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What should my 2k erg test be for first year female light weight?

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Asked at 2011.05.09 00:00:04
IM 14 5'5 and have done 2 2ks. my last one was 2:12. is that ok? i just started where should i be at?
answer RowerLexi  Answered at 2011.05.09 00:00:04
It depends on what kind of shape you're in and your weight (I know you mention lightweight, but you could be much smaller than the cutoff). A lower weight equals a slower erg time, but not necessarily a slower boat on the water (see for information in comparing erg times versus on-the-water times).

For example: I'm 5'7", and my first year in crew I was lightweight, but barely (at about 129 lbs). The earliest split time I remember having was around 2:10, but that was before I learned how to pace myself. A couple of months later I brought my split time down to a 2:07. I played both soccer and basketball prior to rowing, so I was in fair shape because I was used to running around a lot.

For your first year, don't stress yourself out on your times. You have plenty of room to improve (I improved, from that last time, to a 2:03 split in a year, but with some work).
So, to answer your question, yes; however, there's always room for improvement. Times are always relative, and are especially related to your weight. Don't worry about times until you've gotten a good handle on your preliminary skills that you're learning during your novice year. Breathe :)
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