This is the critical winter training season for many high school rowers. Critical because this is the best season to focus on improving the all important erg score.
While it is beneficial to have an ultimate erg score goal, it is also very important is to continue to improve each time you “test”. Analysis of each test and understanding what specifically needs improvement will be the best way to continue to progress. Many high school rowers do repeated erg tests without addressing an underlying issue – whether it be: not following their race plan (if they even have a race plan); a mental block/difficulty finishing the erg test; maintaining concentration through the test; pushing themselves hard. Coaches obviously want to see the fastest erg test that you can produce but they also give weight both to your progress as well as your level of experience. Give coaches an accurate picture of your rowing experience including erg testing and keep them informed of your progress.