I want to let you in on a little bit of my story...because my story is what makes me who I am today. And honestly, if you're going to be learning or chatting with someone, it's always nice to know a little about them and why they want to help in the first place. It's one of the reason's that I love being a Physical Therapist, because I get to work with my clients, one-on-one, multiple times a week and we really get to know each other. There are a few people out there helping rowers, and I want you to make sure you follow people you relate to and who are truly able to help you. So here is a little bit about me and why I love rowing.
I got started with rowing when I was at boarding school in 2001. I actually hated rowing my first season, as all I cared about was the upcoming basketball season and rowing was a means to an end. At the beginning of the basketball season, I broke my ankle, for the second time, and I was benched for the rest of the year as I had surgeries and recoveries. However, even though my ankle was fixed, I was never really as quick on my feet as I used to be in basketball. Sophomore and junior year, I did rowing in the spring and the fall, and I was glad I did as rowing is where I found the ability to be good at something again. I got into the Varsity boat and loved every second of it.
There is something about being in a boat with four other people, with only one of them allowed to talk, and just rowing together in silence, that is quite amazing. The fact that it was a team sport that required no talking, and precision to make a boat go faster was amazing to me. I continued to row every season I could throughout the rest of high school because I enjoyed it, and not because I had to, like I did when I started.
Once I got into college, I was put into a boat with all newbies and once again, I was miserable. I was with eight other people who all talked over each other and complained about being awake at 5 AM to row. I had specifically chosen a school with a rowing team, and I was already questioning my love for rowing and my desire to continue rowing.
Tomorrow, I'll fill you in on how my rowing career took a turn for the worst but I found something else to get me to where I am today.
See ya tomorrow.
Amanda Painter is the Rowing Doc. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and is here to help people stay active and rowing without aches and pains so they can keep doing what they love!