The regatta season is looming and as usual, at this time of year, the Vesta girls set out on training camp. The destination of choice: Mulhouse, an industrial town in Eastern France, which is home to a 32km stretch of canal – perfect for lengthy steady state paddles and very little distraction, unless you are a budding train spotter or Peugeot fanatic.
After a long day of driving we checked into the sports centre, which was to be ‘home’ for the next 7 days. Our gruelling programme for the week consisted of three training sessions a day, a lot of food (including copious amounts of Princes biscuits) and some much needed sleep. After the first couple of days, it seemed we had fallen into some kind of groundhog day, as each day replicated the last, with just a slight deviation in terms of the length of the pieces we had to do each day, which were determined on the number of beers amount of sleep our coaches had had the night before.
Of course, no training camp would be complete without a ‘bad kit’ day and the Vesta girls certainly didn’t hold back! Congratulations to Martha and Kim who won the prestigious award for the worst ‘bad kit’, it must have been a proud moment!
Congratulations should also go to Stine, who won the ‘pick me coach’ award for the most improved rower of the week and also to Caroline who won the ‘oarswoman of the week’ award for the most effective boat mover.
The girls would all like to say a huge thank you to our three coaches, James, Matt and Paul for giving up their time to coach us – we really appreciate it and hope to do you proud this summer!
– Tammy Bernard