Sunday: 2 x 2k / 2 x 1k / 2 x 500 – On the Oartech DX

Last Thursday night, I picked up an Oartech DX rowing machine from the Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge.  The local rep for Oartech offer to let me try for a few sessions if I agreed to write up what I thought of it.

Those impressions are coming soon.  Right now, I just want to jot down the details on the session I did yesterday afternoon.

My wife and I got home from the Cape around 3.  I did some chores and errands and finally sat down to work out around 5.

The session:

  • 2 x 2000m / 2’
    • Rating: Cat V pace; target SR 22 (1:58 – 2:02)
  • 2 x 1000m, rest 3’ easy
    • Rating: Cat IV pace: target SR 24-26 (1:52)
  • 2 x 500m, rest 2’ easy
    • Rating: Cat III pace: target SR 26-28 (1:48)

I added another 2K (r18-20, 2:03-2:08) to the beginning as a warmup.

         Workout Summary - media/df_20180325-231815.csv
Workout Details

So, I managed to hit all targets, but it was hard work!  I compared it to the two prior times I did this workout, both on the static erg.

  • The power was basically identical in all sessions.
  • My heart rate was higher today.  I think this is mostly a machine difference, not a difference in how I was feeling.
  • The drive length was basically identical between static and the Oartech DX.  I was expecting a slightly shorter drive length.

Here is power and WPS versus stroke rate.  I was working hard to stick to the stroke rates and so it is showing an increase for the higher rates.


Plan for Monday:

  • Combined strength / endurance
  • 3 x 20′
  • Between each 20′ do 20 KB swings and pull ups.

5 thoughts on “Sunday: 2 x 2k / 2 x 1k / 2 x 500 – On the Oartech DX

  1. gregsmith01748 says:

    By some strange coincidence, the oartech provides a tachometer output that is perfectly compatible with the concept2 PM (when set for Model C). By another coincidence, the monitor bracket on the oartech is designed with exactly the right dimensions so you can mount a C2 PM to i instead of the oartech monitor. It’s almost as if someone was planning it. So, I put on my old PM3, hooked it to painsled and away I went.

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