I’ve been home for two weeks now. I’ve slept through my jet lag. I’ve laundered all my unisuits. I’ve restocked the fridge. I’ve downloaded all my pictures. And we’ve repaired our faulty wireless router. I no longer have an excuse to procrastinate…
SO, without further ado…. LUCERNE RECAP!
Team USA sent 18 boats to race at World Cup III. I was lucky enough to race in two events: the straight four (4-) and the eight (8+). And boy oh boy, was it fun! I think we spend so much time training, that sometimes we forget how exhilarating it is to suit up, line up, and duke it down the race course!
The W4- only had four entries (USA, Germany, China, and India), so it was straight to Final A for all crews. We established a good rhythm early on, and built up a solid lead all the way to the finish line. And while the race was intense, it almost paled in comparison to the race against Mother Nature: rowers and spectators alike sprinting for the bus as a gigantic summer thunderstorm descended upon Rotsee.
The W8+ race was an exhilarating event, culminating in a blazing last 500m to win the gold medal by a hair. We knew going into the regatta that Canada was the crew to beat: they’re strong, motivated, and have a super-fast start. They had almost a length lead by the 500m! But we just focused on Katelin’s coxing, had faith in our fitness, and set up a strong enough base rhythm to eat away at the Canadian lead. 500m to go, we were still three seats down, but when Katelin told us “sprint”, we sprinted, ekeing out a 0.2 second victory. A close win, but a win nonetheless!
Finally, for your viewing pleasure, a few pics from the weekend:
Picture 1: A beautiful race course– blue water, mountain views, lakeside chalets, and Swiss cows with Swiss cowbells grazing by the starting line.
Picture 2: Marc, our PT-extraordinaire and resident miracle-worker, helping us rig our brand-new straight-from-the-factory boats.
Picture 3: Sarah and I in front of Kapellbruke (Chapel Bridge) and Wasserturm (the Water Tower), two of Switzerland’s most famous landmarks
Picture 4: You can take the US team out of America, but you can’t keep the American franchises away from the US team (Starbucks and McDonalds, right next door to our hotel)