28 days and counting..... After an unseasonably warm February, I had grand plans for a gentle March with beautiful, warm, sun drenched days training on the water. The expression for March “in like a lion, out like lamb” did not prove true. But today was glorious!! After a hearty breakfast, I trailered the boat to the Yankee Rowing Club in Hadley and launched it in the swift running Connecticut River just as the Amherst College crew were returning from their early morning training row. Anxious to know how the skiff would handle and how I would feel in a boat that is such a departure from my much sleeker rowing shell, I set off up river against the current and into the wind for 12 miles to Sunderland. Thankful to return with the current and the wind, I eased up on analyzing boat performance and technique adjustments, to enjoy the cloudless sky, warm sun, and spectacular sightings of migrating water fowl. In the end I covered 24 miles in 6 hours. Not bad for the first run. The boat handled great, and my body held up! Next weekend, I will add 100 pounds and will shoot for 30 miles, weather permitting! For the work week, back to erg. Ugh.