“Marathon runners talk about hitting the wall at the twenty-third mile of the race. What rowers confront isn’t a wall; it’s a hole - an abyss of pain, which opens up in the second minute of the race. Large needles are being driven into your thigh muscles, while your forearms seem to be splitting. Then the pain becomes confused and disorganized, not like the windedness of the runner or the leg burn of the biker but an all-over, savage unpleasantness. As you pass the five-hundred-meter mark, with three-quarters of the race still to row, you realize with dread that you are not going to make it to the finish, but at the same time the idea of letting your teammates down by not rowing your hardest is unthinkable … Therefore, you are going to die.”—Ashleigh Teitel (via exercisepsych)
Thank you for your advice, I shall try it out! With regards to weight, do you have to be that weight? I'm currently 110lbs and looking to lose weight but gain muscle back... Is there a diet that you have to adhere to (I'm a veggie and have a milk/gluten allergy) thank you :)
I think that you should, instead of trying to lose weight then gain muscle, focus on trying to build up the muscle that you have now and then see where that gets you. As long as you’re sticking to high protien, I think you’ll be alright. Is there an alternative to greek yoghurt if you’re allergic to milk? If so, you should eat a lot of that. Peanut Butter can also be good, because it provides an energy boost without the crash of eating high sugars. Basically just try and adhere to healthy eating in combination with exercise to build your muscles. Carbs are good right before a race, the night before, but other than that don’t carb-load.
USRowing and technically international standard for LWT men is 155, however they really allow up to 160 (under the Olympic level). Most regattas will also post a range. At ACRA this year the range was a 2lb flux. So you could be up to 162 before you either had to run it off, or you couldn't row LWT. I don't know about the limit changing in the fall?... but for Spring it's between 155-160. If the race is something like IRA it probably is exactly 155.
I wasn’t actually aware of the limit changing in the fall, being as I’m not a lightweight or a guy…but it makes sense that it could fluctuate and stuff. Thank you for this!
im starting crew next year in hs, what shud i expect?
Expect it to be really difficult at first, you’ll constantly wonder why you’ve started and you’ll push yourself to new levels of exercise and stregnth. You might feel like you don’t belong when you can’t keep up. Also, you can expect that you’ll be hooked, you’ll WANT to reach new heights and prove yourself.
Hi, I was thinking about starting rowing at uni (hopefully Cambridge) and I was wondering if you have any land training exercises that I could do before now and next year to get me prepared? Also, is there a goal weight for a female? Thanks :)
Land training, you could do stuff like crunches, burpies, jumpies, push ups, running helps as well, and weight lifting can also be seriously beneficial. We also do squats, and we don’t do swimming but that helps with stregnthening. Basically anything you do that can help with core and upper/lower body stregnth.
The lightweight for females is about 130 I believe, so I think anywhere from 150-130 would be acceptable, depending on how much muscle you’re going for.
Meredith May:At seventeen, I didn't think it mattered that I had spindly legs and had never held an oar. I was determined to join the college crew team. I'd done team sports since age seven, and rowing seemed unusual, graceful, and intense. Plus, the rowers looked so transcendent in the recruitment brochure. And I figured the prospect of 5 AM practices would surely thin the ranks of hopefuls at tryouts.
Interviewer:And why do you continue now?
Meredith May:Rowing keeps me fit, and connected to nature. It reminds me that we can't get through this life without others. Though my home base is in San Francisco, I race around the nation.
So sorry to hear about your teammate. I'll definitely be keeping him, his family, and his friends and teammates in my prayers. Lean on your teammates and be there for them when they need someone to lean on too.
I couldn’t make it to the gathering because I’m 6 hours away. Thank you so much for this though, please keep him in your prayers.
I've been considering taking up rowing at Baylor but after reading up on it I'm ridiculously nervous. Everything I've read makes it sound like a miserable experience full of pain. I wanted to find something new to keep me active and competitive but I'm starting to think I couldn't handle it. Any words of wisdom?
Here is the truth:
It’s tough, it’s painful, it’s grueling. But you know what else is the truth? It’s extrordinary, it gives you a new family, and it makes you stronger. Rowers can handle anything. I really do think that you should try it, because you know what? I’ve never met any rower who regrets starting to row. You should try it, because you have nothing to lose.
Oh my gosh, I just found your blog, and I love it! I just got back from a three day rowing camp and I'm pumped to get out on the water again but I won't be able to for about 6 weeks :'( Anywho, I just wanted to say that like every post is so accurate!
Oh my gosh, this is awesome. Thank you for this! I know how you feel, the only rowing I will be able to do for the next 7 weeks is in a canoe.
This blog is amazing, I've spent about an hour reading through all of the posts and comments and everything and it just reminds me so much about how much i love rowing. I cannot even belive how lucky i am to know that Im able to get on that boat tomorrow morning and tomorrow afternoon and the day after ect. and i literially cant even discribe the feeling i get after a good row - or even a bad one. yeah i am actually really new to this but.. i have literially put my heart and soul into it
Thank you so much for this, it’s incredible to get messages like this one. I know how you feel, and even if you’re a novice at it and just starting out, it’s just kind of enchanting and it makes you someone totally new.