I got told off…….

I was in trouble yesterday with Nikki.

In fact I’ve been in trouble with her since Saturday.

Roller skating without protection is my crime…….

It was all fine until I was attacked by an evil lip at the end of a bridge…… the skates swooped out from under me as I tried to jump/step/skate over it and I landed on my right hand, elbow and bottom with great heaviness and much attention from those around me.

I was mostly fine, no head bumping, slight amount of blood on my hand and  having refused all offers of help, I managed to get back up on my ‘feet’.

Once the small crowd had dispersed I may have admitted to a small amount of pain, but it was all good – although I’m never skating over that bridge again!

Stopped off at the rowing club to wash my hand and remove a couple of loose chunks of skin. It was deserted when we’d passed about 10mins before, but when we arrived the deck was covered in people and there was no hiding my injured hand or my ‘old school’ skates or the fact I almost could have put an end to my rowing for a while……

We headed off in a safer direction – away from people/dodgy surfaces and on to Oriental Parade. Much better, I had a chat to a man who referees Roller Derbys, picked up some skating pointers from him (he was under the illusion that I was just learning to skate…… no my friend, I have a good 35 years of experience)

Then, and far more excitingly, I spotted a shiba inu – a what? you may ask? only one of the cutest dogs ever!! They’re fairly rare over in the UK where I was lucky enough to have 2. Over here, it’s the first I’ve seen since I’ve been here. But chatting to the guy who owned her, there’s a breeder in Christchurch.

Murphy dog, he had a peaceful life
until this one came along – Maple
But they were good friends
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Murphy on his favorite chair in the days before Maple – so handsome

Of course, I had to sit on the floor and have a cuddle, she licked my hand better and cleaned my face and then it was time to say goodbye – she goes for a run and tows her owner behind on his skateboard!

So, should I be wearing protection? (well, probably yes) My friend had wrist and elbow guards on, but that wouldn’t have saved my hand or my bum….. Do I listen to my very wise friend Nikki, who points out that just because this all didn’t exist when I was younger doesn’t mean I shouldn’t wear it now…… or compromise and wear pads, or do what she wants and wear a helmet which feels like over kill, but if I bumped my head would keep me much safer?


Week 6 – no training plan – probably as it turned out to be peak week!

It’s Tuesday already and no official training plan yet

Coach/Masters/Tertiary (the uni folk) have been away in Twizel (as in a Johnathon Ross ‘trying/twying’ not ‘twizzle/swizzle’ for the uninitiated – Kiwis laugh if you make that mistake….). Still making the long journey back and so we’ve been unsupervised!

Monday – with Mr Moonboot unable to go to bootcamp and me needing to do 2x 35 minutes of steady state I thought I’d take advantage. So, 6am, freezing cold, howling wind, pouring rain, Petone waterfront – was fun to be back, but I didn’t work as hard there as we do in our normal training sessions – it’s hard to when you’re partnered with someone, you’re so reliant on them to work super hard too. I left feeling like I’d worked out, but it certainly wasn’t 60mins of steady state….. Thankfully Sam had texted by the time I got to work and we agreed to meet at lunch for an erg session (hurrah for my key). She had a plan…..

4 mins 18 strokes/min

3 mins 20

2 mins 22

1 min 24

5 mins steady around 20

1 min 24

2 mins 22

3 mins 20

4 mins 18

Was good fun and hard work, and certainly felt like a good workout

Tuesday – was a bad training session for me.

More erg stuff, this time endurance pieces. 2km, 2.5km and 3km

I managed to 2km piece easily – we were rowing at a few seconds over our 2km times and it felt really good. Then we rested while another group did theirs then back on for the 2.5km and something happened to the left side of my back/shoulder, massive amounts of pain, I stopped a couple of times to stretch it, but it didn’t help, powered on through to the end but knew something wasn’t right. More stretching, sat down to do the 3km piece but was told to go do step-ups instead…….

Wednesday – terrible weather so coach mixed it up with a weights circuit session

Really good fun and despite my back/shoulder still feeling not right there was plenty I could do, so felt much happier, although still annoyed

Thursday – a sunny evening, so after 20mins warming up on the ergs we went to do some hill sprints – not exactly my happy hurrah, but it was good to be outside!


This is where I love my garmin – you can see the 2 sets of shuttles up and down the hill, the 2 runs up the hill and then the 2 last sets of shuttles before the journey back to the rowing club (in a car) so one of the other girls and I could get in our ‘power strokes’ before heading to the train station!

