yesterday was a really good practice. I coxed mixed varsity 8 (mostly women, though) in the morning and we worked on a lot of technique— Rowing on the square, swinging out together and rotating rather than reaching, and then backing the oar into the water. there was a men’s varsity 4+ also in our practice and they did the same thing. the beginning was a little difficult on the square (as expected) but the set was incredible the entire time. eventually after while, we moved to the feather (EARLIER that expected) because everyone was moving together really well. i was really calling people out and even though it may have been annoying, it was really just to fix things and make sure we got it down rather than just moving on. At the end of the morning practice, we “raced” men’s 4+, doing 50ish strokes each and didn’t pass them, but steph said that while the men’s boat sacrificed technique for power, we sacrificed power to keep the technique, which is isn’t terrible.
in the afternoon, i was with the men’s 8+ (with a couple novice in bow pair) and we MOVED. I reminded them of what we had enforced while i was in the women’s boat, and then worked hard to put more pressure on it, and focus on ratio. there were a bunch of calls which were really confusing to call, like, “pause and forward body angle, row, take two strokes and pause again, row, etc.” " and i actually hated it. then we did ratio, counting up to 4 and then switching to 5 (1and2, 3, 4 OR 1AND2, 3, 4, 5) and that was better. Kevin was stroke and towards the end, everyone was just tired, so as we was switching the ratio, it was hard for everyone to follow. but after we got that down and put everything together, obviously the men have no problem giving pressure, so we SURGED. we raced again against a women’s v8+ (with some tall novice) and they had 120 strokes to pass and we has 100, and took them with about 3 boat lengths of open water. it felt good.
Dinner was awesome after that.