Rowing if fun no doubt but if you’ve never tried it you’ll be surprised to know how tough it can be. Whether done outdoors or indoors technique, form, posture etc. are basic and you cannot get them wrong but that’s not all. With high speed winds and fluctuating currents there’s a lot more you’ll need to learn to get it right so here are some facts about rowing every newbie must know, from the experts themselves.
It always starts early
If you’re not an early morning person, I’ll make it clear, this isn’t a sport for you. Almost all of these races begin early morning. For a 10 am race you’ll need to be up and ready at about 4-5 am in order to prep up well.
Yes it’s hard to be awake while the rest are just going to sleep but if you really love the sport you’ll do it anyways.
Being the best doesn’t guarantee success
Rowing isn’t just about you. Never was and never will be. It’s a team sport so treat it like one. Your goals, dreams, desire etc. all depend on your team. There’s no medal for an individual performance so being the best in a weak team won’t get you anything. I’d suggest getting a concept 2 rower for those days when you can’t train due to rain or snow.
Focus on training and working together as team. Communicate well with your mates. Proper coordination and communication are ingredients to success in this sport.
You’ll eat more often
When you’re young and fit during training you’ll easily gobble down 4-5k calories each day which would be divided into 5-6 meals. Yes, it’s important to stay fueled up but this tends to get boring even though I’d hate it at times trust me it works.
The issues to this arise once you’re old and retired. Since your body’s now accustomed to that high-calorie diet so I’d be hungry often but lack training and fitness is going to result in excessive weight gain so watch out your retirement plans.
It’s going to be cold
Well, rowing is an all year round sport and in winters it’s going to get really tough. Not only is the water freezing but since the temp is going to be low you’d want to get into your race kit only minutes before the race begins.
Do it too early and your warm-ups a total bust. You hand; legs etc. are going to freeze by the time you hold an oar. Also, avoid gloves and wear socks to stay warm during your sail too.
It all comes down to the race
All these years of training, sweat etc. always comes down to those final 5-6 minutes of your race so give it your best short which is all that matters. Use your failures as motivation to train harder and get better and faster. Failures are tough but a stepping stone to success so row, row, row your boat till you cross the finish line.