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?
Matthew Pinsent is a national rowing treasure and a credit to his nation. Of this there is no doubt. It can be argued that he is one of the two greatest rowers of the A.D.* era, alongside Steve Redgrave. As with Sir Steve, part of his triumph is that he was able to thrive and … Continue reading The best and the worst of Sir Matthew Pinsent
Build more. The end. No but really, the thing stopping me from buying an RP3 is about £1300. I can't splash for one. So we need more RP3's being made, which will push the price down, which means more people will buy them, which means more RP3's being made, which will push...... And the cycle … Continue reading How to make the Rowperfect better
In many ways the Rowperfect represents the best of indoor rowing, it takes the glorious indefatigable nature of the Concept 2 Ergometer, in that you cannot pull it hard enough to overwhelm it or break it, combined with the deeply instructive and and eventually very satisfying levels of skill needed to use it well. The … Continue reading Who’s afraid of the RP3
A legend in his own autobiography. I will start by saying that I never met the legend that was Dan Topolski, my only judgements about him are formed from the second hand stories of others, “True Blue” of course, and the white noise about sculling technique he used to fill the dead air in the … Continue reading The Roast of Dan Topolski