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Winter Conditioning, #GivingTuesday, Erg Squalls, USRowing Youth Regional Challenge

posted Nov 19, 2018, 7:16 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Nov 19, 2018, 7:16 AM ]
  1. Winter Conditioning-A note from Coach Tylander 
  2. #GivingTuesday is Nov 27th 
  3. Erg Squalls 
  4. USRowing Youth Regional Challenge 

Thank you to all who volunteered at the first Tag Day of the season. We had a great day.

We also had 85 rowers/coxswains register and we are looking forward to an amazing season! Although our major deadline to register has passed, we are always happy to have athletes join the team during winter training. If you know someone who wants to join crew, have them contact wtwcrewmembership@gmail.com for details.

As a reminder, those who do not intend to ride the practice bus must opt out by emailing membership (wtwcrewmembership@gmail.com). All others will be expected to pay the fee by January 16th to ride the bus. The final fee will be determined based on number of riders and communicated in time to meet the payment deadline.

1. NEW: Winter Conditioning-A note from Coach Tylander.
We often get questions about if winter conditioning is “really” optional, so I will answer this as plainly as I can.

Crew is a cardiovascular fitness dominant sport. The demands placed on an athlete during a race are like running up the side of a mountain for a mile and half while chained to seven of your friends.

While we do not have tryouts, boat selection during the spring is competitive. The level of fitness necessary for the sport cannot be built in the 4-6 weeks between the first day of practice and the meat of racing season when boat lineups must be set. The better the fitness of the athlete, the better chance they have of making a top boat.

Winter conditioning is not the only way to get in shape; doing a winter sport or having a rigorous researched workout plan that you do are your own are also good options. We have had past captains and rowers who were members of the swim team, played basketball or ran track and were in top boats that medaled at state championships.

I will not say that winter conditioning is better at getting you into “rowing shape” than playing a winter sport or working out on your own. I will say that winter conditioning is far superior to doing nothing. The more athletes that work hard on their conditioning, the faster ALL our boats will be.

If you have questions about the more technical aspects of winter conditioning feel free to drop me an email, but be warned we are going to talk about energy pathways, lactate levels, HR zones, and muscle memory.

Here is the Weekly Winter Conditioning Schedule (also on wtwcrew.org under key dates). Returning student-athletes have conditioning on November 19 & 20th. The whole team begins conditioning on Monday, November 26th.

Monday: (15 min overlap-each get 1 hr 30 min w/ergs - girls set up/boys take down)
Girls: 3:30-5:15 (1 hr 45 min)
Boys: 4:45-6:45 (2 hr)

Tuesday: (15 min overlap-each, girls get 1 hr on the ergs plus take down)
Boys: 3:30-5:15 (1 hr 45 min)
Girls: 4:45-7:00/weight room (2 hr 15 min)

Wednesday: (15 min overlap-each get 1hr 30 min w/ergs -girls set up/boys take down)
Girls: 3:30-5:15 (1 hr 45 min)
Boys: 4:45-6:45 (2 hr)

Thursday: (15 min overlap-each, girls get 1 hr on the ergs plus take down)
Boys: 3:30-5:15 (1 hr 45 min)
Girls: 4:45-7:00/weight room (2 hr 15 min)

Girls: 3:30-6:30 (ergs plus Yoga)
Boys: 4:45-7:00/weight room (2 hr 15 min)

To help with planning, there will be winter conditioning on 3 hour early release days (Dec 14 and Jan 18). There will be conditioning for student-athletes in town between Jan 2-4. There is no conditioning on Jan 21 (MLK holiday) or Feb 18 (Presidents’ Day), but we will have conditioning on Jan 25 and Feb 4 (both student holidays). On-the-water practices begin on Tuesday, Feb 19th.

All of this information is on our website calendar for future reference. There are also instructions on how to sync the calendar with your computer or mobile device.

2. REMINDER: #GivingTuesday. Our team is participating in a fundraising campaign for #GivingTuesday on November 27th this year. You can find the campaign donation site here. If you have extended family that you think would like to support the team or if your employer provides corporate donations, please make them aware of the campaign. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to fundraising chair, Gina Clune at wtwcrewfundraising@gmail.com.

3. NEW: 1st Annual Indoor Rowing Regatta-Erg Squall Sprints. On December 2nd, Rock Ridge Rowing is hosting Erg Squall in Ashburn, VA. Late registration remains available until Nov 26th if you are interested in attending this USRowing-registered indoor rowing event. Perfectly timed to capitalize on your efforts to get rid of any weight gained during Thanksgiving.

Registration can be completed on Regatta Central. Also, note that racing ergs are available for sale.

4. NEW: USRowing Youth Regional Challenge for seniors who plan to row in college. USRowing inaugural event in a new series of Olympic Development Program (ODP) Identification Camps. These camps will provide athletes with the necessary information and opportunities to develop into international-caliber athletes and ultimately be selected to represent the United States internationally at the U19 level.

The Youth Regional Challenge will take place on the Sarasota, FL race course from Dec. 12-15 and will bring together 400 of the top youth athletes from across the country to compete for their regions in a time trial-to-final format. Athletes that are selected to attend will race in one of the following events:
  • U18 Men's 8+, 4+, 4x, 2-, 2x, 1x 
  • U17 Men's 8+, 4x 
  • U18 Women's 8+, 4+, 4x, 2-, 2x, 1x 
  • U17 Women's 8+, 4x 
You can find more information and the application link on this page or the direct link to the application form here.

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