EBRC P(row)file: Jen

Nov 4: Jen, Val, Carla, and Allison
2015 nov4+: Jen, Val, Carla, and Allison

Q: When did you start rowing, and why?

A: I came in as a complete novice in 2014.

My partner had been on the men’s team for two years when I asked him to show me how to use our erg. He suggested I take advantage of the coaches’ instruction at the upcoming National Learn To Row Day clinic, and I signed up for the novice session that followed.

After two weeks with Coach Sara, I knew this was something I wanted to do; by my first race season, I was completely hooked…and shocked. My athletic background is limited to dance and color guard in my youth and periodic running for stress management.

Q: What’s your favorite EBRC story?

A: That time we beat Marin in a janky old tub of a sternloader 4+.

Q: What’s the best thing you’ve learned from a coach (so far)?

A: This is a tough one. I call Coach Sara the quotable coach: “You can never have too much love, chocolate, or bend on the oar.” She’s also taught me more about power application than anyone; you don’t know how much drive you’ve got in your legs until Sara holds you to 8spm and yells, “STAND ON IT.”

Q: What do you do when you’re not rowing?

A: I’m a content strategist and a mom to a preschooler who pretends to row with a laundry basket and a Swiffer.

Q: How old are you right now?

A: I’m 38 in real time and 39 in USRowing years.

Q: Port or starboard?

A: Yes! Any boat, any seat, any day.

Q: Why do you row?

A: Short answer: I want to be good at the hard, beautiful thing.

Moving a boat well takes a lot of the same skills as living well. Sure, it’s a sport, and strength, technique, and fitness all matter. But focus, commitment, accountability, adaptability, respect, trust, and pushing my own limits—practicing all of these, every week, is important to me.