Category Archive: Training Diary

  1. Mind Over Matter

    This article was originally published on FM Rowing This phrase came to mind during and after a session which had me lying on the ground gasping, legs burning, and looking at the seconds tick away between sets. I had came to terms on my third set that this would be my last set even though the work out […]

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  2. Margins, Expectations, and Perspective

    This article was originally published on FM Rowing. I actually wrote some of this short blog in reverse as I started to get some clarity on a very mixed morning. I am not sure what purpose it will serve other than knowing that on this occasion it’s intended to make me feel better! I’ve had a […]

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  3. Where is Your Comfort Zone?

    This article was originally published on FM Rowing. Obviously there are multiple answers to this question, but most of you reading this will relate to it in a training capacity. Sessions we’re familiar with or find easier to complete are definitely in our ‘comfort zone’, whereas those we find physically or mentally demanding are clearly […]

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  4. Training Doesn’t Always Have to be Perfect

    This article was originally published on FM Rowing. I’m a huge believer in having a training plan. When we are left to our own devices, we will naturally gravitate towards the sessions that we enjoy most, rather than the areas we need to work on. I have a coach called Eddie Fletcher who has been […]

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  5. Limiting Factors

    This article was originally published on FM Rowing. This blog is good therapy for me. I know this blog tends to have a different tone to the others with me talking about my experiences and stuff that I went through in my journey rather than anything directly helpful to you improving your 2k time etc. […]

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  6. The Importance of Accurate Stroke Rate

    The Importance of Accurate Stroke Rate I have had several questions recently about how to control stroke rate and the importance of accuracy. In my training, and the plans I write, many of my (longer) sessions are controlled by stroke rate and pace targets in an attempt to make every metre rowed a productive one. […]

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  7. Our City Regatta Journey to the Guildhall

    Our City Regatta Journey to the Guildhall Our journey to the City Regatta final at the Guildhall in London started about 3 months ago when I asked 3 other guys to join me in an invitational 4-man team to race others over 1000m. Graham Benton, Dave Marshall, Dan Stanley and I formed, on paper, what […]

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  8. Catching a wave….

    I have always said training goes in waves. When you are on a wave everything is going well, you feel motivated and feel you are making progress. Hitting your daily targets seems routine and you look forward to the next session. The other side of the coin feels more like treading water. Effort levels are […]

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  9. Great Things Happen if Your Mind is Right

    This article was originally published on FM Rowing. Believe it or not my rowing career actually started on the erg. Rowing on the Wellington Harbour is about as bad as it gets. Strong southerlies funnelling in through the Cook Strait, getting on the water is a rare treat. For me I spent 95% of the […]

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  10. Coaching and Performing

    Coaching and Performing All of my adult life, in fact most of my life, I have competed. As a young lad playing local and representative football, through my school years playing every sport going, leaving school and having a pro career in rugby, and now competing in indoor rowing. At no point in that timeline […]

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