It does make a difference, if you are on 1, you have to put no pressure but be doing v. high SPM, but on 10, you just need to do high pressure, low SPM to get the same split.
the way it calculates how fast you are going is actually based on the speed of the fan at the start and end of the stroke. As a result, you can do this interesting little trick with the ergs, which we discovered over the holiday season: Have a mate stand by the fan and as you get to front-stops, get them to put the fan at 1. Then as you finish your drive, they jack it up to 10, then when you get back to the front, back down to 1. As a result, the erg thinks you are on drag factor 10 (due to the deceleration of the fan during recovery) but you are managing to accelerate it massively. The resulting splits are in the 1:20's without even trying. If only there wasn't a rule in erg champs against changing drag factor during the 2k.
Ok... I took proper note last night. My split is 2:15 for the entire 2k at 26spm. I think I could do better as I usually do my 2k to round off my workout after a half hour run so am probably a bit tired. I used to go at 30 spm but my split was 2:25 then and I've probably just improved technique. I was just asking really because I was never particularly sporty at school but in the last year I've been really working on my fitness and my competitive side wants to be told that I now have higher than average fitness levels! Or at least just not bad like they used to be...
well i haven't really seen much of the ladies on the ergs, but I think when I did a few weeks ago, in emma, there were a few 2:15's or so, at rate 21ish. Although I may be entirely wrong. (That was for a long erg I think)
So, (sorry to ask again) what would be the top and bottom 2k erg scores for a college boat and how does this compare to the blue boat? (talking about womens boats)
And do you ever go out in smaller boats or is everything in 4's and 8's?
can't answer your first question with any confidence, so i wont.
but to answer your second question: pretty much all college rowing is done in 4's and 8's....however, towards the end of easter term (or at the start of michaelmas), it's reasonably common for people to have a go at sculling or some other small boat combination. Generally though, once the terms get going, the main focus for the college boat club is the bumps or fairbairns, and so small boat stuff is usually off the list.
Almost entirely impossible while actually rowing. One or two crews have done it but you need massive technical cock-up to achieve that. It's easier to fall in while you're putting it in the water, if someone doesn't have their blade out or something, but still incredibly rare. I've never done it yet and nor has any Clare boat in the time I've been here (we'd have heard! )
As for small boats - there is the small boats regatta early in Easter term for singles, doubles and pairs. Considering that it's really not that high profile, it's worth a ridiculous amount of Mitchell Cup points. Some people go to pairs/scullers Head as well, but that tends to be very much off their own bat rather than as a boatclub.
I went out in a double a few times last term when I was off sweep-oar with a shoulder injury and it was fun, but I don't think I could race it!
the event that happened this year which i am referring to is a kings novice VIII managed to flip their boat while spinning round. As it was described to me: during the spin, one side of the boat decided that they needed to pull their oars in....naturally the boat fell over to that side and since the oars werent there to stop it, the boat just went over. So yes, helenia is right that you really really really don't stand a chance of capsizing an VIII if you are actually rowing along.
Selena, you make it seem like being a Newnham boatie is not something to be proud of....hmmm...I'll stop there. I'm a reformed boatie, as in I no longer row. But I was never a proper boatie anyway. You might enjoy it, it's a fun way to exercise and the guilt of having 8 other people in a crew means you don't give in to yourself when you get tired. Social side is also fun, but not compulsory, you don't have to do the 'my skirt's the shortest' thing unless you want to.
I have been in the Cam, I got thrown in, more than once, when we got blades in the summer. I survived that! But most of Newnham II went in Lent 05 I while putting the boat away, completely unintentionally and stupidly. And I've heard tales of boats nearly going over doing front stops tapping along the reach in reeeeeally nasty weather. But generally, there's no need to actually go in the river!
Selena, if you read this before 5pm, hope to see you & other part I-ers at the AFC talk, there will be cake, very good cake!