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Winter Training Program Summary

This program is for:

  • Rowers looking to grow fitness
  • Rowers looking to improve their rowing technique or competitive edge

Program Details

In rowing, people often say that you earn your medals in the winter and pick them up the following summer. Winter training is essential to building fitness so you can hit the water at full speed when the dock goes in.

Winter training is part of an annual membership, but is also offered as a separate $150 membership for the November to March season. 

If you are new to rowing, and would like to learn how to erg prior to the water season, please contact us.  We will work with you to find a time where you can learn to erg with an instructor, alongside our coached team practices, so you can easily transition into our winter training program.

Members can access the full training plan here.

Practice Schedule


The winter training season at Mendota RC begins on Dec. 2 and runs through March. There are no practices between December 23 and January 2. 

Practices are:

  • Monday and Friday: 6:00 am to 7:00 am
  • Wednesdays: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: 7:00 am to 8:00 am 

No sign up for practice is required. If the wind chill is below 0 degrees, practice is canceled at the coaches discretion.

February Training Schedule .pdf


Race Schedule

Midwinter Meltdown 

The Midwinter Meltdown is an indoor rowing event that we host every year in January. Events include 1000m, 2000m, 6000m, and relays. All events are rowed on Concept2 Model D ergometers.

Tank Rental

In addition to our regular winter practices, Mendota RC rents the tanks at UW's Porter Boathouse. This is a great opportunity to spend some time working on bladework and other technique.

All tank sessions are from 10 am to noon. Dates will be posted soon.

Each session is $10/rower to cover the costs of renting the tanks.

Register for a tank session

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Madison, WI

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