Rest Day 10/30/13: Happy Halloween, 2k Prep, and Renegade Rowing Club!

Rest Day:

Congrats again to Renegade Rower Drew Tennant on winning a Fish Head!

Congrats again to Renegade Rower Drew Tennant on winning a Fish Head!

Happy Halloween!

Announcing the 2014 Renegade Rowing Club!

I hope you’re planning on dressing up for Friday’s WOD!  I’ll be dressing up to coach!

It’s that time of year again.  The weather has gotten cold and no one wants to row in the cold.  Now is the time to get pumped for training in the gym and crushing your 2k on the erg!  The 2014 Renegade Rowing Club will be held at 6:00am on Tuesday mornings and 6:00pm on Wednesday nights at CrossFit Boston in Allston, MA.  Practices will start next week.  The cost for the Renegade Rowing Club will be $47 per month.  We will be training for the Renegade Rowing League, which will be held in November, December, and January, leading up to CRASH-B’s.  Who’s game?  Email me if you plan on joining the Renegade Rowing Club, pat@renegaderowing.com.  There are only 16 spots available in the club and we already have 7 people signed up, so let me know sooner rather than later!

What’s your 2k Race Plan?

Get hydrated, eat well, and get a good sleep.  It’s been a solid three days of training/testing.  Be sure to take the time to mobilize those quads, hips, and hamstrings.  In training we ask a lot of our quads whether it’s rowing or running stadiums.  Show them some love even if it’s painful.  Do it!

For those that have been following the Rowing WODs you’ve probably noticed we are in the middle of a testing week.  We tested the 5k on Monday, the 1′ domain and 1 RM for our lifts on Tuesday, and our general fitness on Wednesday.  If you’ve missed those or are looking for the ultimate test, Friday will be a chance for you to attain 7 or 8 minutes of glory.  Start thinking of your goal and developing a race plan that will get you there.

Post thoughts on your 2k Race Plan, Goals, and if you will be joining the Renegade Rowing Club!

Rowing WOD 10/29/14: “The Renegade Benchmark” – Post Time and Strategy

Rowing WOD:

BC Men's Head Coach Brendan Mulvey and Boys Row Boston Head Coach Drew Tennant won a fish head last weekend in the 2x.  Congrats guys!

BC Men’s Head Coach Brendan Mulvey and Boys Row Boston Head Coach Drew Tennant won a fish head last weekend in the 2x. Congrats guys!

“The Renegade Benchmark”

3 Rounds For Time:

500m Row

40 Air Squats

30 Sit Ups

20 Push Ups

10 Pull Ups

As a Renegade Rower you should be developing broad, general, and inclusive fitness as well as your competence in the sport of rowing.  Today’s assessment is a way to test your abilities in both.  It should give you an idea of your work capacity in the 12-15 minute range.  Try to row each 500m piece at a consistent pace to stay fresh for the other movements.

Post your time and strategy to comments.  What stroke rating and 500m split did you try to maintain?

Rowing WOD 10/28/14: CF Rowing Total! Congrats BC Men’s Crew! – Post Scores

Rowing WOD:

BC Men in the Barge earlier this season.  Hard Work paying off!

BC Men in the Barge earlier this season. Hard Work paying off!  The Varsity 8+ won a Fish Head at the Head of the Fish this weekend.

CF Rowing Total

Row 1′-1′-1′

Squat 1-1-1

Press 1-1-1

Deadlift 1-1-1

The CF Rowing Total is meant to test your power and strength in the 1 minute range on the erg.  It’s also an opportunity to test your functional strength.

After doing a dynamic warmup, do a good 10 minute warmup on the erg where you build up to race pace above a stroke rating of 30 for a few bursts.  When you’re ready to go, set the monitor for intervals time with 1 minute on, 4 minutes off.  The goal is to do as much work as possible in a minute.  Be sure to paddle for a minute after each attempt to help your body deal with any lactic acid that may start to build up.

The stroke rating is open, but keep good form.  Don’t compromise you’re body.  Maintain a strong posture at all times.  Anyone can pull hard for a few strokes, but those with functional rowing form can build throughout the minute test, stay safe, and produce the most power.

In rowing there are three things you can vary to go faster.  Force, distance, and time.  The best rowers know how to combine all three… row harder, row longer, and row faster.  Basically, put more force into the handle, row as long as possible every stroke without compromising your body, and increase the stroke rating.

After making three attempts on the erg, setup for and perform the three lifts.  Make sure to roll out your back, hips, and hamstrings as needed in between lifts.

How much Strength and Power do you have?  Your score for the CF Rowing Total will be Max Average Watts + CF Total Score.

Post your total as well as each individual result from the row, squat, press, and deadlift to comments.  Report the max average Watts for the best Row.

Rowing WOD 10/27/14: 5k Test – Post Results

Rowing WOD:

Home stretch at HOCR!

5k Test

It’s been about a month since our last 5k, how has your aerobic capacity and endurance improved?  Today’s assessment will give you an idea of both your aerobic capacity and endurance.  Set your monitor for 5,000 meters and get after it.  Be sure to record your time, average 500m split, average stroke rating, and average watts.  This will give you an idea of your work capacity over about 20 minutes.

The Head of the Fish was last weekend and the Head of the Charles was the weekend before.  They were both awesome.  Beautiful weather, tons of boats, and lots of hard work paying off.  For many crews the Charles and the Fish are the end of the road in the fall or at least the last big regattas.  Before we head indoors for the winter it’ll be good to know where we stand.  That’s what this week is for.  Also, if you’ve never done a 5k this will give you a sense for what the Head of the Charles is like.  Just imagine an ever-changing stadium around you with killer bridges and collisions galore as you row.

For those wondering why we’re doing such a long test and how to attack it, think of this as a Girl Wod like “Mary”.  The athlete who can efficiently and effectively move their body weight will be able to consistently do more work aerobically without having to dip into anaerobic energy stores.  Also, when tackling “Mary”, good competitors will go in with a game plan based on what they know they can maintain.  The first couple of rounds may be used to ease into the work without flying and dying.

Whether you’re a Vet or Novice, the goal should be to maintain a consistent 500m split and stroke rating throughout the whole piece.  If this is your first 5k aim to build your confidence by negative splitting.  Start the first 1k at a moderately hard pace that you can consistently hold.  Then every 1k after that try to pull a little bit faster, perhaps 1 split second every 1k.  What you should avoid is going out to hard, say 1:45 /500m, and then dying half way through to limp in at a split of 2:00 /500m.

Novices should try to maintain a stroke rating of 24 to 26.  Vets should work on executing a race plan, maintaining their splits, and rowing at a stroke rating of 26 to 28.

Let us know how you do!  Post your results to Comments.

Rest Day 10/26/14: Good Luck at Head of the Fish!

HOCR 2014 DrewRest Day:

Good luck to all of the competitors at the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga, NY this weekend!  The Boston College Men’s Crew Team has been working hard all season.  Have fun and race hard everyone!