Patricia Carswell |

Life on the river: lessons from lockdown

Award-winning blogger and journalist, Patricia Carswell, will be sharing her latest rowing adventures in her new exclusive British Rowing blog – Life on the river.

Welcome to Life on the River! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a pint-sized, late-onset rowing fanatic who in the space of 10 years went from exercise refusenik to river-obsessive.

To be clear, I’m still no athlete. I may even hold some sort of record for the most unsuccessful novice ever – it took me 35 races to win my first pot. But rowing has me in its thrall. It’s given me a fitness I never thought possible, a bunch of brilliant friends and membership of a super-supportive global community. Small wonder, then, that the extended break from rowing, first with the apocalyptic flooding and now the pandemic, has been immensely frustrating. I am, however, a great believer in benefiting from difficult experiences (those 35 races were an excellent apprenticeship). So, here’s what I’ve learned during lockdown.


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