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

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Greenlake Regata Gives "Rowing Through the Winter" New Meaning

The LWRC Senior Women had their boat all rigged and ready to go at the St. Patrick's Day Greenlake Regata Saturday, March 17. Our oars were at the dock. We were psyched and ready to go.

Granted, it was 36 degrees out. Rain and then SNOW(!) pelted our team...and all the other groups from clubs all over the northwest.

Kim with puppy Watson, Megan, Virginia, Carol, Bunny, Cindy, Linda, and Connie:
Soggy but smiling, the LWRC Senior Women look forward to another race day!

Suddenly, the whole regatta was cancelled - on account of wind gusts, white caps, and snow. After an eight was swamped the other morning on Lake Union, we all appreciate that "safety first" counts.

We are certainly hoping for better weather for our Learn to Row event next week with Queen Anne Medical Weight Loss!

Take care,
Linda Gromko, MD

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