Why we train so much

Our training calendar is intended to build readiness for racing.  Speed/skill in our sport demands many, many hours.  Believe it or not, the fastest crews invest even more time.  You can extra work, as long as it’s green/blue.  Build your cardio base, train healthy movement patterns, and strengthen key muscles.  For motivation, consider the following:

Practice and learn the little things now

The video below states:  “once a skill becomes automatic, thinking about its precise mechanics interferes with your ability to do it”.  Rowing well comes from being a good rower.  Being a good rower starts with being a good athlete.  Being a good athlete comes from the work done to get there.  That work includes learning ‘the little things’ correctly so they become automatically correct.  Right now we can be putting in so many quality reps to create good athletic and/or rowing skill.  Then when the pressure is on, you have all the nuanced work done and you can use external focus on the ultimate goal… boat speed.  I am not endorsing the Audible advertisement, but I do highly endorse The Boys in the Boat.  It’s a wonderful read.

Quality Practice

To sustain our daily workload, we need strong mental focus.  Watch the video below, then come back here to finish reading.  Did you catch this quote: “mastery isn’t simply about the amount of practice.  It’s also the quality and effectiveness of that practice”?  Was your run today the kind of quality practice that would truly make you better?  This TED-Ed video, just like the ones on running form, is incredibly information-dense.  I’ve watched it a bunch of times, finding improved understanding each viewing.  How many times did you watch today’s running video?  Once is enough for today, but not enough for your lifetime as a good runner.  This practice video will come up multiple times.  Maybe watch it again.

Training Opportunity

Athletes, we have the chance to follow a much better athletic training regime, one that gets closer to the plans being used by the best endurance athletes in the world.  For now, we need to start with the most important part… with WHY.  Watch the video below.  Consider reasons why your past training is flawed based on this research.  Consider why your typical school day is not ideal to optimal training.

HOTO Wrap-up… updated

We’ve never done so well at HOTO.  The fall season definitely finished on a high note.

By comparing times, this year’s course looks to be about 5sec faster than last year for the men (due to wind gusts at the finish last year).  The 2016 and 2017 courses were probably equal for the women.  Our MV8+(a) was 49sec faster than last year, and we didn’t have a (b) entry.  Our WV8+(a) was 64sec faster, and WV8+(b) was 10sec faster.  Race times are here.

Videos (thanks to Coach Ian for the finish videos, Coach Gio for spotting our crews with binoculars, and Coach Katelyn for catching the 8s returning to the dock while we filmed) we took from shore are posted below.  Sorry about the shaking; much of this is at maximum camera zoom.  On both a-boat videos, there’s a long line of boats before we show up (men at 5:30, women at 3:45).  It offers a perspective on what racing at HOTO is like.

MV8+(a) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n4dgfsOAms

MV8+(a) finish – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dANwtKb4F4s

MV8+(b) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8cHIgy3Sto

MV8+(b) finish – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhm_hGMnrJ4

WV8+(a) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sHTpLJcG3o

WV8+(a) finish – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PchJGord3TE

WV8+(b) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMVnENpkCBM

WV8+(b) finish – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejwH19VU5TY