This was a neat find. The funny thing (at least to anyone from Marietta who understands the relationship the town has with the Muskingum, the Ohio, and floods) is that IRAs was moved from Poughkeepsie due to weather concerns and the first year it was held on the Muskingum, it flooded and all the races had to be shortened due to all the debris on the course. Typical. 🙄
A year ago this week was when the USA women won gold in Rio. If there’s anything to be taken away from watching this race it’s that patience and trust in the race plan really does pay off.
Neat look at how the timing system works at Canadian Henley (and pretty much all other major regattas).
A couple years ago I posted a video on nutrition for rowers that included a ton of great info on getting the proper nutrition to fuel your training. You can check that post out here. Above is another video from a rower who talks about his diet, general nutrition strategy, and some of the different approaches that are out there (some good, some not). If you’re heading to college in a few weeks and are trying to figure out how you’re gonna get the calories you need (especially if you’re faced with the prospect of not having your mom cook all your meals anymore…), this is a good video to watch.
All of this is great info that you should learn when you first get on the water, regardless of whether you’re in an eight or a single. In most cases you can’t take out small boats until you’ve demonstrated that you can get back into it in the event that it flips so this would be a good video to study so you’re prepared if/when you have to do that.
Fun fact, did you know that FISA is two years older than the IOC? It was founded in 1892 and the IOC was founded in 1894.
Watching Rob Gibson’s interview between 5:15 and 6:50ish is brutal.
This week’s video is a pretty cool look at the Henley regatta “purely gladiatorial” race course with Matthew Pinsent.
Everybody got so pissed that Sydney got DQ’ed but what the ump said to the stroke is exactly right – “You are the stroke, you can see me waving the flag, I waved you over. It’s your responsibility if she (the coxswain) can’t hear…” and then he trails off but to continue that thought, if you’re the stroke and you can see the umpire waving a flag behind you, it’s your job to communicate that to the coxswain. You bear just as much responsibility for any negative outcome for not communicating what the ump is saying as the coxswain does for making poor steering decisions in the first place.
Both crews had a great race on Saturday but Yale, predictably, came out on top. They stayed pretty patient throughout the entire piece but lit it up at the end and never looked back. This is a good example of trusting your race plan, your teammates, and your coxswain to keep the focus on your boat and not let the crew get too rattled just because the other boat is trying to make a move.