8 Rounds (EFT)
I partnered up with Dennis and tried to get mentally ready for the pain that was about to come. Even then I think I underestimated believing that 350m couldnt possibly be as bad as 500m. Completely wrong.
Round 1 felt great. Good start felt strong till 100m left. 2nd round a lot harder. Round 3 and 4 really hard when 150meters to go. I was taking around 4 minutes or 4:30 minute breaks up to this point and then Jarrod turned off the timer and I had no idea how long I had been resting. I still felt very fatigued but at this point your body and mind are in a complete argument making logical thinking impossible. The wheels came off in the 5th round. Probably as much mental as physical. Came back and was strong until the last one. I was the last one still to go and it was already 6:30am so I probably didnt use up every ounce. Was it negative splits - nope. Was it FLY AND DIE as the good people at Concept2 call it...Probably. See their rowing strategy page here - rowing-for-specific-goals/competition The good news is that I was able to find a pace that was nearly sustainable for most of the rounds after. But damn it hurt.
By the way Dennis' writing is worse than mine. Maybe he was anoxic and I was only hypoxic.