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by MaxMacLaren1
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: July ctc - 2112m
Replies: 15
Views: 433

Re: July ctc - 2112m

Peter, I'm certainly planning on doing 4 attempts. Joe, I think I also lost more core strength than legs / arms. Not helped by adding a couple of kilos in weight. For today's attempt I listened to the parrot on my shoulder squawking 1:48.8, 1:48.8. So a quick start and then settled at 1:49 for 7:38....
by MaxMacLaren1
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: July ctc - 2112m
Replies: 15
Views: 433

Re: July ctc - 2112m

It takes so much effort to build fitness and then it disappears so quickly! Surprised by the HR which is 91% of maximum. 7:43.6 @1:49.7

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by MaxMacLaren1
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: July ctc - 2112m
Replies: 15
Views: 433

Re: July ctc - 2112m

Well done Joe and a nice sprint finish. I'm also coming back from a few weeks off and my plan is to try this once a week starting at 1:50 and taking 1 second off the pace each week with the ultimate aim of going 7:30 @1:46.5. But now I'm going to have to try really hard not to listen to the demon on...
by MaxMacLaren1
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Training to lower heart rate
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Training to lower heart rate

Hi Jon, Great question. To add to Wolfie's reply I read a book last year "Heart rate training for the compleat idiot" by Parker. Unfortunately it isn't in print now and I gave my copy away. It was very much about polarised training but the main thing thing I remember is slow down. So stay in the ban...
by MaxMacLaren1
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: what training have free spirits been doing today?
Replies: 8151
Views: 236540

Re: what training have free spirits been doing today?

Hi Paul V,

At 6'1" you're an inch or 2 taller than me. What do you class as a "relatively short stroke". I have shorter legs compared to body so not really built for rowing and usually see 1.39 to 1.45 depending on stroke rate and how much I'm thinking about technique.
by MaxMacLaren1
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Anyone had any PBs recently?
Replies: 12212
Views: 352822

Re: Anyone had any PBs recently?

Jon, Well done on your PBs, very impressive =D> =D> =D> . Last year when I did a lot of low rate training I saw PBs at shorter and longer distances but not in the middle. Hopefully your experience will be different but it'll be interesting to see.
by MaxMacLaren1
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: June CTC
Replies: 43
Views: 1358

Re: June CTC

Well that was hard but pleased each split was slightly faster than planned to finish on 4,458m @1.47.7. Thank you Fred, I wouldn't have pushed so hard without the target. Lots of great rowing this month and a special well done to Claudius.

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by MaxMacLaren1
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: June CTC
Replies: 43
Views: 1358

Re: June CTC

Well done Fred. I've not rowed this month so it'll be a challenge, but you've given me a tough target to aim for. Pacing of 1:50, 1:49, 1:47 and 1:40 would total 4,426m @1:48.4. Not sure I can do it, especially the 3 minute interval, but I'll try!
by MaxMacLaren1
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: June CTC
Replies: 43
Views: 1358

Re: June CTC

Fred, That is an impressive final minute!
by MaxMacLaren1
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: June CTC
Replies: 43
Views: 1358

Re: June CTC

First week almost over and only 3 entries from us on our own challenge so far.... Suspect it'll take me a couple of weeks to regain even a little fitness. Was your 4,372 flat out or is there more in the tank? Has anyone any thoughts on pacing. I'm guessing average pace is mid way between 2k and 5k ...
by MaxMacLaren1
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: June CTC
Replies: 43
Views: 1358

Re: June CTC

Mat wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:32 pm
Ouch! Thats deceptively tough! (Sorry Erik 8-[ )
I'll bet it was. That's some pace =D>.
by MaxMacLaren1
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: 2020 weight loss thread
Replies: 21
Views: 998

Re: 2020 weight loss thread

Well done on your 3rd consecutive week of weight lose. Keep the run going!
by MaxMacLaren1
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Last year of the Meteboard? / Meterboard3?
Replies: 42
Views: 2167

Re: Last year of the Meteboard? / Meterboard3?

