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By rights I shouldn’t really be smiling. At the end of two hard races, I came home empty-handed from yesterday’s British Masters’ Champs (better known as Nat Vets), and that’s something that would normally have me sobbing gently as I licked my wounds. We’d gone there with high hopes. After a frustrating season when we […]

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I am incredibly flattered to have been shortlisted for the Rowperfect Rowing Blogger of the Year awards. Each week another great rowing blog seems to pop up, so I am more delighted than ever to have made the shortlist. Especially as it’s in the athlete category. Alongside, you know, Proper Athletes. The other two bloggers […]

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Another month, another injury. This time it’s been a return to the old rotator cuff problem that bothered me a couple of years ago. Thankfully this time I acted fast as soon as I felt it flaring up and have stepped back from rowing and erging for a few weeks. Now you might think that […]

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I have a lot in common with my rowing machine – a slightly rusty Concept 2 Model B. Its heyday, much like mine, was the late 80s. Its once smooth exterior is now a bit rough in places. Its action occasionally gets stiff, especially when it’s damp outside, and it could probably benefit from a […]

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They think it’s all over…

It was going so well. I was crossing my daily press ups off my calendar and looking forward to the day when the numbers became really challenging. I am, of course, referring to the great Press Up Challenge of 2014 instigated by Olympic rowing champion, Pete Reed (#PUC2014). I was reasonably hopeful that with a […]

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Since my resolution a few weeks ago to stop whingeing about the erg and make it part of my life, things have improved enormously. My splits have started to get better and I’ve stopped dreading the sessions in the way I used to. There is still one problem, though – I’m just not good enough. […]

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Every girl needs a little leopard print in her life, whether she knows it or not. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking full-on, Bet Lynch levels of animal. Just a subtle, feline purr. Which is why I got so excited when Godfrey Sports tweeted a preview pic of one of their brand new […]

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Hot on the heels of my new resolution to make my peace with the ergometer came an offer from Argos to try out one of their rowing machines. Argos? Seriously? Not Concept2 or Rowperfect or Oartec? Actually, yes. Argos has a range of rowing machines that are unashamedly budget – and there’s nothing wrong with […]

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My relationship with the ergometer is what the tabloids would describe as stormy. There have been tears. There has been shouting. There have been protracted periods of separation followed by grudging reunions. Throughout all of this, as with any difficult relationship, my friends have patiently supported me as I wail, complain, obsess and generally navel-gaze. […]

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