Our first full day of camp has been a busy one at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District.
From the moment the coxswains arrived at the boathouse, we expected them to be aware of everything going on around them. It’s surprising for many of these coxswains to realize just how much they don’t notice when they’re maneuvering their shells on land and on the water.
Once launched, all of the coxswains practiced their boat handling skills: Coach Simon and Coach McElhenney focused on steering, and Coach Simkin worked with the coxswains on docking. These skills formed the basis of the day’s on the water practices.
Back inside the finish line tower, Coach Simon delivered a lecture on organization and specificity. She illustrated each point with an exercise to help the coxswains understand the information – and, hopefully, recall it later.
Though the weather remains hot and sunny, the coxswains have been prepared and hydrated for each practice. We purposely hold our camps in challenging environments so our athletes learn how to equip themselves to face the elements. In addition to the sun, coxswains have the opportunity to experience challenging wind conditions at the Oklahoma City race course.
Though we’ll revisit boat handling skills throughout the week, we’ll layer other tasks on top of that tomorrow. Each coxswain has already learned some major insights, and we expect that trend to continue throughout the week.