Morning Rows Are Underway
It's 5:30am and the alarm goes off. I click snooze and then thirty seconds later I pop up in a panic worried that I slept way too long. I’m worried that I’m late and eight rowers are waiting at the boathouse for me, but I check my phone and it's only 5:31. Does this happen to you four days a week as well? No? Maybe that's just a rower thing.
After wiping the sleep out of my eyes and brushing my teeth while being half asleep, I slip on my toque and put on my warm gear and walk down to the boathouse. Before I know it I’m in front of my teammates and ready to go. The energy is contagious and with no time to spare we warm up, high five each other and get our hands on the boat.
Walking down to the dock we get our heads in the game; we're ready to go and ready to row. After a short warm up we line up with ten other boats besides us. We then sprint off the line and fly to the finish. After a typical 4x5 minutes or a 3x1500m or even a 2x30 minutes we’re exhausted, we’re hungry but we’re surely awake. After a team breakfast in Crooks Hall we head back to our dorms to shower and get ready for school and, after school, we row again. Because, of course, a typical day goes like this: row, eat, school, row, eat, sleep, repeat!
With our Brentwood Regatta coming up and then Shawnigan Regatta, all this work will lead up to CSSRA in June. All the hours, all the sweat, all the pain, all of this pays off in the end. If you want to be the first to cross the line you have to put in the early morning grind.
Emma H, Allard ‘18