Welcome to my rowing diary. Here I chronicle my struggles, triumphs, and thoughts about life as an amateur masters rower.
Thank you for being part of the journey.
2019 Training Statistics
Current weight: 151
Weight goal: Get back to 150
Days on water: 8?
Days on land: Too many!
2k Erg Test: 1:55.9/spilt, 7:43.8
5k Erg Test: 20:30/ 2:03
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Fall training for the HOTC
Ever since Cuyahoga, all the focus has been on the Head of the Charles. I will be racing in two events, the Senior Masters Women’s coxed four and a Director’s Challenge Mixed 8+. Continue reading
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The Cuyahoga Crash and Burn
The 2022 running of the Head of the Cuyahoga is done. I said last year that I probably wouldn’t row it again in the 1x. To set the scene, if you’re not familiar with the waterway, it is extremely challenging. … Continue reading
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My Boat Got an Upgrade & Other Training Notes
May ended with a big question mark. The good news is I haven’t had any problems since then. Even better: an awesome Fluidesign birthday present. Continue reading
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Head of the Hooch: Going Single is Mental
Once the Head of the Charles was done, nothing stood in the way of the reality that I’m about to race the Women’s Masters 1x at the Head of the Hooch. Let me be plain: I’m not going to medal. Continue reading
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Thumbs…Up? Down? My Rowing Life in 2022
Thumbs up or thumbs down? The summary of how life as a Masters athlete has been going in 2022. It took six weeks in total to work the health care system before I was sitting across from a hand orthopedist office as he said, “you need surgery and you need it fast.” Continue reading
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Holiday Challenge 2021
I don’t always do the Holiday Challenge, but I figured for my goals in 2022 it’s a good start. I set a goal for 15k a day. Continue reading
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2021 Head of the Cuyahoga
I enter the Women’s Masters 1x at the Head of the Cuyahoga, setting the goal that this will a reconnaissance row for a winning attempt in 2022. I don’t feel ready. Head of the Cuyahoga is known for its crazy and hard port side turns. But it has plenty of back-and-forth maneuvering and few straightaways. Continue reading
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2021 Hoover Fall Classic
The tour of Midwest regattas continues with the Hoover Fall Classic in Westerville. Just one event this time, the Women’s Masters 2x. Continue reading
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Head of the Hooch 2021
This post is three weeks late because I had to be in the right head space to write.
The week before planned departure for the Head of the Hooch, my Grandma took a turn. I wasn’t sure I would be racing. Continue reading
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2021 Head of the Ohio
My first Head of the Ohio experience is a blast. Just four of attended, rowing a women’s 2x, men’s 2x, and then a mixed 4x. No shafts were harmed while rowing for gold. Continue reading
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