I have mainly been a tester these last 3 years and have done long rides on the road. But due to 5 crashes I have gotten sick of the feeling when I hit the concrete so I'm binning road stuff and concentrating on the Track.
Also returning to erging after 3 years away. I loved that when i did it and won 2 world titles at it.
Any advice for how to train for the kilo and pursuit would be most welcome.
To put it short:
If you want to compete at a high level, then you will likely improve much faster under the guidance of a coach. A coach can help you not only with training, but equipment and strategy decisions.
I would recommend that you take on a local coach, especially at first to help sort out lots of things that a remote coach just can't do over the phone and via email.
The key to finding a good coach is to ask around and see who's name keeps coming up as a response. There will probably be lots of coaches that are willing to take you on, but a track-specific coach that has expertise in the kilo and/or pursuit disciplines will probably be best.
How do people erg competitively? When I was rowing the erg was just the most horribly painful and boring thing ever.
At the major championships they link up to 200 machines and they all start at the same moment. On your screen you can see who is leading, what position you are in and who is behind you and the distances involved. It can get quite exciting, I seem to remember a dead heat on something like 5.54.6 with the 3rd guy about 1 tenth behind, amazing.
When you get fit specific on the erg it gets easier, I remember sitting straight down on the erg, no warm up and pulling a 6.50.0 as the warm up with no problem at all.