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Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Grobi » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:56 am

Hi all,

I'd like to inform you that a certain Mr. Plummy and I have decided to enter this year's 30 minute race at Starnberg, south of Munich, which will be held on February 17th. It is the german championships for this distance/time (www.ergoregatta.de)

Former race reports can be found here:

2011: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2025&hilit=starnberg
2012: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2330
2013: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2540&hilit=starnberg

I had a first test on Jan 2nd to see where I am after the christmas break: 7404m! :shock: :oops: :evil:
That is a whole 436m behind my SB, so I have a LOT of work to do in the coming five weeks!

Apart from that, any other takers from Free Spirits for this one?
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by plummy » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:15 am

I did a test yesterday after my CTC attempt on Saturday and knew at the start of my warm up that my legs were tired already and wouldn't be happy. Scraping over 7400 (neg. splits getting me to 7408m) was actually quite a result I thought. On fresh legs I think 7500+ ought (emphasis on "ought") to be do-able but who knows on the day (I may claim jet-lag on the day but that might be seen as clutching at straws!! ;-))

With my SB being 7590m I haven't got as much ground to make up as Peter though.
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by RdGkA » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:22 am

I would be happy to join, maybe I can come as a spectator.
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by plummy » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:10 pm

Seeing as this thread exists I thought I'd chuck my training on here. Yesterday I did a "push" but not flat out 30mins and managed 7473m (I'm taking anything over 7500 in the race as acceptable and 7600M would be a new SB!).

I've had to swap my training to Monday, Wednesday, Thursday for 6 weeks as I am now busy on Tuesday evenings back at college! so tonight wasn't on the freshest legs so I went for an OCD 10k

All 2k splits were 24 SPM though only 2 were exactly 8:20.0. 41.20.3 was the total time and to be honest it seemed to fly by concentrating on solely trying to keep the predicted finish as close to 41:20 as possible
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by plummy » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:09 pm

Monday I managed a very painful 7561m - which I would take in the race to be honest as a "fair effort" but have to say it was tough and I had to back off for a couple of minutes somewhere 6~8 minutes from the end.

Tonight I fancied something slower but further, so plumped for a 60 minutes at a steady spm. Ended up with 3 x 24spm splits and 3 x 25 spm splits and managed to neg split it as well. Finished with 14571m which is my 3rd best of the season.
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Tako » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:16 am

Not bad, but you call that slower? You managed two consecutive 30mins with 7285,5m each!
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by plummy » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:28 pm

Tako wrote:
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Not bad, but you call that slower? You managed two consecutive 30mins with 7285,5m each!
It was slower overall ( 2:03.5 ) instead of 1:59.0 overall. Applying "Paul's law" I should be able to scrape a bit more speed for a 30 minutes 8)
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Grobi » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:30 pm

Race entries have been released today. Plummy is racing three other guys, I'm racing twelve guys, with Frank Klawonn (olympic gold in 1988) and Thoralf Peters (olympic silver in 1992) amongst them. At least four other guys in my race are also capable of +8k for 30 minutes (judging from their last year's score). That's gonna be fun...
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Jill » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:22 pm

Peter and David, best wishes to you both for this coming Saturday - I hope that your race and pace strategies will go according to plan. :)

As quite a few of us are now following the latest Star Wars' adventure, ' The Millennium Falcon - New Beginnings ' it only leaves me to say, " May the force be with you." :fsbgrin: :fswink:

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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Tako » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:35 pm

Agree with Jill I do
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Paul Victory » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:12 pm

Tako wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:35 pm
Agree with Jill I do
:lol: Best wishes to both I send. There is no try - just do! :mrgreen:
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by RdGkA » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:56 am

Good Luck Grobi and Pummy.
I would 've liked to cheer you on but I can't make it today.
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Grobi » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:46 am

Thanks guys and girls! I‘m doing a last minute tutorial with Plummy on the german language so he can understand the german race commentary :D

We‘ll be heading to Starnberg in an hour or so and will keep you updated :fswink:
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Ian Bee » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:23 pm

The suspense is really building - hope it went well for you both.
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by plummy » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:19 pm

Ich bin sehr langsam - is all I have to say about today's "performance"...😲
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Grobi » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:27 pm

Sorry for the late reply but it has been a really busy day. We arrvied at the venue later than anticipated because winter had returned with a lot of snowfall and difficult travel as a result.

