Rowing is a movement where you can just set the damper to 10 and pull like hell, and some athletes use that strategy to post staggeringly fast times. But to really compete as a rower, you need to refine your movement so you can employ the most efficient technique and produce the best times.
Before competing in the Crash B World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston, Mass., on Feb. 14, 2010, Tanya Wagner and Tommy Hackenbruck (who stepped in for 2009 CrossFit Games champ Mikko Salo) had to brush up on their technique, bending their GPP training toward the erg.
Hackenbruck finished 101st in the men’s open division with a time of 6:30 even, and Wagner finished 43rd in the women’s open by pulling 7:25.7. HQ trainer EC Synkowski was 21st at 7:09 flat. Tim Grohmann won the men’s event with a blistering 5:48.7, and Carolyn Ganes clocked in atop the women’s standings with 6:40.4.
In Part 1, Tanya and Tommy talk about their training and how they prepared to compete against the best indoor rowers in the world. 8min 27sec
In Part 2, the athletes discuss the differences between preparing for the unknown and the unknowable in the CrossFit Games and competing in an event where you know exactly what you’re getting into. 8min 17sec
Part 3 features highlights of Wagner’s 2K race. 1min 44sec
In Part 4, Hackenbruck gets on the erg and hopes for a PR. 2min 0sec
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Rowing a Sub-7 2K—Without Rowing? By EvaClaire (E.C.) Synkowski, published March 30, 2009.