Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Late-Night Edition Video Of The Week: CR(C)AZY

Not only are the folks at California Rowing Club going fast, they're having a good time doing it. This week's video, courtesy of the one and only Bernhard Stomporowski, is one for the ages, offering a comprehensive look at a day in the life in Alameda, California, with a typically quirky soundtrack. The CRC athletes are shown sculling in mixed crews, logging miles on land, and even talking a little friendly smack between pieces in this training video, shot just prior to the West Coast Speed Order (hosted at the club). And it's not just banter, either:

Hey—we're not exactly sure what's going on over there, but whatever you're doing, keep doing it.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Winter Erg(o) Music, Part Two: Will Daly's 6k Mix

You don't go to the Olympics without pulling a solid 6k, and Will Daly is no exception to that rule—in fact, he just recorded the fastest lightweight men's score at the OKC High Performance Center earlier this month, with a 19:45.7 at the Midwest Speed Order. Here are Will's thoughts on putting together the right playlist for a 6k race piece:
A 6k playlist has to be loud and full of energy. I like to start mine off with a song that is high energy, but not an anthem—something that is a little longer to really get you into the piece. In this case, I chose Teisto's "Love and Run." Then push the gas peddle down a little more with the Martin Garrix's new hit "Wizard." After that, we go into overdrive with "Stampede" by Dmitri Vegas &Like Mike vs DVBBS & Borgeous. SLVR and Antidote carry us through the real pain and grind. Finally, it's on to the sprint, and we have the huge anthem Tsunami to carry us home. I normally set up the playlist to tie in with the timing of my own piece, but I also make sure to put a little something extra on the end, in case someone is having a tough go of things.
So there you have it—whether you are focusing on putting in high-quality miles of steady state, or gearing up for your best 6k test yet, we've got you covered this winter. Thanks very much to Will for putting these playlists together, and happy hunting on the erg! The 2014 Crash-B Sprints are set for February 16th, 2014.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hour of Power Erg(o) Mixtape with U.S. Olympian Will Daly

Brace yourselves: winter is coming
Beijing Olympian and 2016 hopeful Will Daly is no stranger to logging high-quality miles on the erg. And, he knows just the kind of tunes that can help motivate you, whether you're knocking out an hour of power, or pushing through a 6k test. Our first installment is perfect for your Sunday afternoon workout—just over 60 minutes of music to help you stay focused and on point through your steady-state or controlled-rate piece. From Will:
So I am big into EDM [electronic dance music], especially when working out. I think things that are up tempo and have a good beat make you want to stay active and keep moving. This playlist isn't overly energetic, with big anthems or too much Dub or Trap, but its something nice to get you through that hour of training. I am big into Rudimental right now, and I'm also a huge fan of the Avicii song, "You Make Me." I am also really into Hardwell at the moment. (Who isn't? He was just named #1 DJ of 2013. I recommend just putting on one of his live sets for a work out—it's great.) There is also some nice remixed rap near the middle, which I find to be a nice way to break up the set and the workout.

Coming up tomorrow: Will's mix for that all important 6k test, looming ever larger as we enter winter training in earnest. In the meantime, read more about Will's racing career in our 2011 interview.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Video Of The Week: Rowing versus Kayaking Down Under

This week's video comes to us from the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia, where a star-studded crew of Aussie international rowers took on an equally loaded K4 (kayak) over a 500m course. The conditions were a bit tricky, but these athletes make it look easy, and the race is quite a barnburner. The event, a publicity stunt done right for 776BC, has generated quite a buzz (the video, uploaded yesterday, already has over 14,000 views at time of writing), and for good reason—it's very cool that Olympians like 2012 silver medalists Josh Dunkley-Smith and Will Lockwood were willing to mix it up with pride on the line. While the K4 got the better of them this time, there's no shame in it—the crew of Tate Smith, David Smith, Murray Stewart, and Jacob Clear were Olympic champions in London. You can read more about the background of the race via the official website of the Australian Olympic Committee, as well as via Reddit.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fall Season Review: Who's Ahead in the Collegiate Ranks as Winter Training Begins?

