Pain & tiredness – two reasons to not let your fitness drop!

I have been lax of late with my training. After my self – elected break from full on rowing training over the winter, I pottered along keep keeping fit but just not pushing myself to the limit every session. It was a nice change and a break I emotionally needed. But as we have moved in to the summer, I began to become a bit complacent about my training. We all know that complacency breeds laziness. What happened? Well, my

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Summer training: tougher than winter?

I was going to train when I got home today (Lou was busy so I didn’t go to the club) but after baking in the sauna that was the train for 30 minutes (it was VERY unpleasant!) I just couldn’t summon the energy to train as soon as I got in. After a light dinner, I decided to train just before 8pm when it started to get a bit cooler. Despite that, after half an hour of kettle bells I

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The temperature plummets and motivation is lacking

It’s a difficult time of year for training. The weather is not at it’s best and there is nothing harder than forcing myself out in to the dark and cold conservatory to erg. Or out of the house and down to water training after work. Or out of bed early on a Saturday to de-ice the car for weekend outings. I enjoy my rowing and my exercise, but with just the rigmarole of getting to and from work in the

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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.

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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August Training: routine, food diaries and a pesky cold

I have been back training (properly) following my bike accident for about 4 weeks now, with my ‘renewed’ motivation to train plus Olympic inspiration meaning that I have been really trying to focus on getting in to a solid routine (training every day 5 – 6 days / week) to carry me through the winter. Whilst my arm is fully functional again, I am still building-up my weights, so I decided to mix a bit of swimming in to my

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Year Of Calm meet Steering The Double

Tonight was my first outing in the double with Lou since, ooh, errr, about October. So, much time has passed since I have been in a boat that small, let alone been responsible for steering it! As I am fairly sure I mentioned in blog posts earlier in the year, 2012 is the year I am trying to make myself calmer. This basically means that when a situation is angsty or stressful, I just take a deep breath and get

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Decorating: gives so much pleasure but causes so much pain!

I am re-decorating the hall. It is the first room in the house I decorated, purely to get some colour in the house after 5 months of living with magnolia rooms when we moved in. However, after 4 years, it is looking rather tired and the colour is a bit, well not quite gaudy, but it doesn’t match with the ‘pallet’ of the rest of the house. (I sound far more artistic that I actually am there!). However, the hallway

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Music – the key to an erg test

I did my final 5k erg test of the season (I think / hope) on Wednesday. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I find music crucial for erging. This is even more true for an erg test; it’s not just the songs, but the order that matters too! So, here is my most recent erg playlist and reasons why: We Found Love – Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris): a fast paced and beat-y tune to really kick some energy

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The good things about head racing

So, this Saturday I am racing at Peterborough Head. Without wishing to insult the wonderful people at Peterborough City Rowing Club (who organise and host the event), it is typically the most miserable race of the year! In true style, the weather has also been very accommodating of the race with the temperature dropping sub-zero at the start of the week and predictions have it staying there until next week at least. “I thought this was supposed to be the

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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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