Indoor rowing ergometers have long played an important role in the sport of rowing. They offer safety, convenience, no danger of flipping, a good simulation of the stroke– and perhaps most importantly, a quantitative measure of performance and potential for performance on the water. Erg scores are used as part of national team selection and college recruiting, and have become important training benchmarks for rowing athletes of all ages. Of course, in the end, you also have to be able to move a boat effectively—there is no substitute for this!
As with the rowing erg for rowers, the SkiErg offers skiers a training tool that is ski-specific, controlled and comparable. The Performance Monitor allows scores to be compared from one machine to another, at any altitude, in any conditions, because it self-calibrates on every stroke to take ambient conditions into account. Whether you use a SkiErg at your club, or have one in your basement, you can submit your scores online and see how you stack up with others around the country and the world.
For sure, training on the SkiErg is not exactly like skiing on snow, but it is a good approximation. It can be safer than rollerskiing and is more convenient—you can do it when it’s too dark outside, and it provides useful data and a measure of a skier’s potential performance.
Skiers have had limited options for controlled performance testing: not everyone has access to a rollerski treadmill, rollerskis vary significantly in speed, and running time trials aren’t especially ski-specific. To help address this need, Concept2 has developed a free web-based testing series using the SkiErg. The SkiErg Performance Series offers coaches and athletes a new tool for evaluating the effectiveness of their training.
The new SkiErg testing series spans the dryland training season, starting in May when skiers get back to serious training, and ending in November when races begin on snow. Intermediate testing periods will be offered in July and September, to inform your training along the way.
The first round of testing for 2010 kicked off on September 1 and will close on Sept 30. The final testing period for 2010 will be the month of November. Testing may be performed at any time during the month and submitted to the Concept2 website via the free Online Logbook system. Test distances range from 30 seconds to 5000 meters, simulating speed, power, sprint, and distance races.
Skiers and coaches worldwide are encouraged to submit scores for all or any of the test distances in each of the four test periods so progress can be monitored. Visit skierg.com/logbook/performance-series for complete details including how to submit scores to the online logbook.
Results will be posted and archived on the Concept2 Logbook, so that coaches and athletes may refer back to historical data.
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Concept2 was founded by Dick and Peter Dreissigacker in 1976. Both competitive rowers and engineers, the two brothers designed and manufactured carbon fiber racing oars, then went on to create the world’s first air resistance indoor rower. The SkiErg, launched in 2009, builds upon the Dreissigackers’ love of skiing and Concept2’s years of experience in designing and manufacturing high-performance training equipment. You’re likely to see them at New England Nordic races—either competing, or waxing lots of skis in the club waxing trailer. For more information about Concept2, visit concept2.com.