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About camckenna

I teach; I write; I row.

Now for something a bit different…

Two months later…. First erging session since the fracture rib. 4 x 4:00 at easiest damper, lower rate. Slightly tender from time to time but nothing unbearable or warning. A good sign. I couldn’t resist a few full pressure strokes. … Continue reading

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Rowing snaps to a halt

The Head of the Giblet was one of my last days rowing. I just didn’t know it yet. Right after Giblet, I followed in the footsteps of many Americans and hit the road to visit my family for the Thanksgiving holiday. … Continue reading

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Gobble, Gobble: A Bunch of Turkeys at the Head of the Giblet

The Fluidesign 4x is ping-ponging down the course: left, right, left, right. The starboard oars have whacked two buoys, jarring the rhythm, and there’s a turn approaching. The glasses are fogging; it’s hard to judge the distance. And still we ping-pong, … Continue reading

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The Rowing Duathlon

Dua-what? Duathlon. Taking two different athletic events and pairing them together into one challenge, usually in a run-bike-run format. Except this is rowing. This unique event, the Duathlon at the Bend, is a 5k row followed by a 5k run. … Continue reading

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To Yield or Not to Yield? Racing the Hooch

  Thank goodness for wigs, because this year’s Head of the Hooch was beyond frigid. After a sleepless night on a charter bus, my juniors’ team arrived up to quickly declining weather. Clouds and winds rolled in as I finished rigging the … Continue reading

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The Hooch just got real

The rowing stars align Our entry for the Head of the Hooch in Tennessee was touch-and-go. First wait-listed, then accepted with a “ghost” entry as we knocked our heads against our oars thinking of who could be our number four. Do we … Continue reading

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Staying on course for Head season

The first head race of our season is this weekend. At this crucial milestone, I have to admit feeling behind in my rowing training. The Hooch is looming, and while my boat is wait listed and still lacking a confirmed … Continue reading

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