The 37th edition of the World Rowing Indoor Championships marks the first time in 36 years that the Championships will separate from Crash B’s event in Boston, a move that will see the event travel to a new host city every year, bringing the excitement of indoor racing to people around the world. Here at Concept2 NZ we are excited to see the event develop into a true world-wide championship, and can’t wait to be a part of the 2018 World Indoor Rowing Championships in Alexandria, Virginia.
It only seemed right to send a delegation of our own to contest the World Rowing Indoor Championships, to compete and bring coverage of the event to our Kiwi audience. Racing will be contested over the 17th-18th February, the same weekend New Zealand’s best rowers will be racing in the National Championships, but we managed to find some would-be former athletes just crazy enough to take on the 2000m events!
We will be posting progress every week, including training and tips, nutrition, travel, and more all the way through to the championships. We aim to share with you the professional training and advice we learn and receive along the way, in the hope that you too can apply our learnings to chasing your own Indoor Rowing goals!
Introducing Team Concept2 NZ for the 2018 World Indoor Rowing Championships…
Event: Open Lightweight Men's 2000m
2000m PB: 6.07
Alistair competed for the New Zealand Rowing Team from 2012-2016, culminating in a fifth-place finish in the Men’s Lightweight Four at the 2016 Olympic Games. He won a silver medal in the lightweight four at the 2014 World rowing championships, and with his crew was unbeaten on the world cup circuit for the entire Olympic cycle. After the Olympics, Alistair took some time out from rowing to travel and develop his career as a surveyor, but hasn't closed the door to the possibility of rowing competitively again in the future.
"I am really excited about the project. I took a break from rowing after the Olympics, but I have kept up with some training, so I am looking forward to having something to work towards again. I had been keeping in touch with the Indoor Rower, half and hour every morning before work, but this gives me even more motivation to want to get on the erg. I am really interested to see where I can get to over the next three months, on a training program with less volume than what I had been doing as a full-time athlete, but with a targeted focus on the indoor rower. I don't want to put a specific goal time in mind at this point, but I would certainly like to see if I can get close to my PB and maybe even under it."
Event: Open Lightweight Women’s 2000m
2000m PB: 7.05
Leah rowed competitively from 2006-2011, and represented New Zealand at two U23 World Championships. In 2013 Leah turned her focus to triathlon, competing as a professional over various distances from sprint to 70.3. Her proudest moment as a triathlete was a second place finish at Busselton 70.3 in 2016, with a time of 4.14.26. Earlier this year Leah took up the role of business development manager at Concept2 NZ, and is enjoying the chance to be involved in rowing again.
"For me this really feels like going into the unknown! It has been such a long time since I have done an erg test, or rowed at all, but I am really curious to see how much form I can recover over the three-month training period. When I finished rowing I went pretty much straight into triathlon, which I trained for pretty much full-time until the end of 2016. I am hoping the aerobic fitness I cultivated as a triathlete, along with the time spent training on the bike, will help me on the indoor rower. I can already see my muscles are going to take some time to adjust to the rowing movement, and I will need to be careful not to expect this to happen overnight! I don’t want to put a number on my goal time just yet, but I hope to share my progress with you along the way as I start to find out what I might be capable of in February."
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