btlifter wrote: ↑
November 21st, 2020, 8:00 pm
Hello again veterans and experts. I'm curious about Drag Factor:
I have observed that I am consistently faster (and more comfortable) when I row at higher drag factors than what Itypically see recommended. I assume that this is - at least in part - because I am much more "strong" than I am "fast". Generally, if I view workouts of folks who have similar times to mine their s/m is significantly higher, and df significantly lower. Part of me assumes that recommended dfs are likely heavily influenced by otw rowers trying to replicate water conditions, as opposed to being overly concerned with what actually optimizes their performance on the erg. On the other hand, I'm mindful that I'm biased and may just be looking for explanations that support my own inclinations!
Anyway, I guess my question is, to what degree is df a "find what works best for you" sort of thing, vs. a "there is a 'correct' range, and if that's not optimal for you right now, you need to fix your form" sort of thing.
Think its mostly a technique matter and lack of fitness. Your pb s are very much out of wack. Your 1k is very strong, all other stuff is much impressive.
Looking at your longer distances you are so far off pacewise that drag is absolutely not important.
With your height/weight and current 1k and newby status, you have more potential than any other rower here on the forum.
Re drag, you are right thats aimed at otw. Topguys often use 135/40, which is way to high for average Joe.
Re rating, that is 80/90% key, toprowers and could look in that direction are able to rate up. The guys pulling 5.40 times are tall and super fit. And rate 35 and above over 2k and often 30 over 5k.
For, looking at 5k compared to your 1, your fitness is simply weak. Thats the key you need to work on. You should at least be a full minute faster. 17.30 should be half warm up for a guy like you.
In short, you got lots of potential, fitness is the weak link, use a drag that feels right. 120/25 is low. Good for for Joe 7.07 you can handle more.