental note to remember my lunchbox, I'll then promptly forget it at the boathouse. I pulled it out and set it on a bench when digging around in my pannier for clothes. And of course it's a day where I'll be at the lab until 1 am. I was already going to have to scavenge for dinner. Sigh.

#firstworldproblems
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On Sunday night, [livejournal.com profile] scrottie and I made plans to come up to Seattle via train for the week before December 25. Nailing down that trip made December seem way more concrete and short. Of course, time is always precious this time of year because of the Holiday Challenge.

I just went back to check, and found that indeed, this is my tenth year undertaking the Holiday Challenge. I'd forgotten this detail, but the very first year I went for it was in 2006, when I went to Australia to study social interactions in sweat bees. I only completed the 100k challenge that year because I only had access to an erg for a total of 10 days. After 5 days in a row of half-marathons, my body informed me on no uncertain terms that I needed to stop. I skipped 2007, but have been doing the 200km Challenge every year since then.

This year, I'm going to go back to using one of the erg marathon training plans created by Concept2, to hopefully keep things entertaining. So far, so good. I'm also alternating between erging at home and erging at the boathouse. If I'm going to be erging, at least I can do it with a good view and the camaraderie of my teammates.

Sometime soon, I should also sit down and more thoroughly review the regatta options for 2017. There's no shortage of races in this area, and I'm grateful because they help keep me motivated and moving.
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The last time I got to use a Speedcoach with any regularity was rowing in Arizona, with K.

The Speedcoach GPS is going to be a tremendously useful training tool. I am glad I went ahead and got one. It's extremely difficult to make improvements to one's speed in the absence of direct and immediate feedback.
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Iz's van pulled up while I was bringing oars down to the dock this morning. No solo row. The Serious Double had a fantastic row at the Head of the Charles, placing second in their age category, so I was happy to be able to congratulate her in person. It was also good to have a chance to find out their plans and how they operate during the post-HOCR period. Iz says that J becomes pretty scarce up until March or so, and at that point they start to get serious again about training for the next Head of the Charles.

In the meantime, however, Iz said she keeps rowing, mostly for the mental health benefits. I explained that I was still trying to sort out how to balance things out over the course of the year and across the years, and she laughed and said, "Well, don't expect to have it all figured out anytime soon!" I *am* determined to stick with the Arizona Outlaw tradition of completing the Holiday Challenge. After that I hope to be in a position to put in some good effort for the next year of rowing.

When I made it back to shore, J was also there, for her turn to take a spin around the pond.

The water was amazingly still and flat, and I was glad to have made it out. Iz is right. On the most fundamental level it's the mental health reasons that keep me coming back, too.

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The next couple of days are going to be intense. There are a whole bunch of job application deadlines next week, and I REALLY need to do a better job of turning stuff in with enough spare time for my letter-writers (i.e. TOMORROW). I usually spend most of Thursdays cleaning out the cricket colony, but today we also have two timepoints to cover, at 1 pm and 9 pm. Each timepoint takes about 3.5 hours to complete, start to finish.

Solo Row

Oct. 20th, 2016 10:29 am
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It was challenging to get up and out this morning, but I made myself do it.

None of the usual suspects were at the BAP. The Serious Double, P, and Old Man Double are all in Boston getting ready for the Head of the Charles this weekend. The water was glass-flat. I had the BAP completely to myself.

I took out the Kaschper because the blue Hudson is still drying out in advance of stern compartment repairs. The Kaschper is rigged higher and it took a while to get comfortable in it, but eventually I got back to a point where I could do a couple of hard power 10's.

Today I should order one of those Stroke Coach GPS units so I can start to structure my workouts better. After that, I think I want to time-trial some boats and oars. Maybe a 2x2 experiment: Kaschper vs. blue Hudson, Concept2 vs. Dreher oars. To be fully fair, I think I should do back-to-back pieces and reverse the equipment test order on subsequent practice days.

This is the best time of year for the project. In November, I'll tackle the Holiday Challenge by working my way through some of the marathon training program. It's almost time to start making race plans for 2017, and I'll aim to make it as good year as I can. All the better if I can mix things up with some 2x races in addition to the 1x.

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