Much as I love list posts, the things which non-rowers don’t know about rowing is a long, long list.
James Cracknell once wrote a list which was full of odd stuff
Like number 3 – rubbing your hands on your girlfriend’s legs when she is wearing stockings / tights… will ladder them.
I mean this guy has a jolly odd mind. Who does that?
Real FACTS about rowing
For the uninitiated here are the true things which rowing teaches you
- Friends for life – yep, these guys and girls are with you through thick and thin
- Rivalries are to be celebrated – local derby, regular opponents…. there are so many. But we use them to learn to adapt, to improve. We celebrate racing.
- The views of nature are out of this world. Dolphins, swans, seals, fish, birds, sometimes crocodiles…. rowers see nature first hand.
- Nobody can do a ‘perfect’ stroke. As a famous classical musician said when asked why he was still practicing aged 83, he said “Because I think I am making progress”. Rowing is the same.
- Learning to test your limits is a life skill – rowing teaches you about what is possible, what you didn’t know you could do and how to apply that to the rest of your life.
What did we miss?