Why hasn’t rowing training and equipment raced ahead like other sports (sailing, cycling)? Here is a video with Carlos Dinares’ reflections on the subject.
For what it’s worth, my personal views are
- The conservative people “do what they’ve always done”. This can be frustrating because advances in equipment may only give mili-seconds difference in race results whereas physiologies can make a much bigger difference but take longer to train and develop.
- Many good coaches don’t want to take risks with their training methods and equipment because of the uncertainty of outcomes.
- We find many won’t even try a different oar or scull shape (Dreher rounds) even though we’ve proven they go faster for lightweights and women.
Decide for yourself – or join the conversation by telling us what you think in the comments.