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Posts Tagged ‘Rowing’

Lightweight Update from OKC

2.May.2013 by Kyle Lafferty

The Phil’s and I are still on the loose in OKC. Although we are getting some quality training with a solid group of athletes out here, we are quite jealous of our GRP teammates who have made their way back to Craftsbury and the recently thawed Hosmer. Much respect to the first GRP’er to row on Hosmer this Spring – skier Susan Dunklee! I’m sure she was navigating the last chunks of ice floating around out there. The scenery on the Oklahoma River is quite different as you can see from the video below. In the background, you can see the OKC skyline and the Devon Boathouse where we train everyday.

The training atmosphere out here has been growing more intense as we approach the racing season and selection camps. Official selection for the lightweight men’s four begins with the 2nd National Selection Regatta which is scheduled for May 15-18. All members of the group here will be racing in pairs at this event. We have been doing lots of training in pairs with as many different combinations as possible. The constant switching has made for some great competition. The video below is from one of our training sessions.

Last weekend, the Phil’s and I ventured downtown to attend the OKC Marathon registration where we helped promote the Learn-to-Row programs offered by the OKC Boathouse Foundation. It was great to chat with members of the community and get people excited about rowing. We gave our best sales pitches to convert runners to rowers as they perused the booths scattered throughout the large registration room at the Cox Convention Center.

Recruiting new rowers at OKC Marathon

Recruiting new rowers at OKC Marathon

In my last post, I mentioned that there was no recycling pickup at our apartment complex. While that fact remains, we have been making weekly trips to the recycling center which is located downtown. We’ve had some pretty big hauls!

Loading up to hit the recycling center

Loading up to hit the recycling center

Phil sorting recycling - and looking good!

Phil sorting recycling – and looking good!

So we will be heading to New Jersey on the 9th to prepare to race at NSR #2 with at least some of the GRP coming down from Vermont. We’ll keep you posted as we continue to travel and begin racing.

X-treme Baking

26.Mar.2013 by Emily Dreissigacker

As you may or may not know, one tends to have quite an abundance of free time on training trips. This weekend Becky and I decided to take full advantage of our teammates birthdays’ as an opportunity to waste a little time baking. We did not, however expect it to turn into quite the production that it did. Blame it on too many episodes of cupcake wars or our combined perfectionism but 6 hours, 5 batches of frosting, 2.5 bags of confectioner’s sugar, and an undisclosed amount of butter later we unveiled the finished product, two perfectly frosted cake bricks, complete with GRP rowing themed fondant decorations. What’s a cake brick you might ask? It is a cake that is shaped like a brick. We invented it. Having limited cake pan options in our two rental houses we were forced to improvise somewhat and make one giant sheet cake in a hotel pan and then cut it into 4ths. Two layers might seem like a normal number of layers for a cake to have, but these were not normal layers. Each layer was approximately 2.5” thick, so total cake height was around 5”, yet the cake width was a mere 4.25”. Yes we measured.

About two hours into this undertaking things were moving along smoothly and the end was in sight. That is until John remarked that the leftover cake scraps would make a good boat. As you can imagine things escalated from there and before I knew it I was whipping up a batch of homemade fondant, which I actually don’t know how to make at all. Not to mention the fact that we were missing about half the key ingredients. We ended up with a sugary lump of play-doh that we were able to dye a variety of colors but most importantly empacher yellow for Steve’s boat and green for the GRP cedar leaf logo.

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GRP in California

8.Feb.2013 by phil.henson

Three lightweights from the Craftsbury GRP  (Kyle, Phil, & Phil) left Vermont just before the massive snowfall and flew out to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. It is sandwiched between San Diego and Tijuana, only 10 miles from each, and we have already been warned about potential encounters with border patrol if we go off running by ourselves in the woods. Because it was designed as a distraction-free training site, the OTC has a somewhat isolated feel to it, but it has all the facilities and amenities an elite athlete would ever need. Aside from boats, oars, ergs and bikes, there is a full weight room with video analysis, a dining hall almost as good as the one at Craftsbury, and an athlete lounge with ping-pong, pool, an XBox 360, and Jumbling Tower (a blatant Jenga knockoff).

There are twelve lightweights here for the camp, 6 from the national team training center in Oklahoma City and 6 invited from elsewhere. This morning we did about 15k of steady-state and technique in straight fours, and if the weather holds up we will be back out there this afternoon. The next few days are a sort of a re-introduction to rowing, especially for those of us who haven’t been on the water since November, and next week we’ll get into the fun (race pace) stuff.

Aside from rowing, there are other sports represented here as well including field hockey, track and field, and soccer. We see them around training, in the dining hall, or the athlete lounge, where Kyle coincidentally ran into a girl he went to high school with – she is on the national field hockey team now and went to both the Beijing and London Olympic games.

It’s too bad we have to miss out on all the new snow, but we are definitely excited to be out on the water again and the warm weather is a nice change for now. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned!

– Phil Henson, Kyle Lafferty, and Phil Grisdela

Welcome to Chula Vista!

It feels like a different country after walking around in a T-shirt, sweating, and seeing palm trees line the road.

A view of one of the BMX courses here. Should have brought the staff bikes!

They call these distant mountains “hills” here, so they are fair game for “hill workouts.”

Pictures from Canadian Henley

16.Aug.2012 by phil.henson
SBTC on Front Page!

Maddie waves to the camera on her way to the dock

Twins

Astrid and Molley show off the guns

Josh Wins Henley Gold

First win of the regatta for Craftsbury's SBTC!

SBTC Dash

Emily and Erin duke it out over 500m in the dash

Craftsbury finishes second in the mixed 500m dash

Craftsbury finishes second in the mixed 500m dash

Henry and Ricky win Henley Gold!

Henry and Ricky win Henley Gold!

Another shot of the mixed 8+ for the Da$h for Ca$h

Another shot of the mixed 8+ for the Da$h for Ca$h

Craftsbury qualifies for the final at the finish line in the Men's Champ 8+

Craftsbury qualifies for the final at the finish line in the Men's Champ 8+

Another win for Craftsbury!

Another win for Craftsbury!

The lovely ladies of SBTC 2012 (plus Dan!)

The lovely ladies of SBTC 2012 (plus Dan!)