Faster than the speed of light...



...or at least faster than the speed of the shutter. Here I am in front, far right (largest image),rowing 2,000 meters in 10 minutes and 34 seconds, shaving 20 seconds off my earlier score. Before we started, one of the young athletic rowers was saying she was nervous. It hadn't crossed my mind to be nervous, and I was afraid she was making me nervous. At home L said that being nervous can help athletes perform better.

The group of rowers are breast cancer survivors and previvors. For more info about ROW, go to: http://recoveryonwater.org. Thanks to the recession and a generous property owner, we have an unoccupied floor in an office building in the West Loop to practice in. Thanks to some parents of crew members from St. Ignatius high school (whose space it is), we no longer have white dust everywhere. We joked semi-seriously that breathing in the dust was was going to give us cancer. Ha ha. In trying to improve our health we would be hurdling headlong to our deaths. The parents came and covered the floor with what seems like thick cardboard made especially for covering floors. Now we just have to watch out for flakes falling from the ceiling.

3 comments:

Michelle Burns said...

Are all the people there Cancer survivors? Has rowing been a challenge and/or helped you after the surgery?

It seems like it would be really good for the upper body but also seems like it would be difficulty? Perhaps it depends on whether or not the lat muscle was used for reconstruction.

Cancer Bitch said...

Everyone on the team is a cancer survivor, except our coxswain is not. There are two "pre-vivors"--who have the BRCA gene mutation and had prophylactic mastectomies and reconstruction. We have people who've had reconstruction using fat from the abdomen and glutes, and those who've had saline and silicone implants. I had a mastectomy w/o reconstruction.
It's not that hard. I'm very uncoordinated but I've managed (slowly!!!) to figure it all out. I started rowing 2 years after surgery. It is good exercise for the upper body. Some of the members have lymphodema and wear compression sleeves.

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