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3 * (1x); Mental Health Row

Iz's van pulled up while I was bringing oars down to the dock this morning. No solo row. The Serious Double had a fantastic row at the Head of the Charles, placing second in their age category, so I was happy to be able to congratulate her in person. It was also good to have a chance to find out their plans and how they operate during the post-HOCR period. Iz says that J becomes pretty scarce up until March or so, and at that point they start to get serious again about training for the next Head of the Charles.

In the meantime, however, Iz said she keeps rowing, mostly for the mental health benefits. I explained that I was still trying to sort out how to balance things out over the course of the year and across the years, and she laughed and said, "Well, don't expect to have it all figured out anytime soon!" I *am* determined to stick with the Arizona Outlaw tradition of completing the Holiday Challenge. After that I hope to be in a position to put in some good effort for the next year of rowing.

When I made it back to shore, J was also there, for her turn to take a spin around the pond.

The water was amazingly still and flat, and I was glad to have made it out. Iz is right. On the most fundamental level it's the mental health reasons that keep me coming back, too.

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The next couple of days are going to be intense. There are a whole bunch of job application deadlines next week, and I REALLY need to do a better job of turning stuff in with enough spare time for my letter-writers (i.e. TOMORROW). I usually spend most of Thursdays cleaning out the cricket colony, but today we also have two timepoints to cover, at 1 pm and 9 pm. Each timepoint takes about 3.5 hours to complete, start to finish.

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bluepapercup
Oct. 29th, 2016 03:02 am (UTC)
You missed a truly dismal HotC weekend, by the way. It was cold with a chilly drizzle, and intermittent high winds. Not so fun for the spectators or the rowers, I heard.
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