Steve G wrote:The major difference is Mike puts his head on the block and COMPETES!
You just talk the talk. Except for one decent 2K you have done absolutely nothing worth crowing about for eons!
Not sure what you are talking about, at least, as far as the erg is concerned.
On the erg, I competed twice as much as Mike this year, and without even preparing for the races, was six seconds faster than Mike in my best race, nine seconds fast than Mike in his hammer row at WIRC 2010.
Besides Bake's little regatta, Mike only raced at WIRC 2010.
In terms of size, Bake's little regatta was nothing like Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Catharines, and Cleveland, which I went to.
RANKING RESULTS 2010
Indoor Rower | Individual and Race Results | 2000m | Men's | Lightweight | Custom Age Range (55–59) | 2010 Season
1 Rich Cureton 59 Ann Arbor MI USA 6:41.4 RACE
2 Michael van Beuren 57 Hartland VT USA 6:47.6 IND_V
3 Jonathan Rich 56 Winter Park FL USA 6:52.3 RACE
4 Eric Winterbottom 58 Bodytalk GBR 7:01.9 RACE
5 Gary Passler 55 amesbury MA USA 7:05.0 RACE
6 David Sutkowy 56 manlius NY USA 7:05.4 RACE
6 Rolf Meek 59 Oslo NOR 7:05.4 IND
8 John Busk 56 Slangerup DEN 7:07.6 IND
9 Ernest Cook 55 Brookline MA USA 7:08.3 RACE
10 Daniel Devez 56 Port-Marly Rc FRA 7:08.5 RACE
Yes, I would have been at WIRC 2010, too, snow permitting, and if I had, would have outrowed Mike by 10 seconds, without even preparing for it.
When I am fully prepared for it, I'll beat Mike by 30 seconds.
Because Mike lives close by, he didn't even have to go to a WIRC qualifier in order to get to Boston comfortably, and when it came time to travel, he didn't have to deal with the midwestern snow, as I had to.
Well, that's another story.
Mike is an OTW rowing coach, who has been rowing for 40 years.
I am an English professor who didn't get in a boat until I was 53 years old.
I still have a lot to learn.
I am getting there, though.
I am in no rush.
Steve, I am new to this sport.
In rowing, unless you invest some time and energy in mastering the skills that you need to be your best, you will never improve.
You will just get worse.
In recent times, that's is what all male WRs, 40-70, have done.
They have just gotten worse.
Just think what might have happened if Andy Ripley and Paul Hendershott had learned to row!
My guess is that, rowing well, they would have been about a dozen seconds faster over 2K.
That would have put the 50s hwt WR at 5:55 and the 60s hwt WR at 6:12.
Both Andy and Paul rowed wretchedly, but physically, for their age, they were beasts!
Rich Cureton M 61 5'11" 165 lbs. 2K pbs: 6:27.5 (hwt), 6:28 (lwt)