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learn to row day, sculling, team row

my friends wanted to go to "Learn to Row" day at the rowing dock today. so i ended up there after months and months.
there was a free rowboat, so I got on one.. and it was like riding a bicycle. i got my bearings and shot off in the water.

it was so much fun. i love kayaking, but sculling is also a lot of fun. it's so much faster, and it made me feel powerful. each stroke needs your legs, tummy, back, and arm muscles.

i felt so amazing. my friends were at the dock learning how to row on boats that had floaties.. two of them tri-athletes. after mojo-kickball last wed, and also going biking with igor (where he was doing circles waiting for me to catch up) it was really nice to have a sport that i was much better then my friends at. if only because, none of them know how to row ;-)

ok, maybe i'm a bit too competitive. i admit it. but it's hard not to compare yourself with other people.. especially in the physical realm. whether it's looks, or how fast your run, throw, or win.

anyways, i can row. so that makes me awesome.

and, i do really enjoy it, and didn't tip over.

coincidentally, i got an email from a rowing dock coach on friday, and she said: "If you are reading this email it is because your name was chosen from our list of members who we thought would do very well in team rowing boats." and invited me to show up on Sunday to a Team Row day... regardless of experience (i've only rowed in a quad once. and i remembered loving the synchronicity of it).

So yay! Water!

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bobacita
Jun. 9th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
you are awesome :) skulling is fun! i didn't really know that would be the type of rowing we were going to do. since we only used skulls with buoys, i have no idea how quickly i'd flip over without buoys. i'm tempted to take lessons..

yay water!
ripresa
Jun. 9th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
take the lessons! :)

and if you ever want to do something involving water, let me know.

best of luck in your triathlon!
dnivie
Jun. 11th, 2007 08:33 am (UTC)
Whitewater
Try Whitewater rafting, if you didn't already. But do so with professional, responsible, instructors.

I went with Silvia, had a bundle of fun. Pure adrenaline, tons of splashy wetness. In our case *cold* splashy wetness, since the river we rafted came directly from a glacier and held all of 4 degrees above freezing.

In a wetsuit that's a non-problem though, you'll sweat anyway, it's hard work. And the aforementioned adrenaline kick helps too. By the end of our second run everyone had worked up enough steam that we decided to take a swim in one of the calmer stretches of the river.

We used http://www.jolster-rafting.no/ which can be heartily recommended for your upcoming Norway-vacation, unless it is very late in summer, at which time there is too little water in the two main rivers they use.
ripresa
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: Whitewater
I went to Oregan and kayaked/rafted in the whitewater river there. It was awesome. My one LJ entry on that: http://ripresa.livejournal.com/27983.html

I would've written more but there was no internet connection or even phone connection in the wilderness.

I didn't wear a wet suit and I was freezing by the last day.
ripresa
Jun. 9th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
wait. what type of rowing were you thinking? :)
bobacita
Jun. 9th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
I thought we might be canoeing or kayaking. Those aren't called rowing? Ah, the terminology :)
ripresa
Jun. 9th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
hrm. i think kayaking is kayaking.. and rafting is rafting.. though either can be paddling. i think canoeing can also be paddling.

i'm sure sculling is rowing or sculling.

and rowing is everything i would think.

hrm. i'm confused too.

good for you then! i was freaked out i was going to tip over when i first got on the rowboats. and the coach was like.. it's always the kayakers that have problems.
brandonbray
Jun. 12th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
I also loved rowing on Lake Sammamish. I wasn't too good at sculling (I'm way too inflexible), but I love rowing in eights.

I'm planning to row several times a week starting in July.

Way to go... what else do we both do?
ripresa
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
so i guess you sweep-row then?
And what I'm doing is sculling.

it is kinda wierd that we both do improv and row... 2 rather obscure hobbies.
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