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The June 2019 Rowing Camp

It was a great camp. Here is a summary of what we did.

Monday

After a quick meeting to go through the weather and some other camp related logistics on Sunday evening, Monday was the real start of the camp. Those who were renting boats did a thorough check of the equipment, including some last changes of shoes (of course we had some spare pairs). Those who brought their own boats used the time to get it ready to row.

Then it was time to try out the lake. Adam and Sander were taking the first videos, as well as giving some instructions about the traffic pattern.

It was already getting hot.

After the row, we enjoyed Romana’s coffee and cake (and a pot of tea), analyzed the videos and discussed the necessary rigging changes. This first day is really necessary to get everybody set up correctly. No time for rowing data yet.

After the coffee break, Adam and Sander were busy changing the rig for the participants. Then, we got onto the lake for a short row to test the boats again. We had to keep this row short because of the mid day heat.

The row was followed by a nice lunch, and a break of a few hours. At five we started the third row of the day (optional, of course). During the evening, Sander set up the first boats with NK Empower Oarlocks and Quiske pods.

Tuesday

On Tuesday morning’s workout, we did a special thing. We took advantage of the fact that the ferries are not running early in the morning, and we all rowed up to Veveří castle.

Of course, we took video and after we all returned to the club, we did a thorough analysis. By now, most participants know very well what they are working on.

After the coffee break, Adam took out a single and showed us a large variation of drills, from easy to very advanced. Then all participants went out for a short row to practice drills.

After lunch, we did analysis of the first sets of data.

The third row of the day was an individual one, again. Some of us did a structured workout (1500m at 24 spm, followed by two series of four times 1 minute on, 1 minute off).

At 6pm, it was time to take the participants to Klentnice for a nice dinner in the Palava wine region, not too far from Brno.

Wednesday

On Wednesday morning, it was rowing on video again. For the first time, the camp participants were showing off their improvements at higher stroke rate.

The daily routine continued. We had coffee and cake, looked at the videos and at the data, and then it was time for a second outing.

Fatigue was setting in, and the number of participants for the third outing of the day dropped. Most of us preferred a massage or wellness treatment at the hotel (or perhaps just a beer).

In the evening, we had a special event. First a seminar on rowing data, and then watching fireworks, all the while tasting local Moravian wines.

After watching the gorgeous sunset, we enjoyed the fireworks festival:

Yep, the best place to watch the fireworks is from our dock.

Thursday

On Thursday morning, the lake decided to show its choppier side. We decided to take the opportunity to row up to the castle again, but this time in coastal boats. The additional stability enabled us to do some of the more advanced drills without risking a swim.

After the coffee break, we had a session about using data on the erg.

The third day of the row was start practice for those of us who couldn’t get enough of rowing.

In the evening, we had a barbecue.

Friday

On the last day, we had everybody show off their best technique improvements on video.

After the coffee break, some of us went on a second row of the day, but most of us were already closing up the camp. It had been great, and there had been enough great rowing.

Time to say goodbye, prepare the boats for transport, and Romana and Sander went out on a quick outing on the double.

 

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Prygl Rowing Camps – Book Now!

Are you a Masters rower who wants to boost his technique under the guidance of world class coaches? Are you interested in getting hands-on experience with rowing data tools? Are you looking for a different rowing camp? Are you interested in combining a week of rowing with a city trip to Vienna, Prague, or Budapest?
Are you planning to attend the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Budapest? Would you like to spend a week fine tuning your technique on a beautiful lake in the region?

Are you still looking for a nice Christmas present for your rowing partner?

Do not look further than Prygl Rowing Camps.

Our highly-qualified team of coaches combines the skills of World Championship and World Cup winners, Olympians with US, Canada and Czech rowing trainer certifications.

Sander Roosendaal, the rowing data pioneer behind rowsandall.com and a successful Masters rower with WRMR and Euromasters wins, ensures that the coaching considers the perspective of the Masters rower.

You can bring your own boat, and we offer Wintech boats for rent for the duration of the camp. You can extend the rent to include participation at the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Budapest. It would be like rowing in your own boat. You can set the rigging to suit your height, weight and rowing skills, and we’ll make sure that the shoe size match your feet. No more stress at the regatta boat rental!

The Brno Dam (known as “Prýgl” in the local dialect) offers a 3-kilometer-long lake with a buoyed 2k course, ideal both for technique practice and for all kinds of training sessions. The usual water condition is flat, with occasional light chop thrown in for variation. Winds speeds in summer are usually very mild.

