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Monthly Archive for October, 2011

“So you sprint to the end. The winners come back here and the LOSERS will be PUNISHED! Because it’s all about WINNING and rowers want to WIN!” This rather alarming tirade was part of a circuits seminar for rowers that I went on this weekend. Alongside the useful instruction on core stability for rowing and […]

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It was a sight that made my veteran heart sink. Lined up along the back of the room, a fresh-faced, dewy-skinned group of teenagers, waiting for the exercise class to start. As word has got around that the middle-aged mothers in town are, one by one, getting in shape thanks to cruel-to-be-kind torture methods of […]

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Sitting in a business meeting with my bleeding knuckles a scarlet accessory to my painted nails, I couldn’t help but question the sanity of a sport that inflicts so much pain and discomfort. So other sports might bring on a bit of stiffness and breathlessness, but few of them involve anything as hardcore as rowing, […]

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Feed me, I’m a hungry rower

It’s 4 a.m. and I’m lying in bed, wide awake. It’s not the heat or the cold or even my snoring husband keeping me awake. I’ve been rowing, so I’m hungry. Again. I already got up at midnight for a snack but the hunger pangs have struck again. This time I’m too famished to sleep […]

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Rowing in three little words

World Rowing asked this morning if anyone could describe rowing in three words. Easy, I thought… until I tried to narrow it down. There’s the day-to-day stuff. Blisters, callouses, trackbites. Hunger, thirst, food. Erg, shower, sleep. But that barely scratches the surface. When it’s all about racing, I might go for adrenaline, excitement, anticipation, but […]

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I’ve been in a fair few races where our prospects of winning have been thwarted by someone catching a crab. Now I know it’s only human to feel a bit, ahem, annoyed with the person who messes up, but this strikes me as a reaction too far: Now go back and watch it again, and […]

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I’ve always known that being vertically challenged is a disadvantage in rowing. Thankfully up until now no one has made a big deal of it, but I can’t help noticing that my height – or lack of it – has been the subject of rather too many conversations for my liking in the last week […]

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It’s that day of the week again: time for me to recommend some fabulous rowing blogs for you to read over the weekend. The first is the excellent Training in Transition, written by the fabulous Tory, who is My Kind of Girl -  a rower who’s funny as hell, has callouses to be proud of […]

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Initially it was the cuteness (and the nicely balanced square blading) that made me want to share this video: But it’s that bit at the end that got me thinking. “It’s such a simple word: ‘Row’.” And it is… deceptively so. When I started rowing in earnest last year, I had no idea what I […]

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It’s all very well having a lovely stroke, but however elegant your rowing you can totally, utterly ruin the effect when you get off the water if you’re attired in dodgy kit. Whatever anyone might try to tell you, what you wear on the river MATTERS. If you don’t believe me, just take a close […]

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