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Feb, 2020

The BRC Buzz

Welcome current and former rowers and friends to the first 2020 issue of BRC’s newsletter. We plan on publishing a newsletter at least four times per year, and, if time permits and content compels, perhaps an extra one or two in the annual mix. In addition to information from coaches and managers about upcoming events and other news, we want it to reflect the ideals, purposes and accomplishments of BRC. That’s where you, dear reader, come in. It’s our members who will make this newsletter. You are the ones doing fun, interesting, great things out there. So, send us articles, stories, high-resolution photos, recipes, exercise tips, inappropriate jokes, and links to items you think your rowing friends would find helpful, awe-inspiring, or simply funny, to [email protected]. We reserve the right to edit submitted material, but we promise to be nice.

Please be patient with us as we play with the newsletter layout, title, look, and length. There are several events happening in the first quarter of 2020, and, because we begin on-water rowing in March, there is also a lot of information related to spring training, races, etc. This edition may look like an inventory list, but it will give you access to important dates, times and venues.

We especially want to draw your attention to Hammerfest (details below) on February 29. This is a significant fundraising event for BRC and all money raised goes toward equipment purchases and repairs. One new addition to the event this year is the opportunity to purchase an erg that will used for the races and then can be taken home by you at the end of the day. Note the pre-order deadline of February 10 and act fast!

Also want to call your attention to BRC’s first Rowing for Active Recovery (ROAR) program for cancer patients and survivors. This learn-to-row program starts March 18 and details and link are in the newsletter. Contact Stacey Bhalla at [email protected] if you want to get involved. She also has beautiful flyers and would love to get some in your hands to post them at your offices and other venues, so please contact Stacey. And spread the word about ROAR to anyone you know who has beaten back that dreadful C disease, or who is currently battling cancer and could benefit from the calm waters of the Catawba River and the opportunity to focus on something completely new and different.

Finally, hang in there as we slog through one more month of winter. Pat yourself on the back for remaining active. Regardless of whether you are participating in the BRC fitness program at RAC, or doing your own thing, you will be glad you maintained your fitness program when you get back in a boat.
See you on the water!
 - Jude

Athlete Spotlight

On February 1, 2020 BRC scored its first gold in indoor rowing at Erg Sprints, in Alexandria VA, the second largest indoor rowing event in the United States. Rob Kleiderlein, in his last race as a 40-49 year old rower, won his event in the 30 minute row with 8559 meters rowed, which is close to a 1:45 pace for the duration. Congratulations, Rob! 

Rob makes indoor rowing look effortless, which we all know  isn't the case. Notwithstanding his own acclaim and bragging rights, he offers this encouragement to rowers who are thinking about participating in events:

"I think it’s important, especially with indoor rowing, which is an excruciatingly boring activity, to focus on race events and fun competition, over complex training plans and meter challenges."

Seeing the size of the crowd at Erg Sprints is encouraging for what is possible with BRC's Hammerfest. There are several more events in which Belmont Rowing Center rowers will compete this Spring, i.e., Atlanta, 124c, and then, of course, Hammerfest on February 29 at Gaston Day school. All interested rowers, at any level are encouraged to participate in Hammerfest by registering at

And kudos to Ned Harris too for his indoor rowing accomplishment! Ned is now 3rd in the United States in his category for the 2020 60-Minutes Indoor Rower Rankings with a distance of 10,658 meters. Way to go, Ned!! You are an inspiration to all of us and make BRC proud!

You can check out photos of both of our athletes on our Facebook page (and "Like" us to stay in the loop).

