No more excuses: I’ve had three days to get over jet-lag, it’s time for an update!
This past weekend, Team USA raced at the World Cup Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. Over three days, the best women’s eights in the world duked it out on Lake Rotsee in the last international competition before the World Championships.
We rowed in a different lineup than at the Henley Royal Regatta, so we focused hard during our midweek practices to define our new boat impulse. I moved up to the stern pair for this race, right behind our stroke seat, Kady. (Plus side= a better view, woohoo! Minus side= I have to be *super-de-duper* reliable and consistent when following Kady’s rhythm.)
My pre-race butterflies were fluttering away when we pulled up to the starting line for Sunday’s Final, but I just took a deep breath, listened to Mary, and readied myself for a good, hard race. And what a race it was! With the swirly wind, we didn’t have the cleanest bladework, but we *definitely* had the relentless, aggressive rhythm we needed! My legs were burning by the last 500m!
Netherlands and Great Britain blasted off the start, and Canada had a blistering mid-race charge, but we kept our cool, countered all our competitors’ moves, and sprinted like mad to the finish line! It was a close fight the whole way to the finish, but the USA took home the gold!
Congrats to my American teammates for their success this weekend: 3rd and 4th in the women’s pairs, 3rd in the men’s four, 4th in the women’s quad, 4th in the men’s eight! And, a HUGE SHOUTOUT to our lightweight double: they were crowned CHAMPIONS of the World Cup Circuit!!! Gold in Hamburg, Bronze in Munich, and Bronze in Lucerne! Good work, ladies!
Eurosport and Universal Sports had all their camera barges at the regatta, you can check out their video of our race ! I’m in seven-seat, right behind the stroke seat. There is also extensive racing coverage and photo galleries on www.row2k.com/worlds.
What’s on tap next for Team USA? The official naming date for the World Championships squad is approaching quickly, so I foresee some intense seat-racing and team-wide racing during the next two weeks. In the meantime, New Jersey is in the middle of a heat wave, so my current goal is to NOT MELT (easier said than done!).
Update:I posted some pics in a public facebook album! Check it out here.