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Mari vs. Crash-B 2017

Mari vs. Crash-B 2017

By Mari Friend
February 16-13 was a big snowstorm in the eastern US, & CRASH-B, the 2K World Indoor Rowing Championships, was Sunday, the 12th in Boston. It was a wild fun weekend!

My flights (going & coming home) were both cancelled due to the weather & rebooked. Then both replacement flights were delayed–but oh so grateful to get those replacement flights! Oh, also wind closed the Hood Canal Bridge for 8 hours right before I needed to go to SeaTac–very stressful.

Big distraction on my group’s ergs–a man from the previous race was very slow & he was still rowing when we were trying to set up our ergs. (The races start every 15 minutes & he took 14:46.) I was actually sitting facing backward when the “Rowers Sit Ready” command was given! When I turned around forward, I noticed the feet & damper settings were both too low. Nothing to do but grab the handle, tighten the foot straps & hope for the best!

Mari at Ergomania (Row2K photo)

 

 

Well, it wasn’t my best–I had rowed 8:48.1 (14 seconds faster) two weeks earlier at Ergomania, our regional race in Seattle. So I am very happy about that!

Post Script….After all that (and fighting a cold, as I recall), ¬†Mari’s time wasn’t her personal best, but weeks later during an online¬†challenge, she put in her fastest time ever, beating her own record. We’re proud of you Mari, thanks for representing the Rats in such a prestigious event!