I’ll be rowing in an online race on Sunday, along with my husband. We can’t use our Hydrow rowing machine because everyone is required to use a Concept2 rower. So, this afternoon my husband borrowed two Concept2 machines from the rowing club’s boathouse, which didn’t inconvenience anyone because the boathouse is unheated and does not get much use over the winter. He set them up in our basement, on either side of the Hydrow.

Two old Concept2 rowing machines and a new Hydrow.

They are older models, and when he came home with them, he cheerfully announced, “Dinosaurs are roaming the earth.”

We practiced on the “dinosaurs” for awhile this evening and got them adjusted as best we could. Even though they are old and creaky compared to our nice new Hydrow, I can’t really complain because we are fortunate to be able to compete in this race. In a normal year, it would be held in Boston without any online racing. So, we are both grateful for the opportunity, even if our basement now feels a bit like Jurassic Park.

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  1. This is so cool. I’ve been fascinated with the sport of rowing since reading “Boys in the Boat” — an incredible real life story. Didn’t know there was online rowing … will search that up… and have a great race! 🙌

    • Thanks! Online rowing competitions and virtual journey challenges became popular in 2020, as rowing organizations looked for alternatives to in-person races. I hope that after we get back to rowing on the water this year, there will still be at least some online rowing, too.

  2. Hi Meg, this is great! Good luck to both of you!

  3. Maybe you will meet a crazy wizard! 🙂 Hope you had fun!

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