Friday, August 8, 2014

Rowing Novice

Hello again.  Two days in a row.  What do you think of that?  Looks as if our dry spell is over.... or is it....

Today I'm going to catch you up on my athletic career.  As you know from my post in June, I joined the local rowing club.  Isn't that cool?  I think it's pretty cool.  Why?  Because a few years ago I would have never imagined me, a huge chicken, rowing a skinny, tippy boat in the middle of the Duluth Harbor, where people DIE every year.  But I do that now.  Regularly.

I joined a team of ladies who row that I met at the gym.  It's been lots of fun, but I have found there are two kinds of people at the rowing club:  A group who just wants to get out on the water and practice, workout, and have fun.  And a group who wants to keep the club exclusive to a very elite and superior group.  The team I am on is in the first group and we have a couple of coaches who are elite quality rowers. The ladies that row in the 8 oared boat are pretty tight.

This is us at the Duluth Regatta in June.  The lady in the blue hat isn't technically part of our team, but she's a good sport and sat in with us for our regatta.  She's what you would call an elite rower.  The rest of us are either novices or amateurs.  We are learning, and practicing, and having lots of fun.  

So my schedule almost every day this summer has been to get up at 4:30 in the morning, drive down to the lake, and then row in either a single, double, quad or the 8 boat.  It has been fantastic.  Sometimes I just have to stop and look around and say, wow, I can't believe I'm doing this.  

Sometimes we have to carry the boats across the point to the lakeside because of wind conditions.  When we do that the lake is usually like glass and the sun is just coming up.  It is gorgeous.  

We are not the best rowers in the world, but we aren't bad.  If we can keep the team together for at least a few years, I think we will be better and better.  We are going to participate in the Master's National Championships next week.  I will be in two races in the 8 boat.  I am really looking forward to it.  

There is something really special about being on a rowing team.  When you're in the boat you have to work together, in total unison, or the boat doesn't move as well as it could.  When we are in total unison, it's like magic.  It's smooth and fast and exciting.  You can feel in your feet and your butt when everyone is moving together perfectly.  It is really amazing.  When you're in a boat with other people there are no good rowers or bad rowers.  The team is only as good as the worst rower (usually me) and thankfully my team is supportive and very forgiving.  We are literally all in the same boat.  Rowing is a lot harder than it looks.  It's very technical and you have to think about it and work all the angles all the time.  We are always striving for the perfect stroke.  Mine are getting better, but they are still few and far between.  The ladies I have met and had the pleasure of spending time with this summer are amazing. They are kind, and brave in every sense of the word, and we have all become very close knit.  

Tomorrow:  Drama drama drama!!! (more rowing)

1 comment:

  1. Rowing I feel is very team oriented sport. You can only get good speeds when everyone is in timing. That is hard specially under pressure!


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