On-Water Rowing

What you missed at the USRowing Convention

Dec 12, 2011

It’s been quite a few years since I attended the USRowing Annual Convention. I went this time primarily to complete my Level III coaching certification, meet up with some old rowing buddies, and hopefully pick up a few new tools for my toolbox as coach of the Michigan Technological University crew. As someone who has always loved the indoor rower and has used it as a critical part of my own and my athletes’ training, I was prepared for lots of references to the erg as the machine rowers hate and coaches rely on to separate the fitness levels of competitive rowers within their crews.   Continue Reading ›

Winners from the Head of the Charles

Nov 15, 2011

Why is unpacking so hard? After a long vacation, it is often difficult to unpack everything, wash clothes that still smell like the beach, and place thoughts of leisure into memories. Here at Concept2, unpacking from the Head of the Charles often feels like that. We’re quickly nostalgic for the fall head racing season as winter envelops Vermont. Continue Reading ›

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 ›

The Skinny on the Skinny

Jun 08, 2011

We’ve recently added a new sweep shaft to our oar offerings: the Skinny. The Skinny was originally developed in collaboration with elite women crews looking for a softer feel, especially when using the Fat2 blade. As the name suggests, the Skinny has a narrower diameter than traditional sweep shafts, which also has other benefits such as reduced wind resistance, especially in headwind conditions. 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 ›

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 ›

Rowers: Get a Grip!

Apr 08, 2011

Watching a crew row by, one’s technical eye will typically spot the slow catches from the faster ones, inconsistent blade work and maybe even the body movements that are out of sync. Yet, I think the coach should not be totally responsible for influencing the change of a quicker catch or improved timing. It seems to me the rower should also take the responsibility of correcting these flaws. Continue Reading ›

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