8 Months to row competitively!

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8 Months to row competitively!

Post by isaachilly » February 10th, 2019, 6:29 am


Thanks for taking the time to read this thread. My name's Isaac, I'm currently 16 and next September I go to a school which has a rowing team. I've looked at what they do and it sounds very much my thing. I never got into many other sports apart from cycling and I would love to be part of a school team especially as a sixth former! However... I have never rowed in my life and I aim to row on water a time of 7:00 for the 2000m by September when I go to the school. I go to the GYM for strength training 3 times a week (MON/TUE/FRI) and I row 5k 2 times a week *WED/THU) then I do a 2000m once (SUN). I'm focusing on improving my technique and making sure I am using all the advantages I can. Saying all this right now I'm only able to get a time of 7:40. Is there any advice you would give to me to help me accomplish this ambitious goal.

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Re: 8 Months to row competitively!

Post by NavigationHazard » February 10th, 2019, 8:43 am

Why not contact the school and ask the coach for advice?
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Re: 8 Months to row competitively!

Post by isaachilly » February 10th, 2019, 8:51 am

I have done but they've just said I need to be in good shape and would be advised to have had experience on the water beforehand. I asked about 2000m times and he said that at sixth form level they work to get students down to a 6:40 time on 2000m. I'm asking on this platform because there are a lot of rowers on here and all with different experiences. I'm hoping maybe someone has been involved with school coaching before or have been in the same circumstance as me and have some knowledge and wisdom on the topic.

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Re: 8 Months to row competitively!

Post by hjs » February 10th, 2019, 9:15 am

You need to row a lot more. Look at the pete plan thread and also at the what have I done thread.

You need volume/more meters and to build a strong stroke and technique.
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Re: 8 Months to row competitively!

Post by Cyclist2 » February 10th, 2019, 1:50 pm

More meters, exactly. Here is the Pete Plan I use when I'm starting a long range training plan; https://thepeteplan.wordpress.com/the-pete-plan/

Lots of people follow it, and again as HJS says, there is a forum thread devoted to it.

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Re: 8 Months to row competitively!

Post by jamesg » February 11th, 2019, 3:56 am

The erg may get you fit, but it won't teach you to row. Go afloat, possibly in a safe tub, possibly a pair or double.

It''s far too early to think about 2k times; that's an Olympic sport. First you have to learn to get the blades in and out of the water.
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Re: 8 Months to row competitively!

Post by Dangerscouse » February 11th, 2019, 7:47 am

If I was you I would try and do long steady state sessions ( up to an hour if you can) at a capped HR instead of the Tuesday weight session, in addition to the Pete Plan.

As Pete Reed said " if your low stuff is too high, your highs will be too low too". This will feel slightly strange as you know you can go faster and harder but going slower does build a strong foundation of fitness. I find a pace of 2k + 24 is good for me.
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