Thursday, 1 July 2010

Tabata Rowing Pain Captured on Video

Location: Woodcock Sports Centre, Aston University (and at work)
:28th - 30th June

Monday: as many press-ups as I could do (40), in the disabled toilet at work.

Wednesday: Tabata rowing machine - eyeballs out. Here's the video. I ate this afterwards.

The press-ups were a spontaneous thing. Obviously. There can't be many people who plan a press-up workout in the disabled toilet. It was either that or in the middle of the office.

The Tabata rowing was very much planned. I had been fearing it. We have our Skiddaw race (9 miles, 2700 feet) on Sunday and I want to give my legs plenty of chance to recover from recent training. A rowing Tabata seemed like a way to maintain fitness and familiarity with pain without unduly hitting the leg muscles.

As well as recording it on video, I also had my heart rate monitor running. The idea was to create an overlay onto the video showing how the pain mapped to heart rate. Alas, I discovered the limits of bluetooth. Evidently, 2 metres is too far. Next time the phone will be in my pocket.


Chris said...

Can I critique your rowing form? On the recovery try to lead with the arms. You are collapsing at the hips first and almost straightening your arms as an after thought. you make it look really hard

Check the form on this guy

Hope that you don't mind me criticising

Methuselah said...

Chris - I don't mind at all. That dude looks effortless, and I can see immediately how I could reverse the order of the 'release' part. I could do with something to boost my efforts at chasing Asclepius' O'Neil test distance :-)

Chris said...

Cheers. I don't know if I'd have the guts to post a video of myself so well done anyway.

I haven't done interval rows like that for a while. I found that they started to irritate my lower back.