Apr 30 2018
Apr 22 2018
Another beautiful and sunny day. Romana and I went to the rowing club immediately after breakfast, to avoid having to row in the middle of people renting kayaks or pedalos, with no clue of traffic patterns.
We found that the wind direction had changed to North wind again, but there was hardly any wind. The lake was mirror flat, except from a bit of wake from the Rescue Service.
The workout we did was:
2x(3x3min/3min), then 3x1min/1min.
Rest between sets 6 min. The three minute pieces at race stroke rate, the 1 minute pieces +2spm
We deciced to take the stroke rates down a little. Our 1k racing takes a little over three minutes, so I couldn’t imagine us doing 6 of them, followed by three 1 minute efforts.
Also, we need to row together and we haven’t been above 24spm this year.
So I rowed the 3 minute pieces around 28spm. In the final 1 minute efforts, we did them at 32spm, then 32-33spm, and then I told Romana that we should do the final one at not higher than 33spm, because that is high enough.
About fifteen seconds after I said that, I started the piece at 34spm, increased to 35-36spm and kept it like that. It was a great row.
A shower, and then a coffee on the bench in front of the club house, overlooking the lake, listening to birds’ songs.
There is nothing wrong with our boat speed!
Apr 18 2018
In the double with my wife Romana.
The first row in 2018 and it was great. The water was mirror flat when we launched, but degraded slightly during the training. We did technique drills at low spm and then we went on to do a rate ladder. The boat was moving nicely and lightly, so the next lake length was another rate ladder, but going a bit higher. We ended up at 24 spm and enjoying ourselves greatly.
Almost 12 km in a little over an hour.
Sep 12 2017
On Thursday, my brother-in-law Tomas and I would race our B 2x race. Tomas had come over the evening before, would race with me and then spend a few days biking in the Alps. When we launched, it suddenly started to become windy, and the lake became a little choppy.
We haven’t done many sessions together, but I was hoping that our race experience from Trebon would compensate for that. Unfortunately, it didn’t.
Our start was great. This was the only race of the five I did on this regatta where the traffic light system was actually working. I did go off when I “felt” that it would go to green. We were slightly early. The guy on the starting pontoon looked at us in surprise, but the race was started and they didn’t call us back.
Rating down to the middle part of the race, we were not able to find a good rhythm. We were fifth, but a few boats were just in front of us. In the second 500m, I had hope that we could pass one or two boats, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Too bad. Fifth place.
Our time was very disappointing. With this tailwind, we should have been able to go under 3:30. We clearly didn’t manage the chop.
I thought we were sixth because we beat two boats. According to the official results we were fifth. The Vikings didn’t show up.
Romana and Veronika rowed the A 2x and were happy with a fourth place.
In the evening, I walked up to the Triglav hote, where a small crowd of rowing data fans gathered. Before the talk, I took a picture of the boat area (above) with a million boats. Our boats are not in the picture. They are more to the left.
The seminar on data analytics for rowing was a success. I presented for about 30 minutes, and then we talked for about an hour.
Aug 6 2017
We drove home from Pardubice in the morning, arriving home around lunch time. It was raining in Brno. Temperatures have dropped by 15 degrees C overnight.
But Romana and I found a window without rain by carefully studying the online weather radar and we used it to the max. It was quite windy and choppy but that didn’t stop us from doing a lot of technique drills. As a result, we managed to row well in the chop and when we reached the quiet areas of the lake, we were flying (at steady state pace).
We got enthusiastic and did a race start, and two race pace intervals of 15 strokes each.
A nice row. When we were cleaning the boat, it started to rain again.
The two rows in the double of this weekend were both great, and they confirmed one thing. As a result of rowing with the Empower Oarlock and the constant direct feedback, combined with the analysis done at rowsandall.com, I have gradually made small incremental changes on my technique, trying to make the boat go faster. Both Romana and Tomas confirmed that I have made a fundamental change in my stroke, and they had to get used to it. But both confirmed that when they managed to fall into the same groove as I, we were going relatively fast.
Rowing in the double without the Empower Oarlock, I set up the SpeedCoach to show meters per stroke. I find that this metric really shows effectiveness of rowing, with two pitfalls:
- Do not compare meters/stroke at different stroke rates
- Do not compare over longer distances
It is a useful metric to monitor stroke to stroke differences at constant stroke rate. In the headwind intervals, we were rowing well when we reached just over 10 meters/stroke at 21 spm. In the tailwind intervals this was about a meter further.
May 22 2017
At work in the morning. I took vacation for the afternoon, drove to the rowing club to pick up the small trailer and off we drove to Hodonin.
The big trailer had already left. This is one of the reasons why we bought our cute little trailer, to help the club get all the boats to these local regattas, where we want even the beginners to race.
There was a strong crosswind driving south over the D2 highway, but otherwise the drive was uneventful. After 50 minutes, we arrived at our destination. The bus with the kids arrived about 10 minutes after us, so we unloading the trailers was done very quickly. Romana and I took the double for a quick spin on the river Morava:
Romana and I tested our race pace stroke and start sequences. You can see from the pace difference in the first vs the second half that we were rowing on a river. I tried to estimate the wind and stream effects in this plot (using the Physics Department services on rowsandall.com):
Mar 28 2017
Arjan is my old training partner when we were both studying in Utrecht and rowing for Orca. He is over in Vienna for a week long conference, decided to fly in half a day earlier and hop on the train to Brno. I picked him up at the railway station at the end of the afternoon and we headed to the lake.
We took the double “Orca” for a tour of the lake. We rowed up to the castle and then crossed the lake. This was a steady state session so we did most of it at 20spm, with an occasional excursion to 22spm. Arjan really enjoyed the scenery. In Weert and Eindhoven they are rowing on narrow canals in an industrial setting, so being in the middle of a forest, in a canyon, between rocks, was quite a change for him.
He also needed some time to get used to navigating on the lake.
Then we went to my place to have dinner, chat a bit, and at in the end I brought him to the last train to Vienna.
This morning the alarm clock rang at 5AM. At 5:30 the driver was already waiting. I hopped in the car and headed to the Vienna airport. I took the flight to Brussels. First time I flew on a Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft, operated by City Jet for Brussels airlines. Lots of leg space!
Tomorrow morning: Hotel gym workout.