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Mixed success

This morning, it was rainy and 43 degrees when it was time to get up and go to the boathouse.

I managed to successfully haul myself out of bed, get everything together, and get myself over to the boathouse, but I could not convince myself to actually get out on the water in the cold and damp.

I think it gets back to that motto, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear."

My crew jacket, which has been fantastic for sweep rowing over the years, is too bulky for sculling (or I am too full of excuses). The gore-tex is worn out, and the water repellant layer on the outside has worn off. The water repellant layer has worn off of just about everything I have that was once water repellant, actually.

I decided to not wear the thick Pearl Izumi gloves in the rain, which meant my hands were cold when I showed up, and the thought of rowing with cold hands was unappealing.

I couldn't motivate myself to dig my wool cap out of the bottom of my pannier.

I don't know where my warmup pants are, but they would be really useful as an extra layer for this weather.

I should have put on wool socks.

After a bit of stretching and some core exercises, I browsed the tiny library in the weight room, and encountered a copy of the Boathouse Row Cookbook, which was written by that amazing rower I mentioned the other day.

Maybe this evening I will be able to spend time taking stock of things to get myself to a better frame of mind and better state of gear to keep at this thing. I know of two other challenging pieces at the moment: lack of a training plan, and trying to get writing done. When I am trying to write, my brain goes on strike with regards to extracurriculars. I need to keep the bar low to keep myself going.



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Feb. 2nd, 2016 05:47 pm (UTC)
Not having the right gear is not a joke, and not an excuse! Exercising in the cold and wet with gear that doesn't keep you sufficiently warm nor reasonably dry is a major psychological drag.

Feb. 2nd, 2016 06:42 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. The rowing is supposed to be fun, right? I will update my gear accordingly. :^)
Feb. 2nd, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
You vowed to spend more time at the boathouse, and you did!

Two rangers died on Mt. Rainier when I worked there, due to tolerating crappy equipment.

I don't know why I prefer to type things in threes, it just makes an inane comment seem pithy when it's not.
Feb. 2nd, 2016 06:42 pm (UTC)
I like the typing in threes.

And yes, I got myself to the boathouse, so that part is a solid win. :^)

I am drawing up a revised equipment list. I thought I was reasonably equipped, but then again I haven't been out rowing in the past year, and rowing gear requirements aren't exactly the same as bicycling gear requirements.
Feb. 2nd, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure I agree with the no-bad-weather-just-bad-equipment adage. There have been a number of times when the equipment required for the weather in question was a submarine or a pinzgauer, which is basically resigning from weather in favor of motorized conveyance.
Feb. 2nd, 2016 11:06 pm (UTC)
I took it from the randonneurs, heh. I suppose it's still necessary to draw the line somewhere, but often people give in prematurely. I don't know if I'm people.
Feb. 3rd, 2016 12:15 am (UTC)
I freely admit to giving in prematurely, but on the other hand that leaves me a lot more willing to try again another day than truly miserable experiences would.
Feb. 3rd, 2016 12:37 am (UTC)
I've heard it from and about German hikers. :)

Having gone for a hike in cold, rainy weather, wearing head-to-toe goretex¹, I've decided that, yes, Virginia, there is bad weather. There are also apparently people too dumb to come in from the rain. :)

1: That is, perfect equipment for the conditions. I was warm and dry. But it turns out that hiking in the rain sucks anyway.
Feb. 3rd, 2016 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah I feel the same way about hiking. After enough years doing fieldwork for pay in driving rain (where I had the right equipment but no choice about being out in it) I no longer find pleasure in stomping on through driving rain for fun.
Feb. 3rd, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC)
If I have the right hat/etc, I still enjoy it tremendously.

Although - maybe not heavy DRIVING rain so much. I like gentle, peaceful rains. :^)
Feb. 2nd, 2016 11:30 pm (UTC)
I admit (and I intend to post about this, I just haven't got there yet) that after a winter of "if you still are thinking of getting rid of your car in spring, you can do it" musing, I have decided that I am keeping my car. I'm still favoring walking, biking, and motorcycle, but there are enough cases where none of those would have been viable that I'm, um, wearing a Subaru for my day's outings.
Feb. 3rd, 2016 10:41 pm (UTC)
Totally an understandable conclusion!

My general sense is that I would be happy with some form of car-sharing arrangement. I don't know how that will work around here or in the long term, but that's my ideal.
Feb. 4th, 2016 06:38 pm (UTC)
It was really fricking cold that morning. I'm with everyone else.

I recommend checking out Sports Basement on Milvia for gear. (I'm a little bit in love with that place.)
Feb. 8th, 2016 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hm! Sports Basement looks intriguing! I'll have to check it out. I tried to stop by REI on this past Saturday, because they're right on the route to and from the boathouse, but they were having one of their "garage sales" and as soon as I saw that I decided I REALLY didn't want to deal with the pawing hordes.
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