Back in a single!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

So yesterday I went out to the lake and got in a single for the first time in about 8 months. A single is a one-person rowing boat but these are not "rowboats" these are racing shells - therefore they are SUPER tippy and unstable - if you do not keep your balance and keep your oars straight out you WILL flip. They are a lot like riding a bike. I have spent most of the winter rowing in team boats (doubles and quads and the eight) which are MUCH bigger and more stable. WOW was I rusty. So I got back in the lowest level single - the Maas Aero - this is what you get in when you learn to row for the first time - weighs about 60 pounds and is a bit of a wide load, we call it "the bathtub" hahah. Felt pretty stable though and I will be working my way up to the narrower boats pretty quickly.

ANYWAY, I rowed the bathtub BY MYSELF all around the lake, about 7k. And this morning I feel a bit like I've been hit by a truck, LOL. I think today's agenda is gardening and a bike ride! :)
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    7K - that's great, and congratulations on not flipping! Some folks in this area (Massachusetts) do ocean rowing in Maas boats. I just got back into a single after mostly rowing in a double last season - it can be hair-raising, I agree. I'm sure it will start to feel easier with practice, but in the meantime, I have to tell myself to keep breathing deeply and think 'stability' :-)
    1808 days ago
    That sounds ambitious, glad it worked out (!!) well for you.
    1813 days ago
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