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Splits vs Watts

In rowing we tend to measure performance by time over 500m splits, known as pace. Pace analysis doesn’t take into account outside factors like water current and wind. So comparing two splits where you are traveling with the current and the wind for split one and comparing it with split two going in the other direction just doesn’t work. The same actual performance could result in a huge difference. Maybe 15 or 20 seconds depending on the severity of the current and wind. Training with power data nullifies this and allows you to compare efforts no matter what the conditions.

Establish objective, measurable, quantitative goals to train to

With power data it becomes much easier to compare different efforts, be it between different efforts on the river or between efforts on the river and the erg. It means, like in cycling, that one can create really measurable training goals that work on and off the river. In Cycling the FTP or Functional Threshold Power number is used to determine training zones. The FTP is the average power that an athlete can hold for an hour in cycling. Zones are denoted as:

Zone 1 – Active Recovery – Less than 55% of FTP

Zone 2 – Endurance – 55% to 74% of FTP

Zone 3 – Tempo – 75% to 89% of FTP

Zone 4 – Lactate Threshold – 90% to 104% of FTP

Zone 5 – VO2 Max –  105% to 120% of FTP

Zone 6 – Anaerobic Capacity – More than 120% of FTP

Using power data like this allows for a much more effective training schedules and it is much easier to carry out as you have live power data in front of you. Interval training in power zones has taken the guesswork out of cycling and it can do for rowing too.

Catch and finish analysis

It’s not just power that you will be measuring and analysed, each stroke can be analysed. From your catch angle to the finish angle and how much power is being exerted through the stroke at different times. It also allows you to measure strokes per minute without any other sensors and wires.

Whole crew analysis

With power analysis you can look at each member of your crew so that you can see who needs to work on what. These include:

  1. Analysing crew member timing to the millisecond
  2. Average power over a set time or distance
  3. Technique – stroke length, catch and finish angles, power through the stroke
  4. Fade over a set distance or time

Easily store, share and analyse data

The data is easy to analyse on online platforms like rowsandall.com where coaches can instruct crews and design training programs. Data can be shared between coach and crew or the other way round. Training data can be shared between crew members and coaches during holidays / times when the boat is not together.

Avio Rowing

We have designed and created Avio RowSense and we would like you to be a part of our development plan.

  • We will provide you with a RowSense set up for your boat for the cost of the components.
  • We will work together to develop the product to work for you and other rowers out there.
  • Once we have developed the software and product fully you will be able to continue to use it and receive the Avio customer service without having to pay the full market value for the product.

Get in contact to find out more: call on 01865 598775 or email ed@avio.mobi about RowSense