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Old 10-01-2013, 06:11 AM   #1
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500m row times

Afternoon all,

I decided, for no particular reason, to time myself on a concept 2 rower over 500m with the resistance set at 10....I managed it in 1.35 which i was quite pleased with but i feel confident having done it once that there is scope to bring that time to just under 1.30...however as pleased as i am with the time i have no frame of reference regarding if this is a good time or not verses seasoned crossfitters, what would be considered a respectable time?

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Old 10-01-2013, 06:13 AM   #2
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Re: 500m row times

And for what it is worth I'm new to crossfit, 95 kg and a few weeks from reaching the grand old age of 39
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:17 AM   #3
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Re: 500m row times

Not bad for the first time, if I remember right that's about where I was. I'm betting you would be faster at a damper setting of more like 7 though - higher isn't necessarily faster or better.

Also, height is a better indicator of your potential rowing ability than weight in my opinion.

If you want a more specific view of where you would stand, the C2 website has interactive leaderboards for all manner of rowing events.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:41 AM   #4
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Re: 500m row times

I'm 6'2 which i think is about 188cm.

I just went with the 10 setting thinking I'd make it as challenging as possible.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:12 AM   #5
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Re: 500m row times

I think there's a couple things worth tracking:

* Height (but, really, limb length is the important thing, it can dictate how much pull you can get with just the catch; that is, someone with long legs and short arms, relatively, can get a pretty good yank before the arms even come in...just my gut)

* Strokes per minute

* 500m time

FYI, latest from C2 website:

90th percentile: 1:29.6
75th percentile: 1:35.8
50th percentile 1:44.7
25th percentile: 1:57.5

So, most people (of the non-random sample of people posting to the rankings) are doing sub-1:45. I think you could say 1:35 start to constitute "elite," and sub-1:30 is flat killing it.

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Old 10-01-2013, 07:16 AM   #6
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Re: 500m row times

I guess I am pretty long armed and legged...I'm not talking circus freak style length but i am on the long side in both departments.

I had a quick look on the C2 site but couldnt see a 500m time list...if there even is one, I'll have a proper look a bit later.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:26 AM   #7
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Re: 500m row times

My best 500m row is 1:24.9, damper was at 7.5. It was an all out sprint, I gave it 100%. I am sure with your height you can row a sub 1:30, LONG pulls are the key.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:39 AM   #8
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My best 500m row is 1:24.9, damper was at 7.5. It was an all out sprint, I gave it 100%. I am sure with your height you can row a sub 1:30, LONG pulls are the key.
1.24.9....that gives me something to aim at!....i think i could get close to that, i put a lot of effort in but looking at my splits my second 250m was exactly the same as my first so i think i could squeeze a bit more time out.

In case i fail terribly please tell me you are a 25 year old professional athlete....i can live with that....please don't tell me if you are a 50 year old office worker who has only just decided to give crossfit a go.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:29 AM   #9
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Re: 500m row times

http://log.concept2.com/rankings.asp (WFS)

A number of different recorded times for you to view. Sortable with age ranges, weight classes, timed rows, distances, etc...

Enjoy.

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My best 500m row is 1:24.9, damper was at 7.5. It was an all out sprint, I gave it 100%. I am sure with your height you can row a sub 1:30, LONG pulls are the key.
Bingo. I'm not quite where Clifton is - 1:26 is my best, at 6'2".

And again, damper setting does not equal difficulty. The higher the setting, the more strength it takes to start but the further you go with each pull.
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