World Cup 3 is quickly approaching (July 9-11), and this week’s schedule will be devoted to selecting the US squad that will be racing in Lucerne, Switzerland. Some athletes, such as Gevvie Stone (W1x), or Glenn Ochal and Warren Anderson (M2x), were already selected based on their victories at the National Selection Regattas. For the rest of us, this week brings the full gamut of selection activities– erg tests, race pieces, weigh-ins, seat-racing—the coaches use all possible data to fairly and effectively determine the fastest boats.
For Lucerne, the US women will be racing the 2x, 4x, 2-, and 8+. Will our temporarily-injured athletes be healthy by July? Will athletes double-up in events? The coaches must also grapple with these issues, as they could affect boat line-ups.
Our first major event is tomorrow morning, a 6k erg test! When you only have an erg test every few months, you’ve got to make it count! So think fast thoughts for me tomorrow, and I’ll keep you posted on how things turn out.