We are now through Day 3 of the Penn Rowing Camp! Athletes and coxswains have quickly fallen into the regular rhythm of training and practice and working with our top-notch staff. The Schuylkill River has been quiet, as many Philadelphia athletes are racing at the Royal Canadian Henley or are on vacation. Meanwhile, our campers are putting in a ton technical work and training volume (miles)!
Coach Anderson Bourell has been working closely with athletes and coxswains to make sure that they are warming up and recovering between practices. The weather has been very nice, however some athletes are not used to two sessions per day. Coxswains have spent a lot of time learning the traffic pattern and getting on the Schuylkill Race Course which is not complete straight. Coaches have used the afternoon sessions to have coxswains work side by side.
Athletes have been able to row all together by eights, which doesn’t usually happen in a 5 day rowing camp. It usually takes a few days for athletes to get used to each other. However, this week athletes were challenged with this right away.
In between sessions athletes and coxswains have been busy! On Wednesday night, Coach Anderson Bourell spent the evening teaching”rolling” techniques for recovery and incorporating meditation.
In the afternoons, both athletes and coxswains have the option to sign up for One-on-One sessions with coaches. These sessions are voluntary, but athletes and coxswains were encouraged to sign up while they relaxed at the boathouse. The notebooks provided were for taking notes. It is important that the campers are empowered to take charge of their own development. Learning how to ask the right questions and advocate for themselves is part of this process.
On Thursday afternoon, Coaching One-on-One’s were held at the Philadelphia Art Museum and Fairmount Park. Athletes and coxswains were of course able to run up and down the Art Museum Steps made famous in the movie Rocky.
Thursday evening, athletes and coxswains were treated to “Coaching Improv” which is a fresh variation on our traditional Coaches’ Panel. Coaches “acted” out the do’s and don’t of recruiting as well as fielded questions on communication with coaches as well as college choice. It was a lively discussion.
The week has gone by very fast. Tomorrow we will have our traditional RACE DAY in which we mix up the athletes and coxswains. The racecourse will be between the Girard Bridge and Boathouse Row. Parents, family, and friends are welcome to join us and watch the event!
See you tomorrow!