By: George Roudebush
As the Brookline Warriors began their spring season on the Charles, they took a moment to look back on this year’s week-long winter training trip to Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.
This trip was an important opportunity to get in much-needed water time in order to get a jump on the spring season as well as bond with teammates after a long and difficult winter spent in the basement of Brookline High School. In Texas, athletes practiced twice a day, focusing each day on a different part of the rowing stroke, progressing from the drive and the catch to focusing on the finish and the recovery. We also got the chance to race against teams from Austin, Dallas and Chicago.
When not rowing, athletes, coaches and chaperones alike spent their time satisfying their culinary desires at the University of Texas Dining Hall or visiting South Congress street, which is full of thrift shops, cowboy boots and the best burgers in the nation. One of the highlights of the trip was the annual talent show, were rowers tried to show off and convince teammates (with varying degrees of success) that they have talent outside of their sport.
All told, the trip was a huge success, and one which we will all remember!