Sculling in Sarasota – Ridley Rowers Train in Florida over March Break

It was a little too chilly in St. Catharines to hit the Henley rowing course during March Break, so the crews headed south to Sarasota, Florida for a spring training camp. Juliette C. ’14 was one of the rowers who sculled in Sarasota!

Rowing in Florida

For the past two years Ridley Rowing has had a training camp at Shawinigan School in British Colombia, but this year we went to Sarasota Florida with rowers from Shawinigan. We left Ridley at 2:45am to fly down to Florida on Thursday, March 14, 2013 and returned on Saturday the 23rd. Once we arrived at our hotel and unpacked there was no resting – we started our training with a run down to the course, which was about 4 or 5km away. During the training camp, the senior women’s crew rowed twice per day. We would run down to the course at around 8am, be on the water from 8:30-11am eat some lunch, row again around 1pm or 2pm and then we would return to the hotel and get ready to go out for dinner. Whenever the water was too rough or there was thunder we would workout at the hotel and do some weights, erging, and cardio on the elliptical. One of the mornings we decided to drive out to Siesta Key Beach and try a workout there with the junior boys. We started with a 30 minute run along the beach then came back to do sprints and a few mini competitions in teams, it was probably one of the hardest workouts we did. Besides rowing we did get a chance to see a NHL game and go to Universal Studios for the day.  It was a very beneficial trip full of lots of training and good memories for all the rowers involved!