Training

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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SkiErg Training with US Cross Country Ski Team Member Liz Stephen

Nov 11, 2010

On Saturday, November 6, members of First in Fitness health club in Montpelier, Vermont, were treated to a ski clinic of Olympic proportions. US Cross Country Ski Team member Liz Stephen, who skied in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in the 10K and 15K Pursuit, is a Montpelier native. She stopped in to give members of First in Fitness training tips on Nordic ski technique and information on how to use the club’s two new Concept2 SkiErgs effectively. Josh Carlson from Concept2 was on hand to help and brought two additional SkiErgs for members to try. Continue Reading ›

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A perfect day for a row!

Nov 10, 2010

As a nor’easter pelts snow, sleet and rain upon our windows here in Vermont, the indoor rower looks more and more appealing as an alternative workout today from the usual swim, bike or run. As a triathlete, I do my best to workout outdoors under all conditions. I have an impressive collection of fleece-lined spandex, warm woolly hats and windproof jackets to help make this happen. But some days (like today) the most effective workout is going to be indoors. Continue Reading ›

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