IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR GIRLS' FIRST VIII:
Girlie notes from training with Peter Haining and Andrew Bateman:
I have been asked to make a few notes of the technical issues raised on the water recently.
As you all know we are working towards the eight for the Schools' Head. On the day of the big race, we shall be setting off first as we won last year. So lots to aim for.
Anyway from my scatty memory here are some of the basic things raised:
Hand heights. When we have good balance, try to remember your hand height and STICK WITH IT. Continuity in your hand position is essential within an eight.
(Last week there was a lot of tension within the boat, and therefore it was hard work. Try to RELAX, if your hands are loose your blade will settle in a natural position.)
Following on from this, the oval shape with ones arms and hands. Bringing the hands in level from out rigger to just under the chest-in a steady line. Then tapping down hard and swiftly moving the hands back to the level that they were at previously- front stops. Think of a triangle with the base points under your chest and below on your belly.
Sitting bolt upright. No sloppy backs when you are tired etc- it may feel like hard work, but overall it will save you from SO much pain.
Squaring up EARLY! No rushing or tilted blades on entering the water.
Pressure on the footplate and USE your legs over your arms. Arms should do very little, or else youíll hurt yourself as well as not use your maximum potential in pressure. Remember the standing up exercise.
Remember the video we watched of the lightweight men's eight. As Peter said, that is what we are looking to as our example.
Otherwise concentrate on what the coaches say to you individually, and remember itís meant to be FUN!
Let me know if Iíve missed anything crucial.