The shuttles were hard and the hill ridiculous, but as ever, we do what we’re told and it is kind of fun………

Friday – rest day!!!!!!

Saturday – no training as we’re saving ourselves for tomorrow (promises to be a lovely day) so I went roller skating for the first time in years (and I really do mean years). It was really great fun, but hard work once I was back in the swing of it and lovely by the sea.





Sunday – out on the water for the first time in ages!!!

It was a beautiful sunny 8am morning, the water was so flat it was incredible – we could see the bottom of the lagoon (and all its seaweed), out on the ocean when we got round by Oriental Parade we could see all the starfish on the bottom, lots of little ones and some big ones – normally the water has been so churned up you see none of this – we were a happy bunch out in our 8 – we even rowed all 8 of us together!

Very happy until we were made to stand up in the boat – it’s a practice piece – you put your oar in the water, feel it ‘connect’ with the water and then pull yourself up against the oar


Clearly this isn’t us, but this is the idea, although we did it in pairs rather than all 8 of us…….


We were back at training at 4pm, but in the mean time I ended up ‘playing’ tennis – I say this in the loosest sense – there were rackets, there were balls, there was one rally when all 4 of us hit the ball over the net, but I’m fairly sure there was only one….. There was a lot of running to try and hit balls or after balls we missed…..

So, 4pm, bit windier than it was, but still sunny and this time we were in Quads – the boats where you have 2 oars each – not my favorite – find it very hard compared to sweeping (what we were doing in the morning). But I learnt a lot, still getting there, but again we managed to row all 4 together (which means no one is balancing the boat with their oars – we all balance by getting our hands at the right height….)


Was tired by the time I got home and I think have caught the sun – I think finally summer is on the way!!!!

Regatta next weekend – will be the first time wearing a club vest – very excited

Another week another training plan


So this week we’re ‘building’ – I assume on the ‘base’ we created last week

Monday – mixed it up a bit today, instead of running with Sam at lunchtime we did 15min ergs and weights. I tried to row with my feet not strapped in – think I’m getting the hang of it…… Was such a lovely day we did the weights outside, trouble with a sunny day is that a lot of tourists are out overlooking the rowing club, and therefore us, we will be in a few holiday photos I think!! Little circuit of 15x dorsal raises (with a 10kg weight), 15x leg throws, 15x 8kg bicep curls, 15x 30kg deadlift and 15x 10kg ‘lawnmowers’ – knee and hand on bench, leg on floor, hand hanging down and pulling back to ribs like you’re starting a lawn mower…….

Was a good workout, but really warm in the sun!!!

After work, with more steady state to do I was planning on a run along the seafront with my bf…. he wanted to go up Mount Victoria and run, not sure why, but I agreed. Mount Vic, as the name should suggest, is a small, steep hill – any run at the top of it can only go one way…….down….. it has mountain bike trails, so lots of lovely steep bits….. and what goes down, must come back up…… we did this finishing back at the car, and then realising we may as well go to the top, we ran up a few stairs (for fun) to the peak – beautiful views

Tuesday – I was tired….. we had to run around the overseas terminal to warm up, then 3x 2km at 22/23/24 strokes/min – then I was shattered.

Our coach wanted us to do a bit more cardio, another 20 minutes of it. I’d had enough and decided I’d run to the train station…… not quite what he’d had in mind, but all that was left in me

Wednesday 6am – It was too rough to row. Asking us to be there for 6am usually means we’ll be out on the water, so we were all v quiet and just sat on the floor waiting for our coach to arrive.

We had to run to the police boat and back – took us slower ones 12 minutes.

On the ergs we were split into 5 teams of 3. We were split by our 2km erg times, so in theory the teams were all equally balanced – best time with worst time with a middle person.

As a race we took it in turns to row

100m arms only, then

200m arms/bodies, then

300m arms bodies half slide, then

500m row, and collapse.

We then did some sneaky power strokes disguised as fun – 3x row 250m in as few strokes as possible, push super hard with your legs and then crawl back up the slide so you get as much distance as possible from each stroke – our coach can do it in 11 strokes – me? 13, 12 and 12

To round everything off? Run around the lagoon and then Te Papa

Done – so tired, sat at work zombie like until I had some crystalised fruit and the sugar kicked in!

Thursday – I now have a key to the rowing club – I’m very excited by this!!