The whole competition was well organised and run to the minute. They are playing loud music throughout the race and there are two big screens with the live race results, one behind the rowers, the other one across the room for the rowers to watch. The only problem I could spot was the dry and warm air.

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Which leads me to my race report. My plan was to start out at 1:56 pace for the first ten, maybe twenty minutes, with the option to speed up after ten minutes, if I was feeling up to it. Then speed up further in the second to last five minutes and a strong final five minutes. I hoped to be finishing with a score higher than my last test before the race (7809m) or even better set a new SB (7840m). Well, I started like planned, but legs didn‘t feel right from the beginning. So I kept that 1:56 pace for 20 minutes, but there was absolutely no way of speeding up. With the second to last five minutes starting I was able to pull occasional 1:55s or 1:54s and in the final two minutes maybe a bit faster. But it wasn‘t good enough to better my latest 30 min test, let alone to set a new PB, as I finished with 7801m. So at first I was a bit disappointed, until I realised that I had finished 7th out of 16 in my category. That was higher than I had expected and the reason was that two of the „big guys“ had given up during the race. It seems they were also suffering from the dry and warm air.

Highlight of the day for me was a gentleman aged 71 who set a new world record in the 70-74 mhwt category in 8144m! =D> So the warm and dry air didn't bother him too much!

Driving back was a bit tiring because snowfall and traffic (end of school holiday) had increased and after a good bavarian dinner I am ready for a good night‘s sleep :fswink:

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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by strider77 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:22 pm

Well done Peter =D>
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Grobi » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:23 am

Thank you Alan :fswink:
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Ian Bee » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:20 am

Thanks for the report back. A great result

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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Tako » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:21 am

Well done Peter and Dave. I really would have liked to join the event but had already plans for a visit at Lego house with the family, which was great fun! Dave, they had the Millennium Falcon in stock for 6999DKK :-)
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Jill » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:32 pm

Peter, thank you for the very informative write - up, I trust that you were not kept awake due to an overloaded digestive system … :fsbgrin: :fswink:

Congratulations on your result, especially as your finishing place turned out to be higher than you were expecting. Who doesn’t enjoy a pleasant surprise. :)

Plummy, I hope that you have regained your equilibrium and no longer feel cross and disappointed with yourself. If it had happened to someone else, you would have had some words of commiseration for them and some words of wisdom. :)

It’s a pity there weren’t more entrants in your race who you felt evenly matched with. That might have fired you up more … :fsbgrin:

You both put in plenty of hard training in readiness for the event so thank you for having the courage to take part and represent Free Spirits. 8) =D> ^O^ :D

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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by plummy » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:27 pm

On reflection, although very disappointed that I didn't squeeze a new SB on Saturday my actual distance (7536m) is only 1% below below my SB for the current season so it was hardly a catastrophe. It was the fact I just never got going - and my only explanation could be that as the machines didn't have C Breezes fitted I may have set the drag 15~20 points too high as the PM was all in German and I had to guess. I rowed an 8k on Monday at 26 SPM (solid OCD style) in 32:32.0 ( 2:02.0 pace ) and although working quite hard wasn't in any distress where my 7536 @ 1:59.5 felt like near death.
I actually got on the podium and my certificate says "3rd" - bit of a typo cock-up there and a sympathy podium for the guy who travelled the furthest I think.

As a complete aside, I was surprised a couple of times by people who's first question to me was what I thought of "Brexit".
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Jill » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:27 pm

Thank you Plummy, that sounds much, much better and a great improvement on you calling yourself " crap " :shock: on Faceache. [-X :fsbgrin: :fswink: Not the sort of thing we ( still fledgling ) Free Spirits want to hear from one of our esteemed Senior Members. :fsbgrin: :fswink:

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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Ian Bee » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:30 am

Only a cursory faceberg user, but I'm glad to have read the above Plummy 👍
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Re: Starnberg 30 minutes 2018

Post by Grobi » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:55 am

Thank you Jill and Tako, LEGO should add that set you created to their range, it will be a big hit! :D
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