Racing

Creature of Habit

Sep 12, 2011

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 ›

Model D vs. Dynamic: 2k Tests with Peter Dreissigacker

Sep 01, 2011

I am looking ahead to the indoor training season and realize that more people will be training on our newest indoor rower, the Dynamic erg, this winter. Comparing scores between the Model D and the Dynamic erg is the subject of speculation. The flywheel and monitor components are identical on the Model D and Dynamic, but the athlete may row differently on each. The results experienced may be unexpected. Continue Reading ›

A First Class Warm-up

Jun 01, 2011

As a junior, my race warm-up was essentially whatever I felt like on race day. Sometimes it started with a 20-stroke piece at 28, other times with a 10-stroke piece at 32. There was little consistency or structure to it and my warm-up would come to an end whenever I had to go into the starting gates. I’d tell myself, “I guess I’m as ready as I can be!” But was I really? I wish I knew then what I know now… Continue Reading ›

Managing Race Nerves

May 06, 2011

If you’ve ever raced, then I’m sure you’ve certainly dealt with pre-race nerves. When your stomach is in knots it’s tough to remember that these endorphin-fueled nerves are actually a good thing and help propel you off the line. It’s how you deal with racing challenges that makes or breaks champions. So, who better to weigh in on pre-race nerves than my teammates? I hope you enjoy this candid video featuring members of the US National Women’s Rowing Team. We each took turns offering tidbits of advice during a group stretch at the Princeton Training Center, Spring 2011. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Training, Racing

2011 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints Report

Mar 02, 2011

In 1982, 85 athletes gathered together in a boathouse at Harvard for the first ever CRASH-B Sprints. February 20 this year saw the 30th edition of what has gone on to become the World Indoor Rowing Championship. Since those early days, the race has outgrown a number of venues and is currently held at Boston University’s magnificent Agganis Arena. This year, over 2000 athletes from 22 different countries took part, with competitors ranging from ages 14 to 93, with Stephen Richardson and Paul Randall both winning hammers (the traditional CRASH-B victor’s prize) in the Men’s 90-94 Hwt and Lwt categories respectively. Continue Reading ›

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