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by Mike Channin
Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Prodigal returning
Replies: 17
Views: 2192

Re: Prodigal returning

Graham - you have mail!
by Mike Channin
Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Prodigal returning
Replies: 17
Views: 2192

Re: Prodigal returning

So how many original Spirits are still around then? ;-)
by Mike Channin
Fri May 09, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Nonathlon 2015
Replies: 184
Views: 17078

Re: Nonathlon 2015

Massive congratulations to Paul Victory for already scoring more points than I'll get this season. Brilliant to see you on form and flying high, Paul!

I will be targeting all your times, although the scores you get for them are well beyond me.
by Mike Channin
Fri May 02, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: April CTC: 3 Peaks Challenge
Replies: 63
Views: 2851

Re: April CTC: 3 Peaks Challenge

Hahaha. Well done, Thomas. I can explain my relatively poor time - It was done as the first 3400ish of a C2C 16:19 as I'm targeting that more than the CTCs (which seem to have got a bit obscure lately, IMHO, although I guess interesting from a strategic perspective, if difficult for those with older...
by Mike Channin
Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: October 2013 - celebrating the life of Gaye McOnie
Replies: 143
Views: 12514

Re: October 2013 - celebrating the life of Gaye McOnie

I did a 3861m for Gaye on Friday (as I don't have access to the gym on Saturday) as part of a slow (aggregated) HM, and dedicate the whole session to her.

Love the photo of you all together sitting on the rowing machine. My thoughts are with you.
by Mike Channin
Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: April CTC: 639m.
Replies: 45
Views: 3083

Re: April CTC: 639m.

I believe our average age would be significantly higher, probably easily enough to justify a HM at 21097m
by Mike Channin
Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Marathons, ultras and other crazy talk
Replies: 19
Views: 3025

Re: Marathons, ultras and other crazy talk

Pretty much like the running version, you need to do around 2/3rds distance at least once in preparation. If you can do an hour without reaction, try a HM If you can do a HM without a reaction, consider a 2 hour piece. If you get through this without anything too serious, you can try for the FM, and...
by Mike Channin
Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: The Long Road Back From Illness/Injury
Replies: 69
Views: 8746

Re: The Long Road Back From Illness/Injury

I presume that by LSD, you're referring to Long Slow Distance, and not the brain-bending pharmaceutical chemical of the 60's. (I have no idea if _that_ LSD would help you erg, but it would probably help you to enjoy the trip ;-))
by Mike Channin
Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Mike's training diary - 2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1431

Re: Mike's training diary - 2013

Yes, Thomas, you're definitely right there. Had a sore throat and swollen tonsils for the last two mornings, so decided to have an easy day today and do a HR comparison piece. Got to the gym, and HRM had other ideas. Watch found HR Belt every time (10x +) but refused to actually register the HR. Loo...
by Mike Channin
Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Mike's training diary - 2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1431

Re: Mike's training diary - 2013

Forgot to mention - I was a Mud Season Madness winner on the 11th!
by Mike Channin
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: March CTC 920m
Replies: 76
Views: 3213

Re: March CTC 920m

Unplanned badly paced attempt today, and got 3:00.2 (full details on my training thread). Will obviously have to have another go sometime, to see if I can find at least that 0.2! Oh, and I _did_ set for 1000m, with 230m splits to capture the 920m time, and spent the whole way regretting it and wishi...
by Mike Channin
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Marathons, ultras and other crazy talk
Replies: 19
Views: 3025

Re: Marathons, ultras and other crazy talk

Summary: Much the same as running, except no real value from training towards being lighter. Easier on the joints, but expect attritional damage to the hands and backside. (There are whole threads about how to pad the seat). Same issues mentally and nutritionally. There's a marathon challenge in May...
by Mike Channin
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Training Challenges
Topic: WAARC - March 2013 - 2km
Replies: 76
Views: 17515

Re: WAARC - March 2013 - 2km

As I posted elsewhere, Mikkel, very well done. I can only dream of times like that...

And beautifully paced too, according the splits. Superb!
by Mike Channin
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: what training have free spirits been doing today?
Replies: 8064
Views: 224822

Re: what training have free spirits been doing today?

