Re: OK, is this a daft question ... what do you DO to balance a single?
- From: J Flory <john.flory@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 07:00:20 -0800 (PST)
On Feb 6, 9:33 am, J Flory <john.fl...@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
This discussion prompted several more thoughts:
(1) It may be worth considering whether the set of the boat is
established during the drive, and whether the goal during the recovery
should be simply to avoid disturbing the set. IOW attempt to level
the boat via hand heights etc. during the power phase rather than make
corrections during the recovery. The boat is inherently less stable
during the recovery than during the drive, so attempting to correct
the set during recovery is likely to lead to wobbling. If one focuses
on making corrections during the drive so the boat is level at the
release, then the recovery is much simpler. And if the boat is not
quite level at the release, one just accepts that and tries to improve
on the next drive.
(2) The concept suggested by others that one include the release in
the drive phase, and the catch in the recovery. So that the "finish"
of the stroke does not come until the blades are out of the water and
the hands are away, knees still down. This may help you hang onto the
finish better. Including the catch in the recovery may help prevent
jumping on the catch too hard (one of my sins) to ensure that the
drive does not begin until the blades are fully buried.
Also, keep in mind that videos of elite rowers don't NECESSARILY show
good technique. Most of these people have incredible aerobic
capacities so the bottom line is that they don't need great technique
to go fast. It just needs to be good enough that their technique does
not hamper their ability to utilize their aerobic motors. And they
may modify technique to take advantage of their physical dimensions
and other individual factors. Of course, some of them do row
Oops, sorry, several corrections needed:
"The boat is inherently less stable during the recovery than during
the drive,": Of course the boat's own lateral stability is a constant
throughout the stroke, but the connection of your body and the boat to
the water via the oars during the drive makes the system more
laterally stable than it is during the recovery, when this connection
is lost. Of course we all key visually off the boat's lateral set.
" This may help you hang onto the finish better." should have been "
This may help you hang onto the RELEASE better."
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