Optimum split pacing ?

From the CRASH-B's to an online challenge, discuss the competitive side of erging here.
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Re: Optimum split pacing ?

Post by ccooper » September 24th, 2018, 10:24 am

lindsayh wrote:
September 24th, 2018, 2:58 am
Remo wrote:
September 24th, 2018, 2:08 am
Chris, you've stumbled onto my secret identity. I've watched that race you did two years ago many times on youtube. You always win. It makes me happy Going back 40 years, my best 2ks (or the equivalent) have always been flat. Always hope I'm going to have a sprint, but I end up in the last 500 just warding off the darkness. Anything 1k or below my best tends to be slightly positive split and for 5ks and that ilk, my bests are negative splits -- stretched out versions of your 2ks. Maybe I'll see you at CruFit, next weekend.
I have watched that race a few times too - Chris of course does always win it which makes me less happy! I agree with the flat but negative split strategy too in general. On that day though I decided to go out harder than usual to find out if Chris was up for the race - he was! - he was unbeatable that day. Hope to see you guys at Crufit again too sometime. Remo were you there the day I did the class with Chris last year?
That race was a little bit of a disappointment for me, since I was hoping to improve the record by a couple of seconds. In a few years, guys like Stewart and Jon are likely to tear it up. I was surprised that Lindsay went out so fast, since I think we both knew from that day at CruFit that I was a second or so faster...much like Stewart is 1-2 seconds faster than I am now.

Jon seems to love the race tactics, and maybe enjoys the come-from-behind sprint a little too much to put in his best possible time in a race. Maybe that's a result of OTW background, which I don't have. I would rather try to do the fastest overall race, but that only works if you can tune out the competition to some extent.
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Re: Optimum split pacing ?

Post by ccooper » October 10th, 2018, 1:09 am

An analysis of the world championships OTW just completed contains this interesting paragraph:
Analysis of the race strategy using our traditional method (RBN 2003/07) has shown that the winners had the lowest variation of speed among all finalists: the winners spread their efforts the most evenly throughout the race, with a relatively slower first 500m and a faster middle section.
The article also points out that stroke rates have increased dramatically.
https://www.rowperfect.co.uk/rowing-str ... he-worlds/
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Chris Cooper M65-69 Hwt 2km world record 6:39.5 in 2017

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