Overpeck, sunset, 65 degrees on the day after Thanksgiving. What a finale to be thankful for, among other things!
Red Bull High Stakes is a wrap with Ever Green topping the alumni-focused crews and coming in 6th out of the 14 teams. I was a little skeptical of the event, but it turned out to be well-run, smoothly organized, and with a ton of rolodex crews that were the Who’s Who of anybody who wasn’t currently going to worlds (and some who were)!
There was a wide mix of teams – elites, alumni/ae, adaptive, veterans, and clubs, which made for exciting racing. Even the elites were not immune from mishap (e.g. the Graves brothers getting divebombed by geese). The vibe was causal, Riverside was a great host, and Sean Wolf was a great ringleader.
I was definitely one of the older athletes, and it was fun to mix it up with the young guns. Good luck to Dave Smith and Phil Henson who were a couple of days away from a plane ride to Aiguebelette in the ML8+, and I hope to do it again next year!
Thanks to Igor Belakovskiy again for fabulous pics at http://scullingfool.smugmug.com/Rowing/Club-Racing/Red-Bull-High-Stakes-2015
Tomorrow is the Red Bull High Stakes, a crazy “extreme rowing” event in an unusual short-distance relay stake race format. If you are in the Boston area come down to Magazine Beach in Cambridge and check it out.
Ever Green Boat Club goes off at 4:15 PM – it looks like I am leading off in the single, against an unknown opponent listed only as “A. Myrmidon!”
Here’s a good article on RowingRelated about the race: http://www.rowingrelated.com/2015/08/the-red-bull-high-stakes-rowing-event.html#more
Rowers, the video feed location is not obvious on the USRowing website, the link is at
I think it’s finals-only, hence begins in the afternoon.
As you can tell from the lack of posts this summer, I haven’t been doing much traditional CrossFit – only rowing in preparation for USRowing Masters Nationals, which is the “big game” for rowers my age. I have followed a training model that is more like CrossFit Endurance than the traditional rowing model, so we’ll see if that pays off. Multiple short sessions focusing on sprint training vs. long steady-state. The main difference has been in my emphasis on on-water skills vs. pure fitness/strength. We’ll see if it worked – the racing starts tomorrow on the Cooper River in Camden, NJ. It’s a lot of volume with heats, semis, and finals, so that’s where the CrossFit base will hopefully pay off.
The live video feed is at https://www.youtube.com/user/usrowingorg/
My schedule is:
Men’s A single: Thursday 8:06 AM heat (lane 2, Ever Green Boat Club), 3:02 PM final
Men’s C quad: Thursday 10:42 AM heat (lane 2, Nereid/Ever Green/Palm Beach composite), 5:14 PM final
Men’s C single: Friday 12:10 PM heat (lane 2, Ever Green Boat Club), 2:08 PM semifinal, 5:56 PM final
Men’s D Eight: Sunday 8:30 AM heat (lane 3, Ever Green Boat Club), 2:06 PM final
If anyone else is going to be there, shoot me a note and let me know what club you are with and when you are competing, and I’ll try to meet you in person.
What’s my competition food plan? Most of the time it’s impossible to eat a real meal at these events, so it’s a hodgepodge of snack-size food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated and I can keep in a cooler.
Breakfast: hard boiled eggs, turkey bacon, carrots
Beet juice concentrate
Coco Libre + protein
Gallons of plain water
Hammer gel for immediately after races
Bananas, apples, and grapefruit
Organic turkey “slim jims” – usually need some solid, salty protein to balance out the liquids and fruit
Whole foods good morning muffins – mostly oil, carrots, and eggs – when I need something with some fat in it for staying power that won’t upset my stomach.
These are not the dietary choices I’d make every day, but they are good “game day” options for a stomach full of butterflies
My equipment will be:
Hudson elite single, 31.5 lbs., stern mounted wing rigger
Croker S4 superlight oars
NK SpeedCoach GPS, although I generally don’t look at it during a race.
This Saturday June 6 is National Learn to Row day at rowing clubs across the country. If you are interested in trying on-water rowing, this is your chance to do so in a safe introductory environment.
Locally in northern New Jersey, Nereid Boat Club is hosting a program, and provided a description as follows:
Rutherford, New Jersey: Nereid Boat Club is holding its 10th annual free National Learn to Row Event on Saturday, June 6, 10am – 1pm. This event is open to everyone, reservations are not required, and it is free – there is no charge for any activities.
Participants can tour the Nereid Boathouse, learn about the care and maintenance of rowing shells, and get an instructional practice session on a rowing erg. Interested attendees can also get a brief on-the-water instructional rowing session on the Passaic River in a real rowing shell. Participants must be at least 14 years old to have an erg or water instructional session, and those under 18 need a parent/guardian present. No food will be available for sale, but free light snacks and water will be available. This National Learn to Row Event will be held rain or shine.
About Nereid Boat Club: Nereid Boat Club, 350 Riverside Ave, Rutherford, NJ, was founded in 1868 and re-established in 1994 as a 501C(3) organization dedicated to providing recreational and competitive rowing opportunities to athletes of all ages and skill levels. The Nereid Boathouse has event rooms, a full kitchen, two locker rooms, a weight room, a deck and dock, and indoor boat storage and maintenance facilities. Visit Nereid on fb and Nereidbc.org
Nereid Event Contact: Lindsay Huisman firstname.lastname@example.org
Nereid School Programs Contact: Julian Cahna email@example.com