Anyone In Their 70's Rowing

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Anyone In Their 70's Rowing

Postby RikR » September 2nd, 2017, 6:44 pm

Also anyone that started late in life

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Re: Anyone In Their 70's Rowing

Postby Steve1960VA » September 3rd, 2017, 8:09 am

There are some 70 YOs here, and they do quite well I might add.

Was before my time, but I think I've read that a 90 YOish guy used to post here some. Wish I'd been involved here in those days to have heard what he had to say.

I myself started erging at about 55YO. I think it's a good workout, and can be a tremendous workout, if a person's strong and fit enough to do the work. I'm very much a novice here, compared to some, but I keep plugging away and posting here and there on this forum. It's good for the community, and the forum, I think, for a wide variety of experiences and capabilities to be discussed.

Good luck to you. :)
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Re: Anyone In Their 70's Rowing

Postby joe80 » September 3rd, 2017, 10:57 am

Heading that way at 68 y.o.

We have organised a 100km 70+ large team relay at Newquay U.K. this September 24. There's 17 rowers in the squad so older rowers are not that hard to find.


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Re: Anyone In Their 70's Rowing

Postby jamesg » September 6th, 2017, 2:28 am

I'm 77 and erging when at home, 20-30 minutes a day. Started at about 13 in dinghies in the London docks, then at school in 8s and 1x, then all sorts of boats on the Cam. Nothing til 62y, after the air-braked flywheel erg was invented and refined.

The C2 erg is splendid from many points of view, can't fall in or break ribs, unlike bikes and skis. Almost as good as swimming, kayak but both need warm water. Keeps us fit and maybe stronger than otherwise, so can do almost anything else at short notice. Cured my chronic car/desk type backache as from day 1.
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Re: Anyone In Their 70's Rowing?

Postby jackarabit » September 6th, 2017, 1:41 pm

From the sub forum head and subject line of OP's previous posts, I know that RiikR's current question addresses rowing rather than erging (indoor rowing). Clear from responses that some of us begin rowing relatively late in life, often as converts from indoor rowing. The differences between our rec rooms and a tidal river are ignored at one's peril--especially by those of us whose strength, agility, and mobility have been compromised by time and by those possessing only minimal exposure to the knowledge, tradecraft and lifetime habits of watermen. No need of poster boys for the old fool rule. Get the best training you can from proficient amateurs or pro coaches.
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