The Crew Classic is this weekend so if you’re unfamiliar with the history of the regatta (this is its 44th year), check out this video.
If you’re new to the sport, this video gives a good overview of what each 500 of a 2k is like. This is good for coxswains to watch too so you can get an idea of how the athletes are feeling throughout the race and plan/strategize your calls and moves accordingly.
This week’s video isn’t embeddable so you’ll have to click over to the Olympic channel to watch it. It’s a quick 5 minute interview with Pete Cipollone where he reflects on his two Olympic games and the USA’s “third time’s the charm” shot at getting a gold medal after falling short in 1996 and 2000.
Coxswains especially, there’s a lot for us to relate to in this video so I encourage you to check it out. If you take away one thing, make it be what he says about not changing the race plan – “don’t do anything stupid, don’t do anything you don’t have to do”. If you’re up on the field and something is clearly going right, keep doing whatever you’re doing. Solid words of wisdom as we gear up for the spring season.
25-30k kilojoules = 6000 – 7200 calories … a day.
Related: Fueling an Olympian
Someone should do one of these with coxswains (or lightweights). Same general idea, just a different approach.
I haven’t jumped on the VR bandwagon yet but this is pretty cool. I like that you can look one direction and see how the coxswain is steering and then spin the camera around and watch the bladework.
“Burn developed a unique, personal style of sculling that took him years of experimentation to perfect. He engaged the arms, body and legs simultaneously at the catch, and rowed at unusually high stroke ratings for an entire 2000 meter race, over 40 strokes per minute.”
Doing that in an eight with seven other people for a full 2000 meters sounds arduous enough … imagine how taxing, both mentally and physically, it is doing it by yourself in a single.