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Discussion: Sunday morning row

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2015-12-20

Dec 20, 2015 4:24 PM # 
Ha ha! Back when I lived off Storrow Dr in the Back Bay, I was a member of the little sailing club on the Charles River. But since it was hard to get a sailboat on Sunday mornings, I usually settled for the club rowboat, and rowed way up the Charles, past Magazine Beach, to picnic near Watertown with my girlfriend at the time.

Another nice piece this morning! Don't know how you do it with such a slow stroke rate. It looks like you're getting ready to do something memorable soon.
Dec 20, 2015 6:26 PM # 
The allure of Magazine Beach this morning was an orienteering event Barb was putting on - but 2 hrs+ each way driving was too much for me today. You have lived in a lot of interesting places.

Not sure why it was I started rowing at a slower stroke pace, and at first it took some concentration. Now it is more or less habit. Anyway, I think it gives me a little in reserve for when I want to go faster.
Dec 20, 2015 7:34 PM # 
Heck yes...4 hours of driving does seem a lot for a short club event. But I love Boston. So I would have gone in for a couple of nights, a little theater, several good meals....and Sunday morning with many familiar faces.

Well you've piqued my interest in a slower stroke rate too. But I don't think I could keep my pace down for 5000m. You turned in a nice, controlled piece. Congrats!
Dec 20, 2015 8:12 PM # 
I find it easier to maintain good form at the slower stroke pace, and to concentrate on leg drive. It's a good exercise, even if you don't do it throughout a long piece. Try it for a minute, play with it. I have occasionally gone as low as 18, driving my legs hard to make up for the slower stroke.
Dec 22, 2015 1:48 PM # 
Where do you have the drag lever set?
Dec 22, 2015 2:44 PM # 
I set it at 4. Nothing particularly scientific. I think some of the real enthusiasts vary the drag setting for different workouts, and maybe that would be beneficial, but 4 seems comfortable. Not sure I'd notice much if it were set at a different level. I can be pretty oblivious to things like that.
Dec 22, 2015 3:13 PM # 
Interesting. But isn't it more important to be aware of the 'Drag Factor' rather than the shutter lever setting?

For instance, I do all my rowing at a shutter setting of 8, which produces a Drag Factor of around 180. Opening the shutter to a setting of 4 reduces the Drag Factor to around 115...and for my taste, not enough resistance and too fast a cadence.

But when I was at the Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships last February, the other older guys I was speaking with all also recommended lower shutter settings. So I guess I should try 4 for a while and see...
Dec 24, 2015 2:42 AM # 
From talking to the "Pro" in residence, a drag factor around 110-120 is the number they want to have, I guess to most simulate the resistance of an oar in the water.

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