Banya No.1 – muscle recovery, Russian-style

Banya No.1 – muscle recovery, Russian-style

  Anyone who's been following Girl on the River for a while will know I am a passionate convert to saunas and their beneficial effects, ever since I raced in Finland a couple of years ago and a lakeside sauna session transformed me from a wobbly, aching,...

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Dryrobe – your new best friend for race day

Dryrobe – your new best friend for race day

There are people out there who, when it comes to race day, just fling an all-in-one in the car and consider themselves ready to go. I am not one of those people. I like to be super-prepared with a lengthy list of essential items to throw in my kit bag. I also need to...

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Well gel – a month of SiS gels

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

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

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

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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