There is some debate on the actual length of time we've been here in Deland, Fla. Some say six full days, others a lifetime. We stumbled out of bed at 7 a.m. to twilight this morning, rubbing sleep from our eyes on our warm-up run.
After core exercises and stretching, we split into three different groups, each group doing pieces. For those of you who are new to rowing, or not "rowing-word-savvy", pieces are set-timed durations of rowing at certain stroke rates. Different boats did different length pieces, however the consensus as we docked, sweat drenched and blistered, was that we'd rowed to the ocean and back, if not further. Following a quick fuel up, we ran/circuited for a half hour. Afterwards, some of us napped, continued eating, or caught up on our TV series in our down time. I'll be completely honest here and tell you I had a fantastic, drool-augmented nap, from which I awoke completely confused and disoriented. One thing our coaches know how to do is tire us out!
Our afternoon workout consisted of potentially my favorite part of the whole trip. I am a complete nature geek, so when Coach Kevin (Sauer) announced that we were taking our annual row to a manatee reserve I'm pretty sure I did a little dance, which this far into camp is hard to do. We rowed about 4,000 meters to the manatee reserve and docked on the sandy river bank. Manatees flock to the reserve in winter months as the St. John River cools. Springs bubble up in the reserve's cove, bringing warmer waters into an otherwise frigid riparian environment. While the manatees weren't as thrilled as we were to see them, they did seem to enjoy the warmer waters, as did large fish, and even an alligator who made everyone hesitate a little before they waded back into the boats!
After dinner at Stetson University, we had a team mug exchange. Like a white elephant exchange, rowers snagged from their parents or purchased cheap, yet hilarious mugs over break to open, trade, and steal from each other. Some could hold five cups of coffee, others had fluffy, feathery flamingos, while still others displayed the visage of our boatman Roger (Payne) and even our coach Steve (Pritzker)! The mug exchange was a great way to have fun and a laugh after a week of training. In fact, the entire afternoon was a nice break from the physical grind of the week.
With only a few days left here in Florida, rowers can see a light at the end of the tunnel. So far it has been a very hard, yet productive trip. It has been great to get back on the water, and even soak up some sun as we get psyched for the spring season. What amazed me this trip is the dedication, energy, desire to succeed, and inspiration team members provide for each other. When sore and exhausted, our teammates are there urging us on and driving us even further, pushing us to our limits and then some. Florida has been a chance get us back into the rowing mindset, work on our technique, and get excited for the spring season...as well as get one heck of a uni-tan!
Sarah Borchelt's entry (Jan. 7)
Carolyn Glandorf's entry (Jan. 8)
Martha Kuzzy's entry (Jan. 9)
MacKenzie Leahy's entry (Jan. 10)
Cara Linnenkohl's entry (Jan. 11)
Chelsea Simpson's entry (Jan. 13)
Sidney Thorsten's entry (Jan. 14)
Lynch Makes Timely Return to MoundBaseball5/28/16In his first appearance since April 13, freshman Daniel Lynch retired all four batters he faced Friday in Virginia's ACC tournament loss to Wake Forest.Transfers Eager to Help Lift ProgramFootball5/26/16UVA's football team added three transfers this spring: quarterback Kurt Benkert, offensive guard Jared Cohen and defensive end Jack Powers.Cavaliers' Reign Atop NCAA ContinuesMen's Tennis5/25/16With a 4-1 win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night, top-seeded Virginia captured its second straight NCAA men's title and third in four seasons.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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