START: WAIHEKE ISLAND
FINISH: 5KM past the Coromandel Peninsula
DISTANCE FROM AUCKLAND: 69.1KM
DISTANCE FROM TONGA: 1929.9KM
I HAVE been ‘out at sea’ for about 10 days and have managed to complete a few dozen kilometres, but a new job and a distant gym have proved to be obstacles.
This will change come Monday. My 14-days-for-one-dollar pass at Les Mills gym in Auckland has run aground, so I plan to set sail at the 24-hour Jetts gym in Grey Lynn, which is perfectly placed between work and home - and within 100 metres of Hell Pizza.
Below I have run through my rowing sessions, including time and distances completed, along with supplementary work. Each session is started with a five-minute march up a 3% incline on the treadmill followed by a 10-minute stretch and thigh massage on the foam roller.
After each row I complete what I call an opposite weights set, where I exercise the muscles opposite to the ones used in rowing: so triceps, chest, hamstrings, and stomach.
I have also discovered an amazing instructional video on YouTube presented by some dude who teaches rowing near the Thames in the UK. It has helped me reduce my strokes per minute considerably, but also increase the distance covered.
In addition I discovered a 12-step ‘weights-for-rowing’ programme, which I have done once but on the four or five subsequent days found walking a right issue. I will blog about the video and weights programme shortly.
So below is the rowing I have completed since arriving on Waiheke Island. The next (imaginary) stop according to my route (devised on google maps and a pencil) would be the tip of New Zealand’s Coromandel peninsula.
So according to my summary, I arrived and departed from the Coromandel and therefore mainland New Zealand, and am now 5km out into yonder.
SUMMARY: Time: 211 minutes; Distance: 45.602km
Date: June 17; Time: 30 minutes; Distance: 6.5km; Supplementary: Opposite weights.
Date: June 18; Time: 60 minutes; Distance: 13.055km; Supplementary: Opposite weights.
Date: June 19; Time: 10 minutes; Distance: 2km; Supplementary: 12 step ‘weights for rowing’.
Date: June 22; Time: 71 minutes; Distance: 15km; Supplementary: Opposite weights
Date: June 27; Time: 40 minutes; Distance: 9.047km; Supplementary: Opposite weights