March Madness

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  1. California Jack

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    not basketball but rowing. C2 has a challenge they call March Madness. To complete it you must row 5000m for 25 days in the month of March. They award prizes.

    I think I am going to try it. It will be tough because the first weekend in March I will be out of town. That will use three of my off days.

    During this time frame I will continue with 5/3/1 but will cut out all assistance work. My rowing will be 500m intervals, 1000m intervals, easy 5000m rows and 5000m races.
     
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    That's pretty cool.
     

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    I think you'll get it. Every time I've used similar calcs with lower reps, they've been close.

    I was kinda hoping for a 200 lb press attempt by the time you guys got ready for your 500 DL attempts, but it's not gonna happen. About 3 weeks too slow.
     
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    Sorry if it's been discussed before, but where do you guys set the C2 rower 'resistance'?
     
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    Easier to explain with a picture.

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    See the little triangle-shaped thing on the part where the fan and chain and everything reside on the front of the rower? You can just move that with your finger. It's got a numbered scale from 1 to 10 on it and you raise or lower resistance with that.
     
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    Eye, I think he may be asking what level we set it at. If that is the case, I set it around three. I believe you should set it where you are most comfortable. At C2's website there is a forum. Search there for lots of info on this.
     
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    Hmmm, I didn't know people set it below the top, so I've always put it there. Maybe I should play around with the lower settings to see if that's what has been messing me up.
     
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    It will help some, but it won't turn you into a sub 1:30 er or anything.
     
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    Of course not. I was mainly wondering if my form issues, weird load-time curve, ankle and hip flexors weirdly acting up, etc. would be straightened up some. Kinda like if some guy is having a tough time squatting and part of the problem is too much load.
     
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    Thanks Eye & CJ. I did do some reading over at C2, I just wondered if you guys had any sort of a standard to compare amongst yourselves. I don't row much, mainly as a warmup before weights.

    One interesting thing I read over at C2 is that when the damper assembly gets dirty it can reduce the drag. So all damper settings aren't created equally.
     
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    That is correct. On the electronics there is a way to display the drag so you can be consistent by using the appropriate dameper setting from machince to machine. I do not know how to do that however.

    Brad, to make sure we are on the same page about a few things. THe curve needs to be smooth, like a parabola.

    Overcompressing is in the legs only. Your shins should goto verical and no fhrther. However, you can lean past vertical with your torso.
     
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    concave up or concave down parabola?
     
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    The vertex will be at the top. It may be flatter on one side or the other, not necessarily a perfect parabola, but that general shape. Smooth is the most important I think.
     
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    Not quite following. Mine usually looks like a concave-up parabola with the force starting out low and ending high.
     
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    Do you know what model C2 it is?
     
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    Christ. Duh.

    I should've gone to bed earlier last night. lol