Posted by Jo Gookin on June 24th, 2015
May was another month for selection regattas for the USA Rowing Team. I decided since it was my first year on the elite rowing circuit, it was very important for me to have some positive results by myself in the Single Scull.
The next big race on my schedule National Selection Regatta #2. I knew that my main competition would be from one of my good friends, Willy Cowles, who used to row out of my club, but recently moved to a different program in Vermont.
Once again, due to high winds, the Time Trial was pushed to a 7:30 PM start time. It should be noted, that on the average night, I am usually eating my dinner and starting to get to bed at that time! Regardless, I settled into my new pre-race ritual, drinking some Vitalyte Tri-Phase Endurance
, pedaling on the indoor bike for 30′ and listening to some old Bruce Springsteen. I survived the messy conditions and managed to place 2nd behind Willy.
The final was another rough day out, but I rowed through it the best I could. I got to the start line early, took some Chia Surge and got ready to blast off. Again through all the chop I finished 2nd. I was certainly not happy that I lost, but as everyone keeps reminding me, I am “young” on the elite rowing scene and I’ll have my day in the sun soon. The only way to get there faster is to keep working hard!
Posted by Jo Gookin on May 19th, 2015
April was an exciting month in the rowing calendar because it marked the beginning of spring selection for the national team. The first of these selection regattas is in the double scull (two people, two oars each).
A few weeks ago my double partner and I drove to Princeton for this regatta. We had shown decent speed in practice and were excited to see what we could do against the country’s best scullers.
The first day was a time trial. We executed our race plan, but truthfully, when it was over, I had no idea how we had done. It was only on the dock when another rower yelled to us “Hey Guys, good job!” that we found out that we got 2nd overall.
The next day, even at 6am, the weather was nasty with 15-20mph winds. Regardless, we suited up, got in our boat and started warming up for our semi final. It was only 10 minutes before the race that the officials announced that the racing would be canceled for the day and would resume the following morning.
When our semi finally went off the next morning, we had a composed race which we won in the 2nd fastest time of the day. At that point, we were just happy to have gotten to race, n though the wind was still kicking at 11mph.
On saturday we had the Grand Final. After the successes of the last few races, we expected to beat crews that we had been beating or posting faster times than all week. We finished fourth in a tight race (2nd to 4th was .8 seconds!), but we realized that although it is not how we wanted to finish, it was still a solid result and a great way to start the season.
I have another selection regatta in a few weeks, this time in the Single Scull. If I win this regatta, I will be able to compete at one of the world cups.
Posted by Jo Gookin on May 8th, 2015
While I have had to readjust my season’s plans due to injury, I decided to make the most out of it and still enjoy as much of swimming, biking, and running as my body allows for. I guess joining a large group of brave ladies for the Women’s Dirt Days in Kettle Moraine, Wisconsin, might have pushed the definition of “recovery training” a little bit, but it was such a gorgeous day for us cold-struck Mid Westerners that I couldn’t resist. It was my first time for a real mountain bike trip, and we totaled around 20 miles on the Jon Muir trails, covering steep hills, fast descents, and a lot of technical switchbacks. With mountain biking being brutally challenging at times and the day being significantly warmer than expected, I was happy to have taken enough Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement orange as well as my favorite Chia Surge Gels with me, so I could power up the trails and stay on top of my bike (handling skills)!
Posted by Jo Gookin on January 7th, 2015
We do a ride every Wednesday morning. Last Wednesday I started up Mt Lemmon without having breakfast. It’s only a 23 mile ride from my house but I had eaten a lot the night before. I start my morning ride with Vitalyte in my bottles, usually the Grape or Fruit punch flavored. I also now take the Chia Surge with me, just one is all you’ll need. I got to mile post 3 and was feeling quite hungry. I had finished most of my bottle of Vitalyte and remembered the Chia Surge in my pocket. I had that with more drink and continued to Molino Basin another 2.75 miles up with no problems. I have to admit, this Chia Surge is the best gel I have ever used. It just seems to give me that little extra kick.
By the way, I’m the one with the bottle in hand and blue jersey on.
By: Garry Segarman
Posted by Jo Gookin on December 5th, 2014
By: Josh Taylor
In the off the season I find myself going into hibernation. I live in Michigan where the winters months grow darker and colder everyday. Finding the motivation to venture back out into the cold after working in it all day is sometimes tougher than the actual work out. One thing we cannot escape is cold and flu season. It has come full force in the Taylor household. I suffered two weeks of bronchitis and now my son is on his second week of his viral infection. He has had coughing soar throat diarrhea and vomiting for a week now. I could see in his face that he was just drained physically. I was thinking of going to get some Pedialyte from the local drug store when I remembered my stash of vitalyte I had. After a quick Google search I uncovered an article comparing vitalyte to Pedialyte. I have been giving my son the electrolyte replacement for two days now and I can see his color starting to come back. He loves the flavor of the fruit punch and hopefully will soon be back to his video game and clarinet playing self. Thank you Vitalyte for aiding me in competition and helping me bring back my son to better physical health.