What to expect in the autumn/winter months
However, despite the turn in the weather and the evenings becoming shorter, on-water rowing is still very much taking place and during the next few months we promise that you’ll be able to witness some amazing sunrises and sunsets, whilst enjoying the company of your teammates and friends. Now is a great time to get down to your local club as everyone will have returned from the summer holidays, so there will be a lot of hubub within your local boathouse!
Head on down to your local club to go for an outing and then put your feet up in the clubhouse after to have a nice warm cuppa and a natter! Rowers love to chew the fat after an outing and with Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas all fast approaching, there are a lot of social events which you’ll be able to get involved with.
For those of you who joined over the summer months, we very much hope you’re having a fantastic time and that you’ll be able to experience your first taste of racing sometime soon.
Here are a few tops tips for the colder months:
Make sure you’re wearing plenty of layers! It’s better to wear a few layers at the start of your outing and then you can always peel kit off. If it's your first time trying the sport, be sure to wear something that is tight fitting - avoid wearing hoodies or anything with pockets. If you know the sport is for you, then it might be worth investing in some technical layers which will keep you both warm and dry - have a look at your clubs’ splash jackets and gilets. We would also recommend bringing along a beanie hat or ear warmers, you can lose a lot of body heat through your head, plus some thick socks to keep your feet as warm as possible in the boat. Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes, just in case!
Bring along a travel cup so that you can have a nice warm cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate after a session. This will also give you an opportunity to warm up your hands whilst socialising with your crew mates.
As soon as you get in your boat you'll find that you'll warm up quite quickly, but for those days when it gets really cold you could always take along a mini hot water bottle with you, just tuck it into your lycra to keep your lower back warm. The colder weather may mean you feel less thirsty, but that does not mean you don’t need hydration. Be sure to keep drinking water!
Warming up before a session during these months is vitally important. Whether that be sitting on a rowing machine to get your muscles moving or doing a few warm up exercises together as a crew, warming up will mean that you won't head into your boat already feeling cold and it will help avoid injury.
If this is your first experience of rowing in the cooler weather conditions, don’t panic! Your club will have a weather plan in place and your captain will have checked the weather forecast to be sure that it’s safe to be out on the water. Unless there are high winds, tides or ice you’ll be good to hit the water!
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