Last Day of “Canley” 2011

2011 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta starting line

Waking up this morning, it definitely feels like I’ve been sleeping on a pull-out sleeper, sharing a bed with my double partner — in addition to sharing an entire basement floor with the other two members of my quad.  My skin is bronzed, even a a little burnt from spending an average eight hours in the sun every day of the past week. My body is feeling the seven 2Ks I’ve raced this week, plus the Mixed 8 500-meter Dash I was thrown into with the PennAC Men and Women yesterday afernoon. (Most definitely the fastest boat I’ve ever been in…near scary.)

Yesterday my double partner and I took Henley Gold in the Senior Women Double Final. We had won our heat as well as the semifinal to make it to the final but knew it would be a fast race. The Vesper crew out of Philadelphia was filled by two women I know and have raced in the single plenty of times to know they have speed. They’d been training together in the double since June so they were polished, and no doubt, our biggest competition. Off the line, they were ahead through the first 750-1,000 meters but the third 500 is where we knew we’d make our move. Walking first through a Craftsbury crew, and then pushing ahead of Vesper, we powered through the last 1,000 meters to take 1st by 2.03 seconds. It wasn’t the prettiest race, but it was a dominating win. I was amped (and felt the need to cheese it up for the medal stand, see photo below).

2011 Senior Women Double Henley Gold

Last day, last race. Later this afternoon, we have the Senior Women Quad Final. It was a straight semifinal to final progression. Winning our semifinal and with the top time between both semifinals, we know we are in a good place to be successful if we have the race we are capable of having. We’re tired from a long week but excited to end the regatta on a high note.

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