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by jamesg
November 15th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Heart rate vs Power
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Heart rate vs Power

I think this is a fantastic way of tracking the fitness level development over time And does it? The usual way to check "fitness" is to do a periodical standard test, such as 500m, 4 minutes, 2k or even a 30/20, according to which aspect of fitness we want to monitor. These also allow direct compar...
by jamesg
November 10th, 2019, 2:59 am
Forum: Cross-Training
Topic: 'Serious' cyclists considering cross training with rower
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: 'Serious' cyclists considering cross training with rower

what would you consider “long and hard at low rating” Depending on age, 2 to 3W/kg at ratings 18-23. Typical could be 30 to 50 yo, 80 kg, 200W at 20, 7 to 10k. Weight based on BMI 23-25. The now defunct Interactives for 2k racing used this type of work in the first 3-4 weeks (then called UT2 and 1)...
by jamesg
November 7th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to determine pace range for different rows
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: How to determine pace range for different rows

Strength or technique? Both?
If you can climb stairs (where each leg lifts your entire weight), then you are strong enough for rowing. So it's technique. Keep the ratio Watts/Rating as high as possible.
by jamesg
November 6th, 2019, 2:18 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dragon boater
Replies: 11
Views: 353

Re: Dragon boater

10 km/h (2.8 m/s) if referring to a Concept2 erg, is about 60 W, which probably means you are not using standard rowing technique; that is, have not yet learnt to row. Also, high drag means the action will be slow and short, like pulling a barge. Damper 3-4 can allow a combination of action speed, l...
by jamesg
November 5th, 2019, 1:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to determine pace range for different rows
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: How to determine pace range for different rows

My main challenge is accepting that fact that rowing slower for longer distances doesn't mean that I'm not getting a good workout. male, 67 y/o 6’0”. 5k PB is 23:49. So long as you maintain a high work level in each single stroke, you are getting a good workout, whatever the rating. Stroke Work is ...
by jamesg
November 4th, 2019, 3:25 am
Forum: Individual Challenges
Topic: Boat Race Test
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Boat Race Test

by jamesg
November 3rd, 2019, 2:18 am
Forum: Indoor Rowers
Topic: Slides Crew Rowing
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: Slides Crew Rowing

measures of performance on multiple / crew setups Each single PM will provide the data. If using ergdata with each one, maybe you can also see, at least on the fly, handle force and length, which might help analysis. Watts alone will suffice to estimate stroke Work (= force x length = Watts/Rating)...
by jamesg
November 3rd, 2019, 12:50 am
Forum: On The Water
Topic: Anyone In Their 70's Rowing
Replies: 23
Views: 5807

Re: Anyone In Their 70's Rowing

79 in August, our lake was warm this summer so some sculling (Filippi S), K2 with the wife in the front seat and freestyle but never more than 3-400m a time. Plenty of bike, spurning the E-types for now (no steep slopes). Then it got too hot here, almost 40C, so up to the hills in one of the Italian...
by jamesg
November 2nd, 2019, 2:46 am
Forum: Indoor Rowers
Topic: Slides Crew Rowing
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: Slides Crew Rowing

Slides can replace a tub four or pair to teach synchronism and basic technique, that's all. Tubs are more fun, at least we get out on the water, and very useful too if coach does the steering. If stroke is a good oarsman, then we can learn a lot about real rowing, how to manage an oar, rhythm etc. A...
by jamesg
November 2nd, 2019, 2:15 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to determine pace range for different rows
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: How to determine pace range for different rows

It's a problem of experience. Since we all differ, you are entering uncharted territory; it's not like reading the menu. You have to write it yourself as you go. There is no correct pace; intervals are done by doing the first few slow to warm up and get in the groove. Then hold it. Next time adjust,...
by jamesg
November 1st, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Individual Challenges
Topic: Boat Race Test
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Boat Race Test

If you mean the Boat Race over the Putney to Mortlake course, you'd need to erg at around 400 Watts in a 2k test (6:20), to be considered. The Oxbridge boatrace takes anything from 18 to 20 minutes, according to the state of wind and tide. It's rowed on the flood but if there's landwater coming down...
by jamesg
November 1st, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Women's Forum
Topic: How to get better at cardio/endurance?
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: How to get better at cardio/endurance?

If you row, presumably you have coaches. Your times are not bad, so maybe their advice has been good to date. They'll know what they want from you. To improve, there are two main aspects: boat speed is given by strength and technique; and endurance which will let you maintain that speed. If in doubt...
by jamesg
October 30th, 2019, 1:45 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 9
Views: 541

Re: Lack of progress

Two months is not a lot when learning to row. You may need to improve your technique with more length and/or handle force in the stroke, and then maybe increase the rating. Try some AT work such as from 2 x 5 to 3 x 7 minutes at 220 Watts rate 22-24. You can reduce drag to get a good rhythm at the r...
by jamesg
October 28th, 2019, 1:06 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dealing with joint pain from rowing
Replies: 10
Views: 562

Re: Dealing with joint pain from rowing

You mentioned "WaterRower". Can you adjust the catch characteristic (force-speed combination) at all, as we can via the air inlet damper on the C2? Also make sure you row with your legs, not your hands; sounds odd, but that's how it's done. I found this somewhat alarming; probably you are well aware...
by jamesg
October 26th, 2019, 3:51 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Feedback Please
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Feedback Please

You're off to a good start. At 65 you're in the prime of life and just in time to start the next 30 years of strenuous exercise. Not being afraid to sweat is an excellent sign. You can see a beginner plan via the link below. See the instructions too, it's important to know how the rowing action work...