It has been another outstanding season of training for lightweights at the international level, with Olympians continuing to reach new heights on land. At the Euro Open Indoor Championships, Henrik Stephansen recently equalled his world record of a year ago, posting a 5:56.7, while 'retired' Thomas Keller Award winner, Eskild Ebbesen, set a new world record for the 40-49 category, with a 6:16.8. Meanwhile in Oklahoma, U.S. Olympian Will Daly has been breaking records as well.
*UNOFFICIAL* @willrowdaly breaks lightweight 6K World Record in 19:34.9 @concept2 @usrowing pic.twitter.com/Uz4pp86N2a
— OKCNHPC Rowing (@RowOKC_HP) February 1, 2014
This came just days after Daly set a new world lightweight world record for 60 minutes. (Congrats to Meghan O'Leary on her record as well!)
Confirmed! RT @RowOKC_HP: New 60' World Record for LWT Men: @willrowdaly & Open Women: @MeghanOLeary1 #PRbell pic.twitter.com/Scf1Uqi2YF
— Concept2 (@concept2) January 22, 2014
Not to be outdone, Italian Olympian Elia Luini has also been hard at work indoors. How hard has he been working? Check out his 3x10k, 5 min. rest workout from February 1, 2014.
1.43.6 ....3x10.000m recupero 5' ....c'è sempre una prima volta nella vita! ...speriamo k sia anche l'ultima peró! pic.twitter.com/ixqcYu4brf
— Elia Luini (@elialuini) February 1, 2014
All of the above lightweights have already competed at one or more Olympic Games (in Ebbesen's case, try five Olympics—and five medals), and all are continuing to make gains. In the hashtaggy words of Will Daly, "train insane or stay the same." As if you needed any further motivation for the next time you strap your feet in on the erg.