Our camps are hosted at CVK Brno rowing club, home to many Czech National Team members in both the Juniors, U23 and Elite categories. Often, we host training camps for the Czech national team preparing for big regattas.
At the north end of the lake, the river Svratka flows through a beautiful gorge, and there is the possibility to extend the row by 6 more kilometers, passing by a medieval castle.

The camps include hotel rooms with breakfast in Wellness and Spa Resort hotels Santon and Maximus, located a short walk from the rowing club. The vibrant town center of Brno, one of the top alternative city breaks according to The Guardian, is just a short tram ride away from the lake.

For those who want to do a volume rowing week, we support up to three trainings a day, offering coaching guidance and video and data analysis every day. Rowing makes you hungry. A coffee break with snacks as well as a rich lunch buffet are included in the camp price.

The June rowing camp includes a wine tasting excursion to the Pálava hills and a fireworks show on the Brno lake. Both the June and September camps will end with a party at the rowing club.

Dates:

June Rowing Camp – June 2 to June 7, 2019

September Rowing Camp – September 4 to September 9, 2019 – Ideal preparation for the Budapest World Rowing Masters Regatta, just a three hour drive away

More information: https://pryglrowing.com

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Equipment rental for the camps

Bring your own boat

It is best if you bring your own boat for the camp. We will help you set it up for rowing with data and will also be able to give rigging advice.

During the camp, your boat will be safely stored on the CVK Brno club grounds, out of sight and behind a closed gate.

However, we understand that it is not always possible to bring your own boats. In that case, you can rent Wintech equipment.

Boat rental

If you are not bringing your own equipment, we have the possibility to rent Wintech boats with Concept2 sculls. You can indicate the option when you book your camp. In reply to the confirmation email, please also indicate your weight and height, so we can make sure we bring the right boat for you.

For the September camp, there is an option to prolong the rental period to include the World Rowing Masters Regatta. Boat transport to and from that regatta will be included.

NK SpeedCoach GPS and Empower Oarlock

If your boat is not equipped with the Empower Oarlock or you don’t have a SpeedCoach GPS, we will equip you for the duration of the camp. The units may be purchased by you during the camp.

Quiske Pods

We will be rowing with Quiske pods to measure oar depth, seat speed, boat acceleration and other parameters. We will provide the pods. You may purchase your own pod during the camp.

The Quiske Pod works with the Quiske RowP app on iPhone or Android smartphone. Before the camp, please install the RowP app on your phone and bring a watertight pouch to put the phone in (or use a waterproof Android phone). No SIM card is needed for the phone, so you could buy a cheap, waterproof Android phone as your rowing display. Don’t hesitate to contact you in case you have any questions.

We will use double sided tape to mount the phone to your boat, but if you have a phone mount, bring it with you.

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September 2019 Rowing Camp

Introduction

This rowing camp runs from September 4 to September 9, 2019. The price includes three rowing sessions per day including video review and rowing data analysis, 5 hotel nights including breakfast, lunch at the rowing venue, a “rowing with data” workshop, and a closure party at the rowing venue.

Each rowing day (Thursday to Sunday), there will be two rowing sessions with coaches in launches and one individual session. In the morning session, your stroke will be filmed. After this session, coaches are available at the club house to do technique analysis with you using the video and rowing data.

This camp takes place a week before the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Hungary. As Brno is conveniently located on the route to Budapest and Lake Velence, this camp gives you the ideal opportunity to prepare for this biggest regatta of the season.

Rowing Data

We will have Quiske sensors and Empower Oarlocks with NK SpeedCoach available. The Empower/SpeedCoach combination measures your catch angle, finish angle, force curve, power, and other parameters. The Quiske pod measures the boat acceleration and oar angles. Combined with video analysis, this is a powerful way to analyse technique, find opportunities for improving boat speed. Doing the analysis will give you target metrics to focus on during the subsequent sessions. The direct feedback in the boat allows you to double the technique improvements you can achieve in one week, compared to conventional coaching.

Date

September 4 to September 9, 2019

Program Detail

Wednesday, September 4

4pm to 6pm: Arrival to Brno. Participants bringing their own boats will have time to rig. Trailers can be parked at the rowing club. Participants with rented boats will get their boats.

