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Rowing with the Gators: Weeks 2-7

27.Mar.2016 by Maggie Fellows

At Canal 54 the GRP rowers are training hard gearing up for Olympic Trials in a little over 3 weeks.  (Everyone except Parker and Andrew who finished up the National Selection Regatta in Chula Vista, CA this week with an 8th place finish in the pair and an invitation to the Princeton Big Boats Selection Camp.)

Here is an assortment of pictures–some old, some not so old…

Hugh

Hugh

Jamie/Liz W2x

Jamie/Liz W2x

me

me

Ben and Andrew during pre-practice meeting

Ben and Andrew during pre-practice meeting

Ben makes friends

Ben makes friends

Busy morning at C54 with some collegiate 8+ racing

Busy morning at C54 with some collegiate 8+ racing

Fellsmere Elementary school talk

Fellsmere Elementary school talk

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talk 2

Sebastian High School talk

Sebastian High School talk

Cool school

Cool school

Beautiful morning at C54.  15k of straight water

Beautiful morning at C54. 15k of straight water

Annndd plenty of beach trips!

Annndd plenty of beach trips!

We move on April 8th to Sarasota where Olympic Trials will be held.  Check the COC website for updates on trials racing starting the 18th!

Princeton, Our Second Home

22.May.2015 by Maggie Fellows

 

It seems like the Clarion Hotel in New Jersey has become our second home because we have spent so much time there the past few weeks!  The rowers were there at the end of April for the first National Selection Regatta and then we returned again a few weeks later for the second NSR as well as Pan American Games Trials (a 10 day stint for me, Sonshine, and Dan).  It is so nice to finally be back in Craftsbury!

At both the NSR and PanAm trials Craftsbury was well represented by some close racing.  Check out the Outdoor Center webpage for write-ups on results: NSR II and Pan Am Trials, or look here for full results: NSR II Results and Pan Am Trials Results.

I don’t have any photos that I took to share, but here are a few pictures from the PanAm trials that are on the row2k website.  Most rowers are very familiar with this site and immediately after a race look to see the candid pics, but for those of you who haven’t seen these before I thought I would share.

 

Women's 1x semifinal at PanAm trials.

Women’s 1x semifinal at PanAm trials.

Erik and Andrew in the Men's 2x.

Erik and Andrew in the Men’s 2x.

GRP's Hugh McAdam with Matt O'Leary  in the Lightweight Men's 2x

GRP’s Hugh McAdam with Matt O’Leary in the Lightweight Men’s 2x.

Phil Grisdela with Riverside Boat Club's Tobin McGee.

Phil Grisdela with Riverside Boat Club’s Tobin McGee.

 

USRowing also has photographers at the events:

 

Hugh and Matt

Hugh and Matt.

Sonshine

Sonshine

Griz and McGee at the start.

Griz and McGee at the start.

 

 

And, here are a few original drawings from my budding artistic career to illustrate some of my adventures while away from the Center.

 

goose updated

 

 

Once, when I was going for a short jog along the canal behind the hotel, I surprised a bird of prey that was about to eat a gosling. When it saw me coming, it flew away and the baby goose sprinted into the poison ivy and then rejoined its honking family.  Good for the geese, not so good for the other bird!

 

fish paint

 

Another day during rowing practice hours at the course, I had a run in with a large fish.  It leapt out of the water and landed in my boat, on my rigger.  It is hard to say which of us was more surprised!  After a few aggressive flops it managed to jump back into the water.

So that’s all for now!  We will all be back at Craftsbury for a few weeks and then split off a bit to different races.

Ski to Row

17.Nov.2014 by Maggie Fellows

IMG_5017(Elizabeth Sonshine)

The GRP rowers woke up this morning to white flurries falling from the sky and temperatures hovering around zero.  Last week we had a few nice rows on the water before we presumably packed away our boats for the winter and got ready to don our Sauce hats and ski gloves.  This morning I pulled out my rock skis to commute to practice, where Coach Dan rallied us to row for one last time, despite the snow covering the docks and cold temperatures.  When else would we get the chance to row in such unique conditions?  Calm, glassy water with snowy, muffled silence and viscous water.

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We started off practice with a boys versus girls snowball fight between the docks (3 on 3, not the whole squad).  Then with Hugh leading the charge into the unknown waters we launched for the row.

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Some team boats, some singles.

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Griz? Frozen ear maybe?

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Quite the day for a last row!

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Me getting ready to launch, note the ski boots!

 

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.