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03/28 2010

I’m alive…

Don’t worry – to any of you who have been looking for the next blog – I am still alive.  I will post tomorrow afternoon when we get a little time off.

Dave

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03/26 2010

Back in California!

The last time that I was on this course would have been at the Pac-10 Conference Championships racing for Bob Ernst at UW in 2001.  Fast forward to today – I just rigged and rowed my single, and at 4 PM the sun was out and I was wearing just my uni suit.  I love the warm weather.

Part of my survival for being involved in a specific sport at such an intense level has always been to use my time away from the lake to get some healthy distance.  I traveled here today with Malcolm Howard from the men’s eight in 2008 and Mike Wilkinson, a newer guy to the team.  We talked about rowing for hours.  We had a 4 hour lay over in San Francisco that was gobbled up by our story telling.  There was something therapeutic, even cathartic about talking through past events with one of the guys who witnessed or experienced them with me.

Although I am not going to give up my sacred separation from rowing altogether, I do think that I want to let a bit more rowing into that space.  We’ll see how the balance happens.

Dave

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03/25 2010

Testing results…

Again, I have to know what to post and what not to post.  I am not going to be the one who spills all our national secrets.  Hey, at least now I know how it feels to be the federal conservatives!

The testing was a shock to the system.  I almost said it was a blow to my ego, but I knew I’d be somewhere around where I am, which isn’t going to win any medals if I had to race tomorrow, but what else can I expect three and a half weeks into training?  I’m here for a long time, not a good time – so have a good time, the sun can’t shine everyday.  That’s not how the song goes.

The outcome from today is that I have been invited to attend a camp in Sacramento starting the day after tomorrow.  I say the outcome from ‘today’ as apposed to ‘racing’ because my invite has more to do with my track record over the years than my performance today – oh, and probably also something to do with my tenacity just to go through the testing today.  It pays to work hard all the time.

I will miss Easter for the first time with Mira, and I will miss Bowen’s first Easter ever.  It’s not like Bowen will know what’s going on – but I love how excited Mira gets on Easter morning.  Rachel is such a strong support.  She is doing her masters and raising our family on her own while I run off for 12 days.  I owe her big.

Dave

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03/23 2010

19:54

I had rhythm for the first 2000 metres, and then the door started to close on me.  I actually started counting at 400 strokes to go – but told myself it was too early.  I think when I count that far out I don’t get as much from each stroke.  So I counted to 100, and then counted down from 300.  

In the end I can’t complain about the test.  I got a good push, fatigued, recovered and was able to push hard again in the last 1000 metres. 

Next time I’ll be better.

Dave

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03/23 2010

30 minutes to go…

I’ll be heading over to the testing centre in about 30 minutes.  The test itself starts at 11:15 AM.  I slept with ear plugs in last night and slept like a baby – slept in past 8 AM.  By the way, whoever coined the phrase ‘slept like a baby’ clearly did not have kids.

I am looking forward to getting into that rhythm that comes at around 1300 metres in, just after it really starts to suck.  Then that rhythm will carry me through to the halfway mark, where I will start counting strokes…  Or something like that.

Dave

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03/22 2010

Testing Phase

There is something to be said about familiarity.  This morning in the first row we practiced our race warm-up in singles and then tested it.  Then in the second session we did the same on the erg.

I’m looking down the barrel of a gun here – I have three weeks of committed training under my best and I am going into a testing/ranking phase…but the amazing thing is that the routine of the preparation for testing has made me calm.

I know what I can do.  I know what I have to do to get the best out of my body.  And, I know that I’m doing all of it now – why?  Because of the routine.

Dave

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03/21 2010

Full Volume

One of the hardest parts of a comeback for me is getting up to the same volume as the entire team.  The major goal is to avoid injury while gaining back my fitness.  I spent the first week of my comeback at about half of the volume the boys were at, the second week I was at a little over 3/4’s the volume, but this past week I rowed the entire schedule.  I have a standing appointment with Dr. Mike Murray to keep me running well, and I am sure I’ll need much more as the weeks pile on top of each other – but I did it!  At times it was less than pretty, but there is something to be said about  completing a Mike Spracklen training week.  There were times I thought I couldn’t – but I pushed through knowing that this training is what will get me my gold medal in London only 27 and a half months from now.

I love this sport.

Dave

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03/15 2010

In the end – the day was great!

I just had to say that I had a great day training.  It was hard, and my legs are done, but I felt great in the first row – not too fast, but it is coming!  The second row was a bit windy, and I had a little wash to get through – nothing I can’t handle.  And then we had weights and an erg.  The erg was great – we did a 10 Km erg.  I was counting strokes from 6Km out!  480.  I loved getting into that endless rhythm.

Day well done.

Dave

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03/15 2010

Raining this morning

Blah.  It has been raining all night.  This morning marks the start of week three.  The end of last week was hard on my body, but I got the volume of training in.  This week the volume still goes up, but only a little bit, so it will be curious to see how my body responds.

Dave

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