The C word…

I’ve dithered for ages about whether to write this post and how much to say. But I figured this blog is about the ups AND downs of my rowing life, and this subject impacts pretty heavily on that subject, so here goes. The thing is, I have to go into hospital on Monday...

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The seven stages of an erg test

The erg test. It's a fact of life for most rowers but somehow that doesn't make it any easier. An erg test takes up disproportionate amounts of mental space, becoming a traumatic obsession and turning otherwise level-headed adults into irrational toddlers. Here's how...

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WINNER!!! The Myprotein Fitness Awards 2017

After a rather downbeat few weeks I've started to feel it's time to change the mood, and how better to do it than with a celebration? I'm beyond thrilled to tell you that Girl on the River has won the endurance category of the Myprotein Fitness Awards 2017!!! This is...

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Christmas gifts for rowers – stocking fillers

If you're anything like me, you start to get a little bit panicky around this time of year. I start strong, early in the season, with a few easy wins, picking up bits and pieces that don't require much brainwork. And then suddenly, whoosh, it's December, Bublé is...

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Can we please talk about erg scores?

Earlier this week I did something I'd never done before. I went public on my erg scores. In the past I've always been deeply ashamed by my performance on the erg. My scores have always been right down towards the bottom of my squad's leader board, no matter how hard I...

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100 years old and still rowing – the amazing Arthur Jackson

Do you ever have days when you feel a bit too old and creaky for rowing? Do you watch the next masters category approaching faster than an Empacher at Henley and feel as though life is running away with you? Do you fear the day might come when you're just too ancient...

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What the duck? The one where I become a male student…

My experience of rowing as a student was, as I've admitted before, an unedifying one. Disgracefully unfit, often hung over and with an aversion to early mornings, I wasn't cut out for anything remotely energetic. Small wonder that my foray into rowing was nasty,...

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