You're probably still reading this because you think I am crazy. Either that or you think I am brave and you're curious to learn more about why I would want to do this.
Well, you came to the right place. Even I think I am crazy. I call this my absurd dream. The funny thing is, I haven't signed up for the race I want to participate in. I don't have any money. I don't have a boat. I just have a dream...an absurd dream. It's big, it's daring, it's crazy, but...it's MY crazy dream.
You might be wondering what got me into this...well, here you go.
In December 2017, I randomly heard about this challenge, with people crossing the Atlantic Ocean. I was obsessed with following their boat trackers across the ocean for a couple weeks. I went to my husband and told him I wanted to row across an ocean. He said, "how serious are you?"
I said, "75%". He said, "okay".
I forgot about it two weeks later.
Fast forward to December 2018 and the same thing happened. I saw the race, watched the dots, and this time I didn't say anything until about three weeks later.
I went to my husband and said, "I want to row across an ocean".
He said, "How serious are you this time?"
I responded, "95%".
He said, "oh, you're serious".
Ever since, I couldn't get it out of my head, I read three books in a month, and usually, I read two books a year. I researched and read everything I could. I watched movies about it. I looked at how to find a boat. Everything I could learn, I tried to learn. So clearly, I was into it.
Needless to say, at the time of writing this, it's been a few months, I still haven't signed up, and who knows if I will. But, I am researching, I am learning as much as I can, I am talking to other ocean rowers, and I still have my absurd dream.
Along the way, I decided I wanted to help people find their love of rowing. Regardless of their reason, we all find our way into new adventures and dreams. Mine was a rollercoaster of hating rowing, loving it, hating it, and loving it again. I am sure after being stuck on an ocean rowing boat for 3+ months I will fall back into the hate category, but I also believe I will find my way back to the love part. Either way, my mission in life is four-fold.
1. Help people learn to row and row without aches and pains so they can enjoy it just like I do.
2. Love what I do and put my love of physical therapy and rowing together.
3. Follow-through on my dreams, which currently, is to row across the Atlantic Ocean.
4. Share my story and make it easy for other people to row across an ocean if that is what their heart desires.
So, follow along on my podcast if you want to learn more about where I am in my Ocean Rowing adventure and to hear from other ocean rowers. There's only an episode twice a month right now, but it'll pick up as I get closer to my dream date.
Please reach out to me and tell me your story, your love/hate relationship with rowing, ask questions, or even just to say you think I am nuts. I will respond even if you think I'm crazy.
Thanks for following along and learning my WHY.
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!