SCBC May Campaign 2015: Gothenburg Training Camp

This Easter the SCBC men’s squad left Cambridge and headed to Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, for a training camp on the Rådasjön lake. We stayed at Mölndalls Roddklubb, sleeping on the floor of their well-appointed boathouse and using their fleet of boats for our outings. The weather was a little windier than we are used to from the Cam but once it had settled down we were able to use the large lake to get in some good continuous rowing without interruption from other crews or corners.

The Rådasjön lake, just southwest of Gothenburg.
The Rådasjön lake, just southwest of Gothenburg.

We had a team of eleven rowers of varying experience attending the camp, so this was a useful opportunity for knowledge exchange in an environment without other commitments to take our focus away from rowing. The time spent in the gym working on our power curves on the ergos was very useful and should contribute to making our boats more effective this Easter term, and was simply time that we’d not have been able to find together in Cambridge.

Erging for one.
Erging for one.

On our last full day we joined in with our host club’s circuit training session, only realising that it was two and a half hours long after agreeing to it! It was an interesting event with a lot of energy in the room leading to a real mania coursing through the end of the session, which helped us all push along.

Overall it was a very useful camp to go on, providing a great opportunity to think more about what we’re trying to do in the boat and get closer towards that aim, as well as improve our fitness and strength in the gym. Of course, this would not have been possible without the assistance of the Henley Fund, whose support is greatly appreciated. Hopefully our efforts on the camp will translate into some pleasing results for SCBC this June.

Back at Stansted and better at rowing, if somewhat dirtier.
Back at Stansted and better at rowing, if somewhat dirtier.