Meet Nora Consani, aka “Machine Nora.” She loves the erg and the effort it demands like no one else. Nora found rowing in college at LMU and continues to savor the pain of rowing at East Bay.
When did you start and why?
I started in September 2016; it was my senior year at Loyola Marymount University. The Novice coach had sent a school wide email to all women offering them the chance to play a collegiate sport without any prior experience. I had always wanted to be a college athlete so I literally asked myself, “why not?” and the rest is history.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned from a coach (so far)?
“Rowing is like putting money in the bank.” Justin Price was the head coach at LMU and he always said this followed by “it’s all about how fast can we go on May 13th?” (May 13th was the WCC’s) The other thing he said only once or twice but has stuck with me is his kerosene and fire pit reference. In summary he said everyone’s hands are in the fire. And people slowly start to take their hands out because the pain gets to be too much. When the pain becomes too much and more and more people are taking their hands out, that’s when we pull out some kerosene from our pockets and pour it on the fire. Adding fuel to the fire until it is something else. Only then can we begin to think about taking our hands out. But we don’t because we want to be the ones who can take the pain the longest and ask for more when it becomes too much to take.
What’s your favorite EBRC story?
When McKenzie caught her foot on the rigger getting out of the 4 at Gold Rush and went face first into the water. My front row seat was awesome and her face was priceless!