10 Surprising Facts About Rowing – Part 1

Races always start early

Whether practising before school, university lectures, or work, there’s no doubt about it: rowing is for the early riser. If you’re the type of person who enjoys waking up late, you should think about choosing a different sport.

All your practice time comes down to just a few short minutes

In the entire four years of preparation for the Olympics, the one moment that really matters is the Olympic final. So, all those hours or practice, every early morning call, and hours and hours of training during the winter is all about just those final six minutes. If a team fails to perform during those six minutes, each of the four years that led up to it amounted to nothing.

Based on this, it’s understandable that a competitor might feel trepidation during the odd training session. It can be difficult to maintain a feeling of positivity knowing that there may be nothing to show at the end of all the hard work. The only way that they can give themselves a chance would be to utilise any negative emotions to push themselves forward. Of course, that’s easier said than done.

Being the best on the team isn’t always a benefit

When it comes to rowing, a team member’s biggest dreams are in the hands of someone else. And vice versa. It’s more of a team sport than any other in that sense. If a team wins, they win as a team. The same goes for losing.

There’s no point in being the best on the team. The perfect scenario would be to be guaranteed a place but as one of the team’s weaker members. That way, that rower would be swinging off their teammate’s coattails down the course. Well, it’s one way to look at it.

It’s a great way to get fat

When rowers are in full training, they consume a diet of roughly 5-6,000 calories per day over five meals in order to provide energy for their six hours of physical exercise. After a certain point, it no longer becomes anything at all to do with taste but simply a way to fuel the body. When a rower retires, however, their body has become used to eating five times a day. The problem, of course, is that they are no longer in training. That’s a way to go from fit to fat in no time at all.

Rubbing a woman’s tights is a no-no

When spending five, or even fix, hours per day with a weights bar or a wooden oar handle in their hands, a worker tends to find their huge hands covered in calluses. Rubbing their partner’s legs when they’re wearing tights can ladder the legwear in a single stroke.

Unfortunately, those hands are more suited for tasks typically associated with a pumice stone. When the rower starts going to the same shop on a regular basis, they might just find that those serving them drop their change in their hands, as opposed to making contact with them.