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M2 Lent Bumps : Day 2 (Race Report)Wednesday - chasing Trinity Hall M2, being chased (!) by Girton M2
Now that everyone in the boat had tasted their first success of 2010 bumps racing we wanted more. We knew that we'd certainly have to row longer distances but still, as long as we concentrated on moving Sir John Meurig as fast as we had been doing this term, we were confident.
Dr Winchester passed George fit to row and he slotted in at 2, hungry to experience his first bump. Trinity Hall II were indeed tougher than Girton the day before. A quick start saw us get to one whistle on them fairly soon, but then our rhythm came unstuck somewhat as we struggled with some of the choppy water that was constantly being sent down from boats above. Having bumped Girton so quickly the day before, many of us had never really rowed in these conditions before. Despite this though Emma Rhule, our cox kept us putting down full pressure and we never let Trinity Hall out of our sights, steadily reeling them in. Our whistles came slightly slower this time around but the result was inevitable. Hall conceded just before 1st post corner as soon as they heard Frank's airhorn. More greenery, the Peterhouse M2 juggernaut rolled on.
Result - Bumped Trinity Hall M2
M2 Lent Bumps : Day 3 (Race Report)Friday - Chasing LMBC3, Being chased by Trinity Hall M2
A rest day in the middle of our bumps campaign was perfect, not, as was pointed out later by our Men's captain, that we'd actually had to race very far as yet. Today we chased LMBC M3 and we were determined that we would not come unstuck against any 3rd boat on the river. Although we were confident, our coaches Frank and Andy and the more experienced heads in the boat Paul, Winnie and Chris, would not let us get arrogant or complacent. We hadn't rowed our best against Trinity Hall and it was crucial that we focussed on our own boat speed, working together as a team, and to just keep pushing on with the whistles.
Our whole crew was buzzing once again on our starting station, the further we moved up the stations, the louder the cannons under the motorway bridge had become. Off the starting cannon we worked together and achieved a fantastic push, on the bank Andy was waiting until Emma had called the stride so he could sound his whistle, we had closed to just under a length in the start alone. Today we would not let ourselves be phased by whistles or choppy water and every signal from the bank that we got we kept pushing the boat on. Two whistles, three, airhorn and concession from LMBCIII, before 1st post corner once again. A superbly clinical row, we seemed to be improving with every day of bumps.
Result - Bumped LMBC3
Small Boats Regatta - Foster-Fairbairn pairsSmall Boats Regatta took place during the first week of Lent Term. Matt Harris and Emanuel Malek were entered in the Foster-Fairbairn pairs event, with the course running from the Little Bridge to the Railway Bridge. Our first race as a crew in Michaelmas had seen us struggle with steering, colliding with the bank repeatedly. But after some determined training we were confident we had upped our game enough to be competitive against the modest pool of entrants in Small Boats. On the first day we were being chased by Caius who proved to be strong opponents but when they veered into the bank on the Reach we were in a position to capitalise and reached our finishing post a couple of seconds before they reached theirs. Our campaign appeared to have got off to an auspicious start, as we had not only won our race but outpaced our opponents for Day 2 by 19 seconds. However, when we arrived at the start line for the semi-final, it emerged that the First and Third pair had substituted their stroke man for a Half Blue, prompting a heated discussion about the rules of the event, which forbids Blues to enter. When the race got underway, we started well and put our opponents under pressure in First Post Reach. However, our rowing through the corners was not as technically strong as it had been the day before and our rhythm threatened to break down. We took the rate up in the Reach and began to make up lost ground but the damage had already been done and First and Third won in controversial circumstances by 14 seconds. Thanks are due to Will Richards and Austin Carpenter for their help during training, and to Ted Randolph for his invaluable contribution as bank-steerer for the races.
Fairbairn Cup 2008 - Senior Women's VIII (Race Report)Despite the crew's initiate dread at how long the race was going to be, on the actual morning the cold weather, when marshalling, meant we could not wait to get going. Eventually after what seemed like hours we approached the start line and were off.
The rate came up slowly but once we hit the mid thirties mark we could really feel the boat moving. We set ourselves up nicely at a comfortable rate and rhythm for the long row. Coming through the town we maintained the rhythm and then coming out of Chesterton did a big push off the bridge.
This was then followed by focus calls to help us maintain the rhythm and pressure and take our minds off the pain and long stretch of river still ahead! This worked well and as we came out from under the railway bridge we threw in another big push. At this point and up through the corners the bank party's encouragement made the difference when we all felt tired, and I suspect as if the race would never end!
We finished the last part of the course trying to maintain as much speed round the corners as possible and throwing in big pushes on the straights. Eventually we heard Lucie's shout - I can see the finish - at this point we emptied the tank and after what seemed an age crossed the line.
We always knew this term was always going to be an experiment with us combining the senior and novice training only 2 weeks into term. However, it seems to have paid off, despite all of the illness and injuries which meant 4 people had to row twice; once in the novice race and once in the senior. Overall we came out with a respectable time and have laid the groundwork for a good Lent and Easter term.
Vacation TrainingThe aim of vacation training is to maintain, and ideally build upon, the fitness gained during the year so far.
It is important forindividuals to train during vacations for a number of reasons:
- Performance: Strength and fitness will play a part in crew selection decisions. It is not possible to achieve good ergo test scores after 5 weeks of not training.
- Training Week: The first week of training each term is usually quite high intensity as academic commitments do not hinder outings. Rowers therefore need the fitness to be able to maintain their performance during the week.
- Health: Going straight into high intensity term-time training after five weeks of not training is likely to cause rowers to get ill and become susceptible to colds, flu etc.
The rest of this section outlines how to plan and execute a vacation training programme.