The 05:10 alarm, carefully adjusted to leave just enough time to grab some kit and head out of college.
The cycle to the station- it’s very dark this early !
Congregating at the station to catch the 5.55am train to Ely
Breakfast time on the platform
Piling onto the train
Arrival in Ely, and the run to the boat house begins, much to the confusion of the early commuters.
Sunrise over the boat house, it’s worth being up for views like this!
So much kit in the changing room.
Head coach Rob writes out the outing plan.
Some side by side paddling on the Great Ouse
The Adelaide straight- where else would you want to be?!
After the outing it’s more running, this time so as not to miss the 8.26am train back to get to 9am lectures.
Icy hair after a particularly chilly morning.
Recovery milkshake before catching the train.
A cox’s lecture breakfast- an apple a day keeps the kgs away!
Or a rower’s second breakfast!
After lectures- time for some studying. Caffeine is an essential, in whatever container is handy.
Two parts rowing, one part classics.
Lunchtime: time to fuel up for the next session.
Afternoon training is either an ergometer session...
...or weights in Goldie, our base in Cambridge. Extra weighted backpack for chin-ups.
Balance is essential for single leg squats.
Melissa and Katie get inventive with their V-sits.
After training, it’s back home for dinner and some washing of the vast amounts of kit we get through...
..which gets added to the large pile already drying on the radiator.
In the evening, there’s time for more work or perhaps to socialise with college friends. But more often than not, it’s an early night. Exhausted!