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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Rowing snaps to a halt
The Head of the Giblet was one of my last days rowing. I just didn’t know it yet. Right after Giblet, I followed in the footsteps of many Americans and hit the road to visit my family for the Thanksgiving holiday. … 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
The Rowing Duathlon
Dua-what? Duathlon. Taking two different athletic events and pairing them together into one challenge, usually in a run-bike-run format. Except this is rowing. This unique event, the Duathlon at the Bend, is a 5k row followed by a 5k run. … Continue reading
To Yield or Not to Yield? Racing the Hooch
My favorite sight. Thank goodness for wigs, because this year’s Head of the Hooch was beyond frigid. After a sleepless night on a charter bus, my juniors’ team arrived to quickly declining weather. Clouds and winds rolled in as I finished … Continue reading
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The Hooch just got real
The rowing stars align Our entry for the Head of the Hooch in Tennessee was touch-and-go. First wait-listed, then accepted with a “ghost” entry as we knocked our heads against our oars thinking of who could be our number four. Do we … Continue reading
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
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
Summer rowin’, havin’ a blast/Summer rowin’, happened so fast. Met a marker, over went me!/Hey manatee! Don’t hit me! Since coming back from Australia, the oar handles have been slippery with humidity, clothes sticky walking from the car to the gate, and … Continue reading
Rowing After Vacation
The wind kicks from the west as three sculling boats skim the lee shore followed by a motor launch and an echoing megaphone. To the silver boat: “That’s perfect! Whhooooosh! Whhoooosh!” To the white boat: “Use those long arms for leverage. … Continue reading
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Video: Sarasota Sunrise Row
While I have been slack on posting rowing updates, I have been slicing blades into the water ways, simply appreciating my time rowing in a single early in the morning. Here’s a time lapse from one of my sunrise rows.