That was the year that was 2012 – a summary

Yes, it is that time of year again, year end. That can only mean one thing, my annual review of the year! Let’s see if I can successfully save this one though after last year’s over-writing disaster! This year the format is slightly different – hopefully makes it easier to see the break-up of events over the year.

Blink and it’s gone…

Christmas is done – it seems to have gone by really quickly. I have been very bad on the blogging front this month. I have had quite a few ‘topics’ I wanted to blog about, but I have quite frankly felt cr*p for most of the month. The general rubbishy feeling came to a head the week before Christmas when I came down with tonsillitis. I spent my last 4 working days of 2012 sick on the sofa at home but

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Christmas-Time is here!

It’s been a while since I have done blogged. There are a few things I keep meaning to write about, but a combination of training camp, evening commitments and some kind of virus have kept me away from my computer at home. In the last few weeks though, we have moved in to ‘that time of year’: Christmas. I find it an odd time because there are bits of it I enjoy (time off work, giving presents, getting presents, ‘The

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Rowing: an elitist sport? Or just a specialist sport?

(Apologies in advance, this is a long one, but it demands the time!) Rowing isn’t a main stream sport (even though it’s popularity has boomed since the London 2012 Olympics) and all too frequently you hear it referred to as ‘elitist’. I always defend it, but recently thought it may be worth actually considering whether it is. Now, upfront, I am going to remove the rowing schools from the equation – the schools themselves are elitist (or rather, expensive) so

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Why you should never put all your eggs in one basket…

I should have been racing at Fours Head today. For the first time in, well, my entire time at Broxbourne, we got a crew line-up out 8 weeks in advance of the race. Not only that, but all four of us were almost equally matched in build, erg speed and strength. As mentioned in my previous post, our first race of the season was thwarted by illness. But Lou, bounced back and last Saturday and Monday we had two good

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Is there really life after rowing?

At least once or twice every season, most rowers will ask him/herself “Why am I doing this?”. This isn’t going to be post about the joys of rowing; If you are interested to know why I row then there are endless blog articles on that very topic, including the very specific So, why do we row? Back to the topic in hand though, I recently had one of the aforementioned moments – on Friday to be precise. There are several things

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Device overload?!

Apple have launched the iPad Mini today. As always with Apple, the device is quite stunning – slick and shiney; It doesn’t look cheap and, to be honest, it doesn’t come cheap. Aside from the people who are Die-Hard Apple Boycotters, you cannot help but want one. The very fact that Apple have gone to the effort of making a smaller version of it’s world dominating tablet strongly indicates there is a market for it. But, as always with these

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There is always room for self-improvement!

It is, in my view, human nature to look to blame others when things go wrong. A few years ago, I started to made a concerted effort to take a step back when issues or challenging situations presented themselves, trying to look at them objectively; It wasn’t a conscious decision, but hearing myself and others always pointing the finger and placing blame began to grate. It made me mindful of a comment I read in one of my rowing books which

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Is it really possible…

…to work, commute and train to be an even half-competitive rower?! (For those from the rowing fraternity, I am targeting WIM1 levels of competition.) I suspect it is the time of year but, 8 weeks in to the new season with a structured training plan, my belief is wavering. My resolve and focus are still there (although often hidden behind a mask of tiredness and confusion) but I do question what is achievable. Of course, this is by no means me saying

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Hydration and fatigue, but I love it really!

The first thing I have been trying to tackle in my nutrition ‘review’, in part because it is the easiest, is hydration. It hasn’t involved any radical changes, but just a slightly more diligent approach to my drinking. I was already quite good at remaining hydrated, but less so at drinking close to and around my training sessions. The most crucial change I have made is taking an additional bottle of water in the car on my way of training.

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (3 & 0). I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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