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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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Masters rowing head race, Weybridge Silver Sculls winner
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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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Week 6: It’s all about the taper

I just finished my final workout on the training plan. Tonight I pack the bag and tomorrow I’m on an airplane to Boston. I realized about four minutes into the piece that this was it.  My final erg session before the big day. Wow. It snuck up on me. There is nothing else I can do but eat well, sleep well, have a good practice run Friday, and stay calm. The taper week All smiles for last training row. My final four training days started with a Sunday row. You couldn’t ask for better conditions. Brilliant sunshine, bright blue sky,

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Rebecca Caroe

Week 5: Race Prep Brings on the Nerves

All was well. The house, quiet. Lights, dark. Bed, cozy and warm. Alarm snoozed. Out of the darkness: “Next week this time, you’ll be heading to Boston.” I blinked. Crap. In my mind, HOCR was nine days away, but I hadn’t thought about it like that. Who’d have thought one simple sentence would be a sucker-punch of adrenaline? Five weeks down, one to go! Comparing week 1 to week 2 of the October 5k training plan, I made gains almost every day. It was interesting because the priority workout I struggled with last week I crushed, while the one I loved

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Kettlebell dead lifts for rowing, masters rowing, faster masters
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Rebecca Caroe

Week 4: Getting Comfortable With Speed

One of my boat mates texted about her on-water training that morning and said, “What’s it, like, 17 days now?” “16. Get it right,” I answered. My little reminder. It’s getting real. I bought this sticker at last year’s Head of the Hooch, when I decided going to the Charles was the goal for 2019. HOCR seemed far away and beyond reach when I taped over my work desk at eye level. It’s been reminding me for eleven months of the objective. Now HOCR is 12 days away. All this training is coming to a head. Training Plan Update This

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Rebecca Caroe

Week 3: Listen to Your Body

Casey continues her journey towards the Head of the Charles.  Halfway there! As the countdown ticks down, two of our women’s four suffered sickness this week. Better sick now than in three weeks. The moral of this week is it’s great to push yourself and your boundaries. It’s also imperative you listen to your body. You need rest and recovery. As the big race looms, it’s easy to push too far and get broken down. The 5k Confession Part of training is measuring your progress. That means a test whether it’s in the form of a regatta or sitting down

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Lake Ruataniwha Rowing
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Rebecca Caroe

Learning pace judgement

This month we are talking Head Racing – long distance rowing races with Marlene Royle and Rebecca Caroe. Timestamps to the show: 01:00 Head Racing – top tips. Own the river. Be aggressive from the start. Focus on your rhythm. 04:00 How to be a strong stern pair in an eight for head racing 07:39 Where and how do you make rhythm with soft knees moving through the transition 14:30 How to learn pace judgement. Do some time trials to learn what rate suits you. Consistent speed is the goal. 7 x 3 minutes with a 2 minute break. Pick

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Lake Ruataniwha Rowing
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Rebecca Caroe

Our first Faster Masters Medalist

Gordon Williams is our very first medalist training on the Faster Masters programme. He  won Mens F 1x at Lake Ruataniwha in New Zealand’s South Island during September, beating a long-time winner into second place just before the line. How the race went Truth be told I rowed like a lumberjack for the last 15-20 strokes – no finesse at all. Carolyn Steele said to me after that the last 15-20 were “very ugly but seemed to be effective” LOL. Bruce nearly caught me. I need to learn to keep my cool for that last 150m. Start & middle were

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