Ergo Challenge

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So we're all in the gym, between rides, building up our core strength this time of year?;) Always good to find a machine that provides an alterntive to the bike and still builds strength/endurance in lots of muscle groups.

Before we go any further I would like to say that I don't like rowing. I have short legs and short arms, blah, blah. BUT enough of the excuses... you can't lie to the Concept 2 Rower. It knows you aren't fit enough. There's no hills to coast on the descent, no incline to reduce when you are tired, no extra minute recovery between the rep. I %$#!ing hate that machine.

So here's the challenge for your once (?) a week vist to the gym. 30 minutes (yes, 30 full mins - treat it as a warm-up before the weights if you are into pushing iron) - what distance can you row?

My starter this morning was 7252m - the little screen said that was an average of 2:041 /500m
 

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At the University when I wasn't cycling , I was rowing. But no sculls in shouting distance here (how come? there's a river!) .. I'll check the Tama Sports center and see if they have an erg. BTW- my earliest exposure to real training was based entirely on erg sessions vis a vis crew and a semi-sadistic kinesiologist Phd candidate-girlfriend. Can you say sufferingguinneapig fast?
 

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If there was a gym close enough to me with one of these I would join just to use it..... There is a reason rowers move in to professional cycling very easily and that Shimano make SPD systems for rowing boats :D

At the University when I wasn't cycling , I was rowing. But no sculls in shouting distance here (how come? there's a river!) .. I'll check the Tama Sports center and see if they have an erg. BTW- my earliest exposure to real training was based entirely on erg sessions vis a vis crew and a semi-sadistic kinesiologist Phd candidate-girlfriend. Can you say sufferingguinneapig fast?
Tim TSURUMIGAWA mate! two rowing clubs down by route 15!!!!
 
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@FE - cool! I will try to find it! I have seen rowing club in the lake at Sagamiko, and up river on the Arakawa, but not so close. <not> fond memories of Montlake Cut at 0500 in the dark dodging tugs and barges in 4's and 8's.
 

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With a Concept 2 at home it forms part of my training. Its great for both aerobic and anaerobic training. Key test in the 2km and getting good times (sub 7m) depends a lot on technique.
 
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What next? TCC boat races on the Palace moat under the cherry blossom? Or the swan boats at Ueno Park? At least the latter involves some pedalling.

FWIW I do a 4 min = 1000 m warm-up on the rower, followed by 100 skips, before I hit the weights - currently times a week. No desire or need to be warmer or to row for longer.
My starter this morning was 7252m - the little screen said that was an average of 2:041 /500m
Pics, or it didn't happen. I enjoyed the phrase "It knows you're not fit enough."

Incidentally I rented a Concept 2 once when I was home at my mum's for the holidays. It's a big machine when it's in your kitchen.
 
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Any of you brave enough to face 30mins on an erg?
OK, OK. Only because there's no Pilates this week and the forecast is for snow so I didn't ride today.

Challenge accepted.

Challenge completed.

Je tu présente ton cul. I'd wave to encourage you to catch up, but I don't think you'd see me from back there.

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And here are some of my blisters. (Banana for scale.) Such sensitive skin.

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Perhaps my PM4 is more hydrodynamic than your PM3.
 
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macrophotofly

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you need the damper at 5.
I shall give it a go next Monday, but previously I've found between 7.5-8.5 have produced the best results for me. Might be because I am short and most rowers are 6 foot titans able to pull the oar a good 20cm more distance in a single stroke than I. Reducing the resistance while maintaining the same oar pull sounds like a recipe for the Stroke Index to have to go up a great deal to compensate or having to kick so hard you go off the back of the seat (done that before on an ergo race with a mate and it wasn't pleasant.... )