7.14.2005

Good Racing

First off I would like to congratulate all first time scrimmagers who attended, a job well done as it can be hard and intimidating in that situation.

Race recaps:
500m – We stuck to the race plan and it worked but not by much. in this race as in all the races SCD had us on the first few strokes despite our lighter crew. After the start our stroke rate was aprox. 10 beats fewer per minute around 65 which seemed to be the difference as we were able to move ahead around the 250.

1st 250 – Again we lost the start and remained neck and neck the rest of the way before pulling off the best finish yet to end a seat up. Stroke rate was still a bit lower than SCD.

2nd 250 – With confidence growing we beat ourselves. Again after loosing the start we regained an even alignment by mid-race but a few catch breath strokes just before the finish was all they needed to take the lead and at that point it was too late. Someone mentioned to me that if we had one more race we would of won because SCD were really exhausted after this race – probably exhausted because they wanted to win and we did not want to get tired, many times you only get one race.

Why are we winning now? Commitment. Paddlefish have shown a dedication to being at 2 of 3 practices per week with a few excusable exceptions in addition to committing to a year round program. Lets take this up a notch and be proud of it.
Practice Saturday: 4 x 1000m @ 60% good technique & a power 20 at the 250, 500, 750 & finish – Get good power and speed on the P20s and keep good technique between. The 1000 course starts under the RR bridge and goes to the foot bridge – 200, 250, 500, 750 & 1000 are marked on the right (thanks to Eric, Kate & Nathan)

See you Monday.
Ben

3 Comments:

Blogger Suhail said...

Paddlefish, thanks for a great day and an awesome racing experience. It is always a pleasure to spend time with you guys on and off the water. Ben, your write-up is quite precise and I agree with you completely. In my brief excursion into Dragon Boating, I’ve noticed that key elements include stroke synchronization amongst the paddlers and a rate that allows everyone to “dig” and pull “meaningful” amount of water. Often if the rate is increased dramatically in a boat containing diverse group of individuals, it is difficult for some to maintain the cadence and either their power declines dramatically or stroke synchronization falls apart resulting in severe consequences for the entire boat. Hence, optimal race strategies call for a balance between both high rate and ability of everyone to maintain it and successfully apply power throughout the stroke cycle and recover adequately.

To be honest, I was geared to go and wanted to race more. Forget the rest in between the races, there will be plenty of time to rest when there is an icy cold beverage in my hand :-) Lets do it again soon since the experience is beneficial to both our teams.

Ok, I’ll go back to the SCD message board now :-)

Ciao Paddlefish!

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