Okay, just to set my tone so as not to incur any misunderstandings: I am
*humbly* asking a question, i.e. I _am not sure_ of the answer and am not
saying anyone is wrong or uninformed. If anyone is uninformed on this,
it's me. Now, my question:
I didn't think there were any restrictions on damper settings for erg
tests/competitions. I have been to four local indoor regattas (i.e.
qualifiers for CRASH-B) over the past few years, and the only rule was
that what ever damper setting you chose, you were stuck with. Meaning you
couldn't change the setting during the race. Have the rules changed? If
they have, I think they should be changed back to the "no restriction"
state. After all, CII claims that it doesn't matter what the setting is.
In other words, Concept II says that the guy who pulls a 6 minute 2km with
the damper set at 8 spent the exact same amount of energy as the guy who
pulled a 6 minute 2km with the damper set at 4. (Reference this data from
a thread that occured here in '95, where C2 actually responded with a
post. Some may recall the thread was started with the concern of
"drafting" on model B's when ergs were set too close to one another during
a peice. The physics police were drawing *** with each other, until C2
UC Irvine alumnus.
> Here's an idea: why not prescribe a DRAG FACTOR for the Testing
> Protocol, instead of the usual fan setting? Would this not be a more
> accurate way of setting a standard of measure for testing, as each erg
> is slightly different (ie, fan settings on different ergs correspond to
> **different** DRAG FACTORS on those ergs).
> Another idea: remove any and all restictions on DRAG FACTOR and/or fan
> settings, or *reevaluate* them. Lightweights do not row with rigs set
> for heavyweight because of weight, etc (eg, 160cm spread w/ 88.5 cm
> inboard, 290 overall--lights vs 159 spread, 88 cm, w/ 292
> Should the same "rigging theories" used on the water be applied to the
> erg as well? Reevaluation of the current protocol with this
> consideration may prove for interesting results.
> Just a thought. Or two.