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10 November 2013

The 2013 Athens Classic Marathon, Greece

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Video of the first runner at the 32.5km

The Marathon race through a short road bike ride!

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19 December 2012

2012 Greek Indoor Rowing Championship - My road to sub 3 minutes race time


Video: Mens 30-39 2012 Greek IRC
(Me with white t-shirt, next to me standing my coach, Makis, with red jersey)

If there was just one word I would be allowed to pick up to describe the 2012 Greek indoor rowing national event that would be *exhaustion*. And this description doesn't only apply for the race day, but for the whole training season leading to this event. Below, I expose the training stages that allowed me to break the 3 minutes race time. Hope my story below will motivate all those athletes, new to indoor rowing, expand their ambitions.

Indoor rowing requires maximum effort to reach a top level performance. The effort required to achieve even the tiniest improvement is significant. When you watch rowing live on the TV you might have noticed that the whole race lasts only a couple of minutes (less than 7 min for a 2000m race and 3 min for a 1000m race). Believe me, for those athletes who target a medal position, racing those few minutes feels endless until the moment they cross the finish line. Both in physical and mental terms.

19 August 2012

My indoor rowing gym - a quick presentation!

Demonstrating a 1000m indoor rowing training session. Pace 1:45/500m, 28s/m.

I'm 1.93m tall, 102 kg, 34 YO. I am into indoor rowing for about 3 years now. On the water rowing for about 3 months.

Personal best times:
- 500m: 1:22.3 (training - March 2012)
- 1000m: 3:00.4 (2011 Greek Indoor Rowing Championship, 30-39)
- 2000m: 6:21.1 (2012 BIRC and Euro Open IRC, 30-34 HWT)

Indoor Rower used: Model E with PM4 monitor.
Equipment: Courtesy of AASports, Greece ( )
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10 January 2012

The 2012 Greek Triathlon Calendar has now been released !!!

Triathlon in Greece
It was an unexpected shock to all triathletes to get informed that Schiniathlon (the only and first ever company to organise triathlon events in Greece, since 2007) decided to leave from the race arena at the closing 2011 season.

Schiniathlon tri-race series events

19 December 2011

2nd place 2011 Greek Indoor Rowing Championship ( - The 30 hours drama: from dropping out to silver medal and a new PB

The 2011 race season is over, both for triathlon and indoor rowing. Time for a good long rest and time for collecting the pros and reassessing the cons, from this year's races and optimising training performance for 2012. At last, another medal came into my belt this year with a 2nd place in the Greek IRC! What a reward, considering the pre-race drama I faced about a day before the event. I will explain this briefly below...

For any sport's event you normally train and prepare according to a plan, which includes various stages depending on your available time and your race priorities. This plan is concluded with the building - the competition and the peaking phase. You then cross your fingers that the plan will go fine, stay injury free and ...ill free.

Yep, you guessed it right,

14 November 2011

New PB at the 10km of the 2011 Athens Classic Marathon

Another amazing race at this year's Athens Classic Marathon took place on the 13th Nov 2011 . Despite the cold, wind and rainy conditions, I was able to set up a new PB for the 10km race!

Time: 51:27 (5 km split time 26:49)
Rank: 705 (out of 3758)
(Last year's 10 km finish time: 53:58, Time improvement: 2:31)

(You can check more 2011 Athens Classic Marathon results)

My current body weight: 99.5 kg (height: 1.93 m)
Current body fat %: 20.5 %
Calories burned: 899 kcal
Max. HR:182
Avg. HR:170
HR Zones worked: About 98% at zone 5 based on Karnoven Method

I hadn't really prepared for this race at all! My training sessions are mainly based on indoor rowing and cycling. Swimming and running is included, but there is less of attention. Of course, well trained runners may find my time slow (I agree), but considering my body shape I am not build for running.

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