First row for the new year, and well it was interesting.
So here we go...
Yesterday we had our first row for 2012. And while it eventually turned out ok it did not start so well. As it is often said a picture tells a greater story than words. Here are a few photos of our first row. Actually we didn't even get one stroke in. The focus before the row was to challenge ourselves to row longer. Something about being competitive people comes to mind and that oars probably should not be put parallel to a boat.
|New testing has showed boats may go faster upside down and without athletes in them. So we tried it and to our surprise the boat just sat their. Obviously the joke was on us|
Add to this that all athletes should not lean to one side and look to that same side at the same time. Plus if you have any nervous ones on board who bail early when things look some what precarious you should probably take life jackets out.
For my part I certainly didn't help things as at my age the reaction time has slowed so things did seem like it was just a sow roll into the water.
|Once back on land we exited to the showers to clean off the grim. Plus hang our heads in shame for what would have been one of the funny moments for the season.|
Since though I look back and realise we all felt so damn good about the Yarra river that to go swimming was just so natural and right give the hot weather of late.
The on lookers at the sheds all seemed to enjoy our diving and swimming style. Hardest part was getting my feet out of my shoes. Thought I was going to drown at one point and was only motivated to try extra hard to pull my feet free when the two big guys beside me started moving in to help. I had images of them trying to revive me on the bank if I did go under and well it was amazing how quickly I thrashed to release my self from the boat to avoid that.
Now just to remind people yes we are a so called elite-ish crew or athletes. And yes we are planning on big things this season. This probably won't be the lowest point of the year but it will come very close. Thing is we had a good laugh about it and that probably says something.
What did we learn? The bigger the risk/stupidity the bigger the fall, but so to is it a bigger pay off.