But we do still need to find a solution because lots of people value the meterboard. I would think something like... 1. Description of skill set needed and likely time commitment. 2. Stan emails members and asks if anyone has the skill set and is willing to take on the role. 3. If that works fine. I...
by MaxMacLaren1
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: May ctc - 1‘, standing start
Replies: 49
Views: 2084

Re: May ctc - 1‘, standing start

So, I recommend repeated efforts until you find the sweet spot where the glycolytic system manages to keep you going for the full 60 seconds. How many repetitions this will take is anyone's guess. Do let us know :lol: :twisted: Jon, That's a great explanation. It makes being eaten by said pouncing ...
by MaxMacLaren1
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: May ctc - 1‘, standing start
Replies: 49
Views: 2084

Re: May ctc - 1‘, standing start

Thanks Paul G and Iain. Interesting observations and it looks like I'll need to work on weight training and sprints.
by MaxMacLaren1
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: May ctc - 1‘, standing start
Replies: 49
Views: 2084

Re: May ctc - 1‘, standing start

What Ron and Paul V describe happens to me as well. I can feel it on the erg and see it the C2 workout graph. After a few seconds I dip a little and after c45 second I start falling off a cliff. The first one is after a fast start when I'm adjusting to target/race pace so that makes sense. But the d...
by MaxMacLaren1
Sun May 31, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: May ctc - 1‘, standing start
Replies: 49
Views: 2084

Re: May ctc - 1‘, standing start

Rowing once in three weeks wasn't the ideal preparation but I was still hoping for 1:30. Unfortunately the erg was jumping around so much that the monitor fell backwards so I had no idea how I was doing. Managed 1:30.6 which is 331 meters. Apologies to Wolfie, and respect to Tako and Fred for the fa...
by MaxMacLaren1
Mon May 25, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Nonathlon 2021
Replies: 100
Views: 2733

Re: Nonathlon 2021

Hi Stan, Please can you add me MaxMacLaren1.
by MaxMacLaren1
Thu May 21, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: do you want a new captain
Replies: 26
Views: 1028

Re: do you want a new captain

This is an interesting discussion. On one hand there are a few times where I would have expected a Captain to be more visible. However, on the other hand having a leader that takes their duties lightly is very much in the ethos of Free Spirits. It's part of who we are and I think it's important not ...
by MaxMacLaren1
Thu May 14, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: 2019/20 Summary and Aspirations for 2020/21
Replies: 9
Views: 579

Re: 2019/20 Summary and Aspirations for 2020/21

Thanks Dave. I like hearing about everyone's successes and find the plans for next year motivating. Last season was definitely my coming of age in terms of rowing. After 2 or 3 years of steady improvement suddenly gains were hard to achieve. A quick summary of my goals is not a pretty picture althou...
by MaxMacLaren1
Sun May 10, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Anyone had any PBs recently?
Replies: 12212
Views: 352822

Re: Anyone had any PBs recently?

Is it an Australian Record for 55-59?
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by MaxMacLaren1
Sun May 10, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Anyone had any PBs recently?
Replies: 12212
Views: 352822

Re: Anyone had any PBs recently?

Congratulations Lesley. That's quick, 4th fastest in the world this season and would have been 27th last season. Very impressive =D> =D> =D>
by MaxMacLaren1
Thu May 07, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: JUNE CTC - Free Spirits to choose
Replies: 25
Views: 971

Re: JUNE CTC - Free Spirits to choose

Wolfie, That sounds unbelievably awful, even by CTC standards! I can't decide if it's inspired or evil. Probably both :lol:
by MaxMacLaren1
Tue May 05, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Takers for ridiculous ultra-challenge?
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Takers for ridiculous ultra-challenge?

As my distance record is a HM there's no way I could attempt a tandem. But I would consider joining a team. I can't see a record for the small or large team 50+ 1,000,000 so that looks like an opportunity. As we have a lot of good 40+ rowers I also looked at those records as well. I can't see a larg...
by MaxMacLaren1
Fri May 01, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Last year of the Meteboard? / Meterboard3?
Replies: 42
Views: 2167

Re: Last year of the Meteboard?

Thomas, A huge thank you for everything you've done in keeping the Forum running. It's a fantastic community and I hope someone has the skills to carry on your great work.

Max