I trained at lunchtime today – have a school performance to attend this evening so can’t make training. Texted the coach to tell him this morning and ask if there was anything I should focus on – one word back – ‘strength’ – to some of my friends I’m ‘freakishly strong’ but there’s always room for improvement!

I had a fun warm up on the ergs, repeated what we did on Wednesday 100m arms etc, but with no breaks and then some power strokes trying to get my number of strkes to 250m down below 12 – it wasn’t to be – but it’s good to have a number to aim for, makes you try so hard as it’s so close within my grasp… but still so far. Then arms, abs, a jog back to work and done until Saturday!!!!!

Friday – a rest day – bubble soccer doesn’t count right?

Hmmmmm, not so much of a rest day – had to sprint for the train in the morning and bubble soccer is exhausting – running around inside a plastic bubble is harder work than you think…… 4 quarters of 7minutes each = a lot of hot v sweaty workmates + partners.

And as it turns out 1 bf with a broken 5th metatarsal…..

Saturday and Sunday – hop-a-long (complete with crutches and moonboot) threw a spanner in the rowing this weekend – barely able to walk, he needed a chauffeur/gopher/cheerleader/someone to round up his 2 girls (it’s like herding cats at the best of times). Ended up sneaking in a couple of runs while they were all occupied and unlikely to cause each other too much harm – miserable weather, windy, rainy, cold.


An impromptu day off – Lyall Bay, a seal and snowy mountains

Last week my bf and I decided we’d take a random day off work – was the perfect day to chose – beautifully sunny – and as we both do early morning exercise on a Wednesday we made the most of the day!!

If you read my rowing posts then you’ll already know that I was on Wellington waterfront with this as my view as the sun rose.


After meeting back at the house and cooking the most amazing breakfast (we were hungry) we decided to head out to Lyall Bay – not sure how to describe where it is, so here’s a map!!


It was a crazy windy day in the Bay – the seagulls were struggling to stay stood on the seawall. The spray coming off the waves kind of shows the wind, but I loved it – it’s great when you’re wrapped up against it with the sun shining.

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Even better of course when you take refuge and watch it through a window with a yummy coffee! Lyall Bay has an awesome cafe with an incredible view – Maranui Cafe – go if you ever get a chance – you can book a table, so get one by the window.


We decided on another walk along the beach before lunch, and lunch can only come from one place in Lyall Bay – Seaview Takeaways – in the Top 10 of fish and chip shops for Wellington (this isn’t because there’s only one place to eat in Lyall Bay, just it’s the best). A word of warning, their portions are HUGE – I asked for fish and got the equivalent of 2 battered fish compared to where we normally go.


Amazing and fresh and way too many, but it did seem a shame to waste them on the seagulls.

To try and work some of the food off, we took a drive (yeah, I know) round the coast for a look. We were chatting about how beautiful Wellington was and whether it had caught up with my love of Taranaki yet….. I was repeating my usual response of ‘yes, but it doesn’t have a mountain’ when we came around a corner and the bf announced ‘but how about that?’

The view was breathtaking and isn’t really at all captured in the photos, but you could see all the way to the snow-capped mountains on the South Island – beautiful.

If you click on the image, you can spot the mountains on the horizon!

So just for an afternoon, maybe Wellington was up there with Taranaki…….

He deserved a kiss for that (not that it was planned, just happened to be a clear day and he spotted them at the perfect time!!)

We stopped a bit further on to get out of the car and take a proper look. More photos of crashing waves and mountains

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Then who should we come across but a seal?!


I’m still not over the fact that you can just see seals here – he was really cute, but all alone and with those big eyes looked sad – we wondered if he’s lost his friends. I wanted to take him home, but wasn’t allowed :-(

Did get this photo to remember him by, now my wallpaper on my computer at work


Turned out we were right by the road to Red Rocks – somewhere everyone talks about for spotting seals (so it shouldn’t have been a surprise, but I had no idea where we were – cue another map.)

this time with Google Earth - even from up there you can see the waves
This time with Google Earth – even from up there you can see the waves

Was a lovely day, a struggle to go back to work, but Thursday was rainy, so really a day to be indoors and dream about the next day off

Week 4 – BASE – whatever that means


So this week we enter a new cycle – cycle 7, week 1, BASE – not entirely sure what this means – it’s the first week of the 7th cycle (I get that bit) but BASE? Who knows

