- You know that Vogalonga is not a tribe in Papua New Guinea.
- When you competed internationally, you wondered what it would be like to row on those lakes or rivers next to those mountains on your own time, without buoyed lanes and a coxswain screaming at you.
- Whenever you bump into another rower outside your club or circle, one of the first things you get asked is “Where have you rowed lately?”
- People often comment on your broad shoulders, strong legs or general physique, anywhere you are in the world.
- Every time you see water anywhere . . . like River Thames in England or a lake in Italy, you see yourself rowing on it.
- You are an early riser, even when on holiday. Rowing writer Gloria Difulvio explains on Medium.
In winter, you do other types of activities to stay fit, but you can’t stop thinking of rowing in a warm-weather destination, say, with palm trees, or tropical forests, or quetzals in the treetops or . . . sigh
- When people start singing to you “Row, Row Your Boat” or make puns about sculls or oars, oar oars (see what I did there–oar instead of or?), you find yourself mildly annoyed. Like now.
- When you read about some rower circling the U.K. or breaking a record for crossing the Atlantic or doing some incredible rowing feat, you are curious and want to read about it, and begin to imagine what it might be like to row there…