RowingChat this week is with Caryn Davies one of the most-medalled US Rowing Olympians and former stroke of the US Womens 8 as well as the first ever Oxford Cambridge Tideway Boat Race.
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Timestamps to the show
01:00 Introduction and background in rowing
3:00 What it is like stroking the US womens eight and being coached by Tom Terhar
07:00 Funding is a blessing and a curse, it keeps the sport pure and there’s little incentive to take drugs.
09:00 Tom is our enigma. He cares a lot and wants the best for his athletes; is sparing in his praise. I learned to stop questioning.
15:00 The moment I became a great stroke, I realised that is doesn’t matter what I do. It’s what I enable the team to do.
19:00 The team connection is “glue” the coaching and culture we created our own bonding.
21:00 Handling stress “Billie Jean King said pressure is a privilege”
24:00 Rehabilitation from injury and the psychology of recovery – don’t make yourself miserable.
33:00 Her retirement – a legal career has a lack of goals and metrics to measure performance.
50:00 What trade offs is Jurgen willing to make that other coaches don’t?
42:00 The differences between rowing at Harvard and Oxford
44:00 Drills for junior rowers – learn to row feet out on an erg or boat at a stroke rate of 24 or less.