Weigh-in procedure

Weigh-in procedure

Post by roa.. » Mon, 29 Jan 2001 11:11:23


Right now I am training for an erg race and never having competed under
the "lightweight" category before, I was wondering what the procedure
was.  Like, am I expected to wear shoes when I go to the scales?  Do
they require id?  I'm nervous enough and any info would be greatly
appreciated to give me an idea of what to expect.  Thanks.

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Weigh-in procedure

Post by Ewoud Dronker » Tue, 30 Jan 2001 03:57:32

Quote:

> I was wondering what the procedure was.

You are expected to weigh in racing outfit. But they can't tell you to
wear or not wear shoes or longsleeves and the like, so all you have to
show up in for the weigh-in is a lycra uni. Official weigh-in is between 2
and 1 hour before your start. You should try and get it done as early as
possible to give yourself time to drink a lot and eat a little before the
race (especially if you had to skip breakfast or do some sweating for the
weigh-in). If you are not sure you can make weight, be there 4 hours
before your start, do a test weighing, and if you're too heavy get a lot
of gear on and a raincoat (not the breathing fabric..) and go do 3x 20' on
the erg. Be sure to have some (dry) spare kit for the weigh-in and dry
yourself of with a towel before weighing again. It's a good idea to test
this at home a couple of weeks before your race to make sure how much
weight you can loose by sweating (maybe 1x 20' is all you need). Good
luck,

Ewoud
Triton Utrecht

 
 
 

Weigh-in procedure

Post by Tim Grang » Tue, 30 Jan 2001 04:25:21


Quote:


>> I was wondering what the procedure was.

>You are expected to weigh in racing outfit. But they can't tell you to
>wear or not wear shoes or longsleeves and the like, so all you have to
>show up in for the weigh-in is a lycra uni. Official weigh-in is between 2
>and 1 hour before your start. You should try and get it done as early as
>possible to give yourself time to drink a lot and eat a little before the
>race (especially if you had to skip breakfast or do some sweating for the
>weigh-in). If you are not sure you can make weight, be there 4 hours
>before your start, do a test weighing, and if you're too heavy get a lot
>of gear on and a raincoat (not the breathing fabric..) and go do 3x 20' on
>the erg.

Or do what my lightweight crew did at the nat champs this summer and
be so sure that you're going to make weight (after weighing ourselves
each day for the previous couple of months) that you go out for pizza
the night before - and have two each...

Tim

 
 
 

Weigh-in procedure

Post by Gareth Wyn » Tue, 30 Jan 2001 05:21:09

Really if you are going to have lose weight on race day by going on
sweat-runs etc then you shouldn't be rowing lightweight.  I know it happens
but it is not good for your health and If you don't manage to lose the
weight your whole crew is screwed.  Getting very dehydrated just before a
maximum effort race has too *major* problems. 1) your performance will
suffer 2) you might die.  Ok, so the second one is fairly unlikely, but as a
medic (and a lightweight) I do feel the need to stress the danger you face
of seriously harming yourself.

However you didn't actually say that you thought you might need to dehydrate
yourself to make the weight.  Shoes + training kit can add 2-3 Kg to your
weight so it's not surprising that you might want to get rid of it before
weighing in.

Only a few hours ago I saw someone stripping down to their pants to make the
weight so there are always extra options
G
PS: has anyone ever gone completely *** to make the weight?  What about
drastic hair cuts etc?  There must be a few decent stories around.


Quote:

> > I was wondering what the procedure was.

> You are expected to weigh in racing outfit. But they can't tell you to
> wear or not wear shoes or longsleeves and the like, so all you have to
> show up in for the weigh-in is a lycra uni. Official weigh-in is between 2
> and 1 hour before your start. You should try and get it done as early as
> possible to give yourself time to drink a lot and eat a little before the
> race (especially if you had to skip breakfast or do some sweating for the
> weigh-in). If you are not sure you can make weight, be there 4 hours
> before your start, do a test weighing, and if you're too heavy get a lot
> of gear on and a raincoat (not the breathing fabric..) and go do 3x 20' on
> the erg. Be sure to have some (dry) spare kit for the weigh-in and dry
> yourself of with a towel before weighing again. It's a good idea to test
> this at home a couple of weeks before your race to make sure how much
> weight you can loose by sweating (maybe 1x 20' is all you need). Good
> luck,

> Ewoud
> Triton Utrecht

 
 
 

Weigh-in procedure

Post by roa.. » Tue, 30 Jan 2001 07:36:22



Quote:
> However you didn't actually say that you thought you might need to
dehydrate
> yourself to make the weight.

I am not that worried about making 135, as I became quite sick over
christmas and dropped from 132 to 120.  Currently I am at about 124.

Quote:
>Shoes + training kit can add 2-3 Kg to your

For the metricly challenged, that coverts to about 5(ish) pounds?

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Post by Ewoud Dronker » Tue, 30 Jan 2001 06:43:27

Quote:

> Getting very dehydrated just before a maximum effort race has too
> *major* problems. 1) your performance will suffer 2) you might die.
> Ok, so the second one is fairly unlikely, but as a medic (and a
> lightweight) I do feel the need to stress the danger you face of
> seriously harming yourself.

I agree with you ofcourse. It IS fairly unhealthy to dehydrate yourself 3
hours before the race (or whenever). The best thing to do is (like Tim
said) to monitor your weight and very slowly (say 2kg/month) get it down
to whatever is required. You might want to get help from a professional
dietician etc.etc. (insert disclaimer here). Last year a team member of
the German LM4- died while running before a race (wasn't it? don't
remember the circumstances exactly).

