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….
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!
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
12 squat thrusts
14 sit ups
16 gun drills
18 leg raises
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.