Training

Training Veterans with the SkiErg

Aug 26, 2011

CXC has many different chapters as part of their program, including the Elite, Juniors, Masters, and Adapted teams. This past weekend, I traveled down to Chicago to help promote our adapted sports program at a disabled veteran’s camp. The camp had a maximum capacity of 50 people, which was unfortunate because there are not nearly enough opportunities like this one in the country. The participants, who came from all over, were able to try a variety of sports catered to all different physical abilities. Our sports station offered six laser biathlon guns and targets, four sitskis, and two Concept2 SkiErgs where participants learned proper skiing technique. Continue Reading ›

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Josh vs. Mats: Virtually Challenged

Jul 07, 2011

You might be wondering if Mats and I have done any other challenges since the Concept2 Tour de SkiErg. Well, we have! During the Tour de SkiErg, I just inched out Mats. Now it was his turn to throw down a challenge. Mats taunted me to do a workout called the Spartan 300 in March and April. The final workout would come at the beginning of May with the goal of completing the workout as close to 10 minutes as possible. I should mention that Mats and his wife were also expecting their first child in mid May! Here’s the workout: Continue Reading ›

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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 ›

The Art of Recovery: Part I

May 24, 2011

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 ›

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 ›

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