Monday – out for another lunch time run – my breathing suffered today for no apparent reason – was a lovely sunny and not too windy day for a run – all the way out to the lighthouse and back – had to walk 3x on the way back :-(

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/899101524 – you can see the nice run/walk pattern……

Had a lovely stretch in Civic Square while a man was creating loads of massive bubbles – was a shame to go back to work! Another run this evening and that will be the 50mins for the day

Tuesday – first 2km test – after warming up for a good 10mins the aim was to row as hard as possible for 2km (on the ergs). I sought the advice of my corporate coach, as ever he had wise words to say and great faith in me – thought I could get a sub-8min time – that would mean I’d need to be at a 500m rating of sub-2mins all the way. In the end I was slightly over that at 8:09:02. The last 100m took forever, it should be 10 strokes, but it was like the end would never come.

So my rating was just over 2:02/500m – not bad but room for improvement. First step to that being working out how to stop my feet coming loose while rowing! Although apparently it should be possible to do feet-out rowing for 2km…… We had a nice cool-down jogging around the lagoon – much as my legs didn’t want to do it they definitely felt better for it.

Wednesday – 6am at the rowing club – why so early? There was rumour of a chance of getting out on the water – not a hope, it was way too rough.

Random thing happened in the changing room – 2 of the girls congratulated me on my 2km time – thought it was a little odd, but nice and friendly and it was my first test. I realised why though when I looked at the 2km honours board – I was on it!!!!!!

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I was so excited, I ran to take a photo!

Excitement over and it was off outside to do something either called a ‘bee sting’ or a ‘beasting’ – either way it sounded painful……

1 shuttle run, 1 press up, 1 sit up, 1 burpee

2 shuttle runs, 2 press ups, 2 sit ups, 2 burpees

3 shuttle runs, 3 press ups, 3 sit ups, 3 burpees

…… you get the idea………

10 shuttle runs, 10 press ups, 10 sit ups, 10 burpees

But we did get this as our view


Then some more static exercises, step ups/abs/tricep dips/abs etc

I’m certain I heard, ‘last abs and we’re done’

But what I didn’t hear was ‘….. done outside’

Back into the Rowing club for some erg work (it’s now Monday and I have no idea what that was)

Thursday was a mixture of ‘power’ work on the ergs and weights – this is when I miss Nikki, she was always my memory for this kind of thing………

What I do remember was a rather spectacular sunset/rainbow combo


Friday – rest day!!!!

Saturday – we didn’t row until 2pm as the weather was so miserable in the morning – out skulling in what they call the ‘octopush’, basically a quad, but for 8 people! Had Nina coaching us and a really great session on basic technique – I felt far more confident in skulling afterwards in everything but ‘feathering’ the blade – fine in my right hand, but can’t do it with my left. Instead of twisting your wrists to do it, you’re meant to just open up your hand and roll the blade…… works for one hand but not the other….. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/899101531

Sunday – another beautiful day and out in an 8 this time – sweeping – but was sat bow-side for the first time ever – was very confusing – you hands do different things when sweeping – the outside hand (on the end of the oar) is the one that ‘pulls’ and the inside hand does the feathering – I struggled to make mine swap, it all felt very uncomfortable!

Not as uncomfortable as I felt seeing the giant jellyfish swimming underneath the boat – they were giant, their tentacles really long, one even had a baby jelly fish stuck in there.

End of another fun week – lots of hard work with the 2km test, skulling, sweeping, jellyfish and an angry oystercatcher


Week Three – an easy week?


So, it’s Monday and I went for a run with another rower at lunchtime – a far nicer way to train – we had a good stretch on the fake turf in the middle of Civic Square too! Both of us have aching calves and now my quads have joined the party. Another one tonight and that will make up our time. The run has helped loosen the muscles, so every cloud……

Tuesday we were back on the ergs. 10minute warm up waiting for our coach to arrive, then 2x 2km pieces – not ‘go as fast as you can’, but ‘go as fast (or slow) as you’re told’. My first was pretty good, 8:18 but my second was about 8:25 so far worse – was disappointed, but my legs were still tired from the steps of the weekend. 5minutes more on the ergs and then I ran my remaining 5mins on the way to the train station – good way to make sure I caught the train!

