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Month: May 2018

Lost a Tough Race Today!

Hi, I am Jack and love rowing. I have everything to do with this sport and am here to share my daily experiences with rowing. To be humble I am not that bad in this sport (pretty good though) but not every day you win right? I lost a tough race today. But I am a sport and love to take positives even from the ones I lose. Like I did from this one!

To start with: It was a dull day with a sun nowhere to be found and my head bumpy from the early morning. Once in the club, I joined my enthusiastic teammates who are (just like me) all sorted to win this race today. Had some light breakfast (Tip: don’t overeat) and were off to the spot.

After reaching the spot we warmed up and hydrated ourselves (Tip: Stay hydrated because just after a couple of minutes into the race you will feel your mouth going dry) and practiced a couple of racing starts.

Attaching to the stake was a task: The start was not that smooth for us as the person who was holding our boat to the stake for the day was a proxy who was not that used to the whole affair. Moreover, the opposite team was much more experienced than us. But, after backing ourselves for some time we ended up staking our boat.

The race starts: The worst part of the whole affair was the choppy waters that were making us lose our balance from time and again. Our stroke rate was going great in the middle and then there was a time when we were literally closing up with our opponent.

The distance to the finish line from the start was about 1K and maybe that was the reason we got so close to our opponent. But then they went past us with a slight pull while we were still pushing our limits. Just as we got around 100mts from the finishing line they dashed past us with additional grunts and off to the finish.

We lost by just half a length: Yes, we came second but at the end of the day we lost the race that what matters. But it was just by half a length and that is where I am lamenting very bad. If we could have paced up a little by the end of the finishing line then it would have been our day. The remaining fellow contestants for the day ended up in close succession behind us. An NW.4+ and IM2.4+ boat were also there who was announced third and second, respectively.

Tip: You need to pull up when you are just so close to the finishing line so that you don’t repent. Relax the shoulders while rowing and let your hands do all the talking. Too much pressure on the shoulders will end up tiring your hands.

Above all, I enjoyed the whole session today and a cool cider was enough to bring down my gloom for the day until the next race. Happy Rowing!

The Top Tips to Trying a New Fitness Regime

Hi, Jack is back! With, more updates on my life of rowing!

I was thinking for quite some time now that a new regime is essential to develop my muscle’s agility when a race gets closer and tougher. I am planning for a long race by the end of the season and thus am hell bent in getting the proper nimbleness to my muscles.

I have divided the workouts into five varieties and that’s what my instructor Andrew has been coaxing me to do for a long time. Thanks to him I am actually trying out these ways to strengthen up myself.

Four workouts in total:

The best workout for the rowers is to go for regular rowing and that’s the best way to stay agile for covering long rowing distances. But workouts can help!

Workout 1:

250mts of Calorie row. Well, that’s simple. I usually practice on an alternate day or say four days a week. But guess what? No cheat days anymore. A strict 250mts of calorie rowing every day for about 20 minutes of four sets and that too with a minute of rest can be the perfect way of tackling the soreness and conditioning the cardiovascular action.

Workout 2:

Burpees. I have never liked burpees before as it gets me all fired up and I am usually drained. But Andrew prefers regular burpees for about 20 minutes with 30-second intervals of two sets as it conditions both the upper and lower portion of the body providing the much strength on the calf muscles and arms, respectively.

The amount of power and intensity that is required to row with continuous movements in the legs and hands ends up stinging these parts. So, conditioning these portions are very essential and that is what I need to work on even more.

Workout 3:

Russian Kettlebell swings and AB mat sit-ups. Well, this is a common fitness strategy I have been doing but not on a regular basis though. Sit-ups are a common regime for me but Russian Kettlebell swings are essential feels Andrew.

Both this regime have been providing elasticity and power to work-up my hands just after two and three weeks of working on them. I have had some posture issues with The Kettlebell swings that every time I swung low I used to hunch which needed some time to take control off. 4 rounds of both the workout and minute of rest settled this one.

Workout 4:

Pushups right after the calorie row. It was the toughest of the lot believe me, and I have been still struggling with it even after three weeks. No gaps after I am done with calorie rowing. So, just after I finish up with the intensifying workout of rowing I end up starting with the hand release push-up just immediately.

Four sets of hand release push-ups with 30 seconds of release.

The whole workout is definitely tough but this powerful fitness regime has improved and conditioned both my upper and lower body and I hope to get to my goal before the big race. Happy Rowing!

I am Failing a Course Already!

Hey all, I have not been in terms lately with myself as I am actually failing a course already. Ok, failing a course is a big deal why? It means you are lacking the physical fitness that is necessary to complete a proper rowing. I have always been in love with this sport that being said, have been juggling studies and rowing at the same time. And, it might be a reason for such a failure.

But yes, identifying the reasons behind such a failure has got me up and running.

 

I need to improve my fitness regime:

The other day while completing a short rowing distance of 1K I was all worked up about the fact that my shoulders were unable to take the pressure. Presently, I only go for calorie rowing and that too on alternate days and I guess that is affecting my whole style altogether. A regular fitness system is essential so that I don’t end up being a total stuck up in the team.

 

Planning ahead:

Planning the intensity is helpful. Preparing for the proper timing to increase or decrease of the intensity leads to failure and even a highly increased intensity could lead to injury, fatigue and even overtraining which is not at all advised. I have suffered from the same and find myself all sore in various places. So, it’s better to plan up beforehand to avoid this problem.

 

Recovery is very important:

If you are hurt while training, it’s a good idea to take some time out to rest and recover. It won’t hurt the whole training process if you plan both these properly. Overtraining and even injury could be dangerous for your next course. If you don’t want to experience a disaster in a race, just like me then try to work on the fatigue and injury. Under-training is not bad if you are a motivated rower. But never welcome intentional setbacks when you know you are not up to the mark physically.

 

Workouts should be of quality and not quantity:

Yes, even workouts have a proper quality. Random workouts and multiple rounds of the same are fun but not qualitative. Devise a proper workout style as per your needs. If needed then consult a fitness expert (just like I did) to get an idea about a workout that is as per your rowing need.

 

Develop your intensity:

I did consult with an expert who gave me a different take to this whole idea of intensified work. A high-intensity work has been proved from time and again to be helpful more than a low-intensity rowing. The muscles play a big role in pushing the limits while rowing. Higher intensity offers the perfect agility to the whole body and that in turn affects and propels your performance in the race.

My experiences have been simple and guess what I am already working on these and results are visible in my training. From the University by the Water Side, it’s Happy Rowing!