Winter Indoor Training

December and January are in the rearview mirror, but it’s not too late to register for the last session of indoor rowing. February Indoor Rowing is in full swing! Morgan and Tyler have taken a good-sized group of masters through fun, challenging and creative workouts 4 nights a week. Matt is doing the same thing with the youth 4 nights a week. Misery loves company, but it’s amazing that erging doesn’t seem quite so miserable when done with a group. Join your BRC friends in the RAC space after work and you will get instruction to make sure your erg form is proper, encouragement to make sure you get to the end of the workout, and confidence that you are physically and mentally ready to get in a boat and row once we hit the water the beginning of March. Register online through the BRC website.
Additional encouragement from Coach Morgan directly:

“Winter training is going great! We have record participation from the masters this year! Make sure to sign up so we know how to design the daily workout. Most importantly, we have been grabbing snacks and beer after Thursday night practices. Feel free to join even if you’re not training with the group. It’s a great way to stay connected and know what’s going on in the club!”
BRC’s Half/Full Marathon last month was a huge hit! Congratulations to Lauren Lowe, Morgan Stewart, and Kristin Sherman for reaching the top of their categories on the worldwide Concept2 Logbook! Great participation by Youth and Masters and many accomplishment stickers were awarded. Visit BRC on Facebook to see photos and video of the event (and “Like” us to stay in the loop)!


BRC’s biggest fundraiser is right around the corner! Hammerfest is in its 3rd year and there’s a race for anyone who wants one! This event is where BRC raises funds that allow us to get pay for boat repairs, equipment upgrades, and purchase additions to the fleet. Check out everything that we have planned here: As explained below, Hammerfest cannot happen without volunteers. Please sign up for a shift at the link listed below.

Erg Sales

Brand new Concept2 PM5 Model D race ergs are being purchased for Hammerfest and for $850 you can take one home at the end of the day. This is a good deal for BRC and for you because they retail for $900 + shipping and taxes (and you have to assemble them yourself). Ergs must be pre-purchased before February 10th, so place your order and spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested. The ergs can be purchased in 2 ways:
  1. Credit card payment through a free account at
  2. By check made out to “Belmont Rowing Center” and mailed to Belmont Rowing Center, PO Box 1401, Belmont, NC 28012. Contact Kate Hebdon at [email protected] with any questions.

Register to Race

Hammerfest will take place again in the wonderful gym at Gaston Day School (thanks to Wade Glaser). This is an excellent venue and opportunity for youth, collegiate, and master rowers to set down some race times in an energetic environment! For those of you looking to submit times for college scholarship applications, or for racing in top-tier competitive boats this spring, this is a great way and place to get that done. Register for your races before Standard Registration closes here:

Event Volunteers

Hammerfest is a large undertaking and it cannot happen without a lot of people helping to set up the ergs, man the registration table, concession stand, and clean up. We need the help of many more volunteers on event day! BRC is a non-profit so if you need service hours for school/church, we can assist you with that. And no worries, you can still race if you volunteer. Please sign up to volunteer here:

Calling All Coxswains!

BRC is hosting its second Coxswain Clinic on February 22nd. This is a free event for anyone who sits in the 9th seat (or 5th if it’s a 4+), or for anyone who wants to learn more about everything that a coxswain does and needs to be aware/knowledgeable of. We have guest speakers Alyssa Reed and Anne Turner (both highly experienced high school, collegiate, and masters coxswains) leading discussions and topics. We will also have an open-ended discussion/round-table and if the weather holds, we may get an 8+ of coxswains out on the water. While this is a free event, please sign-up here so we can get a headcount:
Charlotte Youth Rowing is also hosting a Coxswain Clinic with guest speaker Dan Gilbert on February 23rd in SouthPark, Charlotte. Contact Kate Hebdon at [email protected] if you are interested in attending.

A Message from the Equipment Manager

By all measures, the purchase and installation of the BATlogic shoe system last year was well received and appreciated by rowers. What a delight to tuck feet into shoes that fit! Following on the footsteps of that successful rollout, we are implementing an inventory management system for the extra BATlogic shoes that are available to check out and use in boats equipped with the plates. This system will ensure that we have funds available to maintain and replace shoes and plates when necessary.

Here’s how that will work: BRC Masters passholders and Youth enrolled in a season, will be required to put down a $170 deposit with their registration fee. When the boat and shoes are returned (either at the end of the day or the end of the season), the security deposit will be returned. However, if the shoes are damaged, lost or stolen (for some crazy reason), the deposit will be forfeited.

