Train Hard : Straws

30 Apr

So, in race prep for this weekend we had an outing tonight in our crew.

Once again, I had straws taped to the side of the boat, in position where I rock over. This evening I found out why though!

Jon told me this is because I have a habit of breaking the knees too early at high rate, and so I need to retrain myself – body rock, then slide.

It seemed to help, as I felt myself pushing to keep my knees down that little bit longer than I normally would, and Jon said there were only a few strokes – when the boat was unbalanced – that I didn’t keep it up.

Good outing though – lots of work on catches and backing it in. Good to hear the crews comments. I’ve been working on my catch a while, but believed I have developed a good backsplash, as I trained myself to get used to the wobbly feeling on the blade as you back it in. But to hear the others say what I had first thought when I learnt it with Ted was nice confirmation.

Anyway, a good outing – minus the attack with a laser, and some of the crew spotting a floating dead dog! Could have been worse!

We’ve got another outing planned for Thursday, as last prep before Saturday’s racing!

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