Westdale Rowing Community

Information for the Westdale Rowing Community

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Please come prepared to do some outdoor work and some indoor work on Tuesday.  Outdoor because it’s supposed to be 19 degrees on Tuesday!   (although I’m not expecting 19 at 6:30am!).  You could be doing anything from erging, to running outside, to “House of Victory”, to “The 300”, so be ready for any of these, or a combination thereof!


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HAPPY HALLOWE’EN, our first day of winter training.  Costumes are encouraged!  Please bring the following:  your good selves, a pen, WARM clothing with which to run outside, and clothing suitable for running inside.  The morning will be structured like this:  We will meet in the middle gym at 6:30.  Mike and I will go through an introduction about rowing at Westdale.  We will also hand out permission sheets that MUST be handed back to us as soon as possible–deadline date TBA.  After our introductions, we will split the groups into two for the remaining time.  Group one will run loops of the Westdale block outside, while group two will do a session of “House of Victory” inside.  At the halfway point, we will switch–group two will then change and go outside, group one will come inside, change and do House of Victory.  We will then do a group stretch in the gym to close it out.

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October 31-November 18 Program

Here is the training program for the first three weeks of the indoor season.  I will be sending out a maintenance program to the individuals who did the Fall season at Leander. In every one of these programs published, there will be a “Notes” section at the bottom, detailing any abnormalities or things to take note of in that three week cycle.


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Head of the Charles Regatta and Westdale Athletes

The 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta was held this past weekend and current and past Westdale athletes took part in the racing.   All were scullers but we won’t hold that against them :).    This is the largest two day rowing regatta in the world and crews from all over the world come to compete.

Here is how they stacked up against the competition.

Youth Women Single:  Lauren Gadsdon placed 8th in a time of 23:37.269.   She was the top Canadian in this category.

Youth Men Single: Lucas Austin placed 9th in a time of 20:40.674.   He was the second fastest Canadian in this category.

Men Club Single:  Westdale Alum Aubrey Oldham finished 7th in a time of 20:02.086.

All of these results are outstanding.  Top 10 finishes in the Youth category are amazing results.   The Westdale and Leander rowing communities are extremely happy for you.   Looking forward to seeing what you can do over the winter and into the spring.

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Both Rowers and Parents are welcome to attend this meeting to find out what we have planned for the upcoming season.  Like the Irish O’Donovan brothers in Rio, we are hoping to be able to use our “Podium Pants” at CSSRA in June!!!!

Please bring any questions you may have!  Also, please consider that this is Brock & Dina’s final year of being head of the parents committee.  We are looking for any parents interested in taking over this vital position, and with both Brock & Dina still with us and willing to mentor, it would be a great way to transition.  Please give it some thought.

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Your coaches and our senior rowers have been doing a lot of work in preparation for, what we think, will be a FANTASTIC rowing season!!!  You should see signs going up on Monday, announcing the first meeting on Wednesday, October 26th in the library at 7PM.  This is a general meeting for parents and rowers, and especially NOVICE parents and rowers.  Following that meeting, winter training will commence at 6:30am on Monday, October 31st!

FALL ROWERS:  We do not want to see any non-RADAR rowers who did the Fall season at Leander until Thursday, November 10th.  RADAR rowers are off until Monday, November 14.  This is your transition period and you need to use it wisely so we don’t burn out in late January.  In addition, those who did Fall season will be restricted to aerobic base-training (running, land fun, weights) until December 1.  Two reasons:  Ergs are needed for the high number of novices, and you need some time to focus on something other than a “rowing stroke” for a while.  I DO ask that anybody who is doing RADAR, to please make sure you take care of your test week IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING the Head of the Fish regatta and before you enter into your transition period.  I suggest Tuesday November 1 be your 2K, Wednesday Nov 2 be the 10-stroke and 1-minute, and Thursday, November 3 be the 6K.  I’m happy to oversee these AFTER PRACTICE at 8am at the school.

YOGA!!!!!!   If you don’t already have one, those who will be rowing on the water in the spring will need to purchase a yoga mat, because Wednesday mornings will now be known as “YOGA MORNINGS” starting on November 16th.  We will have not one, but two yoga instructors who will help us improve greatly in an area where we felt we underachieved last year:  CORE STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY!!!!  Jenna and Sarah will be running us through two types of ‘high energy’ yoga:  “Piyo” and “Buti”.  This will also help prepare you for your flexibility testing that will be taking place this season.

If there are any questions, please let me know either by text (289-527-5800), or by e-mail at tbeshoff@cogeco.ca