Lou and I finally went back out in the boat on Saturday. It’s the first time we’ve been on the water in 7 months. Yes, SEVEN MONTHS! I’m shocked that it’s been so long but we have both also enjoyed retaining the feeling in our extremities over the winter, not getting soaked to the bone and, for me personally, not having to steer on dark nights! We only did a light outing of 7k, but it felt really nice to be back on the water. It was beautiful day for it too.
It never ceases to amaze me how ‘normal’ it feels to be in a boat no matter how long I am out of one. The moment we pushed off, all the old habits came back straight away, including all my steering knowledge of the bends. The river has changed since we were last out and it was interesting to observe some of the changes; Some trees had definitely gone after the windy winter although one particularly intrusive willow (it covered half the river at a particularly sharp bend!) will not be missed.
Now we’ve been out, we want more and have (in a interesting twist for the two of us) provisionally scheduled an ad-hoc outing for one night this week! My muscles need a few more sessions to get back in to the swing of things because I was a tad stiff on Sunday. My hands bore the brunt of it though – I’m quick to forget the discomfort of rowing blisters! Ah well, a few more sessions and the calluses will be back. It’s nice to feel like a rower again!