With a full masters regatta season in the offing, now’s the time to sharpen up your racing skills! In the latest article in our masters series, Nick Hartland talks to rowers from Tideway Scullers School and Lakeland RC in Cumbria to gather some tips
There’s nothing like a spot of competition or a challenge to sharpen one’s appetite for rowing and training. And not only will it boost your fitness, strength and boat-moving skills, reaching for and achieving your targets will raise the level of enjoyment, camaraderie and satisfaction, while inspiring you to get out there and improve.
Training to race
“You need to be rowing together at higher intensity now, but if it’s just two outings a week, I’d recommend one high-intensity session and one doing longer pieces, which can be closer to anaerobic threshold than UT2, such as rate change over-distance work.”
She says training regularly with set targets will improve your capacity, mobility and quality of life as the body ages. And the social side is equally important.