Wednesday. Now, I had written this on Wednesday but it didn’t save and only because it’s saved on my Garmin do I know that we went for a 10min run and judging by the timing it was after some work of some sort on the ergs….. now I remember – speed work – I wrote a good explanation on Wednesday….. can I be bothered to write it again? Not really…….. in short we did arms really fast, faster, even faster and stupidly fast, then arms and bodies, then arms bodies and half slide – all to work on keeping good form while moving fast – apparently in a few weeks that kind of speed will feel more normal and less insane..

Thursday – that’s only yesterday so much easier to remember (I say that but actually I’m struggling)….. We did another run around the Overseas Terminal (10mins) then it must have been 10 min ergs to make up our 20mins? Then a mixture of weights (heavy) 7 reps of each – biceps, abs with weights, dorsal raises and upright row – I rocked these last ones – there was 35kg on the bar and I did them without too much trouble (whoop me!! someone wanted to know how I got to be so strong. I paraphrased Nikki ‘I’m freakishly strong’ but followed that with ‘in some areas, still can’t do a man press-up).

Each round of these was interspersed with erg work – high resistance, trying to stand up 1min on, 1 min off for 4 rounds – we were getting told off for giggling (=not working hard enough) so serious face had to come out……

Friday – rest day – not as tired as I have been, but it has been an easier week compared to the last couple. No rowing tomorrow, there’s a regatta on and less than perfect weather – works out kind of well as it would have been a struggle to train and do the run I’m doing – now there is no ‘training’ so the run makes up for that!

Saturday – no rowing, but Tough Guy and Girl instead! I did this last year and was kind of dreading it again – there’s a massive hill with a rope to help pull yourself up it – I remember wanting to quit halfway up and made it to the top through encouragement from a lovely random stranger. The day dawned beautifully sunny, if a bit windy. The run was great, far more fun than last year, through the trees, streams, tunnels, I even managed to get up the hill with relative ease (pretty pleased with that!!) ran down the hill thinking I might go for a second lap (there was a 6km or 12km option – my plan was to only do 6km but was feeling surprisingly good) that was until I hit the cargo nets – all good, some barbed wire – fine, then the mud pit…… I employed the technique we’d used in the Major Series basically go fast down the middle – sadly what thwarted us then did so again – someone stopped in front of me (actually 2 men) and that was me stuck…… as soon as you stop the mud gets you and there’s really no coming back – please do enjoy the video of these several minutes of my life, winning, then failing and sinking and then just lying on mud……..

After this, I would say humiliation, but by the time I was out I really didn’t care (hence sharing the video), I had to pull my leggings back up – I looked like a badly dressed teenager with my crotch down by my knees – and carried on with all the energy I had sucked out of my legs – the ability to do a second lap was a distant memory. More trees, streams, mud and a quick river crossing later and I was over the line!

Didn’t realise quite how muddy I was until I got my photo taken and the women said ‘OMG your back!’ – I was caked in mud – including a massive lump on my chin I hadn’t noticed……

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Loved the run this year and the showers were as amazing as I remembered – such lovely hot water – had to queue, but took the opportunity to rub as much mud off myself as I could manage – in the photo, where my skin looks pale, that’s just dried mud, not just the dark ‘splashes’ :-)


Sunday was a fun morning on the water, but I was in the coach boat – last of 9 to arrive, so I drew the short straw…. was meant to be swapped in but as the others took sooooooooo long getting ready it never happened (there was so much faffing before we got on the water – even asked the coach if it was always this bad and I’d never noticed it being caught up in the middle of it all!). Learnt a lot though through being able to see what people are doing wrong (and right).

Also saw a jetskiing tiger/lion – not really something I thought I’d ever see…..

Who I work for

Not at all running, rowing or exercise related, but as people have asked what the company I work for do and there’s been a TED Talk posted about its importance, thought I’d write a quick post.

I work for a company called Matakina Technology/Volpara Solutions.


We design and create software to assess the density of a woman’s breast when she attends mammography screening. The denser the breast the harder it is to detect a tumour. The idea being if someone has a dense breast, it’s identified and the woman can then be sent for further screening – ultrasound – to prevent these tumours being missed.

TED talk by Chiqeeta Jameson, Director of Sales and Women’s Health Advocacy for SonoCiné. Three doctors said Chiqeeta’s breast cancer was a cyst before she went to a doctor who used ultrasound. When using mammography, she compares fatty tissue to jello and dense tissue to oatmeal, and finding a cancer comparable to being a pearl in those substances. She also talks about the increased risk for dense-breasted women.

