you know I always thought the most painful thing you can do on an erg was a 2k test....but I was wrong. Today I had what felt like the most painful, most horrible erg session ever. 8x750m with 2:30 rest between each one. The first one you do quite happily, and feel recovered after about 30 seconds. The second one you had to put some effort in to, and take a good 2 minutes to feel recovered. The third and fourth it really started to hurt, the middle 250m started to go soft. The 5th and 6th were just a struggle, after the first 10 strokes I felt like I was in the worst part of a 2k erg test. By the 7th I was mumbling things like "no more, please...I can't take it" and looking like a right idiot trying to keep moving up and down the slide. When I finally finished it took me half an hour before I could think about something other than the pain and how terrible I felt.
It's different to any regular piece, because when you finish a piece, you can fall off the machine and lie there while the rush of euphoria takes you over and you realise how great it is to be finished. But with this session you had to suppress that feeling and try and prepare for the next one. This made everything feel so much more painful, so when I finally did finish I had no rush of euphoria, just a horrid exhausted "wanna die" feeling.
And I have to do it all again on saturday....nooooo!