Have not posted here in a while, but glad to see that more people have turned this into a type of training log thread. Pretty cool. Have been quite busy myself with everything so my online activities get cut short to checking emails from my blackberry
Well, I have to say I love this time of the year. It's bright early in the morning and late into the evening... Makes the early mornings so much easier I think! I won't bore people with the ins and outs of our training. But as with most crews this time of the year, we have been on the water mostly. Winter is when the serious fitness work get's done, now it's just a matter of keeping everything ticking over and focussing on the OTW sessions.
Seat racing, 2k erg tests, and various other performance measures to aid crew selection are all behind us now and we have started to become comfortable as a crew again. There hasen't been any drastic changes, but a switch between 4 and 2 seat has been working out well. So that's the VIII... Have been rowing in a 4+ too. Out yesterday for a technical paddle. Wasn't expecting much considering an hour and a half earlier we had just collapsed on the slip after a tough work session in the eight. The 4+ was running extremely well between strokes, solid off the finish... Maybe we were just so tired after the work session that everyone was naturally relaxed
The combination of this four is working well. We have our stoke, seven, four and bow from the eight.
All in all I think this is a great time of the year. The fitness is strong from a hard winter of training, the crews are set and water sessions are all about getting boats moving nicely. To the newcomers on this thread, I urge you to stick with it. I owe this sport so much and I think all rowers will agree to that. Sure, there are gonna be times when you don't make a crew selection, or pull a shit 2k time, or feel like jumping out of the boat because it's not sitting level..... but stick with it and you'll see that good outweigh the bad 100 times over! Those 5am starts, blistered hands and hours spent training are all forgotten about when your in a boat and it's running well. Even more so if it's running well as your bow ball passes the finish line ahead of everyone else!