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On the White line

30.Aug.2014 by Maggie Fellows

 

Are those  Blue Mountains?  Nope, they are the Whites!

Are those Blue Mountains? Nope, they are the Whites!

Friday morning dawned sunny and calm, gorgeous weather for a small contingent of the GRP women to go climb some tall peaks.  A biathlete and two rowers set out from the COC and headed for the hills to OD on exercise (in skier language OD stands for over-distance, or in other words an extremely long workout that is usually more than four hours).  Olympic biathlete Suz asked for company on her workout and Sonshine and I volunteered to hit up the mountains with her, although we were concerned about not being able to keep up!  The Center has been a little lonely lately, with most rowers on vacation still and most of the skier women training in Lake Placid this week.  The day was a great example of some good ol’ inter-team bonding, doing what we do most days: exercising.  The planned five hour excursion turned into more than six hours and included some crazy terrain.  We went uphill and down and even underground, so to speak.

Trail stop signs?  Beware dangerous conditions and turn back now!

Trail stop signs? “Stop.  The area ahead has the worst weather in America.  Many have died there from exposure even in the summer.  Turn back now if the weather is bad.  White Mountain National Forest”

Summit of Mt. Adams!  They aren't visible in the photo, but there were swarms of insects here and we made a quick getaway after this picture!

Summit of Mt. Adams! They aren’t visible in the photo, but there were swarms of insects here and we made a quick getaway after this picture!

Following Geologist Sonshine and the quartz-topped granite cairns downhill.

Following Geologist Sonshine and the quartz-topped granite cairns downhill.

 

Yeah, see that steep ridge in the background? We just came directly down that!  1,000+ vertical feet, 1 hour climbing down/butt-sliding!

Yeah, see that steep ridge in the background? We just came directly down that! 1,000+ vertical feet, 1 hour climbing down/butt-sliding!

Going down the Great Gully trail.

Going down the Great Gully trail.

Heading to the Subway (not the urban kind, but rather a trail that sometimes disappears underground.

Heading to the Subway (not the urban kind, but rather a trail that sometimes disappears underground)!

Where's Sonshine?

Where’s Sonshine?

This blog post was a team effort.  Photo credits to Susan Dunklee and Elizabeth Sonshine.

On the Bosbaan

25.Aug.2014 by Steve Whelpley

Per usual, apologies for the lack of communication.  Boys will be boys though, and with the addition of some racing, long distance communication grows a little scarcer.

We’re here though, settled, and adjusted.  Practices went well, but still had the same typical arch of improving with time in a new environment.  The entire US team stays at one hotel.  It’s a huge place about 10-15 minutes to the course by bus and 20 by foot.  The Australian, Czech, and Canadian teams are also sharing the hotel with us in addition to many innocent bystanders, who like to ask me why my forearms are the way they are.  We received a decent boat from Filippi with carbon, stern wings that are more comparable to our aluminum stern wings that we row at home.  That being said, our boat needed to have some nose work done as it seemed to have undergone a repair at some point.  Dan managed to get the boat set up with relative ease over the first couple days.

The Bosbaan is an interesting body of water.  The prevailing wind is a tailwind that hits the course at a slight angle.  Being the first ever manmade rowing course, they didn’t have all the kinks worked out (not that they do now), and speed varies from lane to lane based on the direction of the wind.  In other senses though, I love the course.  It is just 8 lanes wide and barely over 2000m long.  It has flags marking every 250m that go across the width of the course.  It feels like a giant swimming pool to me in a good way.  The weather has been cold, windy, and rainy.  There have been spots and moments of nice weather, but with the way the wind is moving everything moves in and out quite quickly.  They have a saying in Amsterdam, “if you don’t like the weather, wait one minute (and it will change) but certainly don’t wait two (cause it will change again).”  Just kidding, no one says that.  Our first few days on the course were loud in terms of weather, but quiet in terms of boats with only a few nations present like Argentina, Japan, and eventually China.  That quickly changes though as people pour in the days leading up to racing.  You do your best to fit your workouts in and stay focused even though it feels like an arena for bumper boats.  As I said though, our rows got more and more comfortable and confident as the jetlag wore off and the new routine ensued.

With 20 boats entered, as you can see below, this is a heavily subscribed field this World Championships.  While Lucerne was also relatively competitive and full, you have the addition of crews like China, Russia, and the Ukraine, which all put forth fast quads.

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Our heat did not go the way we wanted it.  We knew Russia and China would be fast, but we also assumed a little too much about ourselves going into the race.  We wanted to approach the fast and bouncy conditions of the Bosbaan with relaxation, precision, and composure.  We did that.  It’s not that that was a bad call or decision.  However, it needed to be coupled with the same kind of tenacious racing we used in Lucerne to assert ourselves and find our place amongst fast crews.  As a result of our third place finish, we now head to the Repechage, an opportunity to get into the A/B semifinal.  8 crews were selected for the A/B semis out of the heats, while the last four spots will be comprised of the top two boats from two repechages.

