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Rowing and Pushing Yourself

I am trying to build my rowing fitness again.

I have barely started training and I have caused a stress fracture in one of my ribs. It came on due to too much indoor rowing in too short a time space.

And it’s not just me, rib stress fracture is very common in rowing. Let’s just think about that, all these rowers are pushing themselves so hard that they are breaking their bones. Just bloody stop when it’s hurting. But no, that’s not what we have been taught. We have to push through the pain barrier, and obviously don’t miss a training session ever, even if we are in pain. That’s just idiotic. But that’s what a lot of us do.

I have now been off the erg (indoor rowing machine) for nearly 10 days, and I don’t feel any nearer to recovery than I did 10 days ago. Actually I feel a bit worse I think. Looking at the training logs, it does seem to suggest that I am potentially increasing my mileage too quickly. Last time I got injured was in March 2013 where the graph looks awfully similar to what I have been doing recently. In my defence in March I was doing a lot of Sprint Sessions, which I was not doing this time.

Posted on 11 Oct 2013, 9:48 p.m.

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