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in: Iamstillhungry; Iamstillhungry > 2016-01-06

Jan 8, 2016 12:03 AM # 
something odd about the power numbers on the RP! 167w at 1:41 pace doesn't quite add up. You are definitely laying down more power than that, 167w on the C2 would be about 2:10 pace. I know its much of a muchness but you were def chugging out more than 167w on those reps!
Jan 8, 2016 12:04 AM # 
Never mind.. Those are HR max numbers I'm reading. In that case decent numbers so.. :-)
Jan 8, 2016 10:59 PM # 
Watts added. I forgot to write them down but left a place to record them. Then I forgot to go get them off the erg until you reminded me. My long term goal is to get a better feel for watts instead of pace because the former is what is measured and the latter is derived by formulas.
Jan 14, 2016 2:15 PM # 
Yep that helped me on turbo. Watts vs HR. Pace irrelevant really as when you go outside environment dictates that more so. If you can say hold 300w on a 2k erg test then whatever 300w effort in a boat will be your result. Go harder and blow up. Try and hold same pace into a wind and blow up etc..

I generally look at Watts for lower rate aerobic stuff as its hard to look at the splits without wanting to push on a bit. I think Watts just gives you a better feel for given efforts than pace does.
Jan 15, 2016 4:00 AM # 
Unfortunately, watt meters in boats is still a bit of a reach. The only real consumer product is but it is still a bit involved and expensive. If/when it becomes more common and cheaper, I think it could be quite a revolution for rowing, ie, if everyone could get detailed force curves over the complete duration of the stroke. We'll see though. The population of rowers is small and that makes it hard to drive prices down with volume.

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