The ultimate double practice: 6k erg test, then eighteen holes!
Today was the 14th annual US Rowing Golf Outing and Auction at the Bedens Brook Country Club. This event raises funds that help cover transportation, meals and other costs associated with training for and going to the World Championships. The US rowers help out by accompanying a golf foursome as they make their way around the course (I don’t think “caddy” is the appropriate term, as most of us know nothing about golf!).
This year, Ellen Tomek and I were paired with our favorite physical therapists/miracle workers, Marc Nowak and Dino Pinciotti. The company was fabulous, the golf course was beautiful, the pre-golf brunch and post-golf dinner were absolutely delicious; in spite of my tired legs, I had a marvelous time, and accrued a newfound respect for the skill and stamina required to golf eighteen holes!
I think a few people deserve a special shout-out:
-A special thanks to Dr. Hosea (sports physician extraordinaire) for hosting this fabulous event
– Jenny Barnes, the only one of us who has ever played golf: she stepped in to fill out a foursome, and ended up being the only golfer—male or female—to make it inside the ten-foot circle at the betting hole! Good work JBarnes!
-Anna Goodale: When she saw the popularity of her auction donation (a commissioned painting), she graciously agreed to extend her donation to three paintings, which sold for $3000. EACH. Combined with the beautiful Oars painting also up for auction, Anna raised $11,000 for US Rowing. Thank you for your generosity, Anna!
P.S. About the 6k: Ouch. The hard week of training, combined with the high humidity, made this test one of the more painful experiences I’ve had in a while. It was definitely a mental exercise in toughness; while I didn’t get a PR, I was proud that I stayed focused for the entire piece. Here’s hoping for better luck next time! (cooler weather wouldn’t hurt, either!)