Cal varsity eight

The fall racing season has drawn, in large part, to an end, and as we move into that 'long, dark, tea-time of the soul' that is winter training, it's time to take a look back at the best performances of 'Michaelmas term.' There has been a great deal of change in collegiate rowing this season, with the passing of legendary coach Harry Parker and the subsequent appointment of long-time Harvard Lightweight coach Charley Butt to the position of Bolles-Parker Head Coach for Harvard Men's Heavyweight Crew, and a host of new talent rising to the intercollegiate ranks after stellar junior careers. The fall also saw a handful of young programs challenging perennial contenders, no shortage of speed at the international level, and the first opportunities for rivals to lock horns (but hopefully not oars) on the water, setting the stage for what will surely be an epic spring season. Let's take a look, shall we?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Video Of The Week: On the Water with the University of Cape Town

This week's video comes to us from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where the summer racing season has nearly arrived even as we in the Northern Hemisphere prepare to tackle winter training (of that, more later). While it's little more than one minute in length, you'll be excited to race by the time it draws to a close. This isn't the first time we've featured the UCT crew—they produced this awesome video back in 2011—and, given what we've seen so far, it likely won't be the last. The clip above comes from a longer video showcasing all the sports offered at the university (for the full version, click here).

It has been a busy week behind the scenes at RR, as I've been quite busy putting together two year-end features for the upcoming issue of Rowing Magazine. It has been quite a busy week on the water as well, and we'll have some thoughts and opinions on the teams to watch entering the 2014 season, coming up soon here on RR.

Also, before we begin to look too closely at the coming year, I'd like to note that October 11th marked the third anniversary of our first post here on RowingRelated. In that three years, I've had the opportunity to meet, work with, and even count as friends some of the people I've long looked up to in the rowing world, travel across the U.S. and beyond, and contribute to the very magazine that has helped me to better understand and follow the sport since I began rowing. And that, dear reader, is a long-winded way of saying thank you.

Whether you've shared one of our articles, followed us on Twitter or Facebook, or simply enjoyed a bit of rowing banter on the interwebs here on RR, to quote that most illustrious of convenience store chains, "every little helps." All joking aside, your readership is greatly appreciated by the whole team here at RowingRelated.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Video Of The Week: Behind the Scenes with Washington at the Head of the Lake

This week's video gives us a behind the scenes look at the University of Washington Huskies as they prepare for and race the Head of the Lake, which took place over the weekend in Seattle. The video, brought to you by freshman Kevin Shoop, kicks off with shots of the Huskies warming up in the Conibear Shellhouse, and follows their progress through the day. The Huskies have enjoyed a series of seasons at the top, and capped off an undefeated season in the varsity eight—including winning the Head Of The Charles, defeating the Cambridge Blue Boat in their Tideway Fixture, and winning their third-straight IRA title—as part of the Huskies' second-straight sweep of the IRA Regatta in June. This year, the Huskies may have an even greater task on their hands, with the 'other' Huskies on the rise at Northeastern, a very strong program at Brown, Harvard looking very quick on home water, California back in the mix for the medals at the varsity level after a fifth-place finish at the 2013 IRAs, and Princeton and Yale looking to build on solid results last season—and they'll have to tackle it without a heavy-hitter in Conlin McCabe, who graduated last season after anchoring (in a good way) the UW varsity eight in the six seat in 2013. That's not to say he has left the building, however:

Having started the season with a ninth-place finish at the Head Of The Charles (fifth place among collegiate crews), the Huskies ran the table in the eights in Seattle at the HOTL, their final race of the fall season. For complete results from Seattle, visit the official website of the Head of the Lake. Also, check out a nice gallery of photos from the HOTL thanks to Kevin Light here.

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