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Monthly Archive for September, 2011

It’s a bit of a cliché, but one I’m always grateful for. However feeble my erg score (and it’s feeble enough to be kept a closely guarded secret), I can always comfort myself with the thought that ergs don’t float – by which I mean that what you do on a rowing machine doesn’t necessarily […]

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I know it’s unlikely. Me, pint-sized, featherweight and spectacularly unsuccessful novice rower, firmly in the Masters *cough* category, rowing the Tideway with two of Britain’s finest U23 rowers. Has to be a joke, right? Well, actually, no. Today I joined GB U23, Olympic hopefuls Ben Duggan and Nick Middleton in a mixed quad for a paddle out of London […]

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It’s #FF blogtime

Although rowing legend Matthew Pinsent  declared this week that #FF stands for Friendly Follow rather than Follow Friday (and who am I to argue with the likes of him?), I shall continue with my three-week-old tradition of running a Friday blogspot. A last-minute recommendation has had me clicking on Carlos Dinares. Its raison d’etre is the promotion […]

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Forgive me for being indelicate, but I can’t help noticing that with the head season nearly upon us, there’s rather a lot of testosterone in the air. The gentlemen of the rowing world seem to be greeting the prospect of long ergs and distance rows with more than their share of grunting and posturing. The […]

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Girls with gongs

The sporting world has come a long way in the last few decades, losing a lot of its old prejudices and practices. But as soon as it comes to the medals ceremonies I find my hackles rising . Invariably the athletes – tough, determined men and women who have pushed their minds and bodies to […]

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My Follow Friday blog slot

Since last week’s blogroll post, lots of you have been clicking away on their sites, so time to roll out another one. First on this list is the fabulously named Rowing Is Awesome – well, how could I ignore a blog with a title like that? It’s full of rowing awesomeness, with some funny stuff, […]

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Bumping into your fitness instructor when you’re skiving their class is always a bit awkward. You feel you have to explain why you’re dressed in civvies (assuming they recognise you out of your lycra), and you feel you need to apologise for your laziness, too. This week was different. I was bunking off bootcamp as […]

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Who’s watching you?

There are some things that I just can’t do with an audience. Parking. Singing (not that it stops me). And, of course, rowing. As soon as I become aware of someone watching from the bank or the launch (especially if it’s someone I’m keen to impress), it’s a guaranteed fact that my rowing will go […]

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Picture this. We’re fit, race-ready and have planned our start. We’re a bit older (OK, a lot older) than our opponents, but we’re a good crew and we’re quietly confident that we can beat them. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the sea, for a start. Just getting into the boat involves an awful lot […]

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Blogs you should check out

Over the last few weeks I’ve been adding a few blogs to my blogroll, but according to my stats not many of you have been clicking on them (go straight to the naughty step). I think this is a shame, so I’m going to introduce you to a few of them in a bid to […]

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