Interesting to see how much the 100M is a heavyweight's game. I am currently 9th among the lightweights, would only be 64th among the heavies. Good I dropped a pound or two.
Yes...congrats for making the weight 'cut!'
And congrats too on improving an already impressive 100m piece. I was having brunch this morning in a nice little northside restaurant when I checked your log and burst out laughing. Very funny post....and some good thoughts about getting out of the gate a bit faster. But I guess you don't see old guys looking at their phone and laughing too often.
But I don't think your inference that lightweights are easy competition is always correct.
For instance, my 13109m for an hour this morning put me at 69th percentile in the heavies (beat 27 of 39)...but in lightweights I would have beaten only 3 of 11...27th percentile!
Exactly. The heavies are built for short bursts of high intensity, while the lights excel at distance. Not all that different from running, really, if you think about a 100m body type vs a distance runner.
I was rowing this afternoon and told Zack about the 100m. He hopped on, not at all warmed up, and not with particularly good technique, and pulled 18.6. I'm sure he could do a lot better if he wanted to. Oh, to be young. He is 23, only about 130 lbs, maybe 135.
Well please give Zack my congratulations. Any chance he'll start rowing seriously? And joining the Ratlum Mtn RC?
And didn't you just sit down and row an 18.2" last weekend? Oh to be young indeed!
Nice work on dropping half a second! You seem to be on the right track.
I did pull an 18.2 last week and I was pretty pleased, but further improvement may be quite difficult. I guess I would like to get down to 17.9, but I need to get a bit stronger. Presumably have to get down to 1:26 or 1:27 for the belly of the piece, and I haven't yet had a stroke that registered below 1:28.
Pretty sure Zack will not pursue this. He is not the exercise enthusiast that either of his parents is.