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Discussion: rowing?

in: Cristina; Cristina > 2018-08-08

Aug 9, 2018 4:15 AM # 
I think not. The first one wasn't a "sur", was it? (This is like Ian's softball team scoring points.)
Aug 9, 2018 11:15 AM # 
Definitely paddling but I figured it was close enough given how infrequently I do both kinds of activities.
Aug 9, 2018 1:27 PM # 
I considered adding a "paddling" activity and going back to change previous kayaking entries but then I realized that it probably bothers some people so I decided to leave it.
Aug 10, 2018 4:34 PM # 
[biting tongue hard...]
Aug 14, 2018 1:26 AM # 
I can report that there is now an erg on the front porch so I suspect there will be a bit more actually rowing logged in the coming months.
Aug 15, 2018 1:38 AM # 
Rowing Police here (sorry for the delay in arriving on the scene). You can't call canoeing, kayaking, SUPing, or any other paddling activity where a paddle is used and you are facing forward rowing. Rowing requires oars and facing backwards. Lest anyone think I'm being harsh, I remind you that Cristina is now in BOSTON, the most rowing of rowing cities in the US of A. Better to accept this misdemeanor warning from me before making a felonious slip of the tongue with someone with large biceps and who is less forgiving down along The Charles.

(Congrats, or condolences, I'm not sure which, on the arrival of the erg.)
Aug 15, 2018 3:25 AM # 
And to think that the initial warning came from the Paddling Police! :-)
Aug 15, 2018 1:07 PM # 
Rowing police: is one facing forward or backward on the erg? I guess I had thought I was facing forward, because I could see where I was going. If I’m going to think about facing backward I may have to steal the occasional glance back to make sure I am not running into anything.
Aug 15, 2018 2:24 PM # 
If you're going somewhere on the erg, you should think about bolting it down or something. I always look at the robot cox.
Aug 15, 2018 4:05 PM # 
No, I always seem to end up in the same spot. That does remind me of the time my friend Damien was here. Damien is 6'6". remarkably strong, likes the Concept 2 quite a bit. His strength is not matched by smoothness of form, or at least it wasn't at that time. He whipped off 2000m in about 6:36, and transported the erg all the way across the room in the process. I have always been much more gentle with it, never moved it a millimeter.
Aug 15, 2018 4:43 PM # 
A rower is facing backwards, excited for but also nervous about what lays ahead, while reflective and contemplative about what has transpired.

Non-rowers using ergs can choose to think they are going any direction they please. These guys are going forward even though they are rowing backwards; they are silly though so the moral dilemma they pose does not bother me.

With any pressure the traditional "static" erg will start to walk, even with a skilled rower. It's due to bit of an unavoidable mistiming between the application of power with the legs and the activation of the clutch/pawls so that the power is applied to the flywheel. It is similar to if a rower starts driving before the blades are in the water. This is definitely not good in a boat but is tough to avoid at high rates on the erg due to the mechanics of the thing.

I have had my GPS on for erg workouts. The resulting track is uninteresting.
Aug 15, 2018 5:27 PM # 
I've had little experience with Concept 2 ergs moving (in bays with lots of people going hard), but different ratios/form could probably exacerbate the tendency to creep.

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