one of the many bridges that we pass under while practicing on the allegheny river / i was on the launch tonight
one of the nicest things about working dahntahn* is the vast offerings for dining – both cuisine & place / my favored place is out in the sun at either market square <no available table today!> or ppg plaza \ which is where i enjoyed my first day of lunch out! \ it was 93 degrees F at 5pm today! /the polar vortex is a distant memory of negative degrees!
it was definitely sunscreen weather & the air was warm even on the allegheny river at rowing practice / alas for rowers, the forecast does not look good for sunday / the forecasted waterflow is 108 kcfs! \ to compare, the waterflow at 1:30 pm today was 19.3 kcfs / and the safety zone matrix has max 60 kcfs within the safety limits given certain conditions / if the forecast is realized, our boathouse at washington’s landing will likely be flooded & our equipment will need to be moved to higher ground \ let’s hope we won’t get torrential rain in the next few days!
latebreaking news: sadly, the pittsburgh penguins lost to the philly rangers <2-1> and ends their season
*pittsburghese for downtown
it is just 2.5 miles from downtown pittsburgh where i work to the lambert boathouse yet it took 20 minutes to get there / and this was a good day \ the wait in traffic is so long one can take pictures of the rowers at practice <with the coach on the launch closeby> / i miss the past two years when the 31st street bridge was under construction & was open only to those with any business at washington’s landing | residents, office workers & rowers / first, no traffic and second, a great view of the rowers & scullers in their shells with the pittsburgh skyline as backdrop \ and i remember one beautiful full moon night on my way home from practice / back then you can get out of the car & take pics / i should have done so….
i was in dragon boat camp when my rowing team had its first practice on the river \ we went out last tuesday & i rowed starboard / i was fine when we rowed on the square but come time to feather, my left wrist just had no memory or strength to be able do it well \ so on this sunny sunday morning on the allegheny river, i was back as port | i’ve dropped my ambition of being bisweptual / though i am still interested in learning to scull
was what i forgot to say first as we were preparing to get on our 65-foot shell \ but disaster, or rather the embarrassment of flipping a boat by the dock, was averted as my rowers yelled it for me / it was my first time to cox and conditions were far from ideal \ the strong winds this morning on the allegheny river was producing what is cleverly called “wind waves” / from wikipedia:
Wind waves have a certain amount of randomness: subsequent waves differ in height, duration, and shape with limited predictability. They can be described as a stochastic process, in combination with the physics governing their generation, growth, propagation and decay—as well as governing the interdependence between flow quantities such as: the water surface movements, flow velocities and water pressure.
relive the nasty wind waves & our theo troubles <#3’s foot stretchers came off>
i am very bad with spatial directions especially if it involves a vehicle and so: < direction-challenged novice cox + choppy waters + no coxbox + theo > made for an interesting practice / unfortunately for my teammates, it turned out to be more like an on-the-water coxing clinic and today is our last daylight practice before our final head race \ steering with the rudder took most of practice time to get used to / i could not overcome mixing up commands: use bow or #2? who should be holding water, who should be backing? \ i could see the frustration in my stroke, an experienced <rower*sculler*cox> practically the shadow cox / but despite the havoc that the wind waves brought and the fact that we were on theo, the team rowed well and she stayed set / thank you, rowers <especially stroke>
my physique is a distinct disadvantage for a rower but perfect for a coxswain / i am almost sure my coaches and teammates would have preferred that i turn my passion from rowing to coxing especially during races where my lineup has been, consistently this year, d.f.l. \ well, i can see how coxing can be attractive too / today i was simply steering so as not to crash on anything but an experienced cox not only steers but co-plans with the coach on strategy, executes the strategy, is on-the-water coach, motivates and boosts morale, and can be the key to winning a race