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 ›

Tags: Training, Racing

World Erg Challenge Ends Friday!

Apr 12, 2011

The World Erg Challenge (WEC) ends Friday at midnight! The WEC is a one-month team-based challenge to row or ski as many meters as you can between March 15 and April 15. There are 242 teams from around the world participating with a total of 4839 individuals, averaging 87,464 meters per person for a grand total of 423,239,969 meters erged—and we still have a few days to go! Among the participants are some individuals who have been rowing remarkable numbers of meters for their teams. So how do they do it?I’ll start with our own in-house hardcore rower Don Zukswert. The amazing thing is that he also manages to keep up with his day job, which is serving as half of our IT team here at Concept2. Don started the challenge with a goal of 750,000 meters, which would mean rowing about 25K per day. Partway through the month, he went on a weekend trip and took an erg along with him so he could row while watching TV in his hotel room. He had a couple 60K days on that trip and started thinking that he might be able to reach a million before April 15. He upped his daily total to 40K–20K in the morning and 20K in the evening. He’s currently over 910K and on target to make the million if all goes as planned. Don’s secret is movies—mostly action adventures and mysteries. A good movie gets him through 20K. He also likes three layers of bubble wrap for a seat pad and has been using some light cotton gloves more recently. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Challenges

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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