How many meters did you row/erg today?

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  1. Tarzan

    Tarzan Senior member

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    HA! Someone dared to do a high score and enter his initials on my machine. Well, on behalf of all SF rowing members, I taught him a lesson today[​IMG] After a 3-minute warmup, I went for a 15-minute ride for the first time. I began at 26-27 strokes per minute, raised for some time to 28, and judging from my 12-minute score last time, I thought it would be relatively easy. BUT[​IMG] My math wasn't very good. As I finished the first half ( 7.5 minutes ) I realised that at that speed I would only tie the high score and to beat it I needed to significantly raise speed because the machine counts only 250m increments. [​IMG] I raised for a bit to 29 strokes and later at 30 but I calculated that I wouldn't do it. For a moment I said ok I can do it with ease next time when I have a better speed from the beginning... And then I thought "What's it worth if I do it easily? It will be more fun if I try to do it under pressure". With 4 minutes to go I raised to 31 strokes/m then at 32 and continued this way until I finished the race at 36 strokes/minute. And yes I just made it. It reminded the good old days during the 80's when I was doing high scores at the arcade games. Yes the resistance of the machine isn't very good even at level 13 out of 15, I didn't feel my legs doing a lot of work, and in the end I had to pull the straps a lot with my feet to get back at the starting position faster. By the way my gym has big rows of treadmills, ellipticals and bicycles and they just brought 3 new treadmills and filled a new room with bicycles for a spinning class[​IMG] And they have just one stupid rowing machine that's more than 20 years old. How do I tell them to get a serious machine like Concept2?
     
  2. why

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    How do I tell them to get a serious machine like Concept2?

    Just tell them. See if others would like one and have them ask for one as well.
     
  3. wmmk

    wmmk Senior member

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    6 x 5 min. feet unstrapped for the 1st five pieces, strapped in for the last one. Floated around 1:52.5 for the 1st 5 pieces, 1:49 on the 6th. It seems I have decent power, but rubbish technique. I over-compress at the catch and my shoulders are too tight throughout the stroke. I also do a bad job of keeping my head steady. Then 300 situps, 200 jumpees, 100 pushups, as 10x(30/20/10) and 8:30 of wall sits. To Pennglock, I pull with the resistance between 3 and 4, because that simulates the resistance of real water (in an eight) best. Apparently 5 or 6 feels more like sculling in a single. And amnesiac, I'm visiting campus on March 30. Not yet sure how much of the day I'm spending there.
     
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    To Pennglock, I pull with the resistance between 3 and 4, because that simulates the resistance of real water (in an eight) best. Apparently 5 or 6 feels more like sculling in a single.

    Our team told us 5 and 6 feels like a mens heavyweight eight, and we rowed most of our pieces at that.

    Keep up the good work wmmk... rowing unstrapped sucks.
     
  5. wmmk

    wmmk Senior member

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    Interesting. Perhaps they have us pulling at such a low resistance because our erg room has such bad ventilation. It also might be an issue with newer vs. older ergs. We're using Model D's; what did you row on in college?
     
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    Our team told us 5 and 6 feels like a mens heavyweight eight, and we rowed most of our pieces at that.

    Keep up the good work wmmk... rowing unstrapped sucks.


    This is what I've always been told. I believe the C2 website mentions that 5 is roughly water resistance.

    As Why has mentioned though, drag does come in to play and is something my coaches never mentioned to me.
     
  7. wmmk

    wmmk Senior member

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    4 mile run
    Rigged an ooooooooooooold Vespoli 8+ shell we use as a clunker

    Can't get on the water until I take a swim test and watch a safety video on the 20th, which means I'm spending my next 6 practices erging. I'll try to a lot of feet-out and really one in on technique.
     
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    Rigged an ooooooooooooold Vespoli 8+ shell we use as a clunker

    Can't get on the water until I take a swim test and watch a safety video on the 20th, which means I'm spending my next 6 practices erging. I'll try to a lot of feet-out and really one in on technique.


    [​IMG]
     
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    Rigged an ooooooooooooold Vespoli 8+ shell we use as a clunker

    Can't get on the water until I take a swim test and watch a safety video on the 20th, which means I'm spending my next 6 practices erging. I'll try to a lot of feet-out and really one in on technique.


    I wonder if they show the same US Rowing safety video we watched where the guy gets ejected from the boat after catching a crab.
     
  10. rjmaiorano

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    I wonder if they show the same US Rowing safety video we watched where the guy gets ejected from the boat after catching a crab.

    2 guys actually failed our swim test.
     
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    wmmk Senior member

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    1.5 mile run
    50 mins. of hills
    1.5 mile run back
     
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    53 minutes on the Concept II, while watching Rambo IV.
     
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    Yesterday:
    5 mile run, broke 40 mins., excited about that
    Core circuits

    Today:
    10x500m: around 1:43.5 for 7 of the pieces, 1 was 1:46, another at 1:45, another at 1:42.
    300 situps
    200 jumpees
    100 pushups
     
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    Ran 4 miles
    45 min. of core circuits
    Took oars and a launch off the water
     
  15. CunningSmeagol

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    I got 2k @ 7:28 a couple days ago. I am still trying to figure it out.
     

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