What a week!
With the official naming date only a month away, Team USA has definitely started to get down to the nitty-gritty of boat selection. After all the weeks in small boats, this re-initiation to the rowing machine has left my body in a slight state of shock!
This week, we had three different tests: 1) a short, all-out effort for max anaerobic power; 2) a thirty-minute measure of maximum aerobic power (aptly named the “MAP” test); and 3) the bread-and-butter of all rowing tests, the 2k! These numbers can give the coaches some useful information about our physiologies and overall fitness, and hopefully streamline our transition into the seat-racing and selection pieces on the water.
So how did it go? Well, I’m not giving away any team secrets, but suffice it to say that the talent pool of American rowers runs extremely deep! As for me, I’m totally stoked about my 2k: personal best by three seconds!!!! woohoo!
Anna and I celebrated the end of Testing Week in an appropriate fashion: by hosting a lobster bake at our house! (Well, Anna was the true hostess. She was the one who spent two hours cooking the three dozen caught-this-morning-and-delivered-live-to-our-doorstep Maine lobsters. I just helped clean up.)