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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.



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.

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