What would you consider a good 2k and 5k split avg for a 1st year varsity girl? (High school if that makes a difference)
It honestly depends on your weight and your strength and your experience. Most varsity girls that I know strive to be sub seven or sub seven thirty but a lot of people sit at a low eight their first year.
I just had my first regatta and i just realized how sexy zootys (racing suits) are, our crew lived in them pretty much, and the girls crew even wore them in public all the way home, they got glared at by someone at every rest stop.
Oh my gosh I feel that. When I’m in the car after I race I keep my uni on and get some pretty interesting looks at rest stops. First regattas are the best regattas!
Hi I'm a freshman and I am trying out for spring rowing. I'm trying to get on the A boat which means I need to have really good technique and a good erg score. Do you think under 7:30 is good, like 7:20 ish? The split would be about a 1:50.
That is an extremely good erg score. There are a few girls on my team who are sub seven but 7:30/20 is really food especially since it’s winter now and you have time to work even harder at it. Awesome, dude.
Hi so i am a freshman girl who is 14, about 5'10 and weigh about 135 lbs. I have been swimming competitively for about 6 years so I understand the commitment rowing takes. I just started doing winter workouts with the team and I hope to make the team in the spring that goes to nationals every year. Do you have any advice for getting my split down/power up? I only started about a month ago but my coach says that my technique is pretty good except I should slow down my slide so what should I do?
Well, slide control is a big part of it so that’s good to work on. Another thing you can try is creating a mental plan for yourself before each erg piece or race; this way, you can make sure that you won’t explode into the piece and become drained midway through and you can keep track of when to increase your power and it will help your endurance. Increasing your endurance is a big way to get your split down and power up. Also remember to get in a good warmup and a good cool down, this might sound trivial but you can increase your power by keeping your muscles warmed; otherwise they can lock up during or before the piece. Other than improving on your technique and creating muscle memory, the best way to increase power and decrease split is practice. Do practice sprints, steady states, and learn to find your rhythm. Talk to your coach to see if he/she recommends anything specific to you, but overall work on getting your split lower and lower with each piece. Set goals for yourself and as you meet each one, create another, like a longterm pyramid.
Basically: technique improvement, endurance improvement, practice, and goal setting will be your best friends.
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There are a lot of things you can do to improve your score:
Stretch/warm up beforehand so that your muscles don’t freeze or tighten up in the middle, slowing you down.
Insert various power, lengthen, and focus tens so that your body doesn’t feel dragging and monotonous.
Focus on your technique: make sure you have correct posture, that you aren’t pulling with your back, breaking your arms, locking your knees, and that you’re pushing with equal pressure on both feet and legs.
Make sure that you are breathing in and out completely (not breathing fully and evenly during your piece can result in a carbon dioxide build up which can slow you down).
Find the right place for your final sprint and blow up. Don’t sprint too early, or you’ll lose steam, and don’t sprint too late or you’ll take excess energy that could have been used.
Don’t fly and die!!!
Have a coxswain or coach behind you, a little motivation goes a long way.
On the same motivational level: pick the right music. You’ll want music that won’t distract or ruin your focus or intensity.
Good luck! If anybody else has tips feel free to submit them or comment them or message this person! :)
... We didn't get dead last, but it was not our best race. SHE STARTED CRYING IN THE BOAT AND LEFT WITHOUT DE-RIGGING. Basically this is just a PSA (public service announcement) for people to accept your spot in the rowing world and to not be so dramatic. RANT.
I totally agree with you. Sometimes stuff doesn’t work but you have to step back and take a moment and remind yourself that you have the opportunity to row and de-rig your goddamn boat.
Ugh the conditions at HOF were just brutal. Yes, it could have been snowing or raining, but still. One of my raves was a lightweight double with one of my very good friends who expects nothing but the best to happen. It's unfortunate really; rowing is extremely competitive and you just need to suck it up and train harder if you don't do as well as you want. Continued...
umg literally i am so excited for the HOF this year its gonna be awesome i have a really awesome lineup and me and my friend (in a double) are gonna dress as jake and finn from adventure time and its gonna be epic uuugh i cant wait hahaha
Wait that sound so cool! I’ve raced in doubles before but I have never dressed up and this is my last Head of the Fish! If I was in a double I would totally dress up. I’m in an eight instead! Head of the Fish is one of my absolute favourite races :)
I’d like to extend a heart congratulations to all the crews that raced at Head of the Charles today. It’s an amazing opportunity to be chosen to race at such a popular and historic sporting event and honestly even if you don’t medal you can still say you were there. That in itself is a huge accomplishment. Astounding job to all who qualified and raced, be proud of yourself!