And a huff, and a puff, and a poof! New blog!
I have decided to dust off the ol’ rowing blog and begin documenting again the struggles of amateur mature athlete with a passion for an obscure sport training to row against other amateurs that are more talented, more dedicated, and plain fast. My latest goal is to compete in the World Rowing Masters Regatta in September 2018.
Since the last blog in 2015, there have been two big changes.
- I moved from the rowing mecca of Sarasota, its amazing facilities, waterways, and training pool, into what someone recently aptly described as a “gigantic void of rowing.” Lexington, Kentucky. There are literally three locations for rowing clubs in the state of Kentucky, and all three are along or near the state’s Ohio River border: Louisville, Newport (aka Cincinnati), and Murray State at the Land Between the Lakes. There are more rowing clubs in West Virginia than Kentucky.
- I had a kid. We landed in Lexington in January 2016, and in March 2017 Caelan joined the party. Talk about a major shift in your training schedule!
It took a few months post-baby to get a rhythm going again. Plus there’s the whole issue of getting your basic body back before even thinking about competitive rowing. While I can’t train with the same intense schedule as I did in 2013, I intend to make the most of the time I can give. The good news is I have a “push present,” aka a single (more on that later), and some pretty sweet new oars. I’m training to race a Women’s A 2- and look forward to adding a few more boats.