Winter on the water.
That’s if the water is one of those repetitive and relentless rowing machines that most of us step over at the gym.
“Nobody likes getting on an erg,” said Cherry Creek junior Mac Grant. (Erg is the technical term for the rowing machine.)
Aathletes can’t just stop training so from November through February their sport is an indoor activity.
“On the water if you have 1 or 2 bad strokes you don’t know it. Here you have a screen in front of you saying you’re doing a bad job and fix it,” said Grant.
The winter season finishes with the Indoor Rowing Championships.
“This is it. We’ve been training for this race. The kids can use these scores and send them off to college,” said Mile High Rowing coach Grace Malacrida.
The machines are all wired up and progress is displayed on a screen. Scores are important, especially for athletes thinking about rowing in college.
“We have kids that have gone to Yale, Columbia, CAL, Tulsa has been fabulous about recruiting,” said Malacrida.
“It’s a lot of fun, after you’re done with your race you’re like wow that was awesome. But right before you’re like what if I faint? What if i puk,” said 8th grader Etta Carpender.
“The nerves are good. They make you go harder so it works,” added 8th grader Christina Bigger.
Every stroke counts. Every score counts. In the end, they are all just counting down the days until spring.