Row 50:00  4.22 km (11:52 / km)
Jumped in a DRC quad with
Pat Hamner (60+) = stroke
me = 3
John Vorhies (65+) = 2
Bob Houson (70+) = bow
List of oddnesses and significant events:
* Nice calm water that was also very stinky.
* Interesting WU of 10 (somewhat fast) +10 (fast) at arms only, arms & back, 1/4 slide extra, etc.
* Pat and Bob said a prayer before the start.
* On hard turns Pat kept his non-dominant oar feathered and sliding on the surface.
* We caught up to the two boats in front of us at the railroad bridge. Meanwhile, they were banging oars trying to fit through the same span. We had to stop, turn, then go outside.
* At Lincoln street we caught an Austin boat who instead of moving to the shore, moved out into our bow and removing out bow number. We eventually got cleared and move to the lane 1, which was free of traffic.
* After the I35 bridge we were a little too close to shore and hit too big red buoys.
* At 500m Bob yelled, "Sprint!" which was surprisingly early.
* Pat, who was already zipping back and forth at 32, shortened and took it up to 34-35. The Austin boat who was a boat length back slowly moved through us. and finished a boat length up. The DRC guys blamed it on ARCs youth not considering the fact that we were rowing much less effectively.
* Pat then zipped back to the recovery dock keeping us at a 24ish.
All and all, kind of weird rowing that I wouldn't want to do all the time. That said, I still enjoyed it. Fun to do something different with different people. And kudos to them -- they are tough old dudes! Hope I'm rowing that hard, even weird rowing, when I'm 70+.