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Problem:  How to effect a major turn-around in boat speed with 8 weeks to go before a big regatta?

well-known crew has got a lot of speed to make up before a rather big regatta.  You are the coach, what do you do?

Taken direct from a FB thread. Here are the recommendations.  Add yours in the comments

Number 1

Its actually very simple. Point 1. ban them from any fixed head ergometer use. Put them onto RP3s instead. Get some really good video cameras and film every part of their outings at various different pressures and work to get their phasing right at race pace and above. put them onto a really intense lactate tolerance programme every 8 days or so all filmed for subsequent analysis and add to that lots and lots of UT 3 work with the sole aim of getting their phasing in the water absolutely together. Rig the boat individually to achieve these aims. Lastly, but not least. Get them to do sufficient timed strength work in the boat to convince them with the consequent good times that they are actually quite capable of winning if they row together and entirely in phase. I would offer but sadly I have prior commitments in Kona.

Number 2

They should ask Peter Haining to coach them or Steve Redgrave. Steve would sort all that emotional stuff out.

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Rebecca is the host of RowingChat podcast and is a masters athlete and coach. Passionate about helping others enjoy the sport as much as she does. View all posts from Rebecca Caroe
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