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I've spent the last week in Varese, Italy on our final training camp of the year before the World Championships in Poznan, Poland, which start on Sunday. Our preparation has been divided into three phases, the first of which is the hard work bit.
For the past few weeks since our last regatta in Lucerne we've been training hard and working on improving our technique, to gain as much boat speed as possible.
The women and lightweight teams spent two and a half weeks in Breisach, Germany where we did lots of long mileage water and erg (rowing machine) sessions - a perfect opportunity to work on all the small technical improvements that we've needed to address.
It's been a while since my last blog entry and much has happened both on and off the water, with World Cup events in Spain and Germany and a win on home water at Henley Royal Regatta.
The Banyoles World Cup at the end of May was a tough weekend of racing to start the season, with some close racing in the double scull with Katie Greves, where we finished fifth, and a successful win in the quad with Anna Bebington and Annabel Vernon.
It was good start to our World Cup season and my first senior gold medal. It also was good to finally get some racing experience in a crew sculling boat.