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Reflections on Head Season & Faster Masters

November is “off-season.” I know everyone’s hitting the winter training hard, but I just can’t. I am mentally and physically burnt out. All said, 2019 has been a big year for me in rowing even though I didn’t race a lot. Many firsts! My first indoor regatta–I crushed it! Got a “new-to-me” Fluidesign for my birthday-anniversary-Christmas-Valentines-Day-next-five-years. Now I race again! I went to my second-ever Masters Nationals. Won my first gold! Composited a whole bunch of boats, met a bunch of people, had lots of fast races. Rowed in my first Head of the Charles. Medaled in 2 of 3 races at the Hooch

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Rebecca Caroe

Rowing motivation in the winter months

Marlene Royle and Rebecca Caroe set out their priorities for February training for masters rowers. Sponsors – this podcast would not be possible without our advertisers. Please visit their websites and buy their products. https://rowing.chat/sponsors/ Prygl Rowing Camps – 2 events in July and August ideal prep for FISA World Masters https://pryglrowing.com/rowingchat 12 Week Head Race Training Program for HORR, Vets Head, Heineken Cup, WEHORR https://fastermastersrowing.com/courses/head-racing-12-week-program/ Timestamps to the show 04:00 What’s in the February Faster Masters training subscription programme? 06:30 Motivation in the winter months. This is a great book by James Clear Atomic Habits how to build good

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Graham Spittle erg champion
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Rebecca Caroe

FM Podcast listener wins at erg champs

Graham Spittle is a listener to the Faster Masters Rowing Radio podcast.  On our November Q&A episode he asked this question I have been watching YouTube and it seems some people do a pre-warmup, warmup. As a 71 year old heavyweight is this necessary? British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC) were held this past weekend at the Olympic velodrome.  It seems Graham was keen to learn about warm ups because he was preparing for this indoor rowing event. Graham explains what happened on the day [taken from the Masters Rowing International Facebook Group thread].. OK – it’s a rare bragging post

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Rebecca Caroe

Goal for winter rowing training

Welcome to December’s podcast for masters rowers. Marlene and Rebecca took questions from listeners for this episode. Timestamps to the show 1:13 Faster Masters Rowing training program elements for this month. 4.45 Are erg sprints a good winter goal? 7:30 Goal of winter training programs. Faster Masters Rowing Episode 7: The Role of Testing & Trials in Rowing https://fastermastersrowing.com/courses/faster-masters-episode-7/ 10:09 What gives you the biggest boost for next year’s head racing? 15:00 Work travel and how to keep training alongside social obligations of a corporate career Home Exercises by Raf Wyatt https://www.rowperfect.co.uk/home-exercises-need-to-train-at-home-heres-how/ 22:20 Training adjustments Returning to rowing, starting rowing

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Rebecca Caroe

Recommendation for strengthening exercises over winter

Hi, my last head race of the season is behind me and I think I’ve identified some areas that I need to work on. The last race was a lot of fun even if only finishing in the middle of the pack and I think I put into it as much as I could as far as effort. I know I have lost muscle mass and strength over the years and I am wondering if it is feasible to increase strength by focusing on particular erg and rowing exercises over the winter? My erg is a C2 model A with

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Rebecca Caroe

Cambridge Autumn Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Masters ABC Mixed 2x from Peterborough City (Hayley Shipton and Chris Elder. They were very excited when they came to pick up their prize to  hear that in addition to the traditional British Regatta “pots” they had also won a crew subscription to Faster Masters Rowing! Hayley wrote to us Apologies for taking so long to get in contact. We were away at World Masters in Budapest and then came back to a couple of manic weeks finishing off the summer season (we are the captains at Peterborough City Rowing Club).

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Rebecca Caroe

Week 7: The RACE

Bucket List Check: Head of the Charles 2019 Months and months of training, and poof! Over in a flash. Three days back and there’s still much to process. I didn’t update during the regatta because I wanted to absorb the experience–and I needed to sleep at night. I did make this short video, the 7 Days Countdown to HOCR. I wanted to capture everything that leads up to a race, plus the results. Thursday The first half of the trip went off with zero problems: Louisville to Laguardia Airport. Now that airport is a disaster. Poor signage, terrible food choices behind

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Rebecca Caroe

Weybridge Silver Sculls Winner

Hey well done to Mary Mortimer from Putney Town Rowing Club in London, UK who won her age category at Weybridge Silver Sculls head race. She has won an Individual Faster Masters training programme membership.

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Rebecca Caroe

Your rowing steering questions answered

Welcome to Faster Masters with Marlene Royle and Rebecca Caroe.  We asked listeners to send us their questions and this podcast episode is all about training tapering and steering techniques for head racing. In the Faster Masters subscription training program for November are: two separate rowing and land training plans for those doing head races this month and separately for those transitioning to winter training. We’ve got a technique focus on power drills. The performance module features and article about the future of rowing data and Part 1 of the Elements of Endurance – factors affecting endurance training. In rowing

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Rebecca Caroe

Bucket List Check: Head of the Charles 2019

Months and months of training, and poof! Over in a flash. Three days back and there’s still much to process. I didn’t update during the regatta because I wanted to absorb the experience–and I needed to sleep at night. I did make this short video, the 7 Days Countdown to HOCR. I wanted to capture everything that leads up to a race, plus the results. Thursday The first half of the trip went off with zero problems: Louisville to Laguardia Airport. Now that airport is a disaster. Poor signage, terrible food choices behind security, and one bathroom for 15+ gates?

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