CrossFitters, this weekend rowing clubs across the US will be hosting National Learn to Row Day on Saturday, June 7. This is your change to try on-water rowing in a safe group environment. It may open up a whole new sport for you, or at least give you a feel for the real motion that the Concept2 machine is intended to simulate.
There is a list of participating locations by state here.
Come out and get on the water!
Rowers, Ever Green Boat Club is organizing a new type of regatta, the Alumni Sprints, to be held on the old collegiate racecourse in Greenwich, Connecticut on April 27. This race allows college alumni/ae, regardless of current affiliation, to race a 1000m sprint under their college alumni banner, similar to how the Alumni Eights works at the Head of the Charles.
We will have participation from Boston University, Brown, Cambridge, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Oxford, Wisconsin, and are looking for others! There may also be exhibition racing by some “big names” from the sport who are based in the area. USRowing has even set up a special Alumni Club type of membership that covers both this regatta and the Head of the Charles, to make it easier for alums who are not currently affiliated with a rowing club.
I will be racing my single as well as in Ever Green (Dartmouth Alumni) team boats, and I hope to see some of you there.
Registration opens tomorrow (March 2) on RegattaCentral, and space is limited due to the unique format!
P.S. we are also looking for available USRowing-certified referees to participate, as they are in short supply during the spring racing season! If you are one and are interested, please reply to this post. Thanks.
Congrats to the USA Women’s Eight for their gold and to Canada for a valiant sprint. Props to CrossFitter Erin Cafaro in the bow seat. Rumor has it that NBC’s primetime leadoff in the US will be the women’s eight gold medal race!
Congrats to the NZL Men’s double sculls for the most incredible sprint I have ever seen…literally from last place to gold medal in the last 500. I clocked them at 45 spm with 250 to go, about 9 strokes higher than the Italians. I stand in awe of the fitness required to do that, and how a small country can find these superhumans consistently year after year.
So here’s my “call” for the upcoming finals:
- M1x: Drysdale (NZL), Synek (CZE), Campbell (GBR). If there’s a big headwind Karonen (SWE) could nip out Campbell.
- M4-: Australia, Great Britain, USA.
- W1X: Crow (AUS), Knapova (CZE), Karsten (BLR). Have to root for the 40-year old!
- M2-: NZL of course, with everyone else left to sort it out amongst themselves
- Kim Crow (AUS): Will she medal in both the single and the double? That would be amazing!
Anyone have something different in mind?
To take the pressure off, check out this video of the Kiwi House in London from Rowing Related. Did Eric Murray know in advance that Bradley Wiggins would start a muttonchops trend in London? Is Storm Uru even a real name?
The Kiwis always know how to have fun with it, even when gold is on the line.
Live from Chula Vista, CA – Step 1 in the US Olympic selection process – single scullers could conceivably wrap it up today as long as they qualify!
Well I had an awesome race yesterday in the double sculls in very tough headwind conditions – we led start to finish and won a USRowing Masters National Championship with open water over the next closest boat.
Observations: 1) Ability to maintain CONSISTENT horsepower instead of “fly-and-die”, 2) Ability to handle a race that was 30 seconds longer than usual due to conditions with NO LOSS of power or speed, and 3) Ability to RECOVER quickly after the race, feeling like I could do it again.
This type of race is basically equivalent to doing 140-150 kettlebell swings or bodyweight deadlifts in 3 minutes 52 seconds.
I commented to my doubles partner that until the week of the race, I had not done a practice session lasting more than 40 minutes all summer, following the WODs at Crossfit Ignite for strength/power and the Crossfit Endurance model of high-intensity intervals with little rest on the water. Clearly this method works for masters rowing where the events average 3:30-4:00 in length and all of us have work/family commitments that put pressure on available training time.
The last time I won this event was 10 years ago when I was in my early 30s…and I feel as fit or fitter now than I did then.
It will be interesting to see the carryover into the fall races where the course is 5K, or 20-25 minutes.
6-month goal on the whiteboard at Crossfit Ignite: “Win Masters National Championship”. CHECK !
OK, at the risk of possibly embarrassing transparency in the internet age, live split timing is available at http://bit.ly/bdGz0g
The race is at 5:12 PM eastern time, I am in Lane 1, listed as “Passaic/COMPOSITE”
I am in a boat with a buddy of mine from Seattle, Jim Benz, who now rows at Passaic River Rowing Association downriver from Nereid – we threw it together this week and it seemed to click well. This one is no pressure, nothing to lose, unknown competition, so it should be fun!
Well, the moment of truth has arrived – the masters national rowing championships are this week in Camden, NJ and I will see how the Crossfit approach to rowing stacks up! Am I faster than last year? Yes. Am I leaner and stronger? Yes. Am I mentally tougher? Yes. But will it be enough? I’ll find out Friday in the double and Sunday in the single. My wife reminded me to still have fun with it despite the pressure I put on myself.