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Our glorious leader Mark Davies published this link to his blog post on twitter ...and some gobby random Northern muso type challenged me to discuss it. Given that I am currently arse deep in Sport England statistics for a review of the data presented in the Inclusive Club Guide, I felt the need to jump into something … Continue reading Let’s Grow Rowing
In response to the visit of IOC President Thomas Bach to the Plodiv World Chamionship Regatta last weekend, The Rowing Voice posted this rather insightful summation of his warning for the future of lwt rowing and sculling at the Olympics. The article also included the very clear idea that FISA has no real authority to run the … Continue reading Brookes, Ghent 2015, Modafinil, and being the troll.
In my two previous posts "Performance enhancing drugs in rowing?" and "How to spot a drug cheat on a rowing machine!" I prevaricated, I hinted, I suggested, but I did not name names. That was sensible, but at the same time that was cowardly. But as Lester Bangs probably never said in real life, "Be … Continue reading The extreme skepticism list.
Reprinted with thanks to a friend of altrowing.com - There is one be all, and end all, of a 2000m ergo race – pain. Despite all its complications and talk of efficiency, free speed, and technique, the rowing stroke is very simple. The legs engage, the back levers past the hips, the hands whip round, … Continue reading The 2k Test,
Gentlemen, ladies and Amateurs of the rowing world i feel that it is time to return to my previous musings on Pothunting. Everyone who has spent a little time in competitive rowing understands more or less what a Pothunt is, but it is time to clarify, to subdivide, to praise, and where necessary, to condemn, … Continue reading Pothunting
So, all six of you who my stats have suggested might have read every post on this blog, might have noticed Anno Dryseagacker is a rower defined by his hatreds, be it pepperami men, Dan Topolski, rubbish bass players, or steroid users. To this list I will add head racing. Winter, and even Spring heads … Continue reading Enduro Rowing, or, How To Save Winter Rowing
You don't. The ranking system is not the problem. Please repeat after me.... "The ranking system is not the problem." The problem with Nov-Elite categories were that loads and loads of people lost races and thus never advanced beyond the one point of Sen-3, if they made it that far. Its called a Pareto distribution, … Continue reading How do you solve a problem like the PRI
If you have read, which is probably unlikely given the tumble weed clogging up this blog, my previous post in this subject Performance Enhancing Drugs in Rowing, you will know that from the available evidence there is clearly a subsection (disproportionately Eastern European, and particularly Russian) of competitive rowers who use performance enhancing drugs. If … Continue reading How to spot a drug cheat on a rowing machine!
So, this happened Snapped at the Lee Valley Velodrome on Dec 9th last year, the man on the right is Adam Neil, current British Rowing Indoor Champion who pulls a handy 5 min and 48 second 2000m ergo and is a member of the hopefully resurgent Great Britain Mens 8+. He is about 6'10" tall … Continue reading Performance enhancing drugs in rowing?