Training and racing tips from rowing coach Larry Gluckman

Rest in peace, Larry Gluckman. My condolences to your family, friends and athletes.

Old-Fart Rowing

American rowing coach Larry Gluckman was interviewed by Rebecca Caroe back in June, as part of Rowperfect UK’s fantastic RowingChat series.

Here’s the 1-hour-long video:

Having invested the time to watch it [when I should’ve been sleeping], I thought I’d share my takeaways from it [with apologies for any misinterpretations].

Training – 8 tips

  1. “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanent.” This makes so much sense to me but I’ve never heard it expressed so succinctly. We know we have to do the mileage to cement in the tiniest technique change. So it follows that if we don’t try to improve, our mileage just serves to cement in our flaws.
  2. Push your capability limits. “If you’re not practising at the highest level you’re capable of, it’s unlikely you are going to perform any better during your racing.”
  3. Do a racing start every time you stop, whether it’s to turn the…

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