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Rowing Tips: Preparing for a Race

Jay Ross - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spring has sprung, and with it comes to the start of racing season for crew teams across the country. Before rowers hit the water, they’ll need to get back into the swing of their pre-race routines.

Here are four key rowing tips to include in your race preparation:

Get plenty of sleep.

With pre-race nerves keeping you on edge, getting a good night’s sleep before a race is easier said than done. But that doesn’t make it any less important. Try your best to get a full eight hours, bearing in mind that this could mean going to bed earlier than usual so you can wake up early to eat and fully digest your breakfast.

Eat well and stay hydrated.

When preparing for a race, you should always eat a balanced meal the night before. Remember that carbohydrates are your friend, so a pasta dish is ideal. You’ll also need to eat breakfast the day of the race so that you’re not going full speed ahead on an empty stomach. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to digest.

Know your race strategies.

Do you know your race plan? Now, what about the backup plan? It’s important to be prepared for different scenarios, because you never know what can happen during a race. Visualize these strategies in your mind and commit them to memory so that they feel like second nature on the big day. This will help you stay nice and focused during your race preparation.

Warm up—physically and mentally.

Warming up before a race not only increases the heart rate and warms the muscles, it also helps you focus on what’s ahead. In addition to the physical exercises, prepare yourself mentally by taking deep, controlled breaths and being mindful of your surroundings. Listen to music or take some quiet moments to visualize your race plans. Whatever helps you remain calm and focused.

Race preparation doesn’t stop once you’re on the water. Are you prepared for the winding waterways and potential obstacles in your boat’s path?  Discover how Hyndsight’s Cruz Camera and Monitor System provides clear visualization to make you a better rower. (Yes, it’s approved for use in competition by the USRowing Referee Committee!)