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February 01, 2007

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Competition is an incredible motivator. But even when the on-water season is over and rowing moves indoors for the winter, there are plenty of opportunities for competition, both against others and with yourself. In February of 1982, less than six months after Concept2 made our first rowing ergometer, a group of Olympic oarsmen in Boston organized the first "fun" indoor rowing competition. A friend called us and said, "We are going to hold a race on six of your ergs. Come on down and have some fun... Oh, and can you bring some T shirts for prizes?" I only wish I had come up with the idea. Today, rowers all over the world gather at these indoor rowing events, the largest of which involve more than 2000 people, many of whom have never rowed on the water. They come to test themselves in an atmosphere that literally pulls their best performance out of them.

I will be participating in this year’s C.R.A.S.H.-B (Charles River All-Star Has-Beens, named by and for its founders in 1980) international world indoor rowing championships at the end of February in the 55-to-59 age group. At 55, I regard being on the young end of that range as just more pressure to do well. This is a 2000-meter race, but my take on how to approach a race would be the same for a 500-meter or 30-minute test.

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2 Comments on “Row Fast: How to Prepare for an Erg Test”


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I can't believe there are no comments on this aged article. I love the C2 Rower for many many reasons, and I try to incorporate it into my daily workout routine as much as possible. I really enjoyed this article because it gave me an idea of how my times compare to a world class competitor. I haven't found anyone to compete against and compare times, experiences, strategies with while rowing different "pieces". I look forward to testing these training methods, and hopefully i can improve on my times.


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I agree with you Matt, I found this article fascinating. Having raced 2000m twice in 2005 and 2010 I have been studying my race analysis to see what I can improve for my 2012 test. I made the fundamental error of starting way too fast, as described by Peter in the article. My first split had a stroke rate of 40! Since then I have been using the excellent videos in the journal and concentrating on 'optimising every stroke'. A great drill for this is 20 spm over 30 mins. It really made me concentrate on the stroke length and power...and to calm the f down!!

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