This Road to Rio is not going to be easy, but it definitely is going to be one worth the challenge. My friend Iz and I had our first rowing workout. Neither of us really had any idea as to what we were doing, but hey, we were there and we were making an effort. I must say I’m extremely stoked to go tomorrow – I finally have a workout partner! Now we both can keep each other motivated and accountable on this challenging but very exciting journey.

Let the games begin: As well as the sports parks and venues, the Rio de Janeiro Olympic park will also feature a 12,000 capacity waterfront lawn where sports fans can watch the games on big screens

look at how beautiful that is ❤

*sighs*…is it sad that after maybe 20 minutes (not even, maybe 15?) I already have some calluses/blisters? Well. I do.

Or the fact that we’re not even on the team yet but we are dead serious about training? Actually that’s not sad.

That’s just dedication.

As the month of January ends, that also means the beginning of my new monthly challenge! For the month of February I pledged to abstain from sugary foods/bad eating (I believe? I can’t remember.) ANYWAY. I’ve actually been eating pretty well this year; however, I do love chocolate, so this will be a good challenge for me.

Ok, additional personal blurb. So… I struggle with my weight, as most girls (and some guys, do. I don’t want to be exclusive.) For those that don’t face this insecurity or fear, I’m proud of you – you are awesome so stay that way. There are two big factors involved in rowing as far as physique go:

1) Height. Unfortunately can’t change that. I’m stuck at my solid 63’in. AKA 5’3. Sometimes 5’4 on a good day.

and of course….

2) Weight.

I haven’t done as much research as Iz on this, or rowing in general for that matter; however, for the various categories, the weight of a rower changes. Especially for a coxswain, or the teammate that sits at the end of the boat and shouts commands at the rest of the crew, there is a significant discrepancy between the two.

Coxswains clock in between 110 and 120 pounds at the heaviest. Now, I’m not saying I’ll ever be 110 pounds, and even 120 is cutting it a bit close; however, it’s a pretty good motivator, at least for me. *If you can’t tell, I’m one of those girls that unfortunately, weight is a big insecurity for me. That’s another [long] story for another day. Maybe.*

With this weight constriction/requirement, it’s really going to force me to eat HEALTHIER, a lot, and I mean A LOT healthier, and of course TRAIN a lot harder. Don’t get me wrong, I love working out, but this steps it up a notch. Starting February I’ll be adding either a morning run as well as my evening row/weight session with Iz. I’m not sure if she’ll be up for the double workout, but if that’s what the Road to Rio calls for, then I’m all in.

I know this is a short blog, and I do apologize for my lack of depth, interesting topic, etc. I will work on this. At least I’ll try.

Let’s see, before I go I’ve got a few updates:

1) I’m playing my guitar nearly everyday and doing pretty well at it…

2) I have a HUGE anatomy exam next week that I’m very, very, VERY, nervous for. Written is on Wednesday and the Practical is on Thursday.

3) Missing my family, my friends, and my guardian angel…

4) I signed up for my 2nd Half Marathon! I’ll be running it with my Pops in June (back at home). Training starts in April, but I’ll run in the meantime.

5) Skyped with my best friend yesterday…miss that crazy girl.

6) 30 more days until Spring Break not including weekends (or tomorrow).  I’m staying in Cbus during break – mostly working. Although my mom may be coming to visit me! TBA.

7) Obsessed with this song…but I can’t listen to it in front of anyone because I cry every time I hear it or sing along to it. Yes, there’s a special meaning/memory I have tied to it, and yes, it will be explained at a later day, just not today. Please listen to it if you get the chance, it’s a beautiful song and means the world to me: http://youtu.be/sDC97j6lfyc (this one is a good version too..: http://youtu.be/bLhUS_QjcZY)

I think that’s all for now. If I think of anything else I’ll make another post or something. Anyway.

Love to all. Hope everyone is doing well 🙂



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