Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Lets get this blog started again :o)

So the last post was the first one in ages, and I haven't been running in ages... I am going to keep up from here... and I'll have to admit a break in my training archives, although I didn't stop training.

Its amazing how a few weeks of lesser activity quickly takes away some of the benefits, tone, etc. but it is also incredible how quickly you get back into the swing of things.

The couple of bits of running that I have done whilst rowing training has felt pretty comfortable, training is training is training... all of it gets me feeling stronger. Now that summer has arrived I can only hope that the longer nights will lead to even more activity and even more benefits.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Evesham Regatta

Saturday and Sunday saw my first ever regatta experiences as a racer. It was a well organised event, although I was so distracted by sorting out racing stuff that I didn't get a great deal of browsing time.

We won our first 1k race on the Saturday by 3 lengths, only to lose the next narrowly by 3/4 of a length. This was all good experience, although I feel that I have a lot of work to do before the next regatta, to prepare myself better now that I know what is needed. The team that beat us made it through to the final at least.

The taste of blood in the throat from having breathe so hard so long was interesting, after having had a chest infection on and off for the best part of a month I was a tad worried - but it cleared up pretty quickly :o)

Sunday over the shorter sprint distance (500m) we simply didn't have the start to match our opponents... they went on to win the category (some gratification I suppose!).

An awful lot of valuable lessons learnt, all around, about preparing, organising, committing, helping... the regatta experience is great as a spectator (I found out through last season), but is fantastic is a competitor ;o)