Quote:
> PS: has anyone ever gone completely *** to make the weight?

For official races that is illegal now... ;-(
As I said, complete racing outfit is required (with club or national team
colours) but a 180g lycra uni is accepted as such, even in winter. They
cannot decide for you that it is too cold to be racing in just the uni.

Quote:
> What about drastic hair cuts etc?

A former fellow club member, Annette Bogtstra
(http://SportToday.org/
94?95?), had to make weight for a LW2x race and had already dehydrated
herself beyond any healthy stage. She said she could only spit grains by
then.. She still needed 100g and cut off her (beautyful :) long hair, and
passed the weigh-in.

Ewoud
Triton Utrecht

 
 
 

Weigh-in procedure

Post by Carl Dougla » Tue, 30 Jan 2001 21:25:33


Quote:

>> Getting very dehydrated just before a maximum effort race has too
>> *major* problems. 1) your performance will suffer 2) you might die.
<snip>
>> What about drastic hair cuts etc?

>A former fellow club member, Annette Bogtstra
>(http://24.132.6.68/biograf/bioabogt.htm she won the LW1x at Luzern in
>94?95?), had to make weight for a LW2x race and had already dehydrated
>herself beyond any healthy stage. She said she could only spit grains by
>then.. She still needed 100g and cut off her (beautyful :) long hair, and
>passed the weigh-in.

I note that although Annette's biography, above, gives her 7th place in
the WL2x in '97 it doesn't record her 4th place in WL1x in '96.

Credit where credit is due :)
Carl

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Weigh-in procedure

Post by Mike De.Petr » Wed, 31 Jan 2001 07:57:36


(2:333/608.1) scrisse al povero All :
 d> I agree with you ofcourse. It IS fairly unhealthy to dehydrate yourself
 d> 3 hours before the race (or whenever). The best thing to do is (like
 d> Tim said) to monitor your weight and very slowly (say 2kg/month) get it
 d> down to whatever is required. You might want to get help from a

Ouch, and do you call it slowly ? 2Kg/m until.... whatever ??? 20Kgs in 10
months is "slowly" for you ?

 d> For official races that is illegal now... ;-(
 d> As I said, complete racing outfit is required (with club or national

But if you are good about body painting.... 8^)

 d> team colours) but a 180g lycra uni is accepted as such, even in winter.
 d> They cannot decide for you that it is too cold to be racing in just the
 d> uni.

But do they check that you complete the race dressed like you did the weight ?

 d> by then.. She still needed 100g and cut off her (beautyful :) long hair,
 d> and passed the weigh-in.

After all, with all that dehydration those LW girls are all but attractive,
so who cares about the hair ?


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Post by Mike De.Petr » Wed, 31 Jan 2001 07:57:32


(2:333/608.1) scrisse al povero All :
 g> PS: has anyone ever gone completely *** to make the weight?  What
 g> about drastic hair cuts etc?  There must be a few decent stories
 g> around.

Yes there are, expecially with those little electronic beasts that show
numbers!


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Weigh-in procedure

Post by Lange » Thu, 01 Feb 2001 12:49:33

I saw a guy doing a raincoat-enabled 20 to shed some weight. He had plenty
of time (~3hrs) before the official weigh-in started, and was only 1lb or so
over. He went at the erg gardcore for a good six or seven mintues before
somone told him that these things just don't work with a Gore-Tex
raincoat...

Dan.


Quote:



> >> I was wondering what the procedure was.

> >You are expected to weigh in racing outfit. But they can't tell you to
> >wear or not wear shoes or longsleeves and the like, so all you have to
> >show up in for the weigh-in is a lycra uni. Official weigh-in is between
2
> >and 1 hour before your start. You should try and get it done as early as
> >possible to give yourself time to drink a lot and eat a little before the
> >race (especially if you had to skip breakfast or do some sweating for the
> >weigh-in). If you are not sure you can make weight, be there 4 hours
> >before your start, do a test weighing, and if you're too heavy get a lot
> >of gear on and a raincoat (not the breathing fabric..) and go do 3x 20'
on
> >the erg.

> Or do what my lightweight crew did at the nat champs this summer and
> be so sure that you're going to make weight (after weighing ourselves
> each day for the previous couple of months) that you go out for pizza
> the night before - and have two each...

> Tim

 
 
 

Weigh-in procedure

Post by Henning Lippk » Fri, 02 Feb 2001 05:40:01

All about beeing to heavy...
I saw a cox trying to become heavy enough to reach the _minimum_ weight. The
rowers gave him their drinking, and just before weigh-in, they put some
tools into his socks and whereever you can imagine to hide some weight....
:-)

-HL

 
 
 

Weigh-in procedure

Post by Christopher Anto » Sat, 03 Feb 2001 04:29:27

Not allowed under the ARA rules. You have to get weighed in racing kit
Quote:

> Only a few hours ago I saw someone stripping down to their pants to make the
> weight so there are always extra options

 
 
 

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Post by Gareth Wyn » Sat, 03 Feb 2001 05:56:17

Just said I saw it, didn't say it should have been allowed.

It was at an Indoor championship and I was told by the BIRC that I could
weigh-in *** if I wanted and, hopefully, needed.  Luckily for everyone
this wasn't necessary.
G

Quote:
> Not allowed under the ARA rules. You have to get weighed in racing kit


> > Only a few hours ago I saw someone stripping down to their pants to make
the
> > weight so there are always extra options