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Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:44 am

Hello Team!

At the 1st of July the TdE will start again. It is organized by Sõudespinning, a gym in Estonia (if i got that right) and that is their Introductory blurb:

"The Tour is open for everyone, who enjoys sports especially indoor rowing! Only thing you need to do is to row on Concept2 on defined day defined distance and send the result with a photo (as a proof) to organizers.

Distance must correspond accurately (+/- 0m) to this day defined distance. On the photo must be visible rowers face and C2 monitor screen with result. Results must be delivered either via email to info @ soudespinning.ee or posted on Facebook Sõudespinning wall (facebook.com/soudespinning) as of end of the same day.

Tour consist of 21 stages and lasts 23 days. The total distance is 440,3 km. The longest distance is 31,4km and shortest the last event with 7.9km.

Beside overall ranking will be mini-Tour ranking. Mini-Tour consist of last five stages.

Starting from this year new category tandem will be introduced! You can divide the events with your rowing partner."

The distances are:

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26200m (01. July Sa)
28800m (02. July Su)
23100m (03. July Mo)
25000m (04. July Tu)
25900m (05. July We)
31400m (06. July Th)
23700m (07. July Fr)
20300m (08. July Sa)
19700m (09. July So)

22500m (11. July Tu)
14600m (12. July We)
26500m (13. July Th)
21500m (14. July Fr)
 8100m (15. July Sa)
16800m (16. July Su)
31300m (17. July Mo)

17500m (19. July We)
16800m (20. July Th)
16100m (21. July Fr)
16600m (22. July Sa)
 7900m (23. July Su) 

One has to register before the start via the homepage or by sending a eMail with your information (Name, Sex and Nationality) to info @ soudespinning.ee

Facebook users can upload their pictures in the Facebook event as well:

Come on Meter-Munchers join the fun!

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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:11 am

Tapering week!

Since beginning of April I started building long distance stamina to get a FM in at the last weekend of of last season, and did an early FM for this season at the beginning of May.
From there I put in a lot of 1h and HM rows with steadily increasing DF (170-195) to prep for TdE.

While my times a very dependent on "form on the day", I thinking about putting my strong HM and FM times in the pace predictor and 3s to the pace for each leg of the tour.
DF will go down from 195 to 150 for ~30k rows (that's the drag I uses for the FM), 160 for ~20ks and 170 for ~10k rows.

Do you think 3s slower then SBs is to fast for a tour like this, which has very little recovery days?

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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by CamiCrew » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:47 pm

Wow that's quite a challenge. Best wishes with it!
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by Paul Victory » Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:27 am

Very hard to know how you should pace this Ralf. The only thing I can think of that's anyway comparable that was done by some of our team mates is the Crazy Bear challenge, although that's more about completing the challenge than doing it quickly.

Maybe of some of them might have an insight into pacing.
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by plummy » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:28 am

The distances are very significant on this challenge but not impossible. Having seen the list, it's not the distances but the time that is needed and the fact that there are next to no breaks. I only train on back to back days at weekend now so there's no way I'd be able to join in as a soloist entrant.

Good luck to anyone who does though - that's a tough challenge
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:35 pm

It startet!
The predictor gave me a 1:56.6 (+3s).
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I helped moving our boat-house in the morning and was happy that we finished way quicker than announced.

Felt good at the start and had to step on the breaks, but ended with 1s faster than target pace, still. I will see if that will bite me in the end.
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:17 pm

2nd row of 21:
Reduced the SB+3s to a SB+2s in the pace predictor, that hurt a bit but was still doable.
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:38 pm

3rd:
Same method for pace prediction, HM SB+2 as 1st point, result of the 1st day (26.2k) of the tour as 2nd point.
It was doable but I have to slow down.
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:53 pm

Pace predictor pace (from 1st and 3rd day of the Tour) beaten by 0.2s
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Tomorrow I do a slow one
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Tour d' Estonie

