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Robs Head
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Today was the Robs Head. We had as usual a scratch VIII but it came together very well. Andy S and James H had rowed earlier in the IV in division 1; division 3 was at 1. Weatherwise, it was an odd day: sunny in the morning, a little light rain as I watch D play rugby (they lost alas, heavily in the second half, but then D was only palying for the first half), sun again, pouring rain as I cycled in, fine for the row-up, pouring rain from about 1/3 to 2/3 of the way down the course, and then fine for the row back.

robs-head-2010-10-16

Here is our outing. As usual, blue is speed and red is (my) heartrate. Maybe you could complain that peaking at 175 is a touch low, but remember I had to keep some reserve for thinking. The three pre-race peaks were 20-stroke bursts; pleasingly, we managed to beat that on the (rolling) start. From there is is hard to see the details and the Garmin site is really rubbish for analysis, so it needs downloading. I think I may have to write my own prog to do this properly, but in the meantime:

Split#  Split time      Dist    Avg Speed   Split (calc)
11	00:02:03 	0.50 	14.5
12	00:01:51 	0.50 	16.1        1:51.8
13	00:01:53 	0.50 	15.8        1:54.0
14	00:01:57 	0.50 	15.3        1:57.6
15	00:01:57 	0.50 	15.4        1:56.9
16	00:01:08 	0.29 	15.4 


That first one isn't much use for the speed, because it include the idle speed before the start itself. And the last one is probably contaminated with post-finish time. But the middle shows a fair speed.

On garmin connect: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/53169857.

Results are in: 10:02 (sooo close to sub-10). Beaten in IM3 by Lea (9:30, so not close) and Hills Road / Cantabs (9:54, so within reach). The IV was 11:24 (apparently some slightly dubious otter-hunting went on) and the ladies VIII another minute adrift. Ohhhh... but Lea were in the BR (British Rowing? Anyway, visitors) category. So Cantabs won. We need another 8 seconds, which is between 1 and 2 points off our split, it being a 2600m race. We would have won the novice category by 1 sec, though, had we been in it. Though if we had been we wouldn't have had Andy S, so would have been more than a second slower.
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