This winter, rowers from Baltimore Rowing Club’s Youth Program will share their views of the sport of rowing, training, coaching, their goals, their successes, their challenges, and how rowing has influenced their lives.
Their views will be their own and in their own words. Unscripted. Unedited.
This month Naomi Trader, a member of the 2017 class at Institute of Notre Dame, shares her views.
Friday, January 15, 2016.
What’s the most important rowing season?
Is it Fall because of the long 5ks?
Or is it Spring because of its sprint pieces and Nationals?
Or maybe it’s summer because of its many sculling opportunities.
These are all very great seasons but, winter training is the most important. Attending winter training does so much good to your fitness and scores for the spring. It essentially builds off your fitness from fall and improves it for spring.
I have been participating in winter training for four years, and every season I have increased my fitness. If more people came to winter training on a regular basis our team would become unstoppable. A majority of rowers come once or twice every two weeks and think it’s helping them, when it’s not. If we all committed to winter training, BRC would definitely have boats going to nationals. Also the most important day of winter training is Saturday. Personally I know that they are longer and harder, but they are the most beneficial to training.
Coming to winter training has benefited me in so many ways. I went from finishing last on 10ks and 2ks and not being able to hold a two-minute plank to finishing top five and being able to hold a two-minute plank. My 2k time went from 8:15 to 7:41 during one winter training season.
Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints is the winter season regatta where you get to show off all of the hard work you’ve done at training and also get seen by coaches.
I competed in Mid Atlantic erg sprints at the ages of 14 and 15 in the 1000 meter and 1500 meter events placing fourth and third. In addition, I competed in the 500 meter event and won third place. This year I’ve got my eyes set on improving my scores and possibly winning the ultimate prize (1st place). Thanks to Coach Natalie for pushing, encouraging and believing in me when I didn’t fully believe in myself and my mom for her willingness to get me wherever I needed to be to get the job done.
Winter Training is LIT!