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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Category Archives: Struggles
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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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 Masters Nationals-Day 3
ally something clicks. Maybe it’s our coxswain calling about gaining seats and trying to catch a boat. Maybe it’s knowing the end is coming. Continue reading
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2021 Masters Nationals-Day 2
Today’s only race was the Women’s Open A 2x. I actually felt nervous about this one. Not sure why. Each time we row it gets better, but I think knowing many of these women are super fast and that only two advance to final added some pressure. Continue reading
A Swampy Scrimmage
The team put together a singles scrimmage this morning. By the bridge, the hose is on, the sky is gushing, and water runs down my back. Continue reading
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The Winter Slog
February was humble-uary. The only goal was to get moving again. Mission, accomplished. Continue reading
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A Turtle Jumps on an Erg
It’s been a whirlwind of two months. Training-wise, it’s a story of best intentions and priorities. Continue reading
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Week 3: Listen to Your Body
Halfway there! As the countdown ticks down, two of our women’s four suffered sickness this week. Better sick now than in three weeks. The moral of this week is it’s great to push yourself and your boundaries. It’s also imperative … Continue reading
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The Rowing Training Rollercoaster Rides On
May’s goal was endurance, strength, and working “the middle,” the anaerobic threshold. I scheduled 44 workouts (erging and strength training combined) and achieved 77% of those. Four sessions modified for time. The completion rate doesn’t include the four sessions of … Continue reading
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