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Archive for August, 2013

Putting the G in the GRP

29.Aug.2013 by Maggie Fellows

As the newest rower of the Green Racing Project, I thought I needed to do something “to put the G in the GRP” as Coach Dan Roock likes to tell us.  It is important to remember the sustainability aspect of the Outdoor Center’s Mission in the way that we carry out our lives.

After a summer of training with the SBTC program in Craftsbury I was at home in Massachusetts for a few weeks with my family before returning to Vermont.  I do not have a car, nor did I have a ride to return, so why not bike?  I did exactly that this past weekend.

The 200 mile trip took two days, with a stop in Hanover, NH for a night before continuing north along the Connecticut River.

Here is a rough map of my route.

Here is a rough map of my route and some other photos from my trip.

 

 

 

Setting out fully loaded.

Scenic New Hampshire hills.

Scenic New Hampshire hills.

One of the many covered bridges over the Connecticut River.

One of the many covered bridges over the Connecticut River.

Can you spot the scullers from the Dartmouth boathouse rowing in the morning river fog?

Can you spot the scullers from the Dartmouth boathouse rowing in the morning river fog?

And finally, welcome back to the Hosmer!

And finally, welcome back to the Hosmer!

Ride the Lightning

29.Aug.2013 by Steve Whelpley

As John already mentioned, it turned into a stormy afternoon here in Chungju.  Dan and I have been speculating that the meteorological technology in this part of the world may not be quite what it is stateside.  Sure, the weatherman may not actually be able to predict the weather in the states either, but at least he acts like he knows what it will do hour by hour.  Here, it said it was raining and thunderstorming all day.  Fortunately for racing, it held off for most of the morning…

…until I had to race.  45 minutes before my race the thunder was sounding pretty treacherous, and the lighter clouds were being exchanged for darker ones.  Even so, crews kept launching.  My race was the last of the day.  It was clear that they wanted to get every race run.  I launched and had a pretty solid warm-up on the water, considering the amount of thunder and lightning I was witnessing.

Fortunately, I was lane 5 and the closest to shore, so I’d at least be saved.  But seriously, as the weather rolled in so did changing winds and having the lane closest to shore is probably the best one to have.  The winds here have been quite temperamental and gusty.  They rarely feel like the type of gusts you have stateside that suddenly pick up and push you around on the water.  Instead, they just drift in and out without any major interference, but still with a significant effect on boat speed.  The shore lanes stand the best chance of being slightly more protected.  Additionally, despite being a straight course, it’s orientation to the geography makes for changing winds.  In this race, I had a tailwind in the second 500 and a headwind in the last 500.  Honest.

I had a decent start, and having studied the fields prior races, I knew I would/could get out ahead.  The game plan was to get out ahead and stay out ahead, allowing me to meter my efforts accordingly for qualification to the C final.  At the same time, at this level, you never know what people will do, so I had to make certain to not rest on my laurels.  That being said, winning this piece didn’t mean everything, so I wasn’t going to go ballistic.  The race pretty much played out in an ideal fashion, and as expected, the Korean boat tried to put on a show for his home audience at the end, so I squeezed off some extra pressure at the line to lead the whole piece and win.

Afterwards, the regatta suddenly acknowledged the impending doom that was the weather and told everyone but the rowers on the water to head for safety.  Though, it seemed like a smart idea to head in after a short cool down.

Big day tomorrow with my final and the doubles semi.  Should be better weather!

View from the Kiddy pool

29.Aug.2013 by John Graves

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29.Aug.2013 by John Graves

Stormy day here in Chungju. Race officials moved racing to earlier in the day today due to severe wind and rain coming in this afternoon. As far as I know, they were successful in getting all of the scheduled racing in today. Because of the inclement weather, Ben and I practiced early this morning and will probably be staying indoors for the rest of the day. We race in the A/B Semifinal tomorrow afternoon at 1.30 pm Korean time, so 12.30 am eastern time. So far today has been a good opportunity to relax and continue to recoup from yesterday’s race and make sure that we are brimming with exuberance tomorrow for our race. Yesterday’s rep, while highly successful in placing us in the top 12, was extremely difficult. I think we probably made the classic mistake of launching too early for our race given the hot and humid conditions. We ended up baking in the sun for a little too long and by the time the race came, we seemed cooked. Luckily we were able to put together a good enough race to advance. That won’t be good enough tomorrow though. Tomorrow we will be up against the best doubles in the world and will need every trick we have to hang with the field. After our race yesterday, we were fortunate enough to get some good treatment from the trainers and a nice ice bath to jumpstart the recovery. Honestly, I have never been so happy hopping in a pool of 50 degree water.