In other news, repair work on boats will resume shortly and the priority list is as follows:
  • MAAS intermediate single
  • Pro-Am 25 intermediate single
  • “Bathtub” recreational single
If you see something that doesn’t look right, or experience a problem or issue with a boat, simply use our Repair Log to let us know what needs to be looked at:

Youth Rowing Program – A Note from the Head Coach

Spring season gets underway the end of February and there will be more information coming out via emails targeted to youth rowers and their parents. Communication will also occur throughout the season from the head coach and coaching staff. In the meantime, here are some updates:
  • BRC is working on getting branded sweatshirts, t-shirts, etc. Stay tuned!
  • Recruit your friends! We need more rowers to help make our spring season a success!
  • We will have a good bunch of novice rowers this season and will try to get lots of racing in with them!
  • We are working on a couple scrimmages; low key, low cost racing with other teams.

Rowing Philosophy and Training

Rowing is a sport of optimization; we try to balance our lungs (aerobic respiration) with our muscle power (anaerobic respiration). Because of this, I coach my rowers to row toward their strengths. Heavier rowers usually have more muscle mass, and can pull a similar split to a lighter rower, but at a slower speed. Put another way, for lightweight rowers, we need to increase the stroke rate in order to compensate for the sheer power that heavy rowers have. If we do a hypothetical 2k, I would expect to see:

Heavyweight Rower: 2:00 split, 28-30 strokes per minute, 220 lbs peak force per stroke
Lightweight Rower: 2:00 split, 32-34 strokes per minute, 190-200 lbs peak force per stroke

With weight class being a big part of rowing, the ideal lightweight rower is someone who is just under the limit (150lbs male, 130lbs female). This gives us the most muscle mass allowable within the limit. To be as competitive as possible, it is my goal to have our lightweight rowers get as close to that limit as they can, without exceeding it and without extraordinary methods.  
To that last point, USRowing is tightening up regulations on lightweight rowers. Please read the following link if you think your athlete will be a lightweight rower:
Note: medical forms are now necessary in order to qualify as a lightweight rower.
I cannot guarantee racing boats under the lightweight banner, but that has historically been a category that BRC competes in.

Let me know if anyone has questions!
 - Coach Matt

Message from Youth Captain

As we are approaching spring season, it is important to prepare yourself for the short and quick 2k season. It will be fun and it will be fast. For some, it will be their first 2k season and for others, it will be their last. Either way, I am dedicated to making this one of the best seasons yet. To do this, we need to all be a team. Being a strong team will push us to become stronger, faster, and victorious. It doesn’t matter novice vs. varsity, lightweight vs. heavyweight, or youth vs. master. We are all going to work together and make this season the best yet! Let’s get some gold!
- Bayleigh

Spring Rowing Season Preparation – Youth and Masters

Spring on-water training starts at the beginning of March! Now is the time to register for your Youth Spring Season (Novice or Varsity) or your Masters Sweep pass (or Independent Sculling pass for those of you not sweep rowing) so you are ready to go as soon as we can get out on the water. And for those of you who store a private boat at BRC, please go on-line and pay your annual boat storage fee.

Mark your calendars for the pre-season team meetings where we will go over expectations, set team goals, discuss planned regattas for the season, and answer any questions you may have. If you plan to participate in the spring rowing programs, your attendance is required unless you have an unavoidable conflict. Please attend the meeting if at all possible, and as a courtesy let your coach know if you will not be able to make it so alternative arrangements can be made to get the information distributed to you

Monday, 3/2: Parent/Youth Team Meeting @ 5:45p in Riverside Athletic Club
Tuesday, 3/3: Masters Sweep Team Meeting @ the end of practice in Riverside Athletic Club

Rowing for Active Recovery (ROAR)

BRC is partnering with CaroMont Health Foundation to offer a Learn to Row program for cancer patients and survivors. ROAR is scheduled to begin March 18, 2020 and will include both indoor rowing machine workouts and on-water rowing sessions. Thanks to CaroMont Health Foundations’ support, we are able to provide this program at no cost to participants. The goal of ROAR is to empower cancer patients and survivors to improve their strength, endurance, and ultimately, quality of life through rowing. Please spread the word, and share the link below with friends, associates, and family members. You can also contact Stacey Bhalla for more information and you can sign-up to volunteer here:

