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» The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Go to post)13-01-2021 @ 00:31 
Bim said:Cheers jt, Jonathan!

That's a good drop in RHR. The lowest I've had recently is 39, quite often when I take it it will be 40 - 42. Back when I was 17/18 and doing a lot of training the lowest I had it taken at was 32, oh those were the days! Cameron Buchanan is great, jt mentioned him a while ago, got some great videos up.

32 is extraordinary. It demonstrates that you've got a cracking CV system. As it happens, sat here a moment ago it was down to 54, so seeing improvements every week now.

I apologise for getting his name wrong, but his surname is Buchan (quite unusual compared to Buchanan in Scotland). The graft he and his training partners put in is deeply impressive.
» US Presidency (Go to post)13-01-2021 @ 00:29 
who is 'us'?
the ONLY time I point that out is when someone has attempted to characterise me in a certain way as a tool to aid their argument. if someone tries to stick me with a label I will always call it out.
im not here to parade my beliefs around for validation.
im not here to convince anyone of anything.
im not here to win an argument.
im here to predict the future.

But why? It doesn't reflect well on you to be continually claiming to be some sort of seer, whilst all the time deflecting legitimate questions and disparaging others with whom you disagree.

Please just either debate rationally or stop contributing to the thread. I'd much rather have a sensible debate about repercussions of world events than try to decode what it is you're actually trying to say.
» US Presidency (Go to post)12-01-2021 @ 21:39 
maybe your interpretation of my posts say as much about you.

Will. You do spend an awful lot of time creating an illusion of mystique, intrigue and depth to your political and world views. I don't doubt that you're well read, nor that you do consider your opinions, but I generally disagree with the ones that I can actually pin point.

It would benefit you (and the rest of us) if you were simply plainer in your communication. Rather than spending so much time telling us that we don't know what you're thinking, or how you feel, or what your opinion is, just tell us. It undermines your position to spend so much time dancing around the matter at hand.

So, rather than continually posting links to stuff and all the rest of it, why not just plainly make clear your opinions and lets debate them on their merit.

In that spirit, here I go:

* Trump clearly incited the riots. By constructing a false reality over the past 5 years with his most loyal devotees, it was patently obvious that his actions and rhetoric since the election (culminating in his speech at the White House on the morning of the insurrection) directly caused the invasion of Congress.

* Whilst aspects of media censorship trouble me, Trump represents a patently false narrative, whose entire identity is forged out of lying, corruption and extremism. As such (and given the fact that in any population you'll find a significant minority of guillable idiots), he needs to be deplatformed, as the result of him having a platform is events such as the invasion of Congress.

* I'm no great fan of Biden. He's too right wing (in the context of the Dems) for my liking, but I have optimism for the next four years for the US, which is a good thing from my perspective. He won't go far enough for me, but he will be able to undo a lot of the damage that Trump has done.

* I don't know how the next days and weeks will go for Trump, as regards the 25th or Impeachment. I do still expect that he will see significant legal issues, and I reckon that the 6th of January will be the date that he looks back on and realises that he took it all too far. Had he accepted the results of the election in November, he may have (politically and in terms of business) lived to fight another day. It's too late now and I would not be surprised to see his businesses go bankrupt, one by one, as the world ostracises him and his disgusting family.

Time will tell though. This is the way I see it, but I may of course be wrong.
» Jonathan's Log (Go to post)12-01-2021 @ 20:24 
jt said:Thats a nice half wower, more sessions like these will see you progress nicely.

I like Bameron Cuchan, don't forget he is also a pro .... what a life.

With me cutting down the weights for the time being, half an hour a day should be doable. That'd equate to about 57-58k a week, which is a start.

He's actually an inch taller than me, but a fair bit lighter. Goes to show that mass isn't that useful for high level rowing. I was especially impressed with his sub 1:40 pace 30r20.
» old timers occasional log (Go to post)12-01-2021 @ 20:22 
jt said:
Thanks, when you get back to benching give it a try legs out straight (if you have enough space)

I could do. I'm pretty good at not having my arse floating around, but taking legs out of the equation isn't a bad thing.

Could be many things, I haven't been sleeping great lately we can't be 100% every day The programme is very tough, my tux didn't come back from the cleaners there was an earthquake a terrible flood.......UT2 tomorrow I will take it easy.

I sleep terribly most of the time. The rowing doesn't wipe me out like the lifting, at least not in the same way. Seem to spend half the night staring at the ceiling.
» Jonathan's Log (Go to post)12-01-2021 @ 19:38 
Had a really lovely 30r18 this evening.

I'm going to give the weights a miss for a few weeks as I have a ridiculous, persistently sore muscle strand in my right lateral deltoid. No idea how I did it, but benching aggravates it a bit (no loss of strength though, and no pain during the rep, only discomfort during positioning the dumbbell) and I can't overhead press at the moment.