Although the new World Rowing website is a little sleeker, it’s not always that easy to follow.  All races will have live audio coverage, and video may start by the semis.  To review results, the best, easiest, and most thorough way is to go here.  You then select the boat class you want to review (we’re in the Quadruple Sculls), and then you have access to everything results and start list oriented.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I posted a video with footage from Craftsbury, Princeton, and the Bosbaan on YouTube.  Take a look:

LOVErmont Training Exchange

13.Aug.2014 by Liz Guiney

In case you were wondering, that stands for “Ladies of Vermont” training exchange. The name is a work in progress but the idea, getting together female Vermont skiers for summer training, was a resounding success!

Ida already did a post about our trip down to Stratton last week where she, Caitlin, and I had the opportunity to train with the SMS T2 girls. It was a total blast, the Stratton girls (and guys!) and coaches were so welcoming, and it was great to check out new roads, try some different workouts, and see a different part of the state.

But this post is more about training with other women in general. Right now the US is enjoying a lot of success on their women’s ski and biathlon teams. During the 2013-2014 World Cup season, it was more common than not to see superstars like Kikkan Randall, Sophie Caldwell, Sadie Bjornsen, and our own Susan Dunklee busting into the top ten and gracing the podium. There is a lot of momentum at the top, but I think that the key to this success lies at the grassroots level. At clubs around the country, girls are getting together and pushing and encouraging each other to reach new levels of success. In a culture that is obsessed with thin girls who have to dress, act, and look a certain way to fit in, there are a bunch of Nordic skier girls crashing through the woods, getting muddy, and trying to get super strong arm and leg muscles. And it’s awesome.

We try to spread the love on our team, by cultivating a strong women’s training group, taking teams leading and following, and sharing our successes and failures as a group. Then whenever we have the opportunity to share with a Fast and Female event or with our own BKL and junior skiers, we always try to encourage young girls to accept their bodies and use them not as an ends, but as a strong and healthy means to help them reach their goals.

Well, anyways, I hope that each and every one of you ladies reading this blog takes a second to reflect on what it means to be strong, healthy, fast, AND female. And then hopefully you call up one of your girlfriends and go for a hike, or a bike ride, or even a yoga class and enjoy being in each other’s company and being outside!

Here are some photos from training with our girls’ group earlier this summer and a few (hopefully non-repeats) of our trip down to Stratton. Oh and before I forget, shout-out to the SMS T2 team for hosting us, and props to Jessie Diggins for organizing a great Fast and Female event at Stratton on Sunday!

Cruising on the dirt roads with our newest GRP member, Kait(lynn) Miller! We're psyched to have her on the team this year, adding to an awesome women's squad

Cruising on the dirt roads with our newest GRP member, Kait(lynn) Miller! We’re psyched to have her on the team this year, adding to an already stellar women’s squad

 

Clare and Caitlin don't always match when they hike, but when they do they get a lot of comments from fellow hikers! Camel's Hump earlier this summer

We don’t always match when we hike, but when we do we get a lot of comments from fellow hikers! Camel’s Hump earlier this summer

 

The day before our Camel's Hump/Huntington OD, Caitlin, Clare and I went to a Nickel Creek concert at Shelburne Farms, and they were amazing!

The day before our Camel’s Hump/Huntington OD, Caitlin, Clare and I went to a Nickel Creek concert at Shelburne Farms, and they were soooo good. It’s always nice to do something non-ski related with teammates.

 

Then we ventured down to Stratton for a little down south training. ~15 girls, 10 of whom have been in the top 10 at Nationals (thanks for the stat, Sverre) + 1 open road + all out skate sprints = about the most fun you can have on rollerskis

Then we ventured down to Stratton for a little down south training. ~15 girls, 10 of whom have been in the top 10 at Nationals (thanks for the stat, Sverre) + 1 open road + all out skate sprints = about the most fun you can have on rollerskis

 

Girl's pic with Stratton Mountain in the background. L to R Annie Pokorny, Sophie Caldwell, Ida, Erika Flowers, me, Annie Hart, Caitlin

Girl’s pic with Stratton Mountain in the background. L to R Annie Pokorny, Sophie Caldwell, Ida, Erika Flowers, me, Annie Hart, Caitlin

 

Leading some SMS juniors through 1-legged slalom drills (disclaimer, most of them are better at it than I am!)

Leading some SMS juniors through 1-legged slalom drills (disclaimer, most of them are better at it than I am!)

 

It was so great to see and catch up with coach Patrick!! He's doing a great job heading up the SMS T2 squad and perfecting his bike/video skills

It was so great to see and catch up with coach Patrick!! He’s doing a great job heading up the SMS T2 squad and perfecting his bike/video skills

 

On our last day of training in Stratton we had an OD but the SMS team had intervals, so we struck out on our own for a double pole/run combo and ended up at this sweet covered bridge in Arlington, VT

On our last day of training in Stratton we had an OD but the SMS team had intervals, so we struck out on our own for a double pole/run combo and ended up at this sweet covered bridge in Arlington, VT

 

Fast and Female ambassadors! The SMS T2 team and our Craftsbury girls plus Cambria McDermott, a Stratton alum who skis for MSU. This is a kick ass and inspirational group of ladies

Fast and Female ambassadors: The SMS T2 team and our Craftsbury girls plus Cambria McDermott, a Stratton alum who skis for MSU. This is a kick ass and inspirational group of ladies.

