Today was the big show: NSR Finals! The 7:15am start time had us at the race course and warming up well before sunrise, but the the pristine pre-dawn water was definitely worth the early-morning alarm clock! (For those of you unfamiliar to Lake Mercer, the conditions can be notoriously awful on race day… today was a blessing)
It was exciting racing across the board: tight finishes in all five finals, including some that were determined by less than a half-second (the men’s double being a prime example). And take the women’s double event: Margot and Megan win the time trial, Kate and Stesha post the top time in the semis, and Jessi and Trow take the final. A true testament to the close competition within the US squad.
Our race was no exception: Mara and I had a fabulous middle 1000m, but were hard-pressed to hold off a ferocious sprint by Amanda and Erin. The margin? A mere 0.2 seconds! You can see the results at powerhousetiming.com.
All in all, we were stoked about our race: we accomplished all the goals we set for ourselves during our pre-race practice. We kept our heads the first 500m and didn’t let the adrenaline dictate our pace. We set up an aggressive base pace in the middle of the piece and answered the moves of our teammates. And we sprinted using power, not stroke rating, which enabled us to counter Amanda’s and Erin’s insanely fast last 250m. The verdict: there’s always room for improvement, but a solid performance nonetheless!
What’s next? The naming date for the 8+ is on September 20th (T MINUS 30 DAYS!), so I foresee some erg testing and seat racing in our immediate future. Wish me luck!
P.S. A major thanks to row2k.com for the shout-out!! (see the article here)