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Old 09-07-2006, 01:14 PM   #1
William Winger
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This is in my journal from yesterday, but I thought it could use a repost:

500 meter row - 1:24.0

Good for 32nd overall on concept2.com, and 6th in my age group. This after only two months on the erg!

Plan for now is to work on my thousand time, as that will give me greater staying power for the end of my next five hundred (which I'm putting off for a month).
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Old 09-08-2006, 03:30 AM   #2
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Only two months! You must be built for rowing - nice work!
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Old 09-08-2006, 06:26 AM   #3
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Thanks Anthony, it's good to get some encouragement.

To be honest, I was once told that I had a very natural motion when I got in a scull 6+ years ago, but there was no crew team at my high school, so I never got into it.

I didn't think anything of it until my 500s kept improving like this.

I really do have an endurance problem though (note my times in my sig)... so that's going to be my primary focus for the near future. The '07 season lasts until April, so we'll see how much lower I can get it in the next couple of months.
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Actually, I did notice your sig. Your 500 blows mine out of the water (1.30), but our 1000 is almost identical. I've never tested my 2000.

Do you row at a consistent rate or do you pace and then sprint at the end? I'm still uncertain which is the best for the 1000.
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:52 AM   #5
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The last time I did a 1000 meter time trial was July 18th, so my memory is a bit sketchy. That was about four days after the first time I did a 1000 meters, so I knew what I could do going all out 3:37.6, I'm guessing the second time my thought was:
"Well if I row a 1:47 split the whole way then I can sprint to the finish and beat my last time."

You really shouldn't take my advice until I do more runs in the 1000, but I'm guessing an easy-ish pace for the first 700-800 meters followed by a sprint is optimal.

Again, that's because I have absolutely terrible endurance, and can only sprint all-out when fresh for about 350 meters. You may be able to gun the last 400 meters or more.

I definitely think a negative split is a good idea though (except in the 500, where one should just drop the hammer as hard as possible for as long as possible, and then keep going when you can't). As my roommate says, you can do anything for a minute and a half... of course, he quit 300 meters into his 500...
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