At the Catch: With Maddie Van Ummersen

At the Catch: With Maddie Van Ummersen

Every year, the Rhode Island Rowing team heads down to DeLand, Fla. for its winter training trip. The Rams are able to log thousands of meters on Lake Beresford and the canals extending from it before heading back to Kingston to continue training indoors. This year, the team's seniors will give Rhody fans an inside look at what each day of the training trip is like. 

Today's post comes from senior Maddie Van Ummersen.

Our 2019 Florida training trip is off to a smooth start! We all arrived at DeLand this afternoon after a long morning of flights and airports, eager to get started with training. For Rhody Rowers, winter break means several weeks of tackling long workouts on our own, so being reunited in Florida is a big relief.

Florida also marks the start of our 2019 spring rowing season and is an important time for us to get in work as a team on the water. Since we will be practicing twice a day each day that we are here, the trip allows us to really hone in on our technique in the boat.
We used our first afternoon in DeLand to unload our trailer, clean equipment, and rig some of the big boats. After the work was done we got to go out for a quick row. The team split into fours and eights and we hit the water for the first time since late November. Having not been on the water for a while, it was incredibly refreshing and exciting to be back in the boat, although it did take a few strokes for me to feel comfortable again…   
We are geared up for a productive and fun week here in DeLand, and updates will be posted everyday so that everyone can get a glimpse of what our Florida training is like! We hope you will check in each day as we fill you in with the exciting happenings of Rhode Island Rowing winter training!