Coast to Coast Erging Event

Greetings OAR members (from Dave H)

With the beginning of this year’s indoor erging effort fast approaching, I am pleased to launch this year’s Coast to Coast event. As this is our second year, it is now known s C2C 2.0. Last year’s erging and rowing effort took us from Florence (Oregon) across the continent to Boston, (MA), then south to the southern regions of Florida and then west almost reaching New Orleans, Louisiana and we traveled 8,963 kilometers (5,575 miles) over the course of 15 weeks

I have provided a map of our course from last year (below), and the final spreadsheet of weekly distance totals above. This is primarily for the novices who may wonder how this works. The rest of us have seen it before.

So, this year will be a little different. Recognizing that we have a variety of folks in the club who cross train (cross country ski, bike, swim, run), I am introducing an expanded reporting option. Here’s how it works.

Erging and rowing will remain the focus of this program and will serve as the base for other activities. Presuming you have accomplished (or soon will) your personal 20 minute erg test, the results of that test will become part of your personal erg conversion calculator. You’ll use those results to establish your Roylerow workout category training levels. Today’s workout (45 to 60’ of rowing) was at a category 6 training level. For me that means my 500 meter split range should be from 2:15 to 2:20, and I should reach a subjective effort level of 65 to 70%. I have tested my own heart rate at this level and learned it falls within a range of 130 to 145. If I wish to substitute another activity machine, I need to set the resistance to a level on the machine to reach a heart rate approximating the same as I’d experience erging. The indoor erging sessions that you’ll soon start will help get you going on your way. More of this will be explained there.

Assuming you have a good sense for your heart rate and subjective effort level, you can then apply those to other activities. Assuming that you can erg 4 K over the course of a 20 minute period, you can now convert time to distance. So, spending two hours skiing in the mountains means you can report an erging equivalent of 24 K for that workout session (4K times three = 12 K per hour.) Same for other sports, but (and Dave L. already asked), “watching a football game does not have an equivalent!”

Reporting is done on a weekly basis—typically on the weekend—but before Monday morning when I run the report of totals. I rely on you to report meters traveled for the week in an email to me marked “C2C.” Weekly team workouts (water and indoors) do count, but I don’t report for you. If you were there and want credit, you need to send me an email. Each week, I will post and distribute an Excel spreadsheet showing both individual efforts and team totals and show how far (geographically) we have traveled.

Another change is our travel path this year. Beginning tomorrow (December 1, 2010) we’ll leave from Vancouver, British Columbia, travel south through Washington and Oregon before entering California on our way to (drum roll…..) the BCS Championship bowl game in Glendale, Arizona—to watch the Oregon Ducks in their first-ever appearance. Hopefully, mentioning that isn’t a curse on the game this coming weekend against the Beavers!

With six weeks to go before arriving in Glendale, Arizona, we’ll need to average approximately 442 kilometers (274 miles per week.) Our weekly average traveled for last winter was 597 K so we should arrive in time for the tailgater with the Ducks fans. After reaching our first major destination (but not our final), and following the post-game celebrations, we’ll resume our journey east through the southern states and head for the Atlantic seaboard. I’ll be your travel guide along the way pointing out mostly trivial and inconsequential points of interest. I welcome volunteers who have some knowledge of the areas we are approaching–substitute efforts are appreciated.

We will complete our journey this year the week of March 13th, which is the start of Daylight Savings Time and the beginning of weeknight OAR rowing at Dexter. We have learned that this extra effort made during the winter months benefits the team greatly when spring race season begins. Thank you in advance for participating in this journey and I’ll see you on the water!

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