7 THINGS I LEARNED AS A ROWER
4+ years of rowing is a lot of time on the water.
- 1.What makes a good handshakeSeriously, this was day one. Stuck with me forever.
- 2.RecycleEvery practice, our entire team was required to do 100 jumpies for every plastic water bottle left in the boat house the day before.
- 3.Hard workDespite how fit Frank Underwood is, rowing is not easy. 2K erg days were the worst. I still get a little queasy when I see a rowing machine.
- 4.ResponsibilityWhen part of your job as captain is to make sure the massive boats on the trailer don't fly away on the highway, you triple check those straps.
- 5.TeamworkNine people. One goal.
- 6.FocusThe starting line is an incredibly stressful place. We would practice meditation and breathing so we were prepared to tune out the noise and hone in on our races.
- 7.Just keep goingMy favorite thing that I learned as a rower is that everything is temporary. When I left for work on my bike this morning, I had no idea how hard it was raining. I didn't have the right jacket and knew I would end up soaked. Why did I keep going? Because I've rowed in worse: snow, torrential downpours and many cold, early spring mornings. And though it was miserable at the time, it always ended. So how's that for a corny life lesson? Just keep going.