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Train Hard : One more sleep!!!

20 Jun

tomorrow is …

Women’s Henley!!

 

Very, very, very excited!

 

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Train Hard : The week we’ve all been waiting for

17 Jun

So here we are, the last Monday evening before Henley, and we’ve just got off the water from our penultimate training session prior to leaving London for Henley on Friday.

Racing Starts Insync

Having had a long and heavy outing yesterday, tonight’s training was focussing on our racing starts.

We had Jon watching us for the second half of the outing, and worked with us on this – focussing on no backs or bodyrock, all legs, and getting the blades all in together, and getting all the power down together.

It was a really good outing – despite getting the usual soaking at bow seat! – and our starts really developed as the outing went on, and the last piece we did felt a hundred times more powerful and insync than the first this evening.

Crew Debrief

Jon hasn’t seen us out on the water for a couple of sessions now, and during our debrief he told us that we looked a different crew from the last time he saw us out on the water – which is nice to hear!

There were plenty of positive comments during our crew chat, and everyone seems nicely relaxed yet obviously excited about Friday!

The balance has improved massively over the last two weeks, and we’ve finally got used to the second shell; Viv – instead of the old trusty, and somewhat creaky Noel!

Train Hard : MET Regatta Race Prep

30 May

Race Prep

So last night was the last outing pre-MET regatta.

It’s been a very busy week since Twickenham Regatta, with training on Monday (despite it being a Bank Holiday, and day of rest for everyone non-rower!), and outings both Tuesday night, and last night.

The outing on Tuesday was with the crew for Saturday’s racing, and last night’s was for Sunday’s crew – both 8’s. Both outings were to be used for ‘polishing’. The coaches have told us the crews don’t need much help, but just small adjustments now to correct little issues, to gain an extra inch or so each stroke. Every inch counts!

 

A pain in the neck!

My neck is still feeling the strain from last week, and all of the race training hasn’t helped it much – it’s gone from a central, nerve-tingling pain, to the right-hand-side – therefore more to do with the long-term issue, most likely exacerbated by rowing on bow-side, and so putting more tension on my right-hand-side. Something to look into in terms of physio help.

The outings were focussed on racing starts, working on getting catches in together, making sure not to rip the water on the first few strokes, and to keep the finishes long. By the end of each outing, the crews felt much more jelled together.

Last night was particularly tiring, as we rowed up to St Paul’s, and then did 3 x 3-minute pieces with racing starts, rating about 34/36.

Once we get into the rhythm of things, the stroke is lengthened out, the rate levelled and breathing becomes less erratic and more natural, the boat seems much easier to push along. It’s all down to getting into rhythm, and keeping the timing – as soon as one blade comes out a little too early, that throws things and the pacing is then off for a few strokes. It’s whether we can keep composure and get the rhythm back that matters.

 

Derigging

The outing didn’t feel that long – although we did have a long crew discussion before outing in the crew room – but my back was definitely feeling it by the end of the session!

Once we got the boat off the water, it was time to derig ready for loading for the weekend – that should save some time on Friday! 🙂

 

Taking a breather

I’ll be taking the next two evenings off training – having spent all weekend at the club, it would be good to get some good space from it before the weekend, to recompose and take a breather ready for racing!

 

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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