rowing regatta

Things rowers hate:

1. Rowing when it’s freezing out
2. Not being able to go out and having to erg
3. Waiting for 3+ hours to be able to leave a regatta
4. Forgetting a post workout snack
5. When the person in front of you splashes you a lot (especially in combination with the first)
6. Novice boats/coxies who don’t know the course yet
7. On-the-square rowing practices
8. When the sun doesn’t rise until practice is entirely over
9. When coaches wake your boat badly
10. When someone says they didn’t pull as hard as they could have
11. Lightning
12. Heavy old wooden boats
13. When people who don’t row complain about how they have to get up at 6:00
14. Disgustingly polluted water

But it’s worth it

My mom asked why I’m not posting anymore, so I took that as an indication that I better pick it up a bit. I’m still here, Mom!

While I’m still running and biking, I’m pretty much obsessed with rowing right now. I rowed in my first regatta on Saturday and I won my first 1x race! It was a Novice race, but my time was 21 seconds faster than the winning Masters 1x time. Yay! It wasn’t technically pretty but years of running and triathlon training came through and I was able to scrap myself down the course.

I didn’t know there were medals in rowing so I didn’t go and pick mine up. Is it rude to email the head of the race and ask for it? At first I thought that would be silly, but then someone told me that getting a medal was a big deal. Maybe I’ll ask the coach at practice tonight if that would be okay to do. Well, just like running, there are pictures that you can buy after and I was happy to pay for this one. It was a ton of fun and I can’t wait to do it again!

Sunburned Sunday

It’s been a pretty long day. After over-sleeping for the first time in months and not arriving downstairs until 10am, I jumped straight in the shower, had a shave, and then set about clearing the wreckage in the kitchen from Miss 13 baking a cake for the carnival baking competition.

An hour later we found ourselves walking towards the park in town, laden down with food, drinks, picnic rugs, and whatever else my other half thought useful. Somehow her camera got left behind, so guess who walked back to the house, and then back to the park again?

After dropping everything off in the park, I then set off back down the road with our youngest daughter to walk her to Bisham Abbey to join her school friends for a boat race past the park. Two miles either way.

I didn’t really mention the Regatta, did I. Each year the town I live in transforms itself for one weekend into every stereotype of “middle England” ever recorded. On the Saturday there are “competitive” boat races, a formal dress code, and the park is locked down to paying visitors only (which I have huge issues with, that I won’t get into here). On the Sunday, the “public” are allowed in to take part in Dragon Boat races, to have picnics, and to have fun.

While all this was going on, our eldest had entered photographs into the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition, and our middle girl had entered the “Cup Cake Bake-Off” competition. We came home with two first places, and photos of the girls with the Mayor.

My job for most of the day - well, all of the day really - seemed to be delivering people to places, and carrying heavy things. I did quite a lot of cheering and shouting on the riverbank too when Miss 12’s boat appeared around the bend in the river, oars thrashing, and somehow travelling forwards.

It’s now almost the end of the day, and I need to turn my attention to ironing clothes for tomorrow. I’m heading away with work (again). I’ll only be gone for a couple of nights, but it’s starting to get just a bit silly. I know I have more travel coming too - both in England, and back to Germany again.


Hello, Tumblr friends! It’s been over a month since I posted last, but I’m still following you! It’s been a busy month- all good stuff.

Our son graduated from Indiana University. I started rowing again. Mike and I took a quick trip to Paris and London, and today was the Girls on the Run 5K! And I’m still running of course. After 5 marathons last year and one on April 30th, I’ve been enjoying fewer miles and zone 2 pacing for a change. Things will crank up again in July but for now, I’m using the extra time to row.

I’m going to row in some regattas this year which should be challenging and fun. I’m still very much a novice but I feel the same about racing with rowing as I did about triathlon. There is a lot of equipment and nerves that go into lining up for one of these events. It’s better to line up as much as possible when you are slow and bad so that you have experience for when you are better and you really care.

So glad summer is here!