About Me

I’m a rower based in Henley on Thames, looking into ways that I can use technology to help develop my rowing

14 Responses to About Me

  1. nick thorn says:

    Awesome, someone else who thinks like me. I’m over in the other place, and have been trying to convince my club to use more technology like this. I’m already a convert to power training on the bike – I think power on the erg makes things a lot easier too.

    One thing I have been using is to set up segments on strava.com for repeated efforts: eg http://app.strava.com/segments/3486607
    You obviously don’t get the stream or stroke rate information, but it is better than nothing.



    • stelph82 says:

      I like the idea of strata, tho like you say on rivers it makes it tricky as stream can mess up results! We actually run similar systems in a low tech way at my club where we have a set course and run “mini heads” at the weekend over the winter, several runs over the 2-3k course at set rates and you get to see a ranking and also who is improving compared to the group!

      • Stephen says:

        Hi there, looking for a Strava for rowing you say?? In that case we would love to hear your thoughts/feedback on our rowing analytics platform – MotionMaster. Using your smartphone, we record a bunch of important stats (GPS, timing, power, stroke rate, efficiency, speed, etc.) which gets uploaded into our portal for analysis. Within the online portal you can track your performance over time. Plus, you can share your stats with your coach for feedback or share with your mates (challenge them, or to get a training buddy).
        Anyone can create a free account at http://www.motionmaster.com.au/ or I can email you on your hotmail email address if you like.

    • Peter says:

      I write for Rowing & Regatta, testing gear for the products page. I’m looking at apps next, and wondered if I could use the picture from your blog to highlight how you can draw lines and play videos together. thanks

      • stelph82 says:

        Feel free to use the picture if it helps with your article! If youre looking at apps id recommend also checking out the post I made on rowing apps and how they can be useful for adaptive rowing

  2. Chris George says:

    My name is Chris George and I really liked your article on Sportyllzer. I do long distance tri personally now and am coaching at UL with some of the Tyrian boys from last year and wondered who you are and if you were willing to liaise on getting Sportylizer to come up with the goods. My development I would like to suggest is best discussed off line.

    • stelph82 says:

      Hi Chris, good to hear from you and I know of you and your try roan crew that won at Henley last year, congrats! My names Tom and I’m based in Henley

      I’m not sure how much help I can be with sportlyzer as I am just a user like yourself would be but I’m willing to make contact with them to suggest things if you feel it would help, try contacting me at stelph@hotmail.com

  3. David jack says:

    Hi tom, I am a cyclist and innovator. I did some work with Oxford Uni fitting high quality ceramic bearings into their seat rollers. Since then I have been looking at a design for new gates to incorporate ceramic bearings as well as a better way to adjust pitch angles , without using squashy and sticky plastic shims. Ceramics for bikes can save anything from 3-5% of someone’s wattage . Anyway, Further to your thoughts on other techmology, the bike industry has seen two new power meter systems built into each pedal, transmitting data via ant+ wirelessly to any number of headunits on the market. What I considered was building a version of the new gate design with a powermeter in each side. This would measure real time wattage numbers ( which would help with pacing, as it does for time triallers), plus could measure cadence, avg – max speeds as well. It could mean an eight’s coach could look at each seat individually or as group, determine weakest links or better placement. The units would add 230 grams per side, so nothing at all.
    Drop me a line if you’d like to talk further. I know a bunch of rowers down your way, incl rob Griffiths at athletes service bike shop now in central henley.

    • stelph82 says:

      Hi David, thanks for getting in contact, I would be very interested in learning more about your proposed gates and how the development is coming along, could you contact me on my email stelph@hotmail.com and we can discuss further?

  4. BarrettN says:

    Hi – I came across your blog looking for information for my step-daughter – please excuse the “newbie-ish” nature of my questions, I’m new to the rowing scene. She’s been on the national team for El Salvador, but chose to finish her education rather than go to the London Olympics. Her doubles partner finished 16th there, my step-daughter took silver in the Argentine regatta used to qualify the year previous to London (In other words, she’s really good – her times, training part time, are on a par with her doubles partner, who trains full time). She’s just finished her degree and will be getting back into sculling. El Salvador is far from having any of the high tech you discuss here, I’d be really interested in getting a feel for what is the lowest hanging fruit (best price\benefits ratio). Also, do you know where I could find out more information on training programs in the US that use a more technological approach to rowing? I’m thinking that could be a good introduction to using more technology for her that would allow her to participate in analysis of her biomechanics, training techniques, etc. in online sessions like the Row chat service that Rowperfect has once she finishes the training and is back in El Salvador. My email is bnmhead-1 at yahoo dot com.

  5. Alyssa says:

    Hello, my name is Alyssa. I’m working with two-time Olympian, entrepreneur, WNBA owner, and all-around groundbreaker Ginny Gilder, who has written a memoir, Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX (Beacon Press), touching upon her journey from a troubled childhood to Olympic triumph and beyond. It will be published on April 14, 2015, but she’s already tearing up the blog floor with meditative about posts beating unbelievable odds, her incredible forty-year history with and love of rowing, and more controversial subjects like professional integrity in the sports world.

    I’d love to collaborate with you and set up a Q&A or guest post on your wonderful rowing blog, ideally timed for the spring, leading up to publication date. When you get the chance, check out her blog (http://ginnygilder.com/blog/) or her bio (http://ginnygilder.com/my-story/). I’d also be glad to hook you up with a review copy of Course Correction (http://www.amazon.com/Course-Correction-Story-Rowing-Resilience/dp/0807074772) or answer any and all questions, so shoot me up.
    What do you think?

  6. Hi! My name is Kevin and I am part of a group of Stanford students that are working on a wearable app (codename: SyncRow) that will help rowing teams enhance their performance. Partnering with Samsung, our project goal is to create an app for the Samsung Gear S smart watch that will measure synchronicity and other metrics of a rowing team and performance of individual rowers. The app will collect data from the sensors in the watch to track arm/wrist motion and will correlate the movements of different rowers in the team. The collected data will allow coaches to see which rowers are coming too late or too early and will allow individual rowers to track the changes in their performance over time. Please check out our website to see a UI mockup of how the data will be presented. Feel free to click and explore our features.

    • stelph82 says:

      Hi, this looks like a very interesting app, out of curiosity how are you collecting the data on force being applied? Is it planned to have the app linked in with a power meter?

  7. Chris George says:

    Dear Tom, I am now rowing at UTRC. It would be good to meet up. Chris George

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