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I got an e-mail from someone from the boathouse yesterday afternoon, asking if I'd be interested in rowing in a quad in the morning. For the sake of getting to know who's who, and what sorts of inclinations the different rowers have, I figured, what the heck. It sounded more fun than the single anyway. I stick by the motto that "The best rowers are the ones who can get into any boat and row well."

As it turned out, one of the other rowers wound up bailing, so instead we took out a single and double (with me in the double). Within 30 seconds of getting out on the water, I was glad I had suggested that I sit in the stern seat. Over the course of the row, I became highly aware that I really have not had very many opportunities at all to scull with rowers who are more skilled than I am. On top of that, coaching has been few and far in-between. So I have some bad habits to iron out, and the morning's row was a lot of work, from a mental focus and technical standpoint. Good. I like a good challenge.

I am so, so grateful whenever more-skilled rowers are willing to put up with me, especially when the dynamic is such that they can point out areas for improvement and help me make those changes. This is one of those realms that can be dodgy under certain circumstances, because not everyone is open to feedback (but I definitely am, especially when it's so spot-on and helpful!). Hopefully they'll think of me again the next time they gear up to get out on the quad, and I will have shown enough signs of improving that they won't get tired of dealing with me. Quads are fun, and slightly more forgiving of sloppy technique (not that they're an excuse for it!).

So, it was a good morning.

Edited to add...
For some reason, at this stage of the hand-toughening process, I have a whole bunch of blisters on my right hand, in various stages of blister-to-callous, and no major blisters on my left hand, but good progress towards callouses. The worst is a large one on my right thumb. But that's rowing for ya.



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Jan. 22nd, 2016 12:06 am (UTC)

I love good feedback in a small boat too. Although I will get that any time I row a double with my husband.

And we have triples at my club - they are great fun.

Jan. 22nd, 2016 06:08 pm (UTC)
Wow! I don't think I've ever even seen a triple!
Jan. 22nd, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC)
This is at Lake Washington Rowing Club, IIRC. I forget who made the triples, but I believe they were modified from coxed pair/doubles, or something of the sort. I had suggested to the other two rowers that we take the quad out as a triple, but one of them nixed that on the basis of back problems exacerbated by the added load.
Jan. 22nd, 2016 03:04 pm (UTC)
Wonderful!! I suspect your rowing will improve rapidly!

On the blisters - your right hand is your non-dominant hand, IIRC? Maybe the left is just more tough from daily use already?
Jan. 22nd, 2016 06:13 pm (UTC)
Nice to be asked so early, and I too have moments of pleasure in enjoying the work. That all sounds lovely!
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