Category Archives: Triumphs

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US Rowing Masters Nationals, Day 1 Recap

I’m not super-superstitious in general, but as rowers we have our routines. Our lucky charms. I woke up with a good feeling. All morning Caelan told me I, “had a ladybug on my back.” Then our rented quad had a cricket in it.
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5 Things I Learned Rowing Solo and 5 Things I Miss About Rowing Teams

Someone asked me if I found it challenging to go from the team to training alone. Answer: definitively, yes. I’ve been thinking about the dynamic of a rowing team vs. rowing solo. Continue reading

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Bi a Tri: Disaster & Redemption

A triathlon is so far out of my wheelhouse, I started feeling a bit nervous last night because I had no idea what to expect. I’m competitive, so naturally I wanted to do well. But with zero experience at swimming … Continue reading

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Where Did These Rowing Workout Numbers Come From?

I didn’t have any big expectations. I thought I’d row by feel. If the wrist acted up, I’d back off and do something else. At 10:30 to go I glance down at my iPhone. I see the meters. I double take. 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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Rowing: The Never-Ending Quest for Perfection

The real beauty of rowing lies in its nature. The stroke is a rhythmic, never-ending infinite cycle of catch, drive, release, recover. Catch, drive, release, recover. Catch, drive, release, hands out, pivot forward, slide and catch. On and on, stroke … Continue reading

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Row-Around-the-Island Challenge: Done

The row-around-the-island challenge almost qualifies as a legend. It’s always someone who heard that so-and-so has done it, like, a Coach saying, “Oh, yeah, Harvard’s 8+ once came down and did it,” or, “I heard that John Doe’s ex-wife used … Continue reading

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