Last weekend, Team LARD conducted testing for the upcoming Long Beach Race.
Our testing consists of 2 primary components – an oc2 time trial and an ergometer test. The coaches use this and other data to seat our boats for our target races. Not all of our paddlers want to paddle on our top team but test to monitor their fitness throughout the season.
When you see LARD Black, Red and White at a race, you know we have taken the time to designate teams. If you see LARD Yolanda or Gilda, that means that we are splitting our boats evenly (testing not required).
Anyways, last weekend we tested 50 paddlers – it was a long day for the coaches and our paddlers. I had the easiest gig as my back prevented me from steering the oc2 (my usual task). Instead, I was tasked with making sure chaos did not ensue at or around the ergometer during testing. I had great help so it freed me up to take a few shots.
I LOVE this one. It’s a picture of our captain testing on the erg. Check out how positive, encouraging, and uplifting everyone is. Look at the fury in Lori’s face. This picture pretty much sums up the essence of our team.
This is Keith – he’s one of our newer paddlers. This is moments before his erg test begins. I processed this one a lot more than I did the one of Lori.
And here’s a picture of one of the teams Steve K. from the Guppies is coaching.