Category Archives: Triumphs

Great moments

Home, Sweet Rowing Home

I officially rejoined a club again this week. It’s only singles, there’s no space for my 1x in the boathouse, and I have to get approved to row the good singles, so I’m car topping still… But I am so … Continue reading

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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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The Half-Marathon Row

You know when you decide to do some insane task because you think it could be achievable with a little effort, and then you start doing it only to realize it was more insane than you thought? I decided to give the … Continue reading

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Sunday at Master’s Nationals

Another before sunrise alarm woke me up in time to prep my gear for the final day of competition at Nationals and to shovel down oatmeal and bananas. I dressed in my cleaned uniform and signature red hat for the … Continue reading

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