> >Apparently the computer on the CII can measure the drag on the wheel during
> >the recovery (by measuring how fast it slows down) and can use that to figure
> >out how hard the oarsman is pulling. This way everyone puts out the same
> >amount of energy to go a distance, but some like the feel of a heavy oar and
> >some like the feel of a lighter oar.
Yes, the CII self-calibrates. This not only allows it to correctly measure
output no matter what the settings, but also allows scores to be compared
between ergs at different altitudes. Otherwise, the lesser wind resistance
at hight altitiude would change the score.
> True. However, allmost all the rowers that scored the top times on the world
> ranking list were using the heavy settings. Allthough the CII ergometers seems
> to measure your power output accurately, regardless the settings, the heavy
> setting enables you to give more power.
That's because at that level of competition, the outcome is decided by how
much power you can apply to the machine, not how tired you get. i.e. it's
the same concept as hatchet blades...just try to maximize the amount of
force applied (while not breaking the athlete).
> Using the light settings I rowed 7.49
> over 2500m but last week I rowed 2000m in 6.05 using the heavy settings. That
> means I can probably knock off about 10 seconds from my best time! The last
> couple of minutes you just feel like your leggs are going to explode, but you
> keep scoring better than with the light settings. However, I can't recommend
> it for long workouts...
> Kai Compagner
OK...this is what I want to know about. 6:05 is a really good score. How
do you get a score like that...I mean what components of your workouts
do you feel contributed most heavily to that score?
People were always telling mw about how important aerobic fitness was. Well,
I trained hard aerobically, lots of long distance, with little effect on
my scores. Then I just went and lifted weights, with hardly any aerobic
work, and my scores dropped. (actually, I'm using the word aerobic wrong here.
What I really mean is U2, or 145-160 b.p.m heart rate).
So what do *you* feel was most effective to improve your scores?