South Norwalk to Milford - 7 hours, 22.4 miles
My training in Liv continues, and I seem to be falling into a pattern of several short rows (1-2 hours) in mornings during the week, capped off with a long row on Saturday or Sunday.
This week was no different, culminating in a 7+ hour row yesterday from South Norwalk, CT to Milford, CT, where my Colgate friends Sheila, Dan, and Katy picked me up in with my truck and trailer.
I spent Friday night on the boat (a first) and though I was tied at the dock the night was pretty uneventful. I was off the dock by 5:30 and had cleared Norwalk harbor by 6:30 when I stopped for a breakfast of granola, blueberries, and milk.
It turned into a hot, muggy, and hazy day, and the 10-15 mph W to SW winds that were forecast never showed up. At 9:30AM I put on a shirt and some sunscreen (70 spf), which was a good idea as the temperature topped out over 90 degrees.
After breakfast, I made the mistake of rowing almost six hours straight (until 12:30), which was a mistake. The water I had brought tasted like it had sat in a rubber hose for a while (it had), which along with the heat left me feeling on the verge of puking for most of the trip. I also should have eaten much more while I was rowing, but the food I had needed to be cooked, and I didn't feel like stopping to boil water...not a good combination.
Notes for next time:
- Rest more
- Eat more
- Drink more
- Bring food that's easier to eat
- Bring cleaner water- Don't fight the tides and Housatonic River after 7 hours of rowing