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March 13th, 2013

01:44 pm
Rowing Related Euphoria

Greetings, fellow humans. I'm feeling chatty today, so I'll get it out
of my system with a blog post. Yay, I guess.

After another long winter of indoor workouts, we are finally back to
practicing on the water thanks to daylight savings time. Our evening
practices during the winter are always indoors because it is too dark
to row, not necessarily because the weather is bad. I keep telling the
coach and my teammates that I don't need daylight to row and I think
they're all being a bunch of wimps, but no one will listen to me for
some reason. Poor light dependent peeps. I don't know how you people
survive like that with the whole needing light to get things done
thing going on. It must be so limiting for you. Anyway, I went to my
first practice on the water in forever last night and had a blast. I
was in a quad with 3 other chicks. We were practicing alongside an 8
that had 7 guys and a strong woman in it. In theory, we should have
had a hard time keeping up with that 8. But, we were killing it in the
quad. We were rowing nicely together with good timing and balance. We
smoked the 8 all night long. It was so fun. It was only a practice and
we weren't racing, but those guys were still doing the same drills we
were so it's fair to compare a bit. Good technique can out row muscle
plus bad technique. It takes awhile for guys to get that. They always
want to muscle the boat. I have been in all female boats that out row
male boats on many occasions because of this phenomenon. It's terribly
amusing and I can't help the evil grin that is plastered on my face
every time this happens. Guys are silly.

Practice was also interesting because I had to row somewhere other
than stroke seat for the first time in a year or so. I usually row
stroke seat, not because I am unable to follow, but because that's
just where the coach likes to put me. The nice thing about stroke is
that everyone has to follow my pace and what I'm doing so it's one
less thing for me to think about. In any other position, I have to
stay in sync with my teammates by feel. It's not hard to do once you
get the feel for a boat, but it's a skill I need to use on a regular
basis to keep sharp. Last night, I screwed up the timing pretty bad
during our first 50 strokes or so, but then it came back to me and I
didn't miss a stroke the rest of practice. That was kind of cool. I
don't think I would have even had that much trouble, but the girl in
stroke is a lightweight and I find it harder to feel lighter weight
people. I sorted it out pretty fast though, so I was pleased with my
performance overall.

We went to a regatta in Austin a couple of weeks ago. We just went for
giggles and had no real expectations because we hadn't even practiced
on the water yet. I was in 2 races. My women's double was a little
rough, but not bad considering it was our first time on the water in
months. We didn't exactly tear it up, but we didn't come in last, so
that's something. My mixed quad was a little better. We cruised along
pretty comfortably. We were in a race with some pretty fast boats but
still managed to hang with the lead pack for most of the race. We
ended up in a dog fight for next to last place. We were down a seat or
so with 250 meters to go. Our bow seat yelled "We are not finishing
last!" and called a power 10. It was what we needed to make our run
and we beat out that other boat. It was one of the more entertaining
race calls I've heard from bow seat. It was a good trip and it was
nice to have the early race experience this year leading into on the
water practice and the rest of racing season.

I have suspected for some time and finally confirmed with a test on
Monday, that I have asthma. It's not really that big of a deal for
now. I have an inhaler to use before workouts and although I've only
tried it twice so far, I can tell a difference. I'm not getting as
winded when I row and most importantly, I'm not having coughing fits
when I finish rowing. I get the sense from my doctor that I did pretty
bad on my test and I may have to start using a daily maintenance type
inhaler a couple of times a day but for now, I'm sticking with the
rescue inhaler. I'm not too worked up about it as long as I get to
keep rowing. It will probably get worse as I get older, but oh well.
I'll deal with it. There are always worse things in the world that
could happen, so in the grand scheme of things, what's a little
asthma? No biggie.

I guess I don't really have anything else to talk about. I mostly
needed to release some rowing related euphoria. Everyone I know gets
sick of hearing me prattle on about rowing and I had so much fun last
night that I really needed to let it all out somewhere. Blogs are
handy for that sort of thing.