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by Recess
Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Technique Clinic
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Technique Clinic

Hey Jon, As you got in touch about this - I thought I'd reply here, just to continue this thread, rather than just an off-shoot. (Hey Mr Plumb!) I think the flaws in the 10spm have been covered well by Spider and Plummy. You look very tense and mechanical - remember, the sequencing is meant to flow ...
by Recess
Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Gone but not forgotten
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: Gone but not forgotten

I am starting the 5k training next week. Very well done John!! I'm doing that programme at the moment (well I am dipping in and out of it anyway). It is excellent (apart from John's jokes and maths). Haha. My jokes are awesome!!! ;/) I’m so pleased some of you have found this. I really think that m...
by Recess
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Gone but not forgotten
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: Gone but not forgotten

Hahah. Sometimes I think you’re right. A great bunch where I am, but I’ve never been as good as when I was Free.

And that’s awesome that you’ve seen my videos!! I’m really pleased you like them.
by Recess
Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Gone but not forgotten
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Gone but not forgotten

Hey everyone, I just wanted to stop by to show that even though I've moved to other pastures, you guys will always be my "Spirit" animal when it comes to rowing. I have a YouTube channel where I row some workouts for people to do at the same time, and the one I did this week I threw on my ...
by Recess
Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Happy Birthday Recess
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: Happy Birthday Recess

Aw, thanks guys.

I may row with a FM shirt nowadays, but trust me, I'll always be a Free Spirit.

John
by Recess
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: New Online Indoor Rowing Competition - Row555
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Re: New Online Indoor Rowing Competition - Row555

Great to hear from you John. Feels like a long time since we used to bump into each other on RowPro 30-minute sessions. I hope you are well. I'm well thanks. A bit injured, but apart from that, well. I'm doing the Sunday morning RowPro's most weeks (10:00) - but don't have much of a chance for the ...
by Recess
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: New Online Indoor Rowing Competition - Row555
Replies: 3
Views: 518

New Online Indoor Rowing Competition - Row555

I hope you don't mind me popping back on here to post about this. Although I row under another banner nowadays, my days with FS have still been the most relaxed and socially happy times I've had - and I've never rowed as fast as I did when I was a Free Spirit. (Starts to wonder why he left...) Anywa...
by Recess
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Crash-B 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2884

Re: Crash-B 2017

I get ya. There's a line you have to cross to push yourself past what you normally consider pushing past!! But I convince myself that this is why I do it. I don't think (right now) I could train for the sake of it. Being an "almost" gives me drive. It's painful, I'd rather be the best and ...
by Recess
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Crash-B 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2884

Re: Crash-B 2017

John, What does doubling down mean? Focus. I've been putting in the meters, doing the sessions - but the races last week and yesterday reveal how much I leave myself with at the end of training sessions. Whether it's making excuses when it gets tough and not pushing on, or whether it's taking the e...
by Recess
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Crash-B 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2884

Re: Crash-B 2017

I didn't spot any unfortunately. Thanks for sharing my time. Not too pleased with it - I'd have missed a medal anyway, the three that got em were plain faster than me. But having done 6:38 last week, I was hoping to PB. (6:37.8) Must double my efforts if I have any thoughts of next year. Hope everyo...
by Recess
Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: BRIC 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1568

Re: BRIC 2016

Yeah, the 10 minute warm up was not the best, huh?

And well done Morten! That was an outstanding effort.
by Recess
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: BRIC 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1568

Re: BRIC 2016

Nope, you're 100% bang on with this. I'm not sure about 6:39 but 6:32 I'd really want to be capable of. But a 1k is a different animal - in my head at least. I need to train 1500 at 1:38 I think, to convince myself I could do it Happy it was an entertaining race though!! Bloody painful afterwards. M...
by Recess
Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: BRIC 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1568

Re: BRIC 2016

You may recall I have fled the Free Spirit nest - but yesterday marked the last time I'd race with Free Spirits against my name. Albeit dressed head to toe in Fitness Matters gear! But I entered when I was still a Free Spirit, and therefore it was against my name and I tried to make the old team pro...
by Recess
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Row2Rio - anyone up for it?
Replies: 91
Views: 9394

Re: Row2Rio - anyone up for it?