6pm: Get-to-know gathering at the rowing club. Program changes and other practical information will be given here.

Thursday, September 5

8:00 – 9:30 Rowing Training 1 (video)

9:30 – 11:00 Coffee break and video analysis

11:00 – 12:30 Rowing Training 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch buffet at rowing club

17:00 – 18:30 Rowing Training 3 (individual)

Friday, September 6

8:00 – 9:30 Rowing Training 1 (video)

9:30 – 11:00 Coffee break and video analysis

11:00 – 12:30 Rowing Training 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch buffet at rowing club

17:00 – 18:30 Rowing Training 3 (individual)

Saturday, September 7

8:00 – 9:30 Rowing Training 1 (video)

9:30 – 11:00 Coffee break and video analysis

11:00 – 12:30 Rowing Training 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch buffet at rowing club

17:00 – 18:30 Rowing Training 3 (individual)

20:30 – 22:00 Rowing and Data Seminar

Sunday, September 8

8:00 – 9:30 Rowing Training 1 (video)

9:30 – 11:00 Coffee break and video analysis

11:00 – 12:30 Rowing Training 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch buffet at rowing club

17:00 – 18:30 Rowing Training 3 (individual)

19:00 – 22:00 Party at rowing club (music, catering included)

Monday, September 9

8:00 – 9:00 Departure

Hotel

The participants will stay in the Maximus Resort Hotel Brno This hotel is conveniently located a five minute walk from the rowing club. Finished in 2015, this hotel is the biggest Wellness Resort in South Moravia.

 

 

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The Infinit Maximus Spa and Wellness center offers two outdoor pools and one indoor pool and 11 types of indoor and outdoor saunas for evening relaxation after a day of rowing.

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The camp fee includes:

  • Standard Room with breakfast

World Rowing Masters Regatta

The 2019 World Rowing Masters Regatta will be held at Lake Velence close to Budapest. Lake Velence is a 3.5 hour drive from Brno. If you are not traveling by car, Brno has direct train connections to Budapest.

If you rent a boat during the camp, we can arrange to prolong the rental period to include the WRMR 2019 regatta. We will transport the boats to Velence for you. Please contact us for more information.

Questions?

Leave a message through the chat window or send an email to admin@pryglrowing.com.

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Rowing with Data

Rebecca Caroe from Rowing Chat: “There are two things that are having a really big impact. One is the ability to speak to each other, to communicate through a lot of different media. The second is using data as an additional layer of both input and output in the coaching process.”

Analysing an interval session

Are you a Masters rower who is struggling to balance training, work, family and other commitments?

Do you rarely have the opportunity to have a coach with you on the water?

Then, rowing with data is for you. Rowing with data enables you to

  • Set up a power or heart rate based training program and monitor how you are following it
  • Discover which training works for you and which doesn’t and make informed decisions
  • Figure out your strengths and weaknesses and adapt your training to address them
  • Translate technique flaws to measurable parameters which you can
    • Monitor during a row and thus work on technique without a coach
    • Monitor over time and see your technique improving
  • Race at your ideal power/pace setting. No more fly-and-die
  • Communicate with a remote coach easily and thus have coaching available even if you live far from rowing coaches
  • Rowing with data is fun! It is motivating to monitor your progress and analyze what to work on
Checking oar depth during and after a row

Developments in cycling and triathlon show us that soon, rowers across the world will use data to improve their performance. This will not be limited to the elite rowers. We believe that modern technology is a particularly good fit for Masters rowers, who need to train smart because they lack time and coaching.

Seeing gradual improvements of drive length from session to session

At Prygl Rowing Camps we work with the latest in Rowing Data. During the rowing camp, we will set you up with a Pro account on rowsandall.com, and help you set up the various rowing apps and tools that are available. At the camp, we will have NK Empower Oarlock/SpeedCoach combo’s available. We will also be using Quiske Pods in combination with the RowP app to measure your boat acceleration, seat acceleration and scull curve. We will use them together with the coach’s feedback and the video analysis to set up technique and performance metrics tailored to your strengths and weaknesses and teach you how to work with them.

Monitoring adherence to a training plan

During a special workshop, we will show you all that you need to know to successfully incorporate data in your training, after you return home from the camp. We will also help you with setting up your boat for the data acquisition type of your preference.

Read more about how to get started rowing with data.

