Thursday, May