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Old 03-15-2006, 06:11 PM   #1
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In the sport of crew (rowing), taking full strokes from a stand-still is not the fastest way to accelerate a boat. So if you don't want to start eating your opponents' dust--or, as the case may be, their wake--from the very beginning of a 2 kilometer course, you have to do a racing start.

A racing start consists of a series of incomplete strokes to accelerate the boat--a half stroke which begins with the back already perpendicular to the water and is basically just an abbreviated leg drive, a three-quarters stroke which has just a bit more back, and finally eleven full strokes performed for speed rather than power.

Today it occured to me that since I usually spend more than 5 seconds of my 20-second tabata interval just getting up to speed. What a waste! This afternoon, instead of performing full strokes, I tried starting with a half stroke or two and performing three quarters strokes for the rest of the interval. I tacked about 10-13 meters on to my first four tabata erg intervals.

After that, my times crashed by about 10 seconds due to poor conditioning (emphasis has been on oly-lifting recently), but I still held times better than my usual average by performing three-quarters strokes.

Does anyone else use racing starts for their tabata erg intervals? How does it work for you?
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Old 03-15-2006, 09:06 PM   #2
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I've been wondering about this too but haven't had a chance to test it out.

Of course i'm not even sure if my "racing starts" are correct but i'd be interested in hearing what the better rowers have to say
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Old 03-15-2006, 10:06 PM   #3
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There's a start at about 60 seconds on this video:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...97341&q=rowing
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