This is the way. Many here are master rowers with times most of us could never emulate. Your goal really should be to put in the long, steady meters at a sustainable heart rate. This combined with proper diet will help you gradually lose weight while becoming more fit and eventually more powerful on the erg.Tsnor wrote: ↑April 16th, 2021, 3:04 pmBe aware also that posters on this forum hold world records, are in the top 10% of people who rank pieces (top 1% of erg rowers). Your stats are as good or better than most of the people rowing in the gym (pre-covid), and your technique could not possibly be worse than the people hopping on the erg with their hands going up and down to get around their knees.
Consider training with HEART RATE and go long and slow. A good HR setup (polar h10 belt, rower pm5 monitor, your smartphone) is $80 US. Keep heart rate low, etc.
For less than a year you are doing fine. Your goals are your own... in your shoes my goal would be getting a solid aerobic base which is long rows (45 mins or longer) at slower than a 2:30 split until your heart rate supports faster long rows. You may be looking at 2:45 or 3:00 split pace.
Comments like "something is wrong because when I started erging I could easily do a 5k in 20 minutes" are not helpful and can be particularly discouraging. After 3 years of rowing pretty steadily, I cannot do a 5k in 20 minutes. If you look at the concept2 rankings, fewer than 65% of males in our age group cannot row a 5k in 20 minutes. And those are just the blokes who think enough to post their times. Imagine the rest of us average rowers!