(The view from the library at 1pm today. So dark. Weeping.)
(the chart of the river height in Oxford since Christmas - it has to be at 6" above normal or lower to allow boats - we are... not close to that at the moment. at all. In fact, we are getting further away by the day!!)
Add in the fact that I didn't get to race last term, so Torpids will be my first boat race in literally 10 years, and... It's not the best feeling. But hey, what are you going to do? Besides grumbling about global climate change, maybe investing in a better pair of wellies, and manning up and make friends with the erg, there's not much you can do.
I've been trying my hardest with the 'making friends with the erg' part and gosh it's been hard. But I've been definitely seeing some improvement, especially on our weekly harder work out, which is usually three 2k pieces done back to back:
(last week's first effort of three: 8:02 total time for 2k and a 1:51 finish. The first time we did this I was struggling to make 8:10, and my PR is now 7:56, so I'm starting to feel a bit quicker!)
It's all coming together, slowly, but now that the weather has gone foul I have to make sure I don't get sick--again!! All this cold damp illness management makes me nostalgic for California in ways I can't even describe...
(Pembroke winter flowers trying to brighten the dreary landscape)