Our primary training focus is to gain weight whilst still being able to perform well on the cardiovascular level. We're expecting to lose around 20 pounds during the race, so we have to give ourselves a buffer, as it will be difficult to carry enough food to avoid a calorie deficit due to space constraints on the boat.
The training regimen is somewhat similar to the regular day-to-day practice that we are used to when training for collegiate regattas. We perform regular long interval pieces on the ergometer (rowing machine), heavy weight lifting, flexibility exercises, rowing a double sculling boat (Men's 2X), and other cross training activities like swimming and cycling.
Since January, we have shifted focus to cardio and endurance training, utilizing elements of Eddie Fletcher's 12 Week Marathon Training Program. Below is an example of the weekly volume.
Ocean Safety, Navigation, & Certifications
Safety is a primary concern. Search, rescue, and repatriation will be available, and the readiness of all of all equipment will be tested prior to launch. Additionally, the following requirements have been met:
- Completed training row in their boat for 48 hours, with 12 hours of the 48 hour period conducted during the hours of darkness
- Certificate of Satisfactory Boat Construction signed by a Marine surveyor, completed within 18 months of the launch
- Hold a valid Boat US (NASBLA approved) foundation course Californian Boating Safety certificate
- Hold a valid Short Range Radio certificate (VHF-DSC)
- Hold a valid Sea Survival certificate
- Hold a valid First Aid certificate
- Hold a valid Boating Skills and Advanced Navigation certificate
- Each EPIRB shall be registered with the NOAA with the Duty officer listed as the first point of emergency contact
Besides being ready to row, other physical and mentally demoralizing factors can come into play such as salt sores and sleep deprivation. Preparation for such conditions will be harder to train for but factors such as these will definitely not break our determination. When the time to row the Pacific Ocean gets closer, we will be shoveling down more food (>7000 calories a day), lifting some serious weights and praying for support to take on the challenge!