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by gregsmith01748
August 20th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Is Apple watch worth it for rowing?
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Is Apple watch worth it for rowing?

I have an apple watch and as a HR monitor it is way better than any other wrist based sensor, and compares very well to arm mounted (Polar OH1) or chest (Yahoo Tickr). Here's an example from a 90 minute coastal row that I did on Sunday. This was an open water row, and the conditions were choppy, whi...
by gregsmith01748
August 17th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Does anyone train THAT hard?
Replies: 18
Views: 855

Re: Does anyone train THAT hard?

One of the challenges of training as a master is that it just keeps going. Will, in reading your post I couldn’t help thinking what happens after the fifth or sixth consecutive block of 12 to 16 weeks. I think at a certain point you either transition to a periodized scheme, or you back off. I wish t...
by gregsmith01748
July 30th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Absolute Newbie Accessory questions
Replies: 16
Views: 1321

Re: Absolute Newbie Accessory questions

If you start to train hard, then it's usually a good idea to take at least 1 rest day per week. Some older athletes find they make better progress with even more rest, like one day off out of 6 or even 5. Doing anything repetitive, like rowing, even if it is low impact will result in small strains a...
by gregsmith01748
July 30th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Absolute Newbie Accessory questions
Replies: 16
Views: 1321

Re: Absolute Newbie Accessory questions

Hi, I'm jumping into this thread a bit late, but I couldn't resist. I agree with almost everything that has been said, definitely a good idea to double check technique and figure out good drag factors. I definitely think getting a HR monitor is a good idea, even if you just use it to start collectin...
by gregsmith01748
July 20th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training and smoking?
Replies: 40
Views: 1144

Re: Training and smoking?

I found an interesting study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3944281/#!po=50.0000 Comparison of young smokers and non-smokers. Lung capacity was about 10% higher for the non smoking group. I just plugged a 6:40 2k into the concept 2 vO2max calculator with 200lbs (not highly trained) an...
by gregsmith01748
July 20th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training and smoking?
Replies: 40
Views: 1144

Re: Training and smoking?

Appreciate all replies, its been a bit of a reality check for me. I had hoped the prospect of better PB's would be a motivation...i see that was a little silly now and on reflection there are far more important factors regardless of better times...which i was aware of but perhaps an element of self...
by gregsmith01748
July 3rd, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Indoor Rowers
Topic: Polar OH1 heart rate monitor and PM5
Replies: 6
Views: 951

Re: Polar OH1 heart rate monitor and PM5

Do you find the OH1 to be accurate? I've been using my Garmin VivoActive 3 but it is very unreliable for rowing. It takes forever for my heart rate to rise on the watch even though I know it is pounding!! Thus I'm trying to decide between the Polar H10 strap or this Polar OH1 monitor. Thanks in adv...
by gregsmith01748
May 24th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: On The Water
Topic: Open Water Rowing
Replies: 143
Views: 62098

Re: Open Water Rowing

Paul, Great story! I know what you mean about rowing through people and being overtaken. It's the best/worst part of head racing. I'm curious about how you would compare the Zephyr and Maas Aero? The Zephyr is a couple feet shorter and a bit wider, so I imagine that its a bit better in chop, but slo...
by gregsmith01748
April 23rd, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Rojabo Training
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Re: Rojabo Training

Hi Paul, I did Rojabo a few years ago and I did exactly the same thing that you did, going too hard on the efficiency test. I read the "improved" directions and I don't see it as a very practical advise. Having a test where you hold back isn't really a test. What I ultimately decided to do was to do...
by gregsmith01748
April 6th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Ergdata, Online Racing, Rowpro & RowIt
Topic: best app/subscription service for rowing programmes
Replies: 7
Views: 858

Re: best app/subscription service for rowing programmes

I think that Eric Murray’s YouTube channel is pretty remarkable. He’s posting new workouts and doing them on video, while providing coaching tips. How many opportunities does one get to get advice from an Olympic gold medalist?
by gregsmith01748
March 15th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Training
Topic: do we need a heart rate monitor for sure while rowing?
Replies: 30
Views: 3489

Re: do we need a heart rate monitor for sure while rowing?

While I understand where people are coming from, I like to race with my heart rate in view. My main thing is head races which take about 20 minutes in a single. I get very excited in these races, and tend to push the pace too hard in the first quarter of the race. This is especially challenging in a...
by gregsmith01748
March 13th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: On The Water
Topic: First time on the water
Replies: 5
Views: 543

Re: First time on the water

Hi, I reply as someone who came to rowing later in life. I took it up in my late 40s after a couple of years on the erg. I can tell you that what you experienced is totally normal, and it gets better very quickly. There are lots of different ways to learn. In my club, we run a learn to row program w...
by gregsmith01748
February 14th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: do we need a heart rate monitor for sure while rowing?
Replies: 30
Views: 3489

Re: do we need a heart rate monitor for sure while rowing?

Putting in my usual plug for the Polar OH1 HRM. This is a simple, reasonably priced BT-LE based monitor that goes on your forearm or bicep. I used chest straps for years and was skeptical that something on my arm would be reliable rowing. But I tested it and it works very reliably. Other great thing...
by gregsmith01748
February 14th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Ergdata, Online Racing, Rowpro & RowIt
Topic: PM5, ErgData, and iPhone Health App heart rate data missing
Replies: 7
Views: 1050

Re: HR data in iOS from ErgData

Probably not what you want to hear, but I couldn't figure out a good way to do this. I ended up using an apple watch to get data into the Health app and then use the HR monitor connected to the erg or RIM in the boat and saving that data separately (on rowsandall). I use health to basically just kee...
by gregsmith01748
January 21st, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: On The Water
Topic: Improving my time in a single skull
Replies: 3
Views: 654

Re: Improving my time in a single skull

Hi, A couple of thoughts for you. 1. Ergs are calibrated so that the splits are similar to what you'd see in a 4+, which are faster than a 1x, so you should expect to be slower. 2. To get an idea of how fast you "could be", there is a calculator online where you can plug in your height, weight and 2...