Post by Caratacus » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:20 pm

Ralf, this is mental but I love it
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:13 pm

Thank you Caratacus :)

Today I rowed in the gym and therefore allowed me a predicted pace (from days 1 and 4) + 1s, did it 0.2 faster again.
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Tomorrow looms the longest part 31.4 km.
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:34 pm

Predicted pace (from day 2 pace and FM SB+2s Pace), did it 0.1 faster.
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Actually I thought to do it slower and use up some of my lead on place 5, but the 1st half was really easy and in the end I dragged it home. No need to give a away advantage.
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by Paul Victory » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:34 am

Amazing stuff Ralf! ^O^ ^O^ ^O^
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:59 pm

Thanks Paul!

Predicted pace (from days 3 and 4), did it 0.2 faster.
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The theme is repeating now, the start feels easy, the third third is painful but manageable. I guess that's how it should be.
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:23 pm

My 60' SB is worse than the HM, so 20.3k is a bit out of the predictor range.
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That pace is 1.2s slower then the HM SB. That should give the predictor the right slope for the shorter pieces. (I hope)
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:13 pm

Today the USB Logbook lost my row, good that I took the obligatory TDE picture before.
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Tomorrow is the 1st rest-day so I pushed it a bit. Target-pace form days 7 and 8, -1s
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:27 am

RESTDAY!!!

Thoughts about the TdE. Is it worth it or even fun? As hard as expected or worse?

As I wrote in the 1st post, I trained up to it and in the same time wanted to loose weight which is a bit risky. 8kg in 8 weeks isn't that much but if one loosed muscle instead of fat you obviously did it wrong.
I tried to avoid this by doing low Rate rows with high DF, 16k-HMs most of the time.

I pretty much nailed my Target-weight with the start of the TdE and switched diet to more carbs again, which I would have done even with the weight still not on spot.
So I was quite surprised that I lost another 1kg in the 1st days but now I'm got back 2kg (1kg overweight). I can live with that for the moment and will not go without carbs during the TdE

Fun? I like it, I check the meters I have to row, use the pace predictor with a bit of voodoo and go for it, while watching TV shows.
My back is holding up (my butt not so much), one day it was nagging but the now reduced DF is helping. I have to say it isn't as hard as I thought it would be. Maybe my target paces are to relaxed but it is the first time I do such an event and the worst would be if I run my self to ground and could not finish it.

Critics: I'm a bit unhappy with the organisation ITM, the 1st 3 days updates of the results came every morning, now we are missing parts of the table for 4 days. Which results in a bit blind flight, I guess I could calculate the result on my own checking all pictures but it is annoying.

Anyway, after this 1st week and half of the meters already done, I would still recommend the TdE for all the meter munchers.
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:47 pm

Hmmm, Thought that would be an easy day after the rest but I got a slightly cramping leg after 2/3.
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Started strong and finished with a target pace (from Day 7 and 8 ) -0.4s, happy with the result, not so happy with the row.
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:08 pm

Target pace was not easy to predict and I started to strong. In the end I had to take 2 or 3 sips while HD and ended with 0.7s slower pace than I wanted to achieve. Done and dusted!
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:23 pm

pace predictor input: day 1 and 2.
Result pace: 0.7s better \o/
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After 2 bad days this was very needed!
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:19 pm

happy with the row, even when I loose advantage against place 4 and 5.
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:28 pm

2nd shortest distance of the tour
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In season 2013 I had a faster pace on 30' ... not bad
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:55 pm

Used Day 9 and 14 for the predictor but went out much faster, settled for positive splitting and ended with overall 1.2s faster pace \o/
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During the row it looked like a perfect positive split, bummer
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by Paul Victory » Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:37 pm

^O^ ^O^ ^O^ Very strong rowing Ralf. ^O^ ^O^ ^O^
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Re: Tour d' Estonie

Post by RdGkA » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:58 pm

Thanks Paul!

Not nice but faster than on day 6
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