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24 Aug 2015

Craig, our resident marketing guy and first-time rower, is keeping you up-to-date with 'behind the scenes' action as the UniRec crew builds up to the Gallagher Great Race Corporate Row on Saturday 12 September.

Click here for the crew's latest video blog and check out Craig's week four update below.

Following last week’s personal horror show, I was feeling a little apprehensive heading into this week’s training sessions. However, I was determined to improve – partly because I didn’t want to let the team down but mainly because my ego couldn’t take another hammering!

Despite some initial nerves, the sessions went really well. Coach Sam had decided to swap a few seats around with Tanya, James, Tamaki and I all trying new positions. Right from the off I felt more suited to five-seat. As a newbie to the sport it makes a huge difference having someone in front of you on the same side of the boat (something which had been missing during my spell in seven-seat).

During the sessions, Coach Sam and his helper Nick offered tips about feathering, balance and timing. It turns out that my struggles in week three were a result of pulling the oar with bent wrists and trying to ‘muscle’ the stroke with my upper body rather than by pushing with my legs. Making the suggested adjustments resulted in some major improvements which helped restore some confidence.

Things were looking good for the rest of the crew too. Tamaki looked comfortable in four-seat and improved greatly throughout the session. Nicola is looking really strong (despite her reluctance to accept it!) and James Campbell looks good in seven-seat.

The highlight of this week’s sessions (aside from Tamaki’s epic fail on the erg – check out the video! Sorry Tamaki!) came during the last 750m on the water when we managed to create some serious speed as an eight. Sure there were a few wobbles but we can work on that. The main thing is that we were moving the boat at pace which feels awesome!

With just over two weeks to go until race day, we now have a solid foundation to build upon. A little more work on keeping our oar heights consistent and maintaining balance in the boat and we should be in great shape come Sept 12.