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by mromero680
March 5th, 2021, 10:19 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pace progression with stroke rate
Replies: 8
Views: 207

Re: Pace progression with stroke rate

I think it mainly depends on what feels comfortable based on your recent workouts. I did my steady state workouts at 24spm for a long time then made a conscious effort to bring the rate down to 20/21. Now I can go quite a while comfortably at that rate but faster rates seem to wear me out quicker. N...
by mromero680
February 20th, 2021, 9:48 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Barefoot/Sockless and Strapless- How to best acclimate/train
Replies: 28
Views: 856

Re: Barefoot/Sockless and Strapless- How to best acclimate/train

I row strapless for any session other than a 2k test. I don't see the benefit of shoeless but I know it's not unusual. Just seems like a good way to get a raw heel or a callous somewhere other than hands?
by mromero680
February 17th, 2021, 12:06 am
Forum: Concept2 SkiErg
Topic: Should I get a SKIerg alongside my rower.
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: Should I get a SKIerg alongside my rower.

I have both but have had the rower a lot longer and I spend more time rowing. If I had to choose I'd go with the rower but I can see how the skierg would be better for anyone with back or knee issues. My heart rate stays lower on the skierg mostly due to smaller muscles involved but it's as hard or ...
by mromero680
January 30th, 2021, 10:41 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Rowing Video Recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Rowing Video Recommendations

I agree on the Murray videos. He's a good host and it's kind of nice to see that he's still human and suffers as much as the rest of us. I watched his "Physiological Adaption" video and his dread before he starts is hilarious.
by mromero680
January 1st, 2021, 11:32 am
Forum: Training
Topic: More evidence "Go Slow and Easy" better than "Work Hard"
Replies: 30
Views: 2124

Re: More evidence "Go Slow and Easy" better than "Work Hard"

I have read a lot of studies that cite long, slow distance for 70-80% of training as the most effective training method. This applies to runners, cyclists, cross county skiers and rowers. I agree that for world class athletes who train at high volume that has to make sense to avoid injury or over tr...
by mromero680
December 31st, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Holiday Challenge Honor Board
Replies: 17
Views: 887

Re: Holiday Challenge Honor Board

It is kind of absurd to me that anyone would bother cheating on a challenge. I love my rower and skierg but most people I know wouldn't know or care that I use them or what my times or distances mean.
by mromero680
December 17th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Tips to avoid back pain
Replies: 35
Views: 2069

Re: Tips to avoid back pain

Good point. When my kids were young and time much shorter, I would wake up, put on workout clothes and jump on the rower. Lots of back issues. I'd try to start slow but would look at average pace and go too hard too early. Now I stretch a little, foam roller, and do a 1k warm-up with a hard 10 after...
by mromero680
December 17th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Tips to avoid back pain
Replies: 35
Views: 2069

Re: Tips to avoid back pain

I try to focus on three things throughout each row to prevent low back issues: 11:00 to 1:00 position for torso on each stroke "Body over" meaning torso follows the hands on the recovery by engaging the core Someone on this forum recommended visualizing a string attached to the top of your head pull...
by mromero680
December 14th, 2020, 9:31 pm
Forum: Concept2 SkiErg
Topic: Best heart rate strap for Ski Erg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1452

Re: Best heart rate strap for Ski Erg?

What do you need to pair the OH1+ with? A PM 5, Strava or a Polar app? I have a PM3 on the rower and a PM5 on my skierg. I would like to use it on the bike too.
by mromero680
December 12th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Concept2 SkiErg
Topic: Best heart rate strap for Ski Erg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1452

Re: Best heart rate strap for Ski Erg?

I have a Garmin watch and it doesn't work very well at all for rower or skierg. I have an old Polar strap that is ok but it still seems to cut out often on the rower so I rarely get a full read on avg. HR. Will have to research the recommendations above so thanks all.
by mromero680
December 12th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Strength or Aerobic capacity, which goes first as we age
Replies: 29
Views: 2139

Re: Strength or Aerobic capacity, which goes first as we age

Based on my experience, power/strength. I can still hang with my old self on aerobic pursuits but I struggle to maintain explosiveness with weights, on the bike and on the rower. I still fight it and lift three days a week and I'm now focusing on lower reps of bench, squat and deadlift with some cle...
by mromero680
November 29th, 2020, 4:29 am
Forum: Concept2 SkiErg
Topic: First sub6 skierg 2k
Replies: 34
Views: 6366

Re: First sub6 skierg 2k

I watched the video of Jason and noticed his technique which finished the stroke about mid-shin. What a difference. Took almost a minute off my PB 2K ( from 8:40 to 7:50). I've watched some videos but not that closely I guess. I was finishing just above my knees. I couldn't really believe that chang...
by mromero680
October 29th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training Question
Replies: 17
Views: 1191

Re: Training Question

I agree with HJS. Periodization is the only thing that made me row for 12 months straight this year. Every other year I went as hard as I could for as long as I could until I blew and then I switched to the bike for six months. I finally decided to plan my year in training blocks with different focu...
by mromero680
October 27th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: New to rowing; strength benefits?
Replies: 14
Views: 1370

Re: New to rowing; strength benefits?

I think rowing alone will get you in better shape than any other single exercise and you might gain some strength. But, I think anything that we are able to do 1000 times in one workout (using a 10k) will have limited strength training benefits.
by mromero680
October 19th, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Concept2 SkiErg
Topic: Weight equivalent on pull down
Replies: 23
Views: 1830

Re: Weight equivalent on pull down

I don't feel the triceps much if I'm using both arms but, if I'm alternating arms, I feel them more. I know triceps are affected some at the end of the two arm stroke but they don't get fatigued for me. Alternating arms I really feel them when I focus on lengthening the stroke. I admit I don't pay a...