Rowing Teams Return from Winter Training in Florida

Jan. 22, 2009


The College of the Holy Cross rowing teams traveled to Cocoa Beach, Fla., during the final week of winter break to train for the upcoming 2009 spring season. The Crusaders left for Florida on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and returned on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Upon returning from the six-day trip, two members of the women's rowing team provided blogs from their time at Cocoa Beach.

Here is their story, told by the student-athletes:

From Meaghan Pedlow

With one week left of Christmas break, twenty of us traveled to Cocoa Beach, Florida for winter training, which lasted for six days. We shared a room with three of our teammates, and some people even had a room connected to another room with four of our other teammates. Each day we usually followed the same schedule with an early morning row, a mid-day break from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. when you would have lunch, lay by the pool, take a well needed nap, and then another practice in the late afternoon. The first couple practices were focused more on technique and getting back in the habit of rowing in a boat again. The last few practice focused on putting all the stuff we learned together to make a perfect stroke. We started to form our base for the season ahead of us. It was very nice to be back in the boat and not having to use ergs. After our afternoon practice, we would come back to the hotel and jump into the hot tub for a little bit then get ready for dinner. After dinner, we would have a quick team meeting and then head back to our rooms. My room would go to bed right after the meeting, so we could be rested up for the next day ahead of us.

Food wise we were on our own except for two nights where we had team dinners at outback and ordered pizza. We shopped at the Win Dixie across the street. Our hotel rooms had a stove, microwave, and refrigerator, so we could make food and keep food in our room like macaroni and cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We were also lucky to be located near some fast food places where you could also grab lunch or dinner. My roommates and I had quiznos and subway for dinner one night.

The six days in Florida were a great treat. It was nice to be in warm weather away from the snow. We worked hard as a team, and we had a good time while doing it.  We bonded as a team as well. Winter training helped us to prepare for the big season ahead of us.


From Bethany Charron

As the holidays and winter break came to a close, many of us ventured south for winter training.  We arrived in the Orlando Airport on Wednesday Jan. 7, to the glorious sunshine and warmth that most of us had been missing. With the convenient snow storm that occurred the night of, there were many flight delays and cancellations but with great patience we were able to gather everyone up and were eventually on our way to our final destination: Cocoa Beach.

We were fortunate enough to have Wednesday off from practice, but from there on through we had double sessions every day.  Starting before the sun each day, we met to meet the vans at 6:45 a.m.  We would arrive at our launch site around 7:00 a.m., before any other team, and would be on the water at 7:15 a.m.  Most morning practices were about three hours long, where we worked on a lot of technique work, with a mixture of pressure pieces. We were generally on our way back to the Comfort Inn by 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., where we immediately put our bathing suits on and fought for the hot tub with the Brown University men's team.  From the time we got back until our next practice, usually at 3:00 p.m., we were free to relax and do whatever.  Against Patrick's advice, many of us spent a good amount of time poolside, lying in the sun and catching a few rays.  Some smarter people would rest up inside and nap during this time to prepare for the next practice.  We met for the second practice of the day around 3:00 p.m. and were usually on our way back around 6:00 p.m., starving and tired.  We worked on many of the same technical issues during the afternoon, striving for perfection.  When we got back to the hotel, the many battles began for the showers and dishes duty.  After dinner and showers we relaxed for the rest of the night in our rooms, going to bed early in order to bring our best effort and focus the following day.

After being here for five days, we have had eight practices, worn through many layers of skin on our hands and strained almost every muscle in our bodies, but we're not done yet.  With two practices left to go, we will make every effort to perfect our technical problems, or make them better anyway and look forward to making these the best practices of the week. With any luck we will be heading back to the Hill on Tuesday afternoon, though as it looks now we will probably be hindered once again by another oh-so-convenient snow storm, and may quite possibly be spending more than enough time in the Orlando Airport once more.