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by jamesg
August 21st, 2006, 3:39 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Stroke rate? Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 1452

Dinodi, At a guess I'd say you are pulling a short stroke. This can be deduced from your low power and high rating. The power we put into the flywheel is the product of handle force x net stroke length x rating. For mechanical reasons on the erg there is a loss of length at the catch and loss of pow...
by jamesg
August 20th, 2006, 5:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: rowing as a primary exercise
Replies: 2
Views: 1472

To get any results at all, you need to row correctly and put work into every single stroke; technique in other words. There are some videos around showing what a very good sculler (Xeno Müller) does. The objective of rowing is of course to shift boats fast with as little effort as possible, not to i...
by jamesg
July 29th, 2006, 11:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Drag factors
Replies: 15
Views: 4725

The erg is mainly for CV training, so I set the df at a value (130-140) that lets me carry on for a long time with what I think is an efficient i.e. long stroke. If the df is too high, you can't move the flywheel, so do no work; if it's too low, you can't catch up with the flywheel, so also do no wo...
by jamesg
July 22nd, 2006, 6:26 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What Training Have You Done Today?
Replies: 24316
Views: 2732708

Usual 9k in about an hour with lots of stops, roughly every 5 min. Water dead flat, no wind. But someone had laid out a 1k course with buoys at 250m and couldn't resist: Buoys hit: 1 of 5 Strokes 100 exactly Pauses: 1 about 10s, thought I was going to die at 750 Time to 1k 4:42. Finished at 28; most...
by jamesg
July 18th, 2006, 1:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: OTW times Vs. Erg times
Replies: 8
Views: 4786

I scull mornings on my lake when there's no wind. I'm 65, 85kg now. Yesterday it took me 51 minutes for the length (4500m according to the map) and back, sculling at 18 and doing 3-4' pulls starting every 5'. This is as much as I can do, despite sawing about 2" of the end of the C2s - HR goes up by ...
by jamesg
July 3rd, 2006, 6:23 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Tell me my 500 meters target time
Replies: 58
Views: 25537

HU, To calculate a target 500m time (to be reached after N years studying technique and training) note that the best lightweights can pull around 7W/kg for a 500 test. My best is little more than 4W/kg; I'm 65, 87 kg. Presumably you can get nearer the 7W/kg target. Another way of doing some sums mig...
by jamesg
June 22nd, 2006, 12:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: slides?
Replies: 78
Views: 20143

If you're interested in sculling, then I think it's best to use slides. The catch characteristic on a fixed erg is so different (sloppy) to that in a boat (instantaneous), that I find I have to use two different techniques. For fitness only it doesn't matter. As to whether slides are faster, the que...
by jamesg
May 29th, 2006, 7:45 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training and immune system
Replies: 17
Views: 6575

I wonder why so many seem to think (hope?) keeping fit could cause backache, depress immune systems or whatever, and lead to illness, rather than cure the lot. Just an excuse to use the sofa? I've been at rugby, swimming and rowing since I was 11, and never saw any correlation between hard work and ...
by jamesg
May 29th, 2006, 1:08 am
Forum: Weight Loss & Weight Control
Topic: Frustraited.
Replies: 16
Views: 8105

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If you're the right shape, stop worrying: maybe the extra weight is muscle. On 2h/6days, it wouldn't be surprising.

Those docs could well be looking at your BMI only which is around 26, when ideal is said to be 21-25. Not sure if it's the same for M and F.
by jamesg
May 22nd, 2006, 2:51 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Power to Weight ratio
Replies: 6
Views: 11388

Both 4.4 W/kg. Well done.

R (in W/kg) = 2.8 x (2000/2k time in seconds)^3 / (pounds/2.2).
by jamesg
May 22nd, 2006, 2:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Obvious Newbie Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 3821

The bit you describe is the handle hook. The chainguard or guide is about 12" further forward and is the rectangular gasket around the vertical slot the chain passes through. Suggest you have a look at the C2 sites for style videos, or http://www.invernessrowingclub.co.uk/personal/xeno/xeno_erg.html
by jamesg
May 20th, 2006, 12:53 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Specific 2k Pacing (Per 500m)
Replies: 172
Views: 112499

I said it's one way; no obligation. What the French Rowing Association says and C2 reprinted in their Manual is good enough for me. It worked too. We can all do just what we like, and presumably change our minds when we find a better idea.. So if you have one, tell us: what ratio, or other method, w...
by jamesg
May 20th, 2006, 2:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Specific 2k Pacing (Per 500m)
Replies: 172
Views: 112499

JJP, If you don't do a lot of sprint work, so don't know what 2k pace you can maintain, one way to estimate it is the French protocol. It splits the problem into two: what's the basic pace to use; what's the race plan to use. Do a flatout 500 3-4 days before the race, then go 10-11% slower average, ...
by jamesg
May 20th, 2006, 2:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Obvious Newbie Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 3821

You're pulling very short. So first thing to do is warm up well and then make sure your stroke is long. Try touching the chainguard at the catch, then maybe back off an inch or two according to your height and geometry. Finish with a slight leanback, back straight, forearms level and your elbows beh...
by jamesg
May 20th, 2006, 1:52 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Off on a Tangent--HR based training
Replies: 37
Views: 10257

I think HR is for athletes, Intensity for coaches. Coaches don't mind how many dead and injured they leave behind, indeed they need this selection; they want boats across the finishing line asap and that's what they're paid to get. The athlete otoh wants to live to 90+ and still enjoy the water and ...