Every year, the Rhode Island Rowing team heads down to DeLand, Fla. for its winter training trip. The Rams are able to log thousands of meters on Lake Beresford and the canals extending from it before heading back to Kingston to continue training indoors. This year, the team's seniors will give Rhody fans an inside look at what each day of the training trip is like.
Today's post comes from senior Tory Bauer.
Despite some blisters, our first full day of training camp was a success! Our morning row was beautiful. We were blessed with flat water, the sun was out and the high was 67 degrees. We were lucky enough to meet some manatees as we rowed through Blue Spring State Park and steered clear of the alligators that were watching us from the lily pads.
After our practice of the day we had a great lunchtime discussion on "positive self talk" and the way in which practicing this can aid in our athletic development and our team's development. This helped set the tone for how Rhode Island has chosen to approach our training camp and our championship season.
We headed back to the course around 3 p.m. and divided our team into fours for a little battle paddle down Lake Beresford, with evenly matched lineups it made fighting for every inch of water so much better and every inch gained was so rewarding.
Rhode Island rowing has finally thawed out and we're ready to dominate every stroke we take here.