So my first experience with rowing was not exactly as I had envisioned it this morning. I woke up at 5:00 am after oh so little sleep and feeling stiff and sore every where. But things started to look a lot better when I got a peek at the weather only to realize that it was raining horizontally and 50 degrees out. Of course, I didn’t have the guy’s phone number to call and cancel. So I had to go anyway. I got layered up, grabbed my rain coat, and headed out.
We spent the first few minutes getting the basics down in rowing machines that were thankfully indoors. Next step was to grab the boat and head out to the water. Within minutes, I was drenched and a cold. As much as I’d like to think I looked like this out there splashing around in the water….
I’m guessing it was something a bit more like this…..unfortunately.
Minus the tropical beach in the background, of course. Especially considering the current temperature of Lake Superior is somewhere around 40 degrees.
The first step was to get in the boat. A rowing shell is only about as wide as your butt so balance is key! Once I was in, I got to practice doing some strokes while the rowing expert held on to the end of boat to keep me from drifting off to sea. It was a lot to try to coordinate- push with your legs, pull with your arms, twist the oars at the end to take them out of the water, scoot forward again, twist the oars back down into the water and start over. I think I kind of got the hang of it, despite my entire body being numb.
When we were finished the rowing expert told me I was a natural at getting in and out of boat and carrying the boat around. Um…. thanks? Apparently these are things that some people have trouble with? I guess it’s all my brute strength ; )
An added note as to why I’m blogging about rowing on my power lifting blog. I’m just looking at different things to do in my off days. After four half marathons and a ton of 5ks….I don’t really feel like running these days. Rowing could be a good “active recovery” activity for the days I’m not lifting. Who knows though, it could totally kick my a$$.