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Rebecca Caroe

Week 2: Rowing the Long Game

The Head of the Charles is 26 days away as I sit and write. Less than four weeks. Somehow I found time to create a past history spreadsheet for my event. I used the last five years’ results to calculate the average winning time, the average top 5 finishers time, plus their corresponding benchmarks at Riverside, Weld, CBC. I’ve filmed myself erging and rowing and sought technical advice. I’ve been reading the program resources on preparation, plus some extra Googling. Yes, the rowing nerd has come out. Training Update: Week 1 vs Week 2 Life caught up into the second

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Rebecca Caroe

Backstory to Faster Masters

You may be wondering what is Faster Masters?  Let me answer by telling you a story.  Grab a comfy seat and a drink because this will take you 5 minutes to read. Rebecca and Marlene are your coaches were both competitive younger rowers and (eventually) reached the end of their careers and wondered what to do next. Marlene had won major titles in sculling and sweep rowing including a US National Championship, a Collegiate National Championship, and a Head of the Charles title. In 2000, she set two world records on the Concept2 Indoor Rower; Rebecca was a multiple Henley Womens

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Six Weeks to Get This Master Faster

Faster Masters is following one athlete’s progress towards the Head of the Charles 2019.  Casey McKenna is a 35 year old single sculler, a mom fo a 2 year old.   She trains alone since her job relocted to Kentucky and she was massivly excited when she got her entry into the HOCR this year – it’s her first time.  We will be following her blog updates weekly through to the race, and beyond!  Ever since I resumed training for specific rowing events, I’ve written my training plan. That’s partially been out of necessity: no rowing team here, no outside coach

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Rebecca Caroe

Do your programs suit Australia?

We got this question from a customer Hi there, I noticed your programs are geared on a monthly basis to a particular rowing season. I’m based in NSW, Australia so can I access the appropriate programs to correspond to my rowing season? Currently we are just starting our regatta season having done some slow long rows during the winter months and then we finish up with our state and National championships around the end of May 2020. Really enjoying your podcasts, thanks. And our answer: YES! We provide BOTH a southern hemisphere and a northern hemisphere training programme.  Your peak

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Rebecca Caroe

Blade Depth in Rowing

The September Faster Masters Rowing Radio podcast just published.  In it, Marlene and Rebecca talk about blade depth in rowing and sculling, and how to pick races that suit your crew’s needs. Timestamps to the show 01:00 Recovery strategies – active and passive; race day and training 08:10 How to pick your races at a regatta to suit your needs and preferences 17:36 Blade depth while rowing and sculling. Level bladework drills video https://animoto.com/play/x6AoJ8UGRqL6eUmt91ybGQ?autostart=1 Valery Kleshnev’s article about blade depth http://www.biorow.com/RBN_en_2015_files/2015RowBiomNews08.pdf? 24:00 Randall Foils to control blade depth – how to test if new equipment is effective for you and

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Persephone Wynn, masters rower, rowing coach, faster masters
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Rebecca Caroe

Individual program testimonials from August 2019

Don’t believe us – listen to our Faster Masters members to tell you how using our programs helps their rowing. Persephone Wynn is 63 and coming back to rowing after some health issues My boat is a 20 yr old very tippy Fillipi – mostly tippy because I have little or no feeling in my feet due to chemo side effects, and more recently a loss of balance as a side effect of concussion at the beginning of the year – that has improved and is much better.    I have been on the water three times this week –

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Rebecca Caroe

How to video your crew effectively

Marlene and Rebecca discuss race day eating tips, how to video your crew effectively for coaching analysis. Active recovery paddling, eating and hydration and the Go Pro mount kit from Oar Inspired. Timestamps to the show 0:01 Race day eating tips 11:00 Race day finishing sprints 19:30 Rowing video analysis how to do it; what not to do Buy a video review of yourself or your crew. 

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Rebecca Caroe

Questions about Crew Membership answered

I am writing to ask a few questions about the “Faster Masters Program”.  My partner and I have been rowing a pair and double for a couple of seasons here.  We belong to a  small masters club, however, we have no coach.  We have picked up some coaching during the past two seasons but it has been inconsistent.  We competed in the US Masters in 2016 and the Canadian Henley in 2018,  but feel we could improve with some consistent coaching.  As such your new program appealed to us after our initial reading of its content.  We do have a

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Get Your Stroke Rate Up!

Tips for training and rowing in the heat and how to transition to racing at high stroke rates Faster Masters Rowing Radio July 2019 is hosted by Marlene Royle and Rebecca Caroe.  They write monthly training programs for masters rowers at www.fastermastersrowing.com 0:00 Introduction and summary of what’s in the July Faster Masters training program 4:00 Rowing and heat – home made electrolyte. Know your medications. 8:00 Rule number One for hydration.  Calculate your sweat rate  https://www.britishrowing.org/2018/06/beat-the-heat/ 13:00 How too acclimatise to heat.  The W.U.T. protocol.  Pre-cooling your body. 20:00 Transitioning to doing high rates in the boat.  Good bladework

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Practicing racing starts

Marlene Royle and Rebecca Caroe discuss food and nutrition for rowers and how to practice racing starts. Nutrition – from Nancy Clark’s seminar “Sports Nutrition: Clarifying the confusion about what’s best to eat”.  The link below is to the 5th edition of Nancy’s classic book.  Rowing Chat has an affiliate link code.  A more recent edition will publish on 20th July 2019. Practicing Racing Starts Start with 3 strokes Build up to 10s Ensure you include starts in your race warmup Set a target race rate you want to hit – and make sure you do it Practice the first

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