Trials #1, 3D Printing and More!
Despite having only a very very remote chance of making it to the Rio Olympics, I had the opportunity to race at the Olympic rowing trials last week. In my freshly resprayed Carl Douglas boat, I was feeling fast and ready to hit the racing. I hadn’t beaten any of my opponents in the last few months, so nothing to lose!
The time trial was solid, although the result put me in last. That said, the spread in time from 2nd to 7th was just 4 seconds, so all to play for. The semi-final started off well enough. Despite the worst lane (albeit not by much), I was level with Sam Tuck next to me for the first few hundred metres and at 750m gone I decided that I should probably make the first move. Big pushes at 750, 1000 and 1250m saw me move out to a decent lead, but I was now “hanging” and anticipated a big sprint from the man next to me. Sure enough, the sprint turned out to be fairly epic, and I crossed the line under 1 second ahead. Phew. Roll on the A-final!
The final was a little disappointing. I got out of the blocks ok, but Jamie Kirkwood and Will Fletcher stormed off to a sizeable lead (how are they so quick???). I should have been in the running for 4th place, but my main opposition were on the far side of the lake and I let things slip in the middle of the race. Last place. Shame.
3D Printing (Again)
For the aforementioned trials, I found myself in need of a SpeedCoach (a stroke rate and speed monitoring device made by Nielsen Kellerman) bracket for a borrowed SpeedCoach. Well, my landlord seemed to have a spare in the kitchen drawer, but I couldn’t just steal that without asking! So I quickly measured up the existing mount and a short while later I had a full CAD model ready to print. It all turned out rather well – photos below.
A bit of cooking
Here are a couple of photos of my favourites from the last couple of weeks.
Watching the Boat Race
This year I got to watch the Boat Race from the roof of the Imperial College Boat Club. A great day and great vies from up here :)