Showing posts from November, 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: @rowingrelated @CRCBernhardHC @KBertko Kate weight in with at 1pm with 129.6 and started her test at 3pm and finished 21:45.3 later — B. Stomporowski (@CRCBernhardHC) November 18, 2013 Hey—we're not exactly sure what's going on over there, but whatever you're doing, keep doing it. Have a submission for 'Video Of The Week?' Shoot us an email at rowingrelated [at] gmail [dot] com, send us your

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

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

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 putt

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 . Have a submission for 'Video Of The We

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

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?

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. Als

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 fini