Hi there :) so I'm from New Zealand and this is my second season in rowing. I was just wondering how you prepare for your races because we have Maadi (the biggest regatta of the season) coming up in just under 3 weeks and I still don't know how to prepare my self :/
I have a pretty intense pre race day that leaves a lot of my teammates and nonrowers thinking I’m cray cray, but whatever wins the race right?
It’s a lot like my pre 2k strategy, but I never go to the team or boat sleep overs during the season because I know I won’t sleep & why would I sleep on a couch if I have a perfectly perfect bed available before my race.
A lot of people say to carboload the night prior, but I have & haven’t & I’ve found that it makes no difference. But pre race bagels (2,1/2 hr prior) are a must and basically do what it takes for you to get in your zone!
I just listen to music that really pumps me up on my way to a race.
Boat pep talks are everything. Encourage each other and let your crew know that you’re going to die before you give up on them during that race & they’ll never falter in their confidence.
When rowing behind people and seeing the sheer intensity they’re displaying throughout their strokes, I get motivated not just to not let them down, but to add to their strength.
Build off of each other, that’s the way to go.
My boat always has boat prayers prior & after races. You’d never let your family down & when you guys behave as family, you’ll have the confidence to race as a single unit and as a single crew.
& STRETCH A LOT.
xxxx good luck!!!!
Yesterday at practice we did 4x500 as a mock 2K kind of thing, and my coach was talking to us in between the 2nd and 3rd 500, and he gave us a piece of advice that really hit home for me. He said, “Anyone can row the first 1000 and last 500 of a 2K, but not just anyone can row the third 500. The third 500 is what separates us, it’s where we see what you’re made of. The third 500 is where the race begins.”
And that folks is the most profound advice I have heard in a long time.