Well gel – a month of SiS gels

I'm a late convert to gels. I used to find their texture and consistency unappealing and couldn't really see the point of them. Until this year, that is, when I had something of a Damascene conversion. I used them to great effect on our Finnish adventure, refuelling...

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Get your Carswell on! Queen B’s gorgeous sweater

A couple of years ago, when I first discovered the gorgeous rowing kit made by Queen B Athletics, I realised I'd stumbled upon something rather special. Little did I imagine that one day I would have a Queen B piece actually named after me. That was an honour I...

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Ride Skincare – a great sunscreen for rowers

Crikey, it's hot out there! The kind of weather that has fair-skinned types like me scuttling for the shade like a gecko running under a rock. And out on the river, with no shade to be seen and the water reflecting the sun back at you, rowing becomes a pretty...

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How the POWERbreathe muscle trainer has helped my rowing

Curled up in the foetal position at the end of my first erg sprint of the season, rocking back and forth and whimpering gently, I genuinely thought I might have done my lungs some serious damage. They were burning so much I was convinced I'd ripped them and the pain...

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Chatty woman – Girl on the River takes the mic

Anyone who gets to know me soon becomes aware that I like to talk. If there's a lull in conversation I feel compelled to fill it and I'm rarely lost for words.  I'm the one they seat next to the awkward, monosyllabic uncle at weddings. I even talk to myself. So...

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Obsession – when fitness tracking goes too far

It's nearly midnight and I should be in bed getting some much-needed sleep. Instead I'm pacing the landing. Not because I'm worried about something or trying to solve a philosophical problem. It's because I need to reach my daily steps target. Yep, I'm one of the many...

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Queen B Athletics – my favourite rowing apparel

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