Well done, Mikkel!!!! Great result.
by Mike Channin
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Anyone had any SEASON's bests recently?
Replies: 2884
Views: 117610

Re: Anyone had any SEASON's bests recently?

Great stuff Thomas - you must have been going for it in that last interval!! Especially well done for having conquered the demons, and also made such a great step forwards.
by Mike Channin
Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: OTW reminiscing: What was the best boat you ever rowed in?
Replies: 3
Views: 820

OTW reminiscing: What was the best boat you ever rowed in?

Been chatting with old friend, and ended up on the topic of the best boats we'd ever had the pleasure to row in. For me, it was Churchill Men's 4th in the Mays, 1992. We weren't the quickest on the river (obviously) but we had a lovely rhythm and we could keep that boat sat perfectly. I will never f...
by Mike Channin
Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: Marathons, ultras and other crazy talk
Replies: 19
Views: 3025

Re: Marathons, ultras and other crazy talk

Differences between a running marathon and rowing one (in my humble opinion): To row a marathon in a certain time takes a constant amount of work, almost*1 completely independent of the weight of the athlete, whereas in running, where the weight is carried, it makes a huge difference to the amount o...
by Mike Channin
Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: Training Challenges
Topic: WAARC - March 2013 - 2km
Replies: 76
Views: 17515

Re: WAARC - March 2013 - 2km

I think that 6:40 for Mikkel would move him to equal top on 16pts, but I suspect other times may change before the end of the challenge. The current C2 weight adjustment is for a notional equivalent speed in a boat and is not designed as a normalisation function. The age adjustments seem to be a sim...
by Mike Channin
Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: The Pete Plan
Replies: 7057
Views: 277070

Re: The Pete Plan

Fantastic - thanks to both Millie and Peter - this is just the kind of info I was hoping for. That's really interesting to see how you've used adapted sessions to target the shorter 1k race, Millie. I must get round to improving my 1k, so this will be very useful. (I got to a point last year where t...
by Mike Channin
Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:01 am
Forum: The Sanctuary
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 267
Views: 44998

Re: Jokes

Scoop - you have made me laugh out loud (and get a funny look!). (Fortunately my wife does _not_ shop like the joke, but it describes my mother to a tee, except there would be more trips back and forth). Also loved Bill's holiday quotes and Peters poker one. Now all we need is Bangers and the Tommy ...
by Mike Channin
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: The Long Road Back From Illness/Injury
Replies: 69
Views: 8746

Re: The Long Road Back From Illness/Injury

Paul - set yourself some targets, preferably a range with an easy, a medium and an ambitious/stretch target. You will stay more motivated if you have something to aim at, and to measure against. Don't beat yourself up if you have to adjust the targets - it happens, and it is better than breaking you...
by Mike Channin
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:28 am
Forum: Training and Racing
Topic: The Pete Plan
Replies: 7057
Views: 277070

Re: The Pete Plan

Thanks both - that was a great help. Back to the original question - Is there any one piece that you feel has particular benefit, or one that doesn't really work for you? They all look very well thought through and constructed (and equally daunting!), but then Pete is legendary for knowing his stuff...
by Mike Channin
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:24 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: The Long Road Back From Illness/Injury
Replies: 69
Views: 8746

Re: The Long Road Back From Illness/Injury

Sorry - wasn't meant to sound like a cliff-hanger ending to keep you tuned for the next episode (which inevitably turns out to be a bit of an anti-climax!) Erm, I got back on the machine, and rowed some, very slowly at first (cos I was woefully unfit, and I was scared of injury). After three weeks I...
by Mike Channin
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:18 am
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: Heart Monitors
Replies: 23
Views: 1289

Re: Heart Monitors

Unfortunately R-R recording is a premium feature for the data obsessives, and they know they have us over a barrel and can charge accordingly. On a related subject, FirstBeat looks like it is heading for an interesting major update soon (if anyone else got the email). All the more reason to fork out...
by Mike Channin
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: Free Spirits forum
Topic: New Young Female Lightweight Joins Team
Replies: 13
Views: 745

Re: New Young Female Lightweight Joins Team

The erg will be quieter, and require less nappy changes than Isla! But well done for sneaking it in, while she is in a moment of weakness!