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Twickenham Regatta

May 22nd, 2005 No comments

Well, I said a couple of days ago that I was going to enter the Twickenham Regatta that took place yesterday, and well, who am I to disappoint.

So, I have been “bricking it” for the past couple of days/weeks, but once I got there, that all seemed to disappear.

Seeing as there were 6 crews that entered the Novice Mens Double, there were 2 heats and 2 crews were drawn to enter the semi-final on a let. And seeing as there were 3 crews from my club entering that race, myself and John (my bow-man) were drawn in the first heat.

As it was our first ever race, we were both still quite nervous, but we got a good start, and kept with it, winning with a 3 length lead. So we were then into the next round, against another crew from our club, made up of 2 juniors with lots of experience, but unfortunately pressure got to us, and we lost that one by about another 3 lengths.

I’m not too upset about losing (even though we lost to two 15 year old school boys, who themselves were in their first mens race), just that we lost because we rowed badly.

I’ll try to get around to posting a picture, but at the minute their still sat on my Mum’s digital camera (mine’s broken!).

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Racing at Twickenham

May 19th, 2005 No comments

So, a little under two weeks ago, I agreed to enter my very first race at Twickenham this coming Saturday.

I’m now beginning to regret that decision. These past two weeks have been hard on the old hands, and today, I’m absolutely knackered. I’ve had a salad for lunch, along with lots of potato, but seeing as our offices are permanently freezing, I’m now stone cold.

Tonight, I’ve got my last practice session with my doubles partner, and the weather looks grim. I’m just praying that everything goes alright on Saturday.

I’m not being foolish, I know that the chances of us winning are remote, but I’m just hoping that John and I don’t make complete arses of ourselves, and considering that there are 3 heats, a semi-final, and a final that we need to win, then the chances of us messing up and ending up 4 lengths down get higher with every race.

Wish me luck, I’ll tell you how I do, and try to post a picture after Saturday.

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Marlow Regatta

May 2nd, 2005 No comments

I’ve just come back from spending the day watching people row in the lovely town of Marlow.

Actually, to be more precise, my brother was in a race there this morning, which he sadly didn’t win, but never mind.

It’s actually a lovely town – enough shops, nice river walk, green areas, and everything that makes a town lovely. Plus it didn’t hurt that it was beautiful sunshine all day.

I did take a couple of pics, so I’ll try and get them posted at some point.

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Out of Sync

April 10th, 2005 No comments

For the first time in several months, I went in a boat with my brother when we went rowing this morning.

Having sat directly behind him (in a quad) for several months, it was pretty unbelievable how out of sync with each other we have become.

Pretty rubbish session really.

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No, no, no!

April 3rd, 2005 1 comment

Some people don’t realise that getting on a rowing machine, and wacking the resistance up to 10 doesn’t really help, or make you fitter. In fact, it actually makes it easier to go faster (you get a greater force to push against).

It’s like putting your bike into top gear to start off with. It’ll be hard at first, but after a while (and once you are up to a suitable speed), it’ll actually be easier to go faster.

I can do the time that they are talking about, at about resistance level 4 (about that of a boat), but I just don’t see the point of having level 10 on a machine. People are just going to put the level on there because they think that it’ll make them look better.

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Capsize!

March 6th, 2005 No comments

Well, it was bound to happen at some point. Having suffered through much worse conditions in previous weeks, and an absolutely disasterous session a couple of weeks OK, I hit new heights this morning when I capsized a rowing boat, for the first time ever.

Unfortunately, it was not just me in the boat (it was a double, for those in the know), but one of the others from my crew, and to make matters worse, the water was absolutely freezing (I’m not kidding about that, it probably was below zero).

Fortunately, our coach Mostyn was on the ball and was able to drag us out before we got any colder, which would have made things much worse.

Another fortunate point was that I was trained for this eventuality, having done a capsize drill last summer. Now I know why these kind of things are important.

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Hmmm. Gym

February 22nd, 2005 No comments

I joined a gym in the town where I work today. I’m still not sure whether I feel good about myself, or just dirty. I’ve been a member of a gym before, whilst at Uni, but there’s just something about them that makes me cringe at the people that work there that just…want…to…exercise…so…badly that they can’t see that some people aren’t quite as enthusiastic as them.

It’s quite funny really. I’ve been meaning to join a gym for sometime, at least since I started working for my current employer. Anyway, yesterday whilst I was walking into town with some of the people that I work with, I realised that I had walked past the gym and probably wouldn’t have time to sort it all out on the way back. When I got back to the office, I mentioned this to the people in my team, and my project manager (who knew I was thinking of joining the gym, which coincidentally he goes to) pipes up withAre you ever going to join the gym, or will you just keep thinking about it? Why don’t you try a little harder tomorrow and walk into the gym and not passed it!And so I have duely abliged!

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Disastrous Rowing

February 13th, 2005 No comments

I’ve just come back form a nightmare of a rowing session. We’ve been saying all week that it looked like it could be windy this weekend, and hell, was it!

The worst bit about it, was not the freezing cold temperature, not the wind trying to capsize us, or either the hard rain. It was, in fact, when the weather decided to give my face an unexpected exfoliation and so started to hail in my face.

To cap it off, when we were coming back in to land, we managed to put a huge hole in the side of the boat (about 3 inches in diameter) which meant that we had to leap out of it that much quicker! And seeing as it is a olden wooden boat, the repair will have to be an expensive specialist job!

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Rowing With Your Eyes Shut

January 2nd, 2005 No comments

I had to do this today when I went for my weekly rowing session (first one of 2005!)

It’s surprisingly easy and quite intuitive once you learn to relax and go with the flow. All you need to do is just feel for where the boat is, and it just comes naturally.

I suggest that you don’t try it whilst driving though….

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