A good overview of using power meters in cycling and how that theory could be used in rowing – If you haven’t already come across Sander’s blog id recommend following it for interesting insights into training and excellent reviews of races that he goes to.
The main point I especially like is the focus on just the wattage rather than the additional telemetry details (like stroke length, timing etc) – these can be important details to review for the highest performance, but really the main benefit of rowing with a power meter is being able to measure your actual input into moving the boat (i.e. rowing power) rather than relying on measuring one of the outcomes of the input (i.e. boat speed)
Power is unaffected by outside factors like stream/wind and so is a much more reliable measure of performance improvement over time and training at the right intensity, and this is the main benefit that power meters bring to rowing
A few weeks ago, I ordered “Wattmessung im Radsport und Triathlon“, the German translation of the book “Training and Racing with a Power Meter” by Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan. The book is an interesting read for rowers, because I believe that power measurement systems for rowers are about to make the jump from Olympians…