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Old 12-07-2010, 02:40 PM   #161
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Re: 500m Row Times

Out of interest Marcus, what's your best 2k time? (if you'ver ever done one)
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:04 PM   #162
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Re: 500m Row Times

I think once past a certain level of fitness and experience, rowing technique for a 500m sprint becomes different than that for a 2k race. Concept 2's advice is going to be centered around maximizing performance for 2k races.

In a 500m sprint there is a tendancy for the stroke rate to get too high to control. Chain slap and coming off the seat become issues, as well as a limit to power-per-stroke with lighter settings/ultra-high stroke rates. For a record effort it might pay off to increase the damper setting somewhat, especially heavyweights. A general rule probably still applies, however, which to start training with a lower damper and move up as experience dictates rather than learning to row with a damper of 10.
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:20 PM   #163
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Re: 500m Row Times

1:46.0 a couple months ago now
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:52 AM   #164
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I think once past a certain level of fitness and experience, rowing technique for a 500m sprint becomes different than that for a 2k race. Concept 2's advice is going to be centered around maximizing performance for 2k races.

In a 500m sprint there is a tendancy for the stroke rate to get too high to control. Chain slap and coming off the seat become issues, as well as a limit to power-per-stroke with lighter settings/ultra-high stroke rates. For a record effort it might pay off to increase the damper setting somewhat, especially heavyweights. A general rule probably still applies, however, which to start training with a lower damper and move up as experience dictates rather than learning to row with a damper of 10.
Lots of points raised!
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:04 AM   #165
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:51 AM   #166
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Re: 500m Row Times

My 1:29 was done on a damper of 3 or 4. I tried rowing 30 second splits with it set between 1 and 10, and I covered the most distance around 3 and 4. I'd love to do some additional tests around that- perhaps I'll take a rest day and try to get some numbers.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:56 PM   #167
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Re: 500m Row Times

1:26.6 today after doing the "Other" total, damper was set kind of in between 6 and 7.

Doing it as prep for a rowing competition that I've got coming up in about a month. ~5 second PR.
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:59 AM   #168
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Re: 500m Row Times

So I watched some youtube videos of record setting performances, and I noticed for the 500m a much shorter stroke for most of these guys...

I'm still playing with it, but when my pull was longer and I reached forward, I couldn't get more than maybe 40 spm.

With this new shorter technique I hit 52 spm...The problem is much like Lincoln said, I couldn't control it...not that I was coming off the seat or even that my chain discipline had dropped, but just conditioning wise I couldn't keep up, and it was too anaerobic as I think I was holding my breath...

I'm playing with how hard I should row there, I can keep it around 44spm giving me a 1:14 split time and not feel too bad (meaning I can breathe)... but I start slowing at about 150m....much too early...

Next time I'll play with keeping my spm around 40 and see how I fair for a full 500m...I think I might be breaking my 1:25 PR...but we'll see.

When I hit my 1:25 i was around 32-36 spm...but I'm not exactly sure as I'd never paid attn too much
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Re: 500m Row Times

How much of a negative impact would a worn sprocket and chain have on row times?
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:51 PM   #170
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How much of a negative impact would a worn sprocket and chain have on row times?
any machine that isn't well maintained will not run efficiently...no matter if you are using man-power or JP-5.

You should oil the chain routinely and clean the seat track, both of those can cause lots of friction.
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