Meg rowing her brand-new single for the first time. It’s an early present from me for our 30th wedding anniversary. Where did the time go. Now we have three racing sculls. His and hers singles and, our double. Her boat is named the “Pearl” and my boat is named the “Thirteenth Warrior”. And, of course, the double is the “Mr. Do!”. Here is our fleet laid out during spring training this past weekend in Oak Ridge, TN.
The Head of the Hooch 2016 was a great regatta for Meg and I. We set a personal record in our double on Saturday and I set also set PR in my single on Sunday. We’ve improved a LOT since we got our new Fluidesign 2x. We medaled in several of the head races we competed in this fall. We really enjoy racing our double. We even car-topped it to a couple of races that the club wasn’t participating in. We are much more confident rowers that we were, even compared to last year. The Tennessee River didn’t seem nearly as wide as it did the previous time we raced on it. It was good to end the season on a high note; but kinda sad that we won’t be out in our boat until sometime next year. Hopefully we will keep on improving.
Meg and I did even better at the Midwest Masters Sprints than we did at the Dogwood a few weeks ago. We medaled again and are closing in on our near term performance goals. We’re not “fast” yet; but we’re beating competing boats in both raw and net time. I also medaled in my single. It was a very good day in less than ideal conditions.
Meg and I competed in the Dogwood Regatta our first 1K sprint race since we got our new double. We had our best race ever and got a silver medal in our flight (age group). We have both really improved since our first race at the Midwest Masters two years ago. We still have a plenty of things to work on; but I guess we can’t call ourselves “beginners” anymore.
Meg and I competed in the Head of the Hooch Regatta, our season ending 5K head race, a couple of weekends ago. The “Hooch” is quite an event. There were almost 10 times as many boats entered than the next largest regatta we’ve attended. We’ve never seen a traffic jam of racing sculls before. And the Tennessee River is BIG! We certainly didn’t ever envision ourselves rowing on such a large waterway when we first got started a few years ago. Our new Fluidesign double scull is magnificent and very stable (for a high-performance racing scull). But, I even raced the dilapidated club single I like to row and its kinda tippy. We’ve both come a long way since our first LTR class.
Meg and I competed in our first ever 5K head race this past weekend. We’ve done “sprints” before; but this was our first longer race. Rowing almost seven miles on the Scioto river wasn’t as scary as it seemed it would be when we were there for the race in June. We’re definitely a lot more comfortable in the boat than we were last year.
Meg and I competed in our first ever rowing competition this weekend. We certainly didn’t plan on racing when we signed up for learn to row; but we improved faster than we thought we would so we felt comfortable entering a regatta. We still need a lot of practice; but we’ve got great teamwork.
Tara receiving her diploma for a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing! Meg and I are now the proud parents of TWO college graduates. The years went by in the blink of an eye! It doesn’t seem that long ago when the kids were only just starting elementary school. Congratulations Tara!
Mom, Dad, Brandon and Tara at dinner Dad’s 80th birthday dinner celebration at Fleming’s Steakhouse. It was a great time. Today is his actual birthday. We celebrated one day early.