Learn more at or email [email protected]

Clean/Care Day

With the new season about to begin, BRC has scheduled a Clean/Care Day to get all of our equipment ready for heavier use. As in past years, this includes washing/cleaning our boats, checking over hardware/riggers/foot-stretchers, etc., and generally tidying up the site. Best of all on the fun side of things, winners at the End of Season boat auction will be naming the boats they won! As we know from past work days, we can accomplish a heck of a lot when we show up, and we can have a good time too while we’re at it. Mark your calendars and please attend if you plan on rowing this spring.
Saturday, 3/7: Clean/Care Day from 8:30a - 11:30a @ Belmont Rowing Center

Lost & Found

Are you missing your favorite jacket, unable to locate a pair of socks, wondering where you put a pair of shoes? Are your parents asking you how you lost any of these things??? Well, we may be able to help you. We have accumulated a fair bit of personal property that we don’t want or need. Take a look at the picture below and check out the Lost and Found in the BRC Free Weight Suite (map below) to see if you recognize anything and come reclaim what is yours. All unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill on March 1.

Regatta Schedule

BRC’s 2020 regatta schedule is online! We have a wide range of regattas that we are looking to attend this year. You can find the sprint and head races here:

In order for your coaches to set racing line-ups early so you get more time to train in those line-ups, they need to know which regattas you plan on attending. At your earliest convenience, please indicate which regattas you will attend on the spreadsheets below:

Youth Team Sign-Up Sheet:
Masters Sweep Sign-Up Sheet:

Community Involvement Opportunities

It’s always good to give back! Listed below are some events in and around BRC that provide that opportunity. If you are a high school student looking for service hours for school/church, a retired person wanting to stay engaged in the local community, or a working person who simply wants to give back, your participation in these events can accomplish that, while at the same time helping to establish BRC’s presence in the area. Check out these events and sign up to assist this year if and when your schedule allows.

Gaston County Community Foundation Run

This is a charity 5k race on April 4th from which BRC receives matching funds from contributions. You can register to run in the event at the link below. The more the merrier! But if running isn’t your thing, consider making a donation to BRC and you will effectively be doubling your contribution. Register to run here:

Catawba Riverkeeper Riverfest

This is a fun social event right in BRC’s backyard! Full details aren’t out yet, but Riverfest will be on May 9th in the afternoon. If you would like to help out with a BRC booth/table, sign-up here:

Lake Wylie Riversweep

Keeping the Catawba River and Lake Wylie clean is as essential to the enjoyment and success of BRC’s rowing activities as it is to all the other water sports and activities in the area. As such, we should do our part to help keep our waterways clean for everyone to use. Full details aren’t out yet, but Riversweep will be on October 3rd in the morning. With 10 volunteers, BRC can participate as a group, making the event all the more fun. If you would like to help out, sign-up here:

Health & Fitness

Bon Appětit had recipe for a power nut butter in the February 2020 edition I thought you might like to try. It adds quite a bit of texture to almond butter, and might be a tasty spread to rotate into your diet. Enjoy!

Power Butter

Heat 7 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil and 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas) in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until oil is melted and pumpkin seeds are just starting to turn golden, about 3 minutes. Add 1/3 cup raw sesame seeds and 3 Tbsp. chia seeds and cook, stirring constantly, until sesame seeds are golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer seeds and oil to a large bowl and add 1 1/2 cups unsweetened natural almond butter, 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, 1 tsp. Aleppo-style pepper, and 1 tsp. kosher salt. Stir vigorously to combine; let cool. Store airtight at room temperature up to 2 weeks. Makes about 2 cups.

Missing Important Emails?

Is this the first time that you’re learning about what’s happening at BRC? We get a few reports of important emails going directly to Spam folders. If you want to stay in the loop, be sure to add the following emails to your address books:
Wade Glaser
Rowing Director, Coaching Manager, Head Masters Coach
[email protected]          [email protected]
Matt Hebdon
Equipment Manager, Head Youth Coach
[email protected]          [email protected]
Kate Hebdon
Program Manager
[email protected]

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