Row row row your boat in London! (part 2)

Row row row your boat in London! (part 2)

Learn to Row 2

After the “Learn to Row 1 course” our boat liked the rowing so much that we decided to carry on together. Well the same crew minus one (who moved to Germany but pledged to carry on at Rhine Canals). We wanted to keep to our weekday evening slot and Top row was very accommodating. Even though they had not been planning to schedule a course at this time, when they realized we had a group of three, they just made it happen for us.

We were over the moon that we could carry on as a crew and with our own instructor Will who is amazing!

In the second course, we got a bit more used to getting the boat ready quicker. We enjoyed longer rowing and focusing on fine tuning our technique. The stroke need to be as long as possible so we practiced that over and over. Our pace was getting better and rowing smoother.

It was November and December, so the weather is getting colder. I thought to get gloves and hat. Which helped. Remember, rowers are a bit like runners, once you start moving you get warm really quickly.

Our group was scheduled after work start 6pm. At this time of the year, we always row in dark. The boarding place is quite well lit, and then each boat have a compulsory light on the back and the front. Our instructor said it is fun rowing in the dark. You have to rely more on your senses. He was completely right. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience.The river is so different when it’s dark. It is magical. I enjoy the peace and stillness of being in the middle of the water. Oh and burning some calories as well.

Our course is about to end, but we are looking forward for Learn to Row 3 starting in March already:)  

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Row row row your boat in London!

Row row row your boat in London!

I love living near the river in Putney, we walk along side it a lot and often see rowers out on the Thames. I used to think that rowing was some sort of secret society, that unless you start at school you can never get in. Luckily I was wrong and Toprow London have shown me just how easy and accessible it is to start rowing.Their beginner level rowing courses are practically available to everyone.

It is fair to say that rowing is a sport and due to it happening on water a little dampness will be involved! So the courses are for anyone willing to get their hands a bit dirty (damp).

I started my first course in September 2018 on a weekday at 6pm with 3 other plucky rowers. At that time we were really lucky with the sunny weather and experienced plenty of beautiful sunsets.

We had a good crew and all got along really well. With each passing lesson we learned a bit more and by the end (of the first course) we were able to row continuously, fast and quite comfortably all the way from Putney bridge to Hammersmith bridge which is a good 5 miles in total.

The thing I enjoy the most about rowing is that it is a team sport and you must be in tune with your fellow rowers, otherwise you won’t achieve anything.

The sensation of rowing together at the same pace is really calming, it is a restorative experience doing this as a group. Carrying the boat, cleaning the boat. Everything is done together.

In our first course we were blessed with good weather, but how do you cope with when the weather gets worse? The answer is simple. By that time you are so hooked on rowing, that you don’t mind a bit of a rain or icy wind and besides the rowing keeps you warm.

I was looking forward to learning more on the “Learn to Row 2 Course”.

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