MikePfirrman wrote: »
@ Aokoye - now you have a recent benchmark. That's great. It will come down with practice. The main advantage of the erg (about the only one aside from conditioning) is getting used to the pain. I know many OTW rowers that simply detest the erg, rightfully so. Especially former college crew. I tried to recruit one DI Ivy League Rower to my Indoor club and his words were, "that erg is is the devil! Never!". He said all his rowing days will be relaxed on the water, never in a gym or boathouse again. But why do all colleges use the erg? It teaches discipline, stroke metrics and pain management. If you can do a 4 X 2K, a 2K TT is nothing. If you can manage an hour hard, 5K isn't that hard. I'd be cautious with too much erg time until your OTW season is over. You're putting in quite a lot of meters already. Just have fun for now with the Zwift.
Today was pretty proud of myself. It was a Steady State day and I really needed a recovery row. The issue is, I'm terrible at keeping controlled enough (at least on the indoor rower) to keep my HR at 75% of Max or under. Ideally on recovery work, I like to keep between 65% and 70% of max. I did two 29 minute interval blocks with 1:30 rest and it worked out great. Low DF also to keep the HR in check. Tedious to say the least but my max ended up 75%.
First interval 2:30 pace and second one 2:32 pace. Both @ 16 SPM, which is as slow as I've ever managed to go for an hour.
AnnPT77 wrote: »
7.9k rowing bow in a quad (i.e., sculling boat, 2 oars per person, 4 rowers).
I was in bow, which means (in our club) that I was responsible for keeping us from running into things/steering, and did a lot of shouting (because otherwise the person at the far end of the boat wouldn't be able to hear. Steering happens by rower(s) rowing harder on one side or the other - no rudder in this case. Bow is also the rower that can see everyone, so more responsible for pointing out . . . hmmm, improvement opportunities, let's call them. .
Today, the rower in 2 seat (right in front of me) was an anthro prof emeritus who was a huge help to me and some of my friends when we started rowing around 16 years ago, but who hasn't been able to row in a while because of major shoulder issues. He thinks he won't be able to solo carry his single any more, so I encouraged him to come out when my group rows, and we'll help him with the carry. (Non-rowers: Single shell is light, usually just over 31 pounds for a racer, but quite awkward: Typically around 26 feet long, and skinny.) This was his first time back on the water in several years, so the quad was to give him a little more stable situation for a first row. He's been doing bike rides, but we still took more breaks than usual to help him ease back into it. It was good to have him back!
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