Second week as a novice – a Peak Week

I emailed the schedule for the week to Nikki, these are the words she picked out for me to summarise the schedule

Good luck with that!!!
She’s not wrong……..
Not entirely sure how these cycles/weeks work, but the Novices are in cycle 6 and week 3 – I’m so far behind on the fitness, but hanging in on the schedule
Mondays are the only day we don’t all train together – I went out for a run at lunch time along the waterfront – so windy at times I’m sure I wasn’t making any progress forward…… At the coach’s suggestion we broke the 70mins into 2 blocks – far more manageable right now
Tuesday started with a 20 minute ‘warm up’ on the ergs followed by 3x 2mins hardcore, pushing as hard as you can while maintaining 20 strokes/min pace over 2km. My best time was 8:25 – not bad, but not great. The evening ended with a final run around the Overseas Terminal before heading for home.
Wednesday was a 6:15am start but we were out on the water – in a sweep boat – was good to be back in one! Was pretty windy so everyone – club men and women, masters, us – were all out in the sheltered bit of the harbour – efforts were needed to avoid crashing! I was told my rowing was ‘not too bad’ which is as close to a compliment as I was likely to get, so I’m happy with that!!! Was just leaving to head for work when I bumped into my Corporate coach (also a Master) so went and joined them for a quick coffee…. such a bad influence, but the coffee was yum.
Midway through the morning the coach decided we’d not worked hard enough in the boats, so we had to do some interval work…… hung my kit up to dry under/around my desk, and headed out again at lunch time (crazy)
Thursday was the first day my calves haven’t ached since the 5km run last Tuesday – this was all soon to change. Did a 15 minute warm up on the ergs, ran for 25 minutes (hello calves) then back for a combo of weights and leg work on the ergs.
Not done the leg thing before and it was an awesome exercise. Basically, set the resistance to 8, change the display to ‘watts’ then push as hard as you can for 10 strokes, rest for a minute, repeat 5 times. I was terrible to start with, around 150 watts, everyone else was well over 200. Coach kept saying to ‘stand on it’ and this made no sense. Then I had to hold his hands and pull against him – it’s then that it made sense – I stood up – or I would have done if I wasn’t strapped to the erg……. Then it was on, by the end of the 3rd time through I’d got my watts to 299 – so close to 300. Next time……..
Friday – rest day!!!!!!
Saturday – one of the girls had said that, for a peak week, it had been an easy week…… She had clearly not been doing it properly…… So, the coach sent us for a run to Balaena Bay – sounds nice, right? Hmmmmm wrong. Get to the Bay then there’s ‘some’ stairs – this woman uses them for stair-running competitions. A kindly old man chuckled at the 7 of us as we stood at the bottom of the 360-something steps. He chuckled harder when he found out we were running them 3 times! OMG – it was a killer – there was no way I could run up them all, but then neither could anyone else! I was quick coming down though (got to be good at something…..) We got back shattered, I had to jump in the shower and run to the ferry (where I sat like a beetroot)
Sundayrowing out at Northend – perfect, no drive into town, just 2 minutes down the road. Not so great were all the sand flies biting away (itchy). We were out in an 8 again – so much easier than skulling! My major thing to work on is looking up and straight ahead, not down in the boat all the time – posture Emma!!
Peak week wasn’t as terrible as I thought it might be, but today is Monday and my quads have joined in the pain game!

Race Night!!

As night follows day, Race Day is followed by Prize Giving!

We all decided to go out for dinner before prize giving – all v sensible as it was to be BYO and there was talk of tequila from the coach…….

We went to Bin44 and I had my first experience of Wellington on a Plate – an amazing burger with matched beer – fancy!!


We gave our coach a bottle of whiskey and a T-shirt bearing our (winning) indoor rowing times as a thank you for all his hard work – you can just about read it in the pictures, but he was so busy showing it off he wouldn’t stay still!!

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Prizegiving was fun – we got a name check for winning all the classes at the indoor competition – but no trophy :-(

We already knew who had won the men (OMV), women (PWC/Spark) and mixed (Opus) races but the overall winner – between the 6 crews who won the heats was unknown. Was likely to be between Comcom and OMV men. Was 1.5 seconds in it, our coach was convinced we’d won it and as ever he was right!


So happy for the guys, totally deserved it.


The rest of the evening was spent drinking, dancing and downing shots of tequila*…



Happy days

*Just like to add I think there was something wrong with the lemons – most of us felt pretty rough the next day