There is one more day of racing at the Olympic rowing venue. At this stage, the work of the oar service team is done, barring catastrophe. Throughout the summer, we have been at the major World Cup races supporting these athletes by making sure their equipment is in top condition. Continue Reading ›
We are just days away from the start of the Olympic rowing heats at Eton-Dorney. Although the race course is 33 miles away from the Olympic Park in London, it hasn’t stopped 25,000 people from buying tickets to watch the action, according to USRowing.org. The grandstands are completely sold out!
Whether you are one of those 25,000 grandstanders, or viewing from the comfort of your home, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the race course. For the first time ever in rowing competition, there will be a camera strung on cables above the course that will follow the boats all the way down, getting super close to the action. There is an interesting article about it on USRowing.org. Continue Reading ›
The final stage of the Samsung World Rowing Cup series played out under sunny skies and high temperatures last weekend in Munich, Germany. Over 700 athletes competed in the last regatta before the Olympic Games in July. Great Britain finished on top at all three of the World Rowing Cups this summer, making them the overall winner of the series. Germany and New Zealand finished the series in second and third places, respectively. Great Britain finished second to Germany last year, but had won the series for the four previous years. Concept2 was there to support the athletes and coaches with any equipment needs. We take great pride in the service we are able to provide the athletes on this international stage. We’re busy preparing for London and looking forward to the excitement of the Olympics! For complete results and photos from Munich visit World Rowing. Continue Reading ›
Last week, I raced at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled in Canada’s women’s 8+. It seems like it was ages ago, but I had an experience which is of relevance to this blog and is hopefully useful to all rowers. On one of the competition days, I was struck by how much I am a creature of habit. Faced with any racing scenario, I inevitably like to keep to a routine that I have tried and tested (as I have mentioned in a previous entry). Continue Reading ›
As part of our training, we are provided with simple explanations of why we do what we do and what purpose it serves. From my understanding, training serves as a stimulus for the body in the form of stress. This stress encourages the body to adapt and the subsequent adaption is fitness. This adaption can only occur whilst the body is recovering. Like a broken bone that grows back together and calcifies, a body responding to training stimulus will come back stronger, but only if it is allowed to repair first. Because an athlete can train more intensely and often will have more physical capacity, we place a premium on recovery. If we can enhance and accelerate our recovery, our coaches can add a lot more volume and intensity of work. We use numerous strategies to enhance the recovery process. These strategies function primarily in the 1–2 hour period immediately after training or racing or in the 24-hour period following training or racing. Continue Reading ›
On the water? Feeling good? Not interested in working out indoors anymore? Continue Reading ›
The Opening Ceremony for London’s Olympic Games is only 520 days away, but there are plenty of people preparing for 1990 days from now in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I recently visited Rio de Janeiro for a few days and met with former National Rowing Champion Sergio Alemao, his wife Christina and their daughter Suellen who run the Concept2 dealership there. Sergio was a single sculler in the 1980s in Brazil and raced against rowers like Kolbe and Karpinnen. He is still competing in master races and his main focus, besides the Concept2 business, is to help the Brazilian Rowing Federation develop the sport of rowing in Brazil. Continue Reading ›