The North of 53° Training Camp
An 'erg', or ergometer, is a machine designed to mimic a sport's movement while tracking the performance of that movement. Indoor bikes, nordic tracks, and paddling machines are all types of ergometers, but probably the most heavily tracked, cited, and reviled is the rowing erg. Rowing ergs get a lot of press because rowing athletes spend a LOT of time on them, so much so that there are extensive sets of standards for juniors, masters, national team hopefuls, and para-athletes.
Since the machine gives you a read out of your split times, total distance, and race completion time, there is a lot of data to measure one's performance. Indoor rowing or 'erging' is therefore highly competitive, since you can compare your results to folks that did the same distance elsewhere in the country (at the same time or a different time), or even yourself over time. Ergs are readily available and pretty consistent/comparable, so comparisons are much easier than trying to figure out who had the better boat, tailwind, or current. Many universities and national team development squads use erg standards to select athletes, and coaches use them to track progress. The Canadian National Dragonboat Team has used rowing ergs for several years since they are so available and consistent across the country. Paddling machines have far more variability, and if you are just measuring brute fitness then a simple tool is better.
Instead of speed in kph, ergometers usually display the split time for 500/m. Since 2000m is the standard race distance for rowing, there are calculators to see what kind of split you need to hold in order to meet a goal time. For example, someone aiming for a 7:25 2000m would need to maintain and average split time of 1:51.2/500m.
Erging is not very technical, and it is not very pleasant. The main way to go faster is to work physically harder (no glide here!), and most of the race distances emphasize efforts above the lactate threshold. So to keep folks motivated and focused during the loooooong prairie months of winter training, there are indoor rowing competitions. Usually these events network the ergs together and project the race onto a screen so you can see your competitors relative to yourself - easily the most fun way to erg.
Check out this link to a newscast of to the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships.
Saskatoon will have an indoor rowing event in January 2016 (check http://saskatoonrowingclub.com/ for details), and anyone can sign up to compete. Concept2, the most common erg manufacturer, has lots of online training tips and workouts. There are also several other indoor rowing events in Canada:
Happy winter training!
This is an open invitation to all SCC Marathon Division paddlers at attend the "End-of-Season" potluck get-together. We will share some food, some stories, maybe some pictures and videos, and celebrate another great season of marathon paddling!
Bring a dish to share. There will be some drinks available, but if you want something special, then feel free to bring whatever you like.
Thanks to all the volunteers and paddlers who came out to the second annual Saskatoon Rec. & Rookie canoe races today. It was very well organized and really fun paddling!
Check out some photos from the day in the photo gallery here, and the results below.
Saskatoon Rec & Rookie Race
Sunday September 13 2015 Saskatoon SK
$10 per paddler, includes all events, lunch social, and prizes
Racers meet at the Saskatoon Canoe Club Boathouse 10:00 AM
Snacks and social to follow
Draw prizes !!
Marathon, sprint, and recreational boats welcome
Any combination of age, sex, doubles/singles, canoe, & kayak can participate
Several events throughout the day- something for everyone!
Multi-boat flag relay (one team plants the flag, the other team captures it)
Portage race (includes paddling and running)
Sprint race (~300m)
Mini-marathon (~45min paddle on the river)
Veteran paddlers encouraged to pair with rookies and newer paddlers.
Don’t have a partner? We can help find one for you!
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
See you there!
'OCN' is Opaskwayak Cree Nation, the reserve on the bank of the Saskatchewan River opposite the Pas in Manitoba. A 6-hour drive from Saskatoon, just getting to the Pas is a northern adventure. This year was the 50th anniversary of Treaty Days festival, an amazing array of sport and cultural events: pow wow and jig dancing, trapper competitions, archery, ax throwing, running, biking, talent competitions, and... canoeing, of course!
The canoe race is about 2 hours of racing every day for 3 days, and placing is by sum of times over all the days. The course on days 1 and 3 is 4 laps around buoys on the river in front of the community centre. On day 2 there is one lap then a looooong slog upstream followed by a portage over to a lake and a finish on the lake beach. The community is small but super friendly and involved in the events. People watched from all along the river bank, cheering and commenting on the action, particularly at the buoy turns where a lot of jostling and re-positioning happens.
