Hello world!

This isn’t the only rowing blog on the web, but I hope to make it THE blog for rowers, scullers, and their coaches. Please feel free to share your joy and frustrations with the sport, your knowledge and questions, your stories and poems, training do’s and don’ts… anything you like as long as it pertains to rowing, is in good taste, and is not a blatant commercial for some worthless product. I’m not one for a lot of legal mumbo-jumbo, so please don’t post anything here that you wouldn’t want your 12-year-old daughter or your mother to see or read and we’ll all get along just fine.

Some of you out there may actually know me. But what kind of distinction that is I couldn’t say, because I’m certainly not a rower of any merit. Anyway, if you do know who I am, it’s probably because we’ve met at Worchester, in Boston for the HOCR, or some other regatta, the USRowing Convention, or Jim Joy’s Conference, but certainly not because you ever saw me getting ahead of anybody on the water or on a C2.

In my day-job of Marketing Director for SuperSportSystems I’ve gotten to know quite a few of you over the last few years… both rowers and coaches. And I have to say, all of us are an intrepid, if not looney lot. Leaving a cozy bed at the crack of dawn (or even earlier), training when it’s too hot or too cold, or when you’re too pooped to pop. But it is fun, isn’t it? Actually, more than fun.

There’s something blissfully poetic about gliding across a liquid silver lake as the mist swirls before your bow, melting in the rising sun. And then there’s the gloriously Spartan side of rowing too… about learning how to control the overwhelming primal urge to throttle your coxswain, or learning how to ignore the frost at the end of your nose, or your worn-out bottom when it’s a hundred and six and you’ve been rowing since Christmas.

Anyway, I just wanted to start things rolling. From here on it’s up to you!

Bill Lilling, your moderator