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Archive for September, 2012

New Oar Rack

29.Sep.2012 by phil.henson

To the new sculling campers, the oar rack they are using this week has always been there. But everyone else knows otherwise: with space for 90 pairs of sculling oars – double the capacity of the old rack – and about two times closer to the docks, the new rack will help get campers on the water faster and will free up space for more boats in the boathouse.

Old Oar Rack

Previous Oar Rack

The oar rack team consisted of Dick Dreissigacker, Judy and Carlie Geer, Kyle Lafferty, Phil Grisdela, and me, with helpful insight from a variety of others. After settling on a space for the oar rack in the waterfront, we came up with a design that would use the existing trees as posts, taking advantage of the natural landscape without having to uproot any trees or dig post holes. Our first step was to put together a rough prototype, figure out the various dimensions to get an idea for the capacity of the oar rack, and decide what kind of wood we would need and how much. Then, we cleaned up the rack location a bit by clearing the low branches using a tree trimmer made from an extra-long Concept 2 carbon fiber oar shaft and a saw blade. We screwed some 2×4’s into the trees to add structural stability to the cross beams, and then went to work on cutting boards. After a couple days in the workshop with a table saw, circular saw, wood glue, nail gun and a good supply of local lumber milled right here at the center, we were ready to start putting everything together.

Adding the "teeth" that hold up the oars by their collars

Adding the "teeth" that hold up the oars by their collars

After all the pieces were put together, we filled out the uneven terrain with soil and woodchips.

A truckload of fresh dirt helps to even out the ground

A truckload of fresh dirt helps to even out the ground

There is only one more weekend of sculling camps this season, but hopefully we can get some good feedback on the oar rack to see if it needs any tinkering before the boathouse starts closing things down for the winter.

(left to right) Phil Grisdela, Phil Henson, and Kyle Lafferty stand in front of the new oar rack

(left to right) Phil Grisdela, Phil Henson, and Kyle Lafferty stand in front of the new oar rack

A picture from the back of the oar rack shows its proximity to the docks

A picture from the back of the oar rack shows its proximity to the docks

Lake Placid, sprint time trial photos

27.Sep.2012 by Caitlin Patterson

From September 10th through September 21st, the skiing portion of the GRP was in Lake Placid, NY for a training camp with our peers from other training groups around the country and the US Ski Team.

I’m not going to attempt to summarize the camp here, because chances are that if you’re interested in our day-to-day workout routines, you’ll probably have read the Fasterskier articles and followed USSA on Facebook to find pictures and other “workout stories.” We did bounding intervals, rollerski speeds and easy distance workouts, a sprint rollerski time trial, and quite a number of other sessions. And the notorious Climb to the Castle rollerski race, which I would say went moderately well to very well for most members of the GRP.  (Go to this link: http://nysefxcski.blogspot.com/2012/09/climb-to-castle-2012-race-coverage-and.html for results if you’re interested.)

Here are a few pictures of the GRP guys (and others) from the classic sprint last Thursday, since I decided that watching and snapping pictures was somewhat more interesting than a long cool down.  We woke up to a cold morning but the sun was bright and faintly warm by the start of the qualifiers. The women tended to be conservative on the fast downhills of the Lake Placid jump complex course, instead using the flats and uphill sections to make decisive moves during the heats. The men flew around the corners and down the hills without hesitation, and then powered up the hills too. Fortunately there didn’t seem to be any crashes during the qualifiers or heats, for men or women. The camp was an excellent experience, a nice chance for comparison, competition, and just plain hard training. And some movies, team dinners, card games, strength competitions, and hours lounging on the sun porch at our Lake Placid rental house too.

Lactate testing after the women's finals with Whitcomb and Pepper

Lactate testing after the women's finals with coaches Whitcomb and Pepper

From right to left: Pat, Eric Packer, Dylan, Alex, Gordon, (Bryan's shadow)

From right to left: Pat, Eric Packer, Dylan, Alex, Gordon, (Bryan's shadow)

The same heat, climbing the first hill

The same heat, climbing the first hill

Cornering: In control, or not quite?

Cornering: In control, or not quite?

Pat leading around the downhill corner

Pat leading around the downhill corner

Andy Newell leading a heat towards the finish

Andy Newell leading a heat towards the finish

Pat leading over the crest of the hill

Pat leading over the crest of the hill

Starting

Nils and his heat just after the start

Ida and Annie Hart cooling down after the sprint

Ida and Annie Hart (in the distance) cooling down after the sprint. The fall colors were actually quite vibrant in NY by the time we left, though this picture doesn't do them justice.

