Originally Posted by Shane Skowron
I'm not a rower, but I used to train when the rowing team at my college did. They would row for an hour at a time. Just because they compete at the 2k doesn't mean they stay in the 3-12 minute time frame.
Super useful. It seems to me, just on the General Adaptation Syndrome principle, stresses that leave me gasping for air and have my heart racing are going to trigger an adaptation. That stress can be an short duration but more acute stress (500K row generating massive anaerobic stresses above VO2 max with recovery) and can be a long duration, less acute stress (5-10K hard row).
Andrew's answer seems the best one to me: yes, balls to the walls 2000k rows will produce a VO2 Max adaptations, but recovery is going to be difficult, and better to build a base with longer duration rows.
Which would seem to be the answer to the @F article: yes, short-duration intense work will create a CV adaptation, but just try doing that as your main program.