wojtek wrote: ↑Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:13 pm
spidermac wrote: ↑Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:03 pm
Woj agree with the guys above - 1min increase in 6months seems a big gap but I don`t know your rowing history - maybe you were a sub6 man!!!.
Cheers for the advice chaps,
Without reading through all the 301 pages of posts what is Paul´s opinion of the PP?
Woj, I'm not sure that I am the Paul whose opiniom you are seeking, but here goes anyway
Let me just point out that this is purely my opinion, and as I have never done the PP before, it's certainly not to be taken as the gospel
I am not a fan of the PP, or any other interval-based, periodised training plan for that matter.
I firmly believe that the greatest gains to be made, at our level of rowing, are by getting to the right weight, and building strength(or, if you want to use Iain's definition, muscular endurance).
I think the PP has it's place but really mainly for the more elite athlete who has the strength/endurance base and optimal weight already, and is looking for some fine tuning.
About 3 or 4 years ago at the age of 52 I re-discovered my love for the erg after at least 3 years of almost zero erging.
I spent about 4 months just doing strength training( DF 250-300, distances 5-15km).During this time I did no intervals or speedwork.
In the course of this training I did a 2k for the IRL( or the CTC) and recorded a 6:51, my second best 2k ever.
As I've said many times before, my training plans aren't for everybody, but they definitely work for me, and Woj, I believe you are in a similar position to where I was.
While I don't use target HR bands and SPM, I do use the ReRow fuction extensively to track improvement and to keep up the motivation.
WRT your sub-7 2k goal - I think it is unlikely at this stage, but as Wolfie very correctly pointed out, any big improvement by your 50th will indicate a success, whether it be a 6:55 or 7:20, and once you are able to take on board that you are in it for the long haul, you will definitely get to where you want to be.
If I am not the right Paul, then please ignore all of the above