Saskatoon Canoe Club Members had a very successful event:
Ivan English (with partner Mike Vincent of Regina): 1st overall
Catherine Trask and Alex Buck: 5th overall, 1st mixed
Saskatchewan Canoers Paddle Away with the Win
This past weekend marked the fourth biannual women's round robin marathon canoe race held in Minneapolis Minnesota. Saskatchewan was well represented, with 5 paddlers competing in the International event. After a grueling day of racing, Fiona Vincent of the Regina Marathon Canoe Club emerged at the top, followed closely by Edith MacHattie in 2nd and Catherine Trask in 4th ( McHattie and Trask) both representing the Saskatoon Canoe Club. Also completing the event was Cathy Rae in 17th and Ann Popoff in 18th also of the Saskatoon Canoe Club. Vincent is no stranger to the round robin format, having won two of the previous three events, while MacHattie, Trask, Rae, and Popoff were competing in the event for the first time. The strong Saskatchewan performances speaks to the rebirth of Saskatchewan’s dominance in the sport of marathon paddling in Canada and beyond.
A round robin race is an exciting race format, where each paddler pairs with every other paddler registered in the event and competes in a seven-minute sprint. On the morning of race day, the first pairing is posted. Paddlers introduce themselves, set up paddling positions, and race through the prescribed course. During the race, the second pairing is posted so it is available for paddlers to review during the 10min break between each race. The pattern continues until each paddler has raced with all others. The winner is the paddler with the shortest cumulative time over all races. This race format demonstrates the paddlers' strength, stamina, and versatility.
For Race Photo Albums, check out the following links
Link #1 Round Robin 2015 PHOTOS by SCC member Cory Farthing
Link #2 Round Robin Photos by Minnesota photographer Sinthang Has
Summary of results:
Fiona Vincent 1:58:54.3
Edith MacHattie 2:00:07.2
Kate Ellis 2:00:14.4
Catherine Trask 2:02:08.2
Emily Gilbertson 2:03:52.1
Emily Johnson 2:04:52.4
Maria Schilling 2:05:17.6
Cheryl Dubois 2:06:24.3
Jan Perrin 2:06:39.6
Jess Kozarek 2:07:00.9
Io Beebe 2:07:20.5
Amy McLaughlin 2:07:24.9
Jaya Ellison 2:08:12.9
Katie Schaaf 2:08:49.8
Kari Henry 2:09:02.3
Kira Stolen 2:09:20.1
Cathy Rae 2:10:35.6
Ann Popoff 2:15:16.8
For this event you get to do 5-8 minute sprints with every other woman signed up. This will be a great opportunity to paddle with other women. Should be super fun!
30 women max. If we get less than 20 we'll run it all on Saturday, July 4th. Starting at 9am. If we have more than 20 participants, we'll do it over two days, Sunday also.
Location will be the west bay of Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. If you're coming from out of town and need a place to stay email email@example.com and we can get you connected with a super nice female Minnesota paddler (we're all super nice!) who could be your host and even maybe show you around the Twin Cities. We only need half as many boats as we have participants so if you're coming from out of town and want to bring your own boat you're welcome to but don't feel obligated.
To reserve your spot send a check for $25 made out to Minnesota Canoe Association to:
PO Box 14989
Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Also, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting me know you're coming so we can have an idea of how many to expect.
Please spread the word and invite other women you think might be interested!
Hope to see you on the 4th of July :)
Notice of Annual General Meeting:
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Room 122 & 123
510 Cynthia Street
The meeting is open to all interested individuals. All current members of Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan are eligible to vote at the AGM and run for positions on the Board of Directors. The membership year is from January 1st to December 31st. Please check with your club or with Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan to determine your membership status. Memberships can be purchased at the AGM.
Meeting materials will be available on our website in the next few days.
If you have any questions please contact Jan Hanson at Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan:
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
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