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The Megameter Challenge [06 Mar 2012|02:50pm]

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I thought people might be interested to see my progress on completing a million meters in less than 20 days. I'm planning to finish sometime on March 11th or 12th.

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Something else doesn't float [08 May 2009|02:28pm]

The only time I have rowed at Brentwood it was mirror calm. The other times I went the regatta was cancelled due to high waves. Here's how bad it can be.

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100K [15 Mar 2009|07:59am]

Today is the day I have chosen to do my 100K challenge. I'll be starting around 9amPDT and finishing less than 8 hrs later. Barring unforseen difficulties it should be an age group world record.

Pray for my ass!
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erg mixes [01 Jan 2009|11:31pm]

Whenever I look up good erging songs or mixes, I always get these lists of songs that I would.. NEVER.. erg to.  There is a certain art to this process, I think, and you have to be careful what you put onto your mix CD or playlist.  Mainly because while you are erging, your mind is very receptive to a background rhythm to follow with.  The reverse of this is when you get songs where the beat is NOT easy to erg to, and your rhythm gets thrown off, whereupon you attempt to tune out the music in your head, which just defeats the point of putting such a song on an ERG mix in the first place.

Having given up trying to go off of other people's suggestions, I did my own research via iTunes and came up with my own compilations.

Without a doubt the all-time best erg song (in my experience): "Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne

Other songs that I find really good, though may vary depending on your taste:
- "Call on Me" ~ Eric Prydz (sort of a joke among my crew, but actually pumps everyone up)
- "Let's Go" ~ Trick Daddy ft. Lil Jon (a bit profane, but I cut out the stuff in the very beginning and the rest is great)
- "Get Loose" ~ T.I.
- "Til I Collapse" ~ Eminem
- "Bad Touch" ~ Bloodhound Gang (surprisingly turned out to be a really good erg song, try it)
- "Fire" ~ Joe Budden
- "Le Disko" ~ Shiny Toy Guns
- "Paper Planes" ~ M.I.A.
- "Do You Know" ~ Enrique Iglesias

And the classics that are good erg songs, though they don't necessarily follow the above criteria:
- "Welcome to the Jungle" ~ Guns N Roses
- "Shook Me All Night Long" ~ AC/DC
- and many other 80s rock

Go ahead and add any that you are particular fond of or have found to be effective.
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Erg start to the New Year [01 Jan 2009|01:46pm]

I had hopes for getting out for a New Year's row after 3 weeks of too much wind and snow but this morning dawned with cold wind and rain. At least tomorrow has a better forecast.

What to do instead? Why, a marathon, of course! It was my best time since 2001 so I'm pleased. I just have to take one more second off my split to get back under 3 hrs.

I thought I'd share some of the thoughts going through my head during those 3hrs 1min 19secs.

pre-start: I don't have many choices for DVD that lasts 3 hrs and doesn't require constant subtitle reading. I would up watching the second disc of extras from LotR: RotK ExEdn. Sounds of Middle-earth segment was a bust.

~2' in: Damn! I forget to turn on the fan. Essential for a marathon. Lost about 10" for that. I could have just restarted but couldn't be bothered.

~45' in: I'm starting to think I should not have tried a marathon the day after doing 4x800m at race pace. I could have stopped and said that 10K was good enough for a New Year's workout. Not looking forward to another 30K+ which has to be faster than so far (according to the goal). Adopt wait and see plan and plod on after ingesting caffeine.

PS. Do you guys see a user pic with two people standing by a window? That's not mine. two of my user pics are showing properly but the others (including my rowing pic) are all showing this weird pic.

~50' in:Thank God for caffeine. I'm feeling much better but I know this feeling won't last 2 hrs.

in the middle hour: every 10' or so I check the projected score to see what I have to pull to meet my target. It always seems to require a faster split than what I'm doing right now but I don't feel certain that I can keep that up for over an hour. At least I'm not bothered by the phantom full bladder feeling I had during my last marathon. Plod on and on.

~2hrs' in: It's starting to look possible to meet my goal but it's still a whole freaking of fatigue ahead. One of my earbuds drops out and I lose ~10" putting it back in. $%^&%$!! It seems to take forever to earn back that .1W back on my avg watts. I'm feeling a bit of skin irritation where the handle hits my ribs. My choice of sport top is doing OK for not chafing too much but I don't think I want to do a 100K piece in it. Plod, plod, plod.

~2hrs 30min in: I'm finally certain that I will beat my last time and probably meet today's goal of beating a 2:09 avg. The end is in sight which always gives a little mental lift. My fingernails are starting to hurt. Plod is a four letter word.

