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Spring RowDown – Indoor Rowing Competition April 23rd 2017
Curious how your Erging stacks up against the competition? Well now’s your chance to find out!
Find a partner to form a mixed pair team (1 male / 1 female) and sign up for the Spring RowDown at the world famous Pocock Rowing Club on Portage Bay, South Lake Union (3320 Fuhrman Ave E.)
Competition starts at 10:00am. Cost is $120 per team ($100 early-bird rate if registered before April 10th).
Register at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2910167
The RowDown will consist of three different events. The scores from the first two events will be combined to set the seeding for the third and final event which will determine the overall winner. The first two events will both be weighted equally with Event 2 scores being used as tie breaker.
Each event tests different aspects of the team. The first event is the combination of two separate individual efforts. The second event will test the teamwork and coordination of both teammates taking turns on the same erg. The third event has both teammates working at the same time, each on their own erg.
All races will have real time progress displayed on the big screen so everyone will be able to see each team’s progress while the race is going on.
Event 1: Go for the Bronze
In this event, each teammate will row three one minute intervals with two minutes rest between each interval. Like so: Row for one minute, Rest for two minutes, Row for one minute, Rest for two minutes, Row for one minute. Women will row first, then men. The distance in meters for each one minute interval will be recorded separately.
A competitor’s score is the worst of the three intervals. In other words, if someone rowed 298m, 287m, and 211m, their score for this event would be the lowest number (211) despite having much better scores. Pacing will play an important role in scoring well. The team score is the total of each teammate’s individual scores.
Event 2: Tag Team 2k
In this event, both teammates will take turns rowing 250m on the same erg, like so: Teammate 1 rows 250m, Teammate 2 rows 250m, Teammate 1 rows 250m, Teammate 2 rows 250m, Teammate 1 rows 250m, Teammate 2 rows 250m, Teammate 1 rows 250m, Teammate 2 rows 250m.
It’s up to each team to decide if they want to alternate male first then female or female first then male. Either one is permitted but both teammates must still switch every 250m regardless of which teammate starts. The team score is the time it takes to complete 2000m. This will test the team’s ability to work together to save time during transitions.
Event 3: Head to head races
All of the work from the first two events will come together in the final event for all the marbles. Each team will be seeded based on their previous scores and will be matched up against another team in bracket format. However, unlike March Madness, this is not a single elimination format. Each team will continue to be matched up against another team until all ties are broken.
Both teammates will be rowing on two different ergs at the same time but will move the same virtual “boat” on screen whose speed will be based on the team’s combined efforts. To clarify, if both teammates were equally fast, they would both row the equivalent of 500m on each of their ergs. On the oher hand, if one teammate did nothing during the race then the other teammate would need to row the equivalent of 1000m for the team’s boat to go 500m. The software will take care of figuring out how fast a team’s boat should be moving based on the efforts of both teammates. Each head to head race will be 500m.
The final placement in this event will be a team’s placement in the overall competition regardless of how well the team did in the first two events. Win Event 3, and you’ll win the overall competition. That said, the higher a team’s seeding in Event 3, the easier it is going to be to place first.