I really do have a very fragile physiology. I've pulled my traps (properly too - as in couldn't stand up straight for 2 hours) sneezing in the past.

Anyway, the rowing is completely fine and this is what I did today:

I'm delighted with the consistent stroke rate and the gently reducing splits. It's only 35m less than my 30r20, but average heart rate is 5bpm down and terminal heart rate is 10bpm down despite the final split being the exact same speed. It feels like I'm getting fitter. Happy
» old timers occasional log (Go to post)12-01-2021 @ 19:33 
Great benching there, as ever.

What do you think is causing you to feel sub 100% on the rowing at the moment?
» The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Go to post)12-01-2021 @ 19:32 
Very nice indeed. It's a great feeling to get faster as you work through your reps/splits too.

I'm always amazed by your heart rate too. What is your resting heart rate, out of interest? Mine's dropped from about 65-67 to 57-60 since I started rowing, but I've started noticing that repeating a row at a given intensity often results in a lower heart rate the second time.

I'm subscribed to a chap called Cameron Buchanan on Youtube who does a lot of interesting rowing videos. He's national level, an inch taller than me and his RHR is 35 Eek
» Jonathan's Log (Go to post)11-01-2021 @ 21:52 
Evening weights:

DB bench:

20x12kg (each hand)
3x12x35kg - fairly tough

DB pullover:

3x12x30kg - lengthy pauses at the bottom of the reps. Very tough.

Single arm tricep pushdown:

3x12x10kg each arm

DB curls:

3x20x15kg each arm


Up to a few reps on the Coc#2 with each hand. 100 on the right and 90 on the left with the sport.

» Jonathan's Log (Go to post)11-01-2021 @ 16:58 
A quick rowing session this afternoon. I didn't want to do too much as I'm lifting this evening:


15:00 - 4240m 1:46.3 20spm 164bpm

2000m - 7:23.9 1:50.9 23spm 146bpm

I was supposed to do a 30r20, but had the most epic dry mouth after about 3 minutes so cut it short to grab a drink. The 2k was just a cool down and to get some metres in.

The 15r20 was just over 20m less than last time I did one (I didn't have the number in my head for reference, so today's row had no specific target) but heart rate was 5bpm lower.
» The Final Countdown (Go to post)11-01-2021 @ 13:40 
Boar said:wrist has a non displacment fracture - same place as befor , going in on wed to have a proper cast put on it , nothing can be done for my rib , which is giving me far more grief.

not sure what I will be doing with myself from now on , when i took archie out for a walk yesterday i half jogged (10km)

Bugger. I'm sorry to hear that Johnny. It's no fun being laid up with an injury, least of all when there isn't a great deal else to do.
» Sparrow Legs Strongman Training (Go to post)10-01-2021 @ 20:54 
Post Edited: 10.01.2021 @ 20:54 PM by Jonathan
* double post *
» Sparrow Legs Strongman Training (Go to post)10-01-2021 @ 20:54 
Bim said:Some nice m's Sparrow, hate getting interrupted on the rower but it happens Roll-Eyes

At least it wasn't a code brown Grin
» Jonathan's Log (Go to post)10-01-2021 @ 20:53 
Samthepigman said:I know nothing about rowing but this is just a quick message of motivation

You can do it!!

Haha! It's much appreciated.

To summarise rowing - it's awful, but quite satisfying. I honestly think that there would be great carry over for event work simply because of how hard it works your cardiovascular system.

My brother was doing a 12 burpees, 1000m row, 12 burpees circuit this evening, and his heart rate actually decreased as he went into the second round of burpees after getting off the rower.

You'd boss the moving and max rep events with a bit of higher intensity rowing training.

Muchos gracias Paul - physically, yes, sub 3 is in there but my mental strength always lets me down. It's just damned unpleasant.

I want to spend a bit more time working around 5-10k to improve my "engine" (as they say). I only get reasonably fast times because I'm quite strong and very tall. I'm not that fit yet.
» Jonathan's Log (Go to post)10-01-2021 @ 18:59 
Bit of rowing this evening. I was feeling rather tired, but it went OK.


1000m intervals:

3:39.3 - 1:49.6/500m 24spm 143bpm
3:17.4 - 1:38.7/500m 24spm 164bpm
3:04.9 - 1:32.4/500m 30spm 173bpm
3:13.5 - 1:36.7/500m 27spm 165bpm
3:37.4 - 1:48.7/500m 25spm 150bpm

There was an aborted set between sets 2 and 3. I set off way too fast (at about 1:27/500) and I bottled it and put the handle down at about 200m. Went out much more sensibly on the third set, and 2.4 seconds off PB pace.

The fourth set had a sprint at the end, hence it being a bit faster than the 2nd set.

Below are sets 3 and 4:

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