START: AUCKLAND HARBOUR
END: MOTUIHE ISLAND
DISTANCE FROM AUCKLAND: 13KM
DISTANCE FROM TONGA: 1986KM
I LEFT Auckland Harbour bound for Tonga on Thursday June 13 on my stationary row across the South Pacific, and rowed for little more than 30 minutes on subsequent days.
A goal of 19km per day has been set to get me to Hawai’i before the start of the Great Pacific Race, which is due to start in June 2014. The first leg ends in Tonga, 1996km from Auckland.
It will be ridiculously tough to accomplish this, but if I can, it should set me in good stead for next year’s race.
So I currently sit on the other side of Motuihe Island, some 13km from Auckland Harbour. On Thursday I rowed 6100 metres in 30 minutes, on Friday I completed 6900 metres in 32 minutes.
On the Friday session I used the interval function on the machine, sprinting for one minute and rowing at a more maintainable pace for the following nine minutes, with a peak stroke rate of 42/min.