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by Carl Watts
February 22nd, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Ergdata, Online Racing, Rowpro & RowIt
Topic: Zwift rowing bike
Replies: 10
Views: 119

Re: Zwift rowing bike

Just read your Zwift post. I don't think the rowing bike will have a lower drag coefficient. 4 wheels instead of 2 and the time spend upright rather than down on handles the whole time sucks. Also way more drivetrain losses, still that really doesn't matter at the end of the day because its not in t...
by Carl Watts
February 22nd, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Ergdata, Online Racing, Rowpro & RowIt
Topic: Zwift rowing bike
Replies: 10
Views: 119

Re: Zwift rowing bike

All very interesting stuff. I was interested in how power on a bike compared to power on the Erg and how it translated into speed. I'm pretty heavy and have a nasty high frontal area but when I ride on the odd occasion 30km/hr along a flat road is pretty much it for me on say a 30minute ride. https:...
by Carl Watts
February 21st, 2019, 10:08 pm
Forum: Ergdata, Online Racing, Rowpro & RowIt
Topic: Zwift rowing bike
Replies: 10
Views: 119

Re: Zwift rowing bike

I would suggest a different class for what your suggesting, i.e. all "Ride" together but the results are listed separately. This would still rely on honesty but is still only really useful if everyone is only using a Concept 2 rower. What happens when people on other types of rowers join in ? we alr...
by Carl Watts
February 21st, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Ergdata, Online Racing, Rowpro & RowIt
Topic: Zwift rowing bike
Replies: 10
Views: 119

Re: Zwift rowing bike

It looks like it could be fun, the only problem is you cannot take any racing seriously if people are plugging in their own numbers in terms of their weight etc. Sounds great for a bit of fun however as you cannot beat exercising with a large number of people, the interactive experience keeps you mo...
by Carl Watts
February 21st, 2019, 4:04 am
Forum: Ergdata, Online Racing, Rowpro & RowIt
Topic: Zwift rowing bike
Replies: 10
Views: 119

Re: Zwift rowing bike

As a RowPro user for 10 years I wouldn't shift to Zwift unless it had the "on the water" set-up of RowPro. Personally the graphics of RowPro has never bothered me much, but the complete lack of online participation is a problem. Is Zwift pretty much online only ? with up to 10,000 online it sounds l...
by Carl Watts
February 21st, 2019, 3:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Stroke Rate
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Stroke Rate

Well the first question is are you still a LWT ? 6:46 happens to be my PB at age 45. Recently rowed a 2K at 18spm at 1:55 pace that was not maximal but it felt good. Training is pretty good these days at around 20spm. Your not going to complete any form of "Recognised" PB at this rating other than t...
by Carl Watts
February 20th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Weight Loss & Weight Control
Topic: New buyer looking for advice
Replies: 9
Views: 354

Re: New buyer looking for advice

The only problem with the Concept 2 rower is you typically love it or you hate it. Pretty much everyone can get on a treadmill and walk or run, its a natural movement where as rowing is a different beast. I have seen one listed for sale as a "Torture Device". If you have used one previously and like...
by Carl Watts
February 16th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: interesting to see your data
Replies: 11
Views: 252

Re: interesting to see your data

Depends on if you have a balanced power and endurance characteristic. Pauls Law worked pretty well once I improved my distance rowing. Typically you see a bit of a "See Saw" in peoples results and you either good at one end or the other. It works very well if you use it as your "Target Pace" as it s...
by Carl Watts
February 15th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: which heart rate training zone is correct for rowing?
Replies: 11
Views: 296

Re: which heart rate training zone is correct for rowing?

All you need to know is here.

https://www.freespiritsrowing.com/forum ... calculator

Get you resting HR and do a decent test to find you Maximum HR and just put in the numbers, print it out and write your HR range beside each band and tape it on the wall beside the rower.
by Carl Watts
February 13th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Indoor Rowers
Topic: Model C PM5 retrofit kit
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: Model C PM5 retrofit kit

Its so high because people put the monitor too low and when they accidentally let go of the handle it smashes the glass display of the monitor. I have replaced countless displays on PM2's and the older machines where the arm didn't stop the monitor from going down low. Sooner or later everyone lets ...
by Carl Watts
February 13th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: do we need a heart rate monitor for sure while rowing?
Replies: 14
Views: 484

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

HR gives you the full picture of your row and Concept 2 has a great logbook now to track your progress.

https://log.concept2.com/profile/863525/log/36871563

As others have stated, very useful for HR limited rows to stay in the UT2 training band.
by Carl Watts
February 12th, 2019, 11:12 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: do we need a heart rate monitor for sure while rowing?
Replies: 14
Views: 484

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

Each to their own but even after 10 years on the rower, perceived effort doesn't work for me. The two don't link very well, you can feel tired and have other issues and you feel your working hard but your HR tells you otherwise. Its a great tool, you can check your resting HR before the row, time to...
by Carl Watts
February 12th, 2019, 11:00 pm
Forum: Indoor Rowers
Topic: How to reset your PM5 to factory defaults.
Replies: 2
Views: 145

How to reset your PM5 to factory defaults.

This may be in the user manual but I just discovered how to do this after running the Concept 2 utility and it came back with the memory in my PM5 is corrupted. The utility tried to fix it but then a message popped up on my PM5 showing how to do a full reset to the default factory settings. This als...
by Carl Watts
February 12th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Ergdata, Online Racing, Rowpro & RowIt
Topic: ROWPRO V4,3 & PM5
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: ROWPRO V4,3 & PM5

See my recent posts from the last couple of days. https://www.c2forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=185258 Finally had to let V4.3 go as I was starting to give too many problems. Really wouldn't want to be on Window 7 anymore either. RP V5.3 with a PM5 on the latest firmware and a decent Window 10 64 bit ...
by Carl Watts
February 12th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: do we need a heart rate monitor for sure while rowing?
Replies: 14
Views: 484

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

I would get a Garmin ANT+ chest strap and connect this via ANT+ wireless to the PM5. Personally I never row without heart rate regardless of intensity. The chest strap is very good, especially if you just starting out and looking to improve your fitness. It helps you to keep your pace at a sustainab...