Several years ago, my friend Elizabeth Burke and I rowed twice a week through the Seattle winter. We ventured out without fail as dawn was breaking - rowing two single shells or a double. We'd row from the Fremont Bridge to the Chittenden Locks and back, or maybe across Lake Union and on to Lake Washington. Sometimes we'd come back to our home at the Lake Washington Rowing Club and wipe the ice off our boats. But we always came back with an irrefutable sense of moral superiority! We'd done it again!

Rowing - particularly Rowing Through the Winter - provides a richness of metaphors...instructive in my life as a Family Physician and the Home Dialysis CarePartner for my profoundly ill husband, Steve Williams. Now that Steve is gone, rowing reminds me of consistency and focus - so critical during grieving. Rowing requires balance, as does my life.

Row with me this winter. Linda Gromko, MD

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We're Sweeping Again!

SweepSkills is now underway. With Patty serving a double shift as coxswain, we took our group out in an eight. Most of the group came from last year's Novice Women.

We weren't perfect, but we sure had fun. We got great exercise - and we certainly looked better on the way back than on the way out!

George is an excellent coach - committed, kind, and specific with suggestions that make a difference.

Best of all, this is a group of all skill levels that meets at the decent hour of 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We could use some more testosteterone; this isn't a women-only program. But it's a great opportunity for people who want more sweep experience without the "0-dark-thirty" feature.

Join us Thursday; we'll be getting better each time!

Take care,
Linda Gromko, MD

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