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June 2019 Rowing Camp

Introduction

This rowing camp runs from June 2, 2019 to June 7, 2019. The price includes three rowing sessions per day including video review and rowing data analysis, 5 hotel nights including breakfast, lunch at the rowing venue, a “rowing with data” workshop, fireworks show, a wine tasting excursion, and a closure party at the rowing venue.

Each rowing day (Monday to Friday), there will be two rowing sessions with coaches in launches and one individual session. In the morning session, your stroke will be filmed. After this session, coaches are available at the club house to do technique analysis with you using the video and rowing data.

This camp takes place during the week of the famous Ignis Brunensis fireworks festival. On Wednesday, you will have the opportunity to experience the fireworks show from the exclusive location at the rowing club or from the Panorama terrace at the hotel.

Rowing Data

We will have Quiske sensors and Empower Oarlocks with NK SpeedCoach available. The Empower/SpeedCoach combination measures your catch angle, finish angle, force curve, power, and other parameters. The Quiske pod measures the boat acceleration and oar angles. Combined with video analysis, this is a powerful way to analyse technique, find opportunities for improving boat speed. Doing the analysis will give you target metrics to focus on during the subsequent sessions. The direct feedback in the boat allows you to double the technique improvements you can achieve in one week, compared to conventional coaching.

Date

June 2 to June 7, 2019

Program Detail

Sunday, June 2

4pm to 6pm: Arrival to Brno. Participants bringing their own boats will have time to rig. Trailers can be parked at the rowing club. Participants with rented boats will get their boats.

6pm: Get-to-know gathering at the rowing club. Program changes and other practical information will be given here.

Monday, June 3

7:45 Transport from hotel to rowing club by minivan

8:00 – 9:30 Rowing Training 1 (video)

9:30 – 11:00 Coffee break and video analysis

11:00 – 12:30 Rowing Training 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch buffet at rowing club

17:00 – 18:30 Rowing Training 3 (individual)

Tuesday, June 4

7:45 Transport from hotel to rowing club by minivan

8:00 – 9:30 Rowing Training 1 (video)

9:30 – 11:00 Coffee break and video analysis

11:00 – 12:30 Rowing Training 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch buffet at rowing club

15:00 – 17:00 Rowing Training 3 (individual)

17:30 Bus departing to Wine Tasting (return to hotel around midnight)

Wednesday, June 5

7:45 Transport from hotel to rowing club by minivan

8:00 – 9:30 Rowing Training 1 (video)

9:30 – 11:00 Coffee break and video analysis

11:00 – 12:30 Rowing Training 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch buffet at rowing club

17:00 – 18:30 Rowing Training 3 (individual)

20:30 – 22:00 Rowing and Data Seminar

22:30 Fireworks Show “Ignis Brunensis

Thursday, June 6

7:45 Transport from hotel to rowing club by minivan

8:00 – 9:30 Rowing Training 1 (video)

9:30 – 11:00 Coffee break and video analysis

11:00 – 12:30 Rowing Training 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch buffet at rowing club

17:00 – 18:30 Rowing Training 3 (individual)

19:00 – 22:00 Party at rowing club (music, catering included)

Friday, June 7

7:45 Transport from hotel to rowing club by minivan

8:00 – 9:30 Rowing Training 1 (video)

9:30 – 11:00 Coffee break and video analysis

11:00 – 12:30 Rowing Training 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch buffet at rowing club

14:00 – 16:00 Rowing Training 3 (individual)

16:00 – Return rented boats, end of camp

Hotel

The participants will stay in the Orea Resort Hotel Santon. This hotel is conveniently located 150m from the tram stop bringing you to Brno city centre. Each morning, we will pick you up with a minivan and bring you to the rowing club, but you can also choose to go on foot, a pleasant 1km, 10 to 15 minute hike (or bring your bike).

The camp fee includes:

  • Room with breakfast in the Panorama Restaurant
  • Access to hotel Wellness facilities (sauna, swimming pool)

Primátorky Races (Prague)

From June 7 to June 9, the Primátorky Regatta will be held in Prague. Masters racing (only in eights) will take place on the evening of Saturday, June 8th. We recommend to combine the rowing camp with a visit to Prague. If you are a Masters 8+ and want to participate, we can assist in registering for the race and finding a rental boat to use, if you are unable to bring your own.

Interested?

Reserve your spot now through the registration form.

Questions?

Leave a message through the chat window or send an email to admin@pryglrowing.com.