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Training Week of November 28th

We are training Tuesday and Thursday. I’ll post the training plan tomorrow morning.

A number of you did the 2k evaluation last week. It went very well and we can now establish your baseline for training. Please engage with the coaches to determine this.

For those that have not done the 2k please work with the coaches this week to do one. This is important for us to get you training

Hope to see you this week.

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Important Updates!

The coaches and teacher reps talked this afternoon and we have decided to scale practices back to two a week.   This will be the plan for the rest of the year through the remainder of November and December. For this week it means that the only remaining practice this week is Thursday.

There are a number of reasons for doing this  There is little that the coaches can do to make sitting on an erg in the basement of a high school any more exciting than it is <insert smiley face>.  This is a reality of training for this sport and it can’t be made into anything else.  

The discussion amongst the coaches and teacher reps is that scaling back and focusing our efforts for a smaller number of practices per week will help retain interest amongst the athletes and also the coaches.   If there is enough of a committment we can scale up to three days per week.  However, this would require the athletes to show the coaches/teacher reps that we will see higher attendance numbers. There is limited interest in a five day a week training plan and it would take a very large shift from the coaches to consider it.

The plans for the indoor winter training season is to then follow through on a two day a week training plan through the rest of the year and into the new year. As of February 1st we’ll scale up to 5 practices a week and start the work towards an outdoor season beginning early in April.

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Temporary Pause Due to Strike Action

Hello folks!

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but we just received an e-mail saying that there will, in fact, be a strike tomorrow. Unfortunately, this means that there will be no practice at Westdale until things are settled. It’s hard to say how long that will take, but we have been told at least until the 11th.

I know this is disappointing as you’ve all been working hard, and I’m sorry that you have to miss out on training on the ergs for a bit.

That being said, get outside for a bit of cardio while the weather is still nice!

We will update you as soon as we know more.

-Ms. Duncan