~ 2hrs 50min in: On the longer pieces I often don't sprint at the end but do a push a little earlier and then ease off at end so I don't feel much need for a cooldown after. I'm pulling 2:05/06 just by switching the monitor readout around and setting little goals that help me ignore the fatigue. Keep plodding but faster.

~2h 58m in: I'm supposed to start slowing down gradually but it's actually hard to go slower without sloughing off completely. I want to pull 2:08/09 but the mental effort to go harder than 2:20 seems to fire extra neurons so I'm stuck at 2:06. I seem to have shifted into a gear of a slogging sprint.

3h 1m 19s exactly: 2:08.9 avg split. Mission accomplished. I am NOT erging tomorrow (but I hope to row).

The main goal for this season is 100K in >7:50:00 (2:21 avg). That sounds like a really slow pace but that includes time lost to bathroom breaks and the necessary eating and drinking to avoid bonking.
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goals for this erg season [12 Nov 2008|02:27pm]

I'm going to try to get my 2K score back down below 7:30 for the first time in almost 9 years. If I can also get my weight down 8kg than I have a shot at CRASH-Bs but that's a secondary goal.

I'm also thinking I will train to set a WR in the 100K. I did it 8 years ago but someone has beaten that record. Now I'm in a different age bracket so I can still set a record without being faster.

What are your goals?
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Pete Plan Blog [28 Feb 2008|09:10am]

Hi ergers,

I have started a dedicated blog to record all of my erg training, to build a resource for free erg training advice and information, and to publicise my erg coaching. Take a look and see what you think:


The content will be updated as I go along, so there will be lots of information built up there that could assist you in meeting your training goals.

Thanks for looking!
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[15 Jan 2008|07:02pm]

Hi fellow ergfreaks,

I've been a competitive erger, or indoor rower, for around 7 years now. I'm a member of the MAD team indoor rowing club in the UK, who have in our small club some of the top ergers in the world, including the current British and World Indoor Rowing champion (in the Open category). As a club we hold many of the British and World erg relay records, including the 100k, 50k, marathon and half marathon. Personally I've enjoyed some level of success as an open weight erger, despite being a little under 6ft tall, and only around 185lbs racing weight. I'm a consistent sub 6:20 2k'er, with a pb of 6:11.

I wrote my own training plan some years ago, and over the years have been actively coaching a growing group of fellow ergers, with great success. If you've ever considered erg coaching to help you achieve your goals, send me an email if you think I might be the right man to help. I offer two basic levels of coaching, both priced significantly lower than other erg coaches. The first is to follow my generic erg training plan, the second is to follow a completely individualised training plan tailored to meet your specific goals and constraints.

If you want to know more, reply here or send me an email:

Happy erging!
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Vancouver Lake Crew needs help [11 Jan 2008|10:01pm]

Yesterday a tornado touched down in Vancouver, Washington, and, while no one was hurt, the Vancouver Lake Crew boathouse was utterly destroyed. They lost 18 ergs, all but 3 of 50 boats, and launches; hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment.

Here is a brief article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about the tornado:

and a link to the VLC website:

They need all the help they can get and are accepting donations of money, boats, ergs, etc., so please pass this on to your rowing clubs or anyone you think might be able to help.

x-posted at theboathouse
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[18 Apr 2007|07:02pm]

I'm not exactly a great rower (understatement of the year). I've been rowing for about 4 months now and I really like it! But owing to bad weather/lung infections/being in the 'novice' group at college, I haven't had much training... I've been on the water about 8 times & haven't even seen our college coach before!

So. I was wondering if you could help.
There's a 2k test on Saturday that determines which boat I'll be in... I just found out about it. I know I'm not going to do very well (the last time I tried I got a little over 9 minutes; appalling I know), but is there a way I can basically go faster? I know it's a lot to ask for, but I'm completely clueless.
How should I pace myself? & what's a good rating so I don't tire myself out 3/4 of the way through like I did last time? (And since everyone gives out their weight here, I'm 5'3" and 126lb) Any good training/erg sessions you recommend to do before then? (I know 3 days isn't going to be much)...

I hope you erg masters can help. I'd really like to see our coach. *hopes*

& also, on a similar note... I was wondering how I could train myself, seeing as I haven't been getting a lot of actual rowing done. (I really am that new to rowing!)

Thank you in advance & sorry for the vague questions.. hoping I do well on Sat!
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Good Camps? [23 Mar 2007|04:11am]

Can anyone tell me of any good rowing camps? I'm thinking of going to the Navy one at Annapolis this summer and was wondering if its as good as they say, or what other ones you recommend?
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6lbs in 2 months [21 Mar 2007|06:48pm]

Hey all,
I have some questions about rowing lightweight. I've never tried before (never imagined I'd be this light) but it's now my goal for the spring.

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xposted: ergfreaks, theboathouse
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