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18 Secrets Rowers Will Never Tell You

We've all endured the same grueling training sessions and early morning starts.

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3. You've had so many blisters on your hands you can't remember what smooth skin feels like.

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And you feel secretly proud of yourself that you keep on powering through, anyway.

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5. Your coach has strange ideas about what constitutes a "motivational" quote.

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Just what you want to be reading directly above a note listing your power strokes for the session.

7. A room full of Concept 2's will always fill you with dread.

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But in the gym you can annoy the hell out of every non-rower who is taller and stronger than you, because you can still erg faster.

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12. You've felt like this at the end of a race...

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... and then realised that you've got to row back the same distance to the start before you can get your boat off the water.

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14. If you're sitting from 2 to Stroke it is perfect reasonable for your coach to ask you to get the person sitting behind you "soaking wet" while you're doing technical exercises.

17. You know that Henley is about more than dressing up in boat club blazers and drinking too much Pimm's.

18. Rowing means that you don't have a social life outside the boat club.

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But none of this really matters, because through all of the pain, freezing cold and 5am starts, you’ve made best friends for life.

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