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It’s the time of year that makes it all worthwhile. All those cold outings with frozen fingers and icy blades. The endless ergs. The floods and clean-ups and more floods and more clean-ups. The biting wind. The dark mornings. The thought that there are so many warmer things you could be doing. And then suddenly […]

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The rollercoaster that is rowing

Ah, what a difference a day makes. On Saturday I was the world’s worst rower. Really, I was. We had an outing where every stroke was an effort, my technique was all over the place and the balance was dreadful. I seriously wondered if I should just give up rowing altogether. The only thing that […]

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Gosh, how I felt for Anna Watkins when she announced her decision not to go for the 2016 Olympics in Rio so that she could spend more time with her baby son, William. She described it as the “hardest decision I’ve ever made”, and millions of us know how that feels. Not that millions of […]

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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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I love hearing from my readers almost as much as I love rowing. I’ve had emails from rowers all around the world, from Kansas and Canada to Australia and Aberystwyth, and I love the idea of an international rowing community all held together by river-love and pain. Today I had an email from a British […]

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After a tough old year I’ve finally booked a holiday – and goodness knows, I need it. Now, being a sensible and cautious sort, I glanced through the terms and conditions of my travel insurance to see what fun and games I might be allowed to get up to when I’m away. The “acceptable activities” […]

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We had all our excuses lined up. We’d never been out together as a crew. We were in an unfamiliar boat. We were rowing up a category (novices in an IM3 race). Our opponents were younger than us. Two of us had coughs and colds. I was still achey from a heavy bootcamp session… Except […]

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It was quite funny at first. A few hours after bootcamp this week, the effects of what seemed like a million squats started to make themselves felt. I hobbled. I wobbled. I struggled to go up the stairs. Or down them. Sitting down involved dropping from a great height and hoping I didn’t bounce back […]

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Rowing doesn’t always, let’s face it, bring out the best in everyone. Who can say that they haven’t seen crews throwing their toys out of the pram or people old enough to know better sulking after a race, or heard people cheering a disqualification, or celebrating wildly with unsportsmanlike lack of concern for the feelings […]

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After a break of over four months, I have finally got myself back on the river, and jolly nice it is, too, even if it’s still on a fairly part time basis. One of the most daunting things about my first outing after the break, though, was the fear that I might have forgotten everything […]

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