 

We did some yoga in the gym

We did some yoga in the gym

 

Practiced our teamwork skills in the spider web...

Practiced our teamwork skills on the spider web…

 

Attempted pyramid building....

Attempted pyramid building….

 

The scene at the kickball field. Notice the sweet slip n'slide from 3rd base to home

And played kickball! Notice the sweet slip n’slide from 3rd base to home

 

Totally worth getting soaked!

Totally worth getting soaked!

Part of the fun of Fast and Female is in wearing pink and putting glitter on our faces, and while that adds to the feel of the day, in the end it’s not really what the event is about. Fast and Female is all about sharing an active lifestyle with other women and learning that being athletic and being feminine are not mutually exclusive. I wish there would have been something like this organization when I was younger, I know I would have loved the opportunity!

Now we're back in Craftsbury, enjoying an easy week and for some, prepping for biathlon trials races in Jericho this weekend

Now we’re back in Craftsbury, enjoying an easy week and for some, prepping for biathlon trials races in Jericho this weekend

Thanks for reading, check back soon for updates on the BKL camp we’re hosting at Craftsbury right now, and also for results from the trials races this weekend.

 

When Canley Gives you Lemons…

13.Aug.2014 by Maggie Fellows

So this past week a squad of neon green took the Royal Canadian Henley by storm.  That is to say Craftsbury entered 41 events with 16 rowers.  Why, you might ask.

Because we were making lemonade.

Normally we are known as the Small Boats Training Center, and we mainly scull in singles, doubles, and sometimes quads.  When we went to enter these boat classes for the Canadian Henley on the day of the entry deadline, about a week before the regatta, we were informed that they were already full and many events had substantial waiting lists!

After an emotional post-dinner meeting in which we hashed out the possibilities, we entered a number of sweep events that we don’t normally train for, such as eights and straight fours.

Meeting.  Spirits are low.

Meeting. Spirits are low.

Post meeting.  Spirits are high.

Post meeting. Spirits are high.

It took some finagling to make sure that everyone was entered in a normal amount of races because we kept finding out that other races were also full.  Additionally, it was important to ensure that events did not conflict with each other.  Most races have heats, semifinals, and finals, so it is especially important to check the schedule for the entire week.  Becky put her master planning skills to work on cardboard and after more than two hours of discussion we finally came up with a solution to the puzzle and left the meeting with new-found energy to start training immediately in boats we don’t normally row.

Heading out to practice our Senior 8+.

Heading out to practice our Senior 8+.

A few days after our meeting, a few places on the waiting list opened up and the official regatta office added more spaces on the schedule for competitors.  We were offered ten spots in different sculling events.  Instead of scratching the events we had already entered and paying the additional $50/event fee, we decided to see how it would work out by racing all the events we were entered in, which for some people meant more than ten trips down the race course during the week.

Coach Steve carrying oars for Brett/Amy Under 23 Pair race.

Coach Steve carrying oars for Brett/Amy Under 23 Pair race.

The regatta turned out to be a blast racing in some of our standard events and some not so standard events.  SBTC rower Amy Ludovici easily stepped into the role of coxswain for our two 8+ events, as well as rowing port, starboard, bow, stroke, sweep, and scull positions during the week!  Our women’s 4x of Sonshine, Jamie, Becky, and Liz rowed themselves to a win to defend their 2013 title.  Most of the GRP advanced to at least four finals.  The Phils took home the gold in the Men’s Lightweight pair with a large margin of open water over the field.  The GRP women + Amy won the Senior Women’s Eight and took second in a tough Championship Eight race (with SBTC rower Brett Simpson).  Lightweight sculler Sarah Keller won Henley gold in a heavyweight sweep event.  The GRP straight four of Keziah, Jamie, Sonshine, and Emily triumphed in the 4- race.  Full event results can be found at: http://www.henleyregatta.ca/en/henley-results (though it might be hard to navigate because the regatta had over 2,000 entries).

Coxie Amy

Coxie Amy

Pre/Post race erg.

Pre/Post race erg.

Coach Judy giving off positive race vibes!

Coach Judy giving off positive race vibes!

Kez/Jamie 2x leaves the dock.

Kez/Jamie 2x leaves the dock.

Sarah going to race the LW1x.

Sarah going to race the LW1x.

Happy Phils

Happy Phils

Women's 4x wins gold!

Women’s 4x wins gold!

4- going out to take care of business.

4- going out to take care of business.

Senior 8+

Senior 8+

This Canadian Henley was definitely one to remember and a success for the GRP/SBTC in more ways than one.  To cap off the week we placed second in the “Efficiency Trophy” standings, which is a measure of how successful a team is in all entered events over the week.  A big thank you goes out to our coaches for the week Dick, Judy, Steve, and Troy for all their help!  Now most of the GRP is headed to different parts of the US for vacation before we reconvene for the head racing season in the fall.

Loaded trailer heads home to VT!

Loaded trailer heads home to VT!

Photo credits go to Judy Geer.