On Jan. 4, 20 Bison women’s rowers (two coxswains and 18 rowers) departed on an 11-day training trip to Miami, FL. It was far from a relaxation-only vacation. Though the temperature hovered around 80 F during the trip, the Bison were out on the water every day, doing a grand total of 28 rowing sessions over 10 days.
“The fact that we managed to complete 28 sessions in 10 days is a testament to the impeccable focus of our athletes,” head coach Stephen Kish said. “We accomplished something really unique; unlike anything else being done in the country.”
“The practice sessions had a heavy technical focus,” assistant coach Lauren LaPointe said. “This took the athletes’ understanding of their sport beyond mere conditioning into an awareness of the physics and biomechanics of the rowing stroke.”
The Orange and the Blue did get some free time to enjoy Miami. In addition to visits to South Beach and Lincoln Avenue, the Bison also enjoyed the company of some friendly dolphins and iguanas.
The women’s rowing team will return to action in March.