Train Hard : Just another Saturday morning session

12 Jan

Was really struggling to drag myself out of bed this morning, mainly due to tiredness, however the sound of rain lashing at my window and the lack of daylight definitely did not help!

However, after Wednesday’s great squad meeting/pep talk, I’m definitely feeling the need to commit, and the impact that not turning up now has on the rest of my crew and the squad as a whole.


Today’s session was more of the usual.

We had a great outing first thing in the Noel. The crew that we intend to race for Quintin; Charlotte Lee at Stroke, Me at 7, Eloise at 6, Bethan at 5, Frankie at 4, Alice at 3, Sarah at 2 and Marketa at 1.

We did most work in 6s, and travelled up as far as Chiswick Pier, and we did spend a good chunk of the time in all 8s too. The balance is definitely getting better – there were a few strokes where it seemed to be coming so smoothly, several of us at that point had forgotten we were rowing as an 8!


After coffee and hot-cross bun break (today there was also a pan of beans as part of the usual breakfast treats!) we went into the tank for some technique work.

More slide word – increasing the recovery section, and making sure we get hands away. Also tried out a new technique – cutting the cake – to determine hand height during the recovery phase of movement in the boat.


After this we went up into the gym – which was full of school children that were all testing!

And we had a 10km test! My hamstrings not particularly liking me right now!

I had Ross help me stretch it out after, but it felt like I’d been kicked really hard in the lower glutes/upper hamstring. Must remember to stretch it out again in the morning!

Will post up the results of today’s gym work soon …


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