Pause at the Release: 20 Hours
Jan. 28, 2014
Tulsa, Okla. - Pause at the Release is our periodic feature in which we highlight the perspective of one of our student-athletes. In these articles, the athletes share their personal experiences as part of the Golden Hurricane team with our wonderful supporters and community members. Here, you'll find the backstage story on TU Women's Rowing, told through the eyes of the athletes themselves. Check back often to see updates from more of your favorite rowers and coxswains.
Pause at the Release - 20 Hours
We asked a couple of the girls to inform and share with you all, how they approach 20 hour weeks and the start of the spring season.
Transitioning to 20 hours in the spring is always an exciting time of the year. It really gets everybody in the mood for racing season. Personally, the thing I enjoy most about the transition into 20 hours is the extra time I get to spend with my teammates. When we are in eight hours, or on break, I miss everybody because I haven't seen them in so long! When we finally go back to spending long hours in the erg room together it feels like life is back the way it should be. Then when we get back on the water, it just feels right.
The start of 20 hours also signifies a lot of hard work to come. Everyone seems to "Get their minds right," as our former weights coach Cody Ellett used to say. As races approach you can feel the excitement, and also see it in every tweet with hashtags such as #regattaweek. Personally, training and travelling to regattas is one of my favorite things to do, and 20 hours means it's only the start. - Jamie Roloff
This past Wednesday was our official start of "20-hours". In essence, this means that us rowers that we are now back practicing 20 hours per week. During our brief off-season we were only able to practice together eight hours per week. The start of 20-hours is an exciting time for everyone because it means that the team gets to spend more time together working as a unit.
During the wintertime we spend a lot of time building and improving upon our aerobic capacity, which means lots and lots of steady state on the ergometer. It is impossible to ignore the value of the ergometer as a training tool. The easiest way to gain speed in rowing is to spend quality time with the erg.
The start of 20-hours also signals that racing is near. We have less than six weeks until our first race. That is the motivator behind every workout right now. Training is not particularly fun, but working hard now makes for a fun racing season. - Colleen Wohlrab
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