Hey Jill! I'm still kinda here. I'm not going to remove myself from the forum, as regardless what team I row for, I'll still be a Free Spirit at heart. I started my journey here, and will forever remain. Plus, I've got a Free Spirit hoodie with my name sewn into it - I'd have to throw it in the bin!...
by Recess
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Devon Indoor Rowing Championships Sept 16
Replies: 3
Views: 952

Re: Devon Indoor Rowing Championships Sept 16

Yeah, that was Sam's event. When you look at all the promotion he puts into Fitness Matters, it's no wonder he has so many members. But it's true that if you put in the effort (and are successful yourself!) people will gravitate. Chris Chapman won the heavyweight in 16:41.x I think - so would have b...
by Recess
Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Devon Indoor Rowing Championships Sept 16
Replies: 3
Views: 952

Devon Indoor Rowing Championships Sept 16

Hey everyone, Just a quick one to say I won the lightweight event at the DIRC yesterday! 17:36.6 was a nice PB to get (would have loved sub 17:30, but wasn't to be. My blog has a full report on it if you're interested? http://johntherower.com/5k-at-dirc-in-exeter-bringing-home-gold/ A great event, h...
by Recess
Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: September CTC: Tribesports Ten
Replies: 144
Views: 12451

Re: September CTC: Tribesports Ten

Good!! I need a reason to push if I try this again. Either to stay ahead, or try to catch you.


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by Recess
Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: September CTC: Tribesports Ten
Replies: 144
Views: 12451

Re: September CTC: Tribesports Ten

Great times everybody!! And a nice improvement Dave! Just had another full on go. Rather pleased with myself if that's allowed? 2916! Ok up until 5 - got a little concerned on the way to 6 but then once I got down to 100 strokes to go it was maths. Got to 30 and went for power at the same rate (a bi...
by Recess
Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:27 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: September CTC: Tribesports Ten
Replies: 144
Views: 12451

Re: September CTC: Tribesports Ten

Yes, but also because it's a perfect duration. Longer than a 2k - so it makes a 2k fly by in comparison, and also takes a good chunk out of a 5k too, and as such I'm hoping I won't have to drop too much to complete the 5k next weekend.

John


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by Recess
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: September CTC: Tribesports Ten
Replies: 144
Views: 12451

Re: September CTC: Tribesports Ten

Amazing efforts everyone. Too many names to mention since I last posted - but Tako, that was a fantastic effort. I decided to have a run at this at 28spm today - with the only thought being to hold 1:46 on the screen. I got bloody close to my earlier attempt (2864) at 30spm! Will likely have another...
by Recess
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Crash-B 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2884

Re: Crash-B 2017

I splurge and book the Loews in Back Bay when I go. But it's pretty expensive - especially for 16 days!! Back Bay is a good area though - walking distance to most places (yes, I do still walk around Boston in -10 temperature...) I've never stayed anywhere else though, so I'm not the best person to a...
by Recess
Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: September CTC: Tribesports Ten
Replies: 144
Views: 12451

Re: September CTC: Tribesports Ten

Just had my first attempt at this. 2865. Needless to say I love this month's challenge. Wimped out a bit, so looking forward to my next attempt. Hoping I can hold 1:45 and sprint on the next one, then 1:44 and sprint by the end of the month. If I can a mange 1:43 I'll be happy as someone who though ...
by Recess
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Row2Rio - anyone up for it?
Replies: 91
Views: 9394

Re: Row2Rio - anyone up for it?

strider77 wrote:For the boat name I like Free Spirits of Rio as it also has alcoholic connotations hic !
And even better, it's FREE booze!
by Recess
Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Row2Rio - anyone up for it?
Replies: 91
Views: 9394

Re: Row2Rio - anyone up for it?

We arrived weeks before anyone else. I think we ran the bar dry before they appeared...
by Recess
Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:19 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Row2Rio - anyone up for it?
Replies: 91
Views: 9394

Re: Row2Rio - anyone up for it?

Ok. Own up. Which one of us was this!?