So as you might already know I’m a rower. It’s a tough sport but oddly addictive! We are currently on a break. The season has ended, we’re resting our sore bodies but also thinking of next season. It’s important for us to rest but not to get complacent during these restful weeks off. Come September, we are back into one big melting pot again. Boats, crews, seat positions; all go out the window. At least for us it does. We’re too new to have any properly formed crews anyway, we can just about sit the boat! You have to stay on top of your game to guarantee your position in the crew. To make sure you make the cut. For some that’s getting stronger (squats galore!), for others it’s practicing technique. For me, well it means getting lighter.
I know what you’re all thinking. Screaming at your moniters/tablets/phones. I’m sure you are quick to say that it’s ridiculous, that I’m a healthy sized woman and I don’t need to lose weight, that I shouldn’t try to be too thin. But I promise you I will not be too thin. I promise you it is not for vanity reasons. It’s about my racing and giving me a chance to compete well.
I should explain…
You see, there are two weight categories in rowing. Lightweight and heavyweight. Heavyweight women are borderline 6 ft (if not more) and are 59 kilos or heavier. Lightweight women are usually 5 ft 7 or shorter and are below 59 kilos. The reason they have two categories is that weight and height are major players in how strong a rower can pull. It’s all physics! And it would be unfair to pit the tall women against the short ones because they have a definite physical advantage from the get go.
I’m 5 ft 4 and 63 kilos. Height wise I fall into the well into lightweight category but I’m currently racing heavyweight and since I was only starting off that was fine. But we have new members joining, we are going up in the league and I will be competing against taller, stronger women more and more. In my own crew and beyond. To give myself the advantage I need to be light, I need to be quick and I need to be very fucking fit! It means eating better (I just had a Chinese), it means long cardio sessions, it means working on my lung capacity. But I want to do it, I want to give myself the best chance possible. I’m heading into my second year and I need to lift it up a gear.
If you guys don’t mind I was going to use Bitch Mittens to help document my progress, keep me on track and vent when necessary. I hope you enjoy the journey to the stronger, leaner more bad ass version of me.