Frozen New Year

January 3, 2009

This morning saw our first session back in the New Year. Trouble was, it was so cold overnight that virtually the whole of Caldecotte Lake was FROZEN!

It’s the first time I’ve seen it like that (there’s been the odd patch of ice before but nothing on this scale) and we figured that trying to break through the ice with a racing shell might not be a good idea. So, far from a gentle reintroduction to exercise from a light paddle we had the unmitigated horror of an early morning circuit. Happy New Year to all….


December 13, 2008

Haven’t had a chance to write much recently (not that there’s been a lot to write about) but I find myself with a bit of spare time this morning, courtesy of the weather. Having been perfectly calm all week (Caldecotte Lake was like a millpond on Monday and Thursday) this morning the wind was steady at 15 knots and gusting higher. The lake looked more like the tideway, with a strong stream running. No chance of getting out in this, so we had the “joy” of an early morning circuit. Just for a change, Steve threw in ergos as well, six minutes at rate 26. Exactly what we needed first thing on Saturday morning. Still, it was nicer indoors than out. Mind you, there was a noticeable lack of people down this morning, especially men…

Major event last week was the Christmas Party. Very well attended and a really enjoyable night. More than enough food to go round (good thing we’re rowers, otherwise there would have been a mountain of stuff left) and livened up with a couple of party games. Will impressed everyone with his detailed knowledge of Mr. Men characters to win that contest. The competitive nature of us all was well demonstrated in the over/under game – how can something so simple wind up being such a competition? Still, we won when the other team burst their balloon (and, no we didn’t sabotage it as was being muttered by the losers).

Some of you may have noticed there’s a couple of other links on the right of this. I’m trying to add in useful rowing related links as I find them – if you want any added, let me know. One good one is the Top 100 Rowing sites – this is like a “hit parade” of rowing sites. To raise our profile, please click on this each time you visit this blog or the fotopic sites; this will move us up the rankings!

That’s all for now – only three more circuits ’til Xmas!!!!!

Another windy day

March 29, 2008

What is it with the weather at the moment? We did get out on the lake this morning but it gave us a pretty good idea of what coastal rowing must be like. The shortage of men continues, with only the top four getting out in the new coxless plus yours truly. I tried (briefly) going out in the single but after being blown back onto the bank then into pontoon (after nearly capsizing twice) I figured that an ergo was a better bet. The women got out, again in the eight, including a newcomer, Lindy. She did incredibly well, especially considering the conditions.

The crazy thing is that Thursday night was so calm we were able to get out then, despite it being a bit dark. Will and I were definitely cheating though, practicing in the double – this means we will have some water time ahead of Abingdon Head! It went pretty well, despite a (very) close encounter with a buoy on the last run. The girls got out in the coxless quad but after an even closed encounter with the dam wall, decided to come in. Martin then did some coaching with them until they froze. Still, a good evening, and much, much better than circuits!

New Year – back to training…

January 7, 2008

After a well earned break it was back to training – time to shed the pounds that went on over the holiday. Circuits started again last Thursday; this was pretty tough and certainly my body wasn’t too impressed. Saturday was back out on the water. Despite fairly high winds we got in two sessions – I went out in a double for the first one (a reasonably gentle paddle as I was with Becks, probably her last row until after she produces) and in a quad for the second. This was a serious piece as we had Steve L and Helen in the boat, neither of whom was taking any prisoners! Still, it was a really good outing, even though I was shattered by the end of it.

Tonight was Martin’s first circuit of the year; obviously he though we looked like we needed a good work out. Boy, did we get one! A mix of CV and weights, something like 20 stations, 25 reps each, 3 times. Given that the pain normally starts at the back end of the following day, the fact that I can only just type this now says something. Still, it is good for me…..

Trying to sort out crews for the first event of the year (Northampton Head). If you read this and haven’t put your name down yet, best contact Ray (and quickly).

Time to go and collapse now!


December 7, 2007

Ouch. Anyone else that was at circuits last night suffering as much as I am? I get the distinct feeling that Paul wants to re-establish himself as the chief inflicter of pain, a position that Martin was taking on. For those of you lucky enough not to be there, try this – a pyramid of

8 mountain climbers

10 press-ups

12 squat thrusts

14 sit ups

16 gun drills

18 leg raises

20 squats

22 burpees

then, having finshed that set, we did the whole thing in reverse! No wonder I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. Still, it does me good, so they say.