Category: Sports

Results from the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships


World Rowing Junior Championships pic

World Rowing Junior Championships

Michael Wodchis serves as vice president of strategic alliances and business development for Windsor Insurance Associates in Woodland Hills, California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from Syracuse University, where he was a member of the varsity rowing team. In addition, Michael Wodchis once represented Canada at the World Rowing Junior Championships.

The 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships were held this past August in Trakai, Lithuania, and served as a qualifying event for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The breakout star of the event was 17-year-old Clark Dean of the United States, who captured gold in the men’s single sculls ahead of Moritz Wolff of Germany and Mmbudzeni Masutha of South Africa. Esther Briz Zamorani of Spain claimed gold in the women’s single sculls, while Megan Hancock of South Africa won silver and Margaux Bailleul of France earned bronze.

Croatian twins Anton and Patrik Loncaric won the gold medal in men’s pairs, while Croatia’s women’s four team dominated its competition en route to earning gold as well. The men’s eight and women’s eight championships were defended, respectively, by the 2016 winners, Germany and the Czech Republic. A total of 17 countries won medals at the five-day event. Romania topped the list with six medals, while Great Britain and Croatia finished second and third, respectively.


Tips for Increasing Marathon Pace

Marathon Pace pic

Marathon Pace

As an executive in the life insurance industry, Michael Wodchis balances his professional life with his commitment to personal fitness. Michael Wodchis stands out as a 10-time marathon runner who completed his fastest marathon in three hours and 13 minutes.

Virtually all marathon runners want to improve their speed. Many simply calculate the desired pace and strive for that pace on every run, though this strategy fails to consider the increased demands of a 26.2-mile endeavor. To account for this variable, runners should begin by calculating the maximum speed they can sustain for as long as an hour.

When runners know this pace, they can develop strategies for increasing both speed and endurance. Experts suggest that speed should be the focus as long as the race is 12 weeks or more in the future. Up to this deadline, runners can work on balancing repeats of their maximum long-distance speed with moderated long runs.

Meanwhile, runners can work on increasing overall maximum speed by incorporating variable pace and tempo runs into their weekly training sessions. Speed and tempo runs work best when interspersed with long runs and easier runs. Ideally, runners will follow their most rigorous workouts with rest days so their legs can recover and have the strength to incorporate gains.