Patricia Carswell |

Life on the River: new year, new resolutions

Award-winning blogger and journalist, Patricia Carswell, shares her three resolutions for 2021 in her exclusive British Rowing blog – Life on the river

In previous years, if I’ve bothered to make resolutions at all they’ve invariably been of the me-me-me variety. I’ll get fitter. I’ll train harder. I’ll rest more. I’ll improve my erg score (or stop stressing about it, depending on the year).

This year, though… this year everything is different. Rowing has been tested to its limits, first by catastrophic flooding and then by the pandemic. It’s been tough for everyone, from octogenarian social rowers lost without their weekly catch-up to GB squad members missing the Olympics. Yet it’s in the hard times that we learn most about ourselves, and there are lessons I feel I must carry forward into 2021. So, my top three resolutions for 2021 have a rather different flavour.


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