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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Gig rowing – Girl on the River goes back to the beginning

After a pretty fun summer of rowing, pushing myself out my comfort zone with varying degrees of success, I guess I was starting to feel a tiny bit cocky. OK, so I'd crashed in two races, but I'd also survived a 70km race in a Finnish church boat, a long row on the...

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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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