Training

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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Rowing: The Other "Multisport"

Apr 05, 2011

The Multisport World Conference and Expo helps athletes prepare for competition by providing them with information on training, nutrition and racing from top coaches and athletes. “Multisport” refers to combined events such as duathlons and triathlons, but many athletes at the conference also participate in marathons, ultra-marathons, cycling, skiing, paddling, adventure racing, and… you guessed it, rowing. Continue Reading ›

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Carpe Diem!

Feb 11, 2011

What inspires me to shave 0.3 seconds off my already excruciatingly painful 6k split pace on the Concept2 Indoor Rower? What motivates me to add another 10 lbs. to an unwieldy back-squat bar? Obviously, 2012 Olympic Team selection is lurking in upcoming months, which is helpful. However, I’m referring to the decision that must be made in the heat of the moment to lay it out there or not.  Continue Reading ›

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Winter training camp: relief for the mind, hard on the hands?

Jan 20, 2011

I am in Deland, Florida, finishing an intense 12-day on the water training camp in pairs. The Canadian National Women’s rowing team, of which I am a member, has been adopting this training site for the past few winters when the ice takes over north of the 44th parallel. Throughout the Christmas break, I was anxiously waiting to get my hands on an oar and to be able to hear the water bubbles glide under my hull once more. As the days go by, the excitement of that relative novelty is waning and fatigue has set in. Continue Reading ›

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