Sunday 20th February - Race Day
Chris and I had to be at the Agganis Arena two hours before our race to give us enough time to weigh in, have a look around the stalls and warm up with some stretching and a decent row.
We met up with Tim B who is a friend from the UK who lives in Boston - he decided to help by coxing for both of us.
I raced at 14:30 on the front row of the arena in the same location as last year. I was flanked either side by women from Team Mexico - they looked like they meant business in their black and green outfits. My aim for this race was to try to take my pace down from 2:12.4 (BIRC) to 2:11.0 throughout the 2k so I could beat my PB of 08:46.7. The race began and I quickly settled into a 2:11 pace - I was concentrating on keeping my stroke down under 30 spm so I wasn't wasting energy. The two Mexican women either side of me were doing something like 40 spm and I felt strong and controlled throughout my 2k just doing my own thing.
Coming up to the last 500 metres everything was hurting but I made a massive effort to keep within my stroke rate boundaries and kick out more power with the thighs. With help from the proffesional cox and Tim shouting "Come on Cazza" I pulled in my best ever time of 08:40.5. I finished 6th out of 10 Lightweight Master Women aged 30 - 39. I was very happy with my row. My next challenge is to go sub 08:30.
Chris raced 15 minutes later with Tim coxing armed with a whole bunch of unmentionable words of encouragement to motivate him. Chris pulled in an impresive time of 07:00.3 (he was gutted to miss out on a sub 7). He ranked 8th out of 11 Lightweight Senior Master Men aged 40 - 49.
We both really enjoyed this year's World Indoor Rowing Championships and felt part of Team GB because of the organisation of Kim and Pete (C2 Forum regulars) who e-mailed everybody with information, tips and advice before the event. During the Race day the majority of UK rowers all sat in the same part of the arena acompanied by a huge Union Jack and Royal Navy flag - it was good to share pre and post race stories with people who knew what you were going through.
Looking forward to WIRC 2012 - especially because there won't be a British Indoor Rowing Championship in 2011. Hope to see some of you there - start saving now.
Read about the Team GB WIRC experience here: