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OC1 as a Time Trial for DB Time Trials

March 15, 2009

There’s an interesting thread here on OC1 testing for dragon boat team selection.

I like this comment (not made by me, by the way):

The only unfair thing about Outrigger testing is that some paddlers have more experience than others in that boat type. This means that a great dragon boat paddler with no outrigger experience can and will get smoked by a mediocre dragon boat paddler with lots of outrigger experience. Practice counts. Solution? Go paddle in an outrigger once in a while.

Reminds me of when they started using Erg testing to select crews. Different thing but same idea. Smart people started practicing for the tests. Dumb people whined about them.

Another great one:

a test is a test for competitive crews, over the years, i’ve heard people whine about a run test (“i don’t run”) or the erg (i don’t like machines”) blah blah blah, any real competitive person will see it as a challenge and if they don’t do well the first time, they will seek ways to get better.

I haven’t gotten through all of it yet, but will soon.

Off to go throw a medicine ball around Mother’s Beach.

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  1. March 16, 2009 7:28 am

    I agree with the first statement….that was my only beef ever with the OC1 test, and I came to the same conclusion – if the peculiarities of the OC1 like having to steer are troublesome, the answer is simply to go practice more in the OC1. If you’re serious about making the team, you’ll put in the time and effort to get there.

    My professional opinion as a complete neophyte is that the OC1 trial is certainly not the PERFECT individual testing tool for DB paddlers – there’s the learning curve and there’s also ways to game the system by applying techniques that don’t necessarily apply to DB. But by-and-large it seems like a really good method (maybe even the best available right now), and if everyone has to do it on the team it’s reasonably fair.

    Besides, I signed up to learn how to paddle a DB and I got to learn OC1 at no extra charge. Can’t complain about that!

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