Describe rowing to someone that hasn’t tried it. It’s tough to capture all the nuisances, the exhilaration and the work, the technique and the effort, the zen and the war. But Meghan O’Leary, an Olympic 2016 hopeful, I think has summed it up nicely in her blog.
Rowing is a sport that involves spending exorbitant amounts of energy doing the same thing, over and over again. And then, waking up and doing it all again the next day, and then the next. And yes, you guessed it: the next.
In an environment where you are constantly judged by numbers and ranked against your teammates, it’s important to not let the ups take you too high or the downs bring you too low. You’ll drive yourself crazy; and chances are, you’re going to do it all over again the following week.
To read Meghan’s whole entry, click here. She summarizes our sport perfectly.