January 31, 2011 in Captain's Blog
So, this being my first post as Men’s Senior Squad Captain, I’m going to give a brief summary of Michaelmas term followed by a discussion of how everything’s shaping up as we count down the days until Torpids 2011.
With almost 20 returning rowers from last year, the men’s senior squad looked in good shape as we started up full-time training in early October. We welcomed in coach and former lightweight world champion Peter Haining and got accustomed to our new Abingdon training base, but were rudely brought back down to earth as the ‘Haining method’ of training saw the introduction of gruelling 90 minute circuits and lengthy weight sessions. 8 weeks later and with a decent term’s training under our belts, we headed home for Christmas.
As I write this, an eventful month draws to a close. January saw the formation of a new and improved M1, along with a highly competitive and very powerful M2. A few key decisions need to be made before the latter is finalised, but a strong performance looks on the cards. M1, meanwhile, has grown in strength due to the return of a 2008 Headship winner and the possible recruitment of a lightweight trialist. The last few weeks have involved seat racing for the final bow side position as well as extensive speed work alongside LMH’s top crew. The weights are getting heavier, the ergs are getting longer, but with 4 full weeks of training to go, there is still work to be done.
To be continued…