Alex gapping Tim and Gordon

Alex gapping Tim and Gordon

Tim, Gordon, Dylan, Nils

Tim, Gordon, Dylan, Nils

Alex leading up the last hill, with the aerials pools in the background

Alex leading up the last hill, with the aerials pools in the background

Pepa cheering on the heat of 5 GRP skiers + Sylvan

Pepa cheering on the heat of 5 GRP skiers + Sylvan

Bryan vs. Tad Elliott

Bryan vs. Tad Elliott

Zumba as Cross-training

18.Sep.2012 by Emily Dreissigacker

This Monday evening Jamie, Kyle, and I headed up to the church on the common to check out the Zumba class taught by Rosa, one of our community rowing regulars. For those of you who don’t know, Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines a little of everything, from belly-dancing to kick boxing to the samba. We were expecting to get a workout similar to that of yoga but an hour of booty shaking, shoulder shimmying, and dynamic footwork later we were drenched in sweat and already sore.  So, we decided to take a closer look at the benefits of Zumba as cross-training.

Maximum Heart Rate: 169 I’m pretty sure this was reached during the belly-dancing portion of the class. Rosa conveniently had three extra belly-dancing hip scarves, the kind that jingle when you move, which she had us wear. Yes, Kyle wore one, and yes it was jingling.

Average Heart Rate: 140 but the only reason it wasn’t higher was because we didn’t bring our Zumba hand weights. Some of the dances were a little slower but incorporated rhythmic bicep curls with small dumbbells that doubled as maracas.

Favorite Dance Move: Butt-shake drum-walk. How it’s done: Shimmy your hips in a slight squat as you walk forward while simultaneously playing air bongo drums with your hands. Targeted muscle groups: Glutes, calves, quads, obliques, and deltoids.

Hardest Dance Move: Brazilian Samba. How it’s done: Who knows.

Easiest Dance Move: The “I workout” move. How it’s done: During the song “Sexy and I know it” by LMFAO flex both biceps in a power stance when you hear the words “I workout” followed by a sequence of hip thrusts.

Stretching: The last song was the cool down. This actually was pretty similar to yoga, if you did yoga to the beat of music and strung the poses together with a little interpretive dance.

Conclusion: It’s going in the training log.

Two weeks in Craftsbury

10.Sep.2012 by Hannah Dreissigacker

I haven’t written a blog post in a long time…and I know that the last one I wrote was probably about our garden.  So probably I should have written a blog about training or something in between then and now…but I didn’t, so instead this is mostly just going to be a fall garden update, in pictures.  But I swear that there are pictures of other things besides vegetables too!

Ida and I planted lots of garlic this year--and we had a bumper crop!  Now we can all stay healthy and have stinky breath all winter.

Ida and I planted lots of garlic this year--and we had a bumper crop! Now we can all stay healthy and have stinky breath all winter.

Dylan and Nils scavenged tons of apples from roadside trees, plus some from around our house, and we had a cider pressing.

Dylan and Nils scavenged tons of apples from roadside trees, plus some from around our house, and we had a cider pressing.

We made almost 15 gallons of cider--and a good bit of it is now "aging to perfection" in our basement.

We made almost 15 gallons of cider--and a good bit of it is now "aging to perfection" in our basement.

One day a few weeks ago Amy and I volunteered to glean for the Vermont Food Bank at Hazendale Farm in Greensboro.  We picked some of the coolest eggplants ever!

One day a few weeks ago Amy and I volunteered to glean for the Vermont Food Bank at Hazendale Farm in Greensboro. We picked some of the coolest eggplants ever!

The boys have a hop-picking party.  I was in a rush, so I just pulled down the whole vines, and we picked the hops off later.  Everyone was quite hop-happy!

The boys have a hop-picking party. I was in a rush, so I just pulled down the whole vines, and we picked the hops off later. Everyone was quite hop-happy!

Pretty chard from our house garden.

Pretty chard from our house garden.

Caitlin and Ida show off our HUGE beet (not very many others even came up, and they're all much smaller) and our HUGEST carrot (we had a lot of big carrots this year!)

Caitlin and Ida show off our HUGE beet (not very many others even came up, and they're all much smaller) and our HUGEST carrot (we had a lot of big carrots this year!)

We took the GRP rowers for rollerski practice.  For a few of them, it was their very first practice of any kind in Craftsbury.  They were all great sports...and now they have some practicing to do for the 2nd annual Roll Run Row triathlon that we plan to hold sometime soon.

We took the GRP rowers for rollerski practice. For a few of them, it was their very first practice of any kind in Craftsbury. I think that they mostly had fun! And now they have some practicing to do for the 2nd annual Roll Run Row triathlon that we plan to hold sometime soon.

And since I also have a habit of posting pictures of the view from our house, I figured I'd throw this one in too!  The cool fall weather has been giving us lots of nice foggy sunrises during breakfast.

And since I also have a habit of posting pictures of the view from our house, I figured I’d throw this one in too! The cool fall weather has been giving us lots of nice foggy sunrises during breakfast.

I was psyched to have some time at home in Craftsbury for the last couple of weeks–as you can see its been a great few weeks!  Now our whole team heads to Lake Placid for a training camp with the U.S. Ski Team and Biathlon team, the Stratton elite training group, NENSA athletes, and other skiers from around the country.  It should be good training, and definitely less harvesting.