I finally got out on the water! YAY!!
I signed up for a lesson right before the coach was going in for a shoulder surgery, so I was glad to get one lesson in.
The lesson went pretty well. He said he wouldn't have thought I had been off the water for 12+ years. He gave me the go-ahead to be able to row with the club members. So! I got on the water for a second time that week too! YAY! That time in a sculling quad boat with four people.
It wasn't bad for my first and second time in the boat.
Excited to get out and do more. Getting out in the quad definitely made me want to be able to get out on the water by myself even more quickly. I like the team part, but also feel like I am holding people back, even if I'm not. Because I am new to sculling, people think of me as not being very good, and that's tough. I am always up for learning and getting better, so I liked that aspect, but I am excited to row on my own and learn to push myself. I think I like sweeping in a group better and sculling with less people, but you have to start somewhere. So I will keep going and learning until I can get out there on my own!
Checkout the video for some footage of my first time rowing in a double and sculling!
Guess what! I can build my boat!
So, at first, I couldn't figure out if I could even make a boat. Than someone reached out to me and he knew someone who offers the kits to make my own boat. That was super exciting. So I reached out to the person, Phil Morrison, and he responded with some different options. Not going to lie, they are all over my head and I am having trouble figuring out some of the differences, but I know it is possible!
Then, that same person who informed me about Phil, pointed out someone who is currently building his boat for an ocean rowing adventure of his own. So, I got in touch with him too. He is just now putting it together! I had someone else reach out as well that mentioned TWAC, Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, the competition I probably will do, may not allow me to build my boat.
So, of course, I emailed Atlantic Campaigns, who runs the TWAC event, and I was basically told it is possible. There are certain things put in place and things I will need to do to make sure it is sea-worthy and passes inspections, but I CAN build my own boat! I am stoked!
👍My first guest speaker podcast episode is here!
🙃Susan Ronaldson gives us her story, ups and downs, what it was like to get to the starting line, favorite foods along her journey and so much more!
🎧I could keep typing, or you could just listen!
You can reach her and her team here: statusrow
It's officially here! My first EVER Podcast!
I am so excited to share it with everyone. This podcast is designed to share everything about Ocean Rowing.
What does that mean?
I answer typical questions I get, and share where I am in my story of preparing and ultimately crossing an ocean in a rowing boat. I also interview people who have rowed or are going to row across an ocean and share their stories.
Right now, it is a bi monthly podcast.
Once a month, or maybe every other week, I will give an update episode on where I am in my planning and what questions I am looking to have answered. The frequency will change based on where I am in the planning process. And once a month there will be a guest rower to help answer questions. If it's not a rower, it is someone that can help me get to the starting point and help answer questions that I have.
If you want to know more, feel free to comment with questions below.❓
Check out the podcast, link in below and in comments and hit subscribe to keep updated on my adventure. Feel free to share and spread the word!
Also, any questions you ask me, I will answer in one of my podcast episodes. So hit the Subscribe button!
Today was supposed to be my first lesson on the water rowing in a boat with two oars. I grew up rowing with one oar, which is called sweep. But two oars is called skulling. Well, they are very different because in racing shells (boats), when you only have one oar, you are in the boat with other people and you have to stabilize together. When it is just you, the boat moves more and it is more unstable. Plus, learning to move the oar (feathering and so forth) with both hands instead of one is different too.
Anyways, today I was supposed to have my first lesson. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate and it wasn't safe to go out. Therefore, I ended up just learning about the boat house and asking some other technical questions that I will mention in my podcast later this month. I will keep you posted, but here is my rowing update.
I am starting a podcast!
I am finding that putting my story out there is getting me in touch with some people who are oging through similar things or have some of the answers I am looking for. So I have decided to create a podcast for other people interested in Ocean Rowing. Since this sport is growing, I want to make it easy for people to get information about Ocean Rowing and how to make it possible. Therefore, I am going to shar emy interviews with ocean rowers and other people who might have info to help along the way.
I will post later this week when it launches!
Here is a blog/vlog documenting my journey from thought to execution. Current plan: 2021 - hike to Everest base camp. 2022 - row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.