Nov. 17, 2010
SEATTLE - The fall season is over for the men's crew team at Washington. But for the student-athletes involved, the transition moves towards an area few look forward to - Winter Training.
Because of the weather advantages in the Pacific Northwest, the team is still able to train on the water. Yet the emphasis is also moved to dry land. On Wednesday, men's crew coach Michael Callahan tested his team with a 6K erg test, one of the ultimate gauges of an athlete's power, endurance and mental toughness.
There's a common thought in the sport of rowing that on a given day, anyone can grit their teeth from a 2K test. But the 6K test takes adrenaline out of the equation, forcing rowers to maintain quality splits throughout the piece. There's no saving energy for the final sprint of the piece. The results from these tests are typically the barometers that determine what boat a rower will compete in.
After a lengthy warm up, Callahan had each of his rowers set their ergometers for 6,000 meters. GoHuskies.com was there as well, and provided the above photo gallery of the test.