Speed Levels

My body (and ego) was already very sore when I got out of bed this morning. Thinking back on 19.5, it’s not the first time I gave in on a 20 minute Open workout when shit got tough. I knew I was resting way too long between sets of thrusters, but I didn’t make a change. Not thinking to switch to kipping C2B after I felt the butterfly disappear was a huge mistake too. As always, more things to improve and at the end of the day, it’s just fitness.

Last night after dinner I ate a whole pint of ice cream for the end of the Open. I ended up eating 3,700 calories for the day and dropped a pound on the scale! After finally recovering to the green zone yesterday morning, it was a high strain day at 15.5, so I probably shouldn’t have stayed up until almost 2am. Apparently I’m recovered to 61% this morning though.


Bench Press

  • 8×45#
  • 8×95
  • 8×125
  • 8×155
  • 8×180
  • 8×195
  • 8×205

It’s an extra challenge on this wider Titan Fitness rack, especially when using the spotter arms. Made me slow a bit on my reps and focus. Went 10 pounds heavier than the last couple of times I did sets of 8.


4 Sets

  • 10 Good Mornings (45#, 33X1 Tempo)
  • 20 Banded Pull-throughs (green)



  • 100m Row
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 100m Row
  • 2:00 Rest
  • 250m Row
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 500m Row
  • 8:00 Rest
  • 1,000m Row
  • 4:00 Rest
  • 4,000m Row

The BTWB fitness level keeps using rowing intervals (I’ve brought it up to their Support team in the past) as if it’s a time trial, so this workout was specifically to improve some of my rankings in the speed category. I did a 16.2 for the first 100 so bumped the damper up to 8 and got 15.9, still off my 15.5 PR. I left the damper for the 250 and got 40.3 seconds, also off my PR of 38.3.

Look how much the rower moved during those first 3 sprints! I bet I lost some time.

Then I set the damper back to 5-6. Got 1:30.5 for the 500 meters, which is pretty far off my best 1:23.5. I faded pretty hard on the last quarter of both the 250 and the 500. Hoped for 1:45/500m pace on the 1k, but my legs didn’t have it. Ended up with a time of 3:34.7, which is only 5 seconds faster than the 1k repeats I did last night. Those sprints really drained my power. Then I was holding an easy 2:10/500m pace for the 4k, which took 17:16.8.


Still a lot of room to bring the 1k and 500m times closer to my potential.