I completed the rowing challenge back in September but I really enjoyed it so signed up to a ‘learn to row’ course at the Team Keane sculling centre in Chiswick.
So for the past 8 weeks I been rowing indoors and on the water with Harry, Graham and Illya under the stewardship of various coaches, including Claire pictured below.
With the exception of running, I think rowing has become my favourite sport during this challenge. I feel like I’ve developed a lot over the past couple of months and it’s a sport that I could really get into.
Today we finished our course with a fun regatta along the Thames. We were split into 10 different teams, mixed with those on the’ learn to row’ squad, youth squad, development squad and coaches. There was a bit of waiting around, but overall was good fun and my crew got to the final having won our heat and finishing 2nd in the semi-final. Unfortunately the final was a step too far and we were struggling from the start and this coupled with a seat malfunction meant that we finished the final in 4th and last place. I’m sure one of the British crews in the Olympics managed to get a race restarted due to the seat coming off – probably should have shouted louder.
The option for me now, is to either sign up for 3 months with the development squad or keep rowing on an ad hoc basis. I think I’m going to go with the latter for the start of 2015 and when I have a bit more time, commit to training with one of the teams.