Viking Rowers Deep in Winter Training

The WWU Crew has been out in full force through what has been an especially cold January in Bellingham, with early morning temperatures often falling below freezing.

The team is burning through exceedingly tougher workouts on both land and water as racing season draws near. Fueling the hard work is a sense of determination and drive for success as the Vikings look ahead to Spring Season and the conference championships.

Memories of last year, including the Vikings’ tough loss to the University of Puget Sound in the annual dual on Lake Samish, provide added motivation.

“I try to picture my rivals next to me on each erg piece. I know the second I finish a workout whether or not I went hard enough, and if I can hit that point while I’m training then I’ll know how to take it even further on race day,” says Brandon Heller, second year rower.

A victory this year over UPS and other rivals in the Varsity Eight and Novice Eight categories at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championships will likely mean an overall points victory, securing a major team goal for the 2011 season.

And so the training continues.