Austin, Texas - In mid February, members of the Rockland Rowing competitive youth and adult teams had the opportunity to travel south for an important winter training trip in Austin, Texas. The purpose of the trip was to row on the water when it is otherwise too cold to row at home, improve physically and technically, and unite as a team in preparation for this spring’s competition schedule.
Ten student-athletes and five adult rowers stayed at the Omni Hotel in downtown Austin, trained out of the Texas Rowing Center and rowed on Lady Bird Lake, which provides miles of sheltered rowable water with no motor boat traffic. Rowing director and head coach Melissa Boyd had a specific practice schedule designed for the week long trip filled with plenty of steady state, drills, and pieces. The team practiced for two to three hours each morning and afternoon with team building outings and time to rest and recover in between practices.
“This was our second trip to Austin,” commented coach Boyd, who is in her second year at the helm of the Rockland program. “Texas Rowing Center hosted us for the first time and gave us a warm welcome. They have boats, ample dock space and a 9,000-meter course, making it a great site for us. The athletes sculled an impressive amount, over 100 miles in just six days. It was a grind, but now the team is as fit as ever, battle tested, tight-knit, and ready for the sprint season.”
The competitive team has only a couple of weeks of indoor training remaining this winter season before transitioning to the calm waters of Rockland Lake. The first scheduled spring race is April 22-23 in West Windsor, NJ.