Apr 7 2016
Taper Race Day minus Two
My plan for today was to do a 50 minute row, and have one “lake” of 30 sec / 60 sec rest at race pace.
Arrived at the club. Had a nice chat with the head coach. He saw the Holland Acht (Dutch 8+) training in Gavirate, and expects them to be very good at the Olympics. Nice. I casually asked him what his guys were doing today. “One lake at 22spm, then one lake 30″/60″ rest”, he answered.
So it must be a good training to do two days before the race.
Workout Summary - C:Downloads2016-04-07-1545.CSV
01|03008| 13:38 |02:16.1|22.5|160.0|171.0|09.8 | 3km
02|00124| 00:30 |02:00.7|28.0|150.0|165.0|08.9
03|00000| 00:30 |0000:00|30.0|165.0|173.0|00.0 | GPS failure
04|00125| 00:30 |02:00.1|30.0|156.0|171.0|08.3
05|00124| 00:30 |02:01.3|28.0|163.0|174.0|08.9
06|00125| 00:30 |02:00.2|28.0|166.0|175.0|08.9
07|00127| 00:30 |01:58.3|28.1|166.0|174.0|09.1
08|00128| 00:30 |01:57.5|30.0|166.0|175.0|08.5
09|00128| 00:30 |01:57.3|30.0|165.0|176.0|08.5
10|00131| 00:30 |01:54.9|32.0|172.0|180.0|08.2
The lake was super flat. One would think there was no wind. I thought so. I thought so during the warming up, and during the first 3km stretch at 22spm. I was really excited to see my average split drop below 2:20 for that part. (By the way, I rowed this as a CrewNerd set course, with start and finish lines that you can define in Google Earth and then upload to CrewNerd. Nice feature.)
But when I turned, I quickly realized that there had been a very light breeze pushing me.
On to the 30 second intervals. My GPS device stopped during the second interval and I had to reset it. That causes the peaks in the graph and the absence of data in interval #3.
Otherwise, it was nice. I know what to focus on to row my best head race stroke, so I tried to focus on that, and I think it works. Keywords: Length. Reach. The Distance-per-Stroke (DPS) parameter is what I monitor.
Just for fun, I wrote to Concept2 for the API to the Concept2 logbook. I got an answer today with a link to a description and a form to fill out and get an API key. So, in principle it is possible to change my Python code so it uploads much more row data to the Concept2 logbook, including splits, so the logbook can create the nice graphs that you get with ErgData.
I am very unexperienced with HTTPS requests (in any programming language), so I am probably not going to do this.
What it tells me is that C2 logbook integration is doable. Painsled, CrewNerd, NK, others: You can do it! I would love to see this integration, as well as direct upload to Garmin, Strava, SportTracks, and of course CSV and TCX downloads. That would be very cool.
Apr 7 2016
Trying out LiveRowing
You know I have been a bit obsessed with rowing data, and now I have a PM5. So I decided to give LiveRowing a go.
I had some difficulty registering, so I sent an email to their support people. I quickly got a response and they even set up a Premium account for me for one month. Great customer service.
I think the app is well done. A few random screenshots:
It reminds me a bit of RowPro. Instead of programming your workout on the PM5, you use the phone to do it. They have the well-known challenges (CTC, Concept2) integrated, so you can just check out this month’s CTC and fire it up … wow!
I understand you can row against “friends” (yes – it’s a social app too). Not sure if it’s their virtual rows or if it is a live connection.
There is a button that looks like it will contain upload to C2 logbook functionality in the future. Right now it just opens a browers at the C2 logbook page.
By scanning a QR code, you can set your “affiliation”. I guess that’s a way for Crossfitters to load their workout of the day, or something like that.
I did a short row and then stopped. A few seconds later I had an email in my inbox with some summary statistics. You can also see the statistics when you login to your account on liverowing.com. That’s also the place where you can set goals (achieve a number of strokes in the coming two months, or row a 500m under 1:20, or something else that keeps you motivated).
I didn’t find a graph for my row. Perhaps it was too short? Or perhaps it is future functionality?
To my disappointment, there is no possibility to download a TCX or CSV file … I guess they want you to do all your rowing related admin work on their website.
I have to think about this one. I am sure I can live without it. But I will return as soon as they have upload to Concept2 and an option to download your rowing data … and give it another try.
But as a motivation tool for CrossFitters and other gym rowers, it is not bad. Not bad at all.
By sanderroosendaal • Uncategorized • 4 • Tags: rowing apps, tools