Welcome to my rowing diary. Here I chronicle my struggles, triumphs, and thoughts about life as an amateur masters rower.
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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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Mud, Buoys, and Handicaps: The Sarasota Invitational Regatta
I have attended four of the five Sarasota Invitational Regattas (I missed the first one because we were hunting for a place to live, ironically, in Sarasota) and this year’s SIR was the first one with GREAT weather. Sunshine, 70s, … Continue reading
In my second head race, the Inaugural Sarasota-Benderson Head Race, I finished somewhat as I predicted…and not as I predicted. Friday Friday dawned under thick cloud cover and a steady wind pushing from the northeast. If it hadn’t been so … Continue reading
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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Saturday at Master’s Nationals
The day broke with me scrambling behind and rumbling in the distance. I’d slept poorly because of a lightning storm popping all around our house. Alan asked at some ungodly hour, “Are you awake?” “Yes, I’m awake.” “Crazy storm.” “Yep.” … Continue reading
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Friday at Master’s Nationals
With no scheduled events for me today, I took my time to cheer on my stroke seat racing in the Mixed A 2x and other rowing friends, explore the venue, rest, and prepare for the next two days. Five seat … Continue reading
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Thursday at Nationals
Wow! What a day! The alarm blasted off at 5:15 a.m. I move like a snail in the mornings, no matter what, even on such a day as the first day of US Rowing Master’s Nationals Championships. Brushing my teeth, … Continue reading
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Master’s Nationals Eve
I logged to see “12 hours to go!” The time is over! I have logged 133 days on the water with an estimated 1,101,100 kilometers, and 76 days on the erg (although I started keeping track of that a bit … Continue reading
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Seven days to Nationals
Tonight I had my third-to-last practice before Nationals. My head was not in the game. I kept catching myself off time with stroke seat because my brain kept going off on rabbit trails. Angry, I’d mentally chastise myself and focus … Continue reading
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Time winds down for Rowing Nationals
People are making travel plans. They want to know the race schedule. I opened Microsoft Word and created a preliminary trailer packing list. The treasurer is buying extra uniforms; people are paying their membership fees; the race organizing committee announces … Continue reading
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