Top quarter drill. Getting a bit more comfortable with it and also trying to keep my back straighter at the catch.
Pick Drill. I’m including this because I never had any coaching on it and I would welcome advice to get more out of it.
The next two videos are from the first minute and the last minute of a 2500m piece done at full pressure and 24 SPM. The wind was generally a tail wind, especially in the last minute. Call me crazy, but when I look at these videos, I think I see a lot of improvement. I think my depth at the catch is better. I think my drive is more level (less over the barrel). And most important, I think my finishes are cleaner. Compare to the videos here
The next video is at r26. At this rate I can start to see that my old bad habit of accelerating on the slide during recovery is happening as the rate increases. Still, the finishes look better than before. I still have a lot of work to do on posture.
This one is at r28. I actually think the recovery looks better here than at r26, but I can see that I am going deeper at the catch with the higher rate.
Finally, here is a bit of video showing some slow roll up rowing. It is at r18 and not at full pressure, but I think this drill helps to force me to row better,
As always, I eager welcome your advice and abuse.
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Just watched the 26spm. Definitely progress. What is your catch angle? It looks like your shins go vertical, as they should, but the catch seems ‘short’. Could be the camera though.
Sorry, it was the 24spm I was watching (last minute of 2500m).
How do you measure catch angle? I feel like it is short as well, because of my foot position. But with the amount of inboard I have, and my stubby legs, I need the foot position there to allow adequate clearance at the finish for my hands. Maybe I need to decrease inboard, but that would mean getting used to a heavier rig while I’m trying to work on rowing at higher rates.
It’s cool how all the stuff is connected.
Catch angle is measured easiest by having someone film you from a bridge while you row under it. It may require a few takes. Then you take the still where you are at the catch, and measure the angle. The other person has to film you straight down.
A cool way would be to use a remotely piloted quad copter. 🙂
Another way would be to sit in the catch position at the dock and have somebody measure the angle.
With the quadcopter you could do it on your own, if you could program it to hover right above you while you were rowing. I like that idea, actually. Get rid of the gopro, and have a quadcopter take video from all angles, including straight above.
What you need is one of these!
Another small thing. I believe there is an angle between your arm and your hand. Try holding the handle less tightly and hang
Thanks, I’ll take a look for that.
Using drones to film crews. Something like this, but then with good rowing: https://vimeo.com/77064326
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This one is nice too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XfL_2EzEHI
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Some Estonian guys are selling a self following drone at http://www.airdog.com. Nice!
That looks very cool. A bit expensive, and it would take some planning to figure out how to best use the 10-20 minutes of flight time. But it would enable a much better video for analysis, that’s for certain,
Maybe some sort of helpful overview about different drones (AirDog is named too): http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2015/02/drone-sports-usage.html