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Monthly Archives: October 2013

So how on earth did I decide to row an ocean?

It is kind of the obvious question isn’t it?  I’ll be the first to admit that this is not really an activity most people would sign up for.  In fact if you had told me 2 years ago that I was going to sign up to do this I probably would have told you you were crazy.  Why would I want to do that?  It doesn’t really sound like a pleasure cruise.

Well for me there were three ingredients to the decision to row the Pacific and when those three ingredients were mixed together it was the perfect storm.  The storm had been developing over a number of years as anyone who knows me would attest to but when that final ingredient entered the mix it was a done deal.  I was going to row an ocean.

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Decided to row an ocean – now what?

So the decision had been made and I had decided that I was going to row the Pacific Ocean for the birds.  With that done what should be first on my list of things to do?  Well there are a lot of things to consider here so the list was going to be long but one item in particular absolutely had to be at the top of my list.

You see when I signed up to row an ocean I had never actually rowed a boat in my life (let me repeat – no I am not crazy).  I think it was this little fact that shocked most people when I told them what I was planning to do.  I heard a lot of comments like “You are going to do what?  Are you crazy??”  Well no but the first thing on my list was to learn to row – obviously.

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