The new season has started and we are half-way through week 4. The first week was an odd one because we were on holiday (doing some treacherous and traumatic hill walks in the Lakes!) but since then I have been trying to get back in to my routine. It has been holding-up quite well, with me managing to do 6 sessions per week over 6 days. This week I was unfortunately hindered in training yesterday due to work, but I intend to get back to double sessions on Saturday, which should compensate.
Today was also the first 5k test of the season and it went much better than I had hoped. I really do hope this shows the training is paying off. Because, one thing that I have been reminded off over the last fortnight is the general lethargy and fatigue that comes with routine training. Of course, I am by no means doing as much as many competitive rowers, but coupled with commuting and work, it does sometimes hit hard! I am also at that stage where I need to be cautious so I do not mistake fatigue for injury, or vice-versa.
On a very positive note though, we have a squad training plan this season which everyone is starting to follow. It is really important that we try and train in the same way to both re-solidify our feeling as a squad / confidence in each other, but also so we are starting to physically match each other.
Following my previous blog though, I am still looking in to nutrition and have already identified a few areas I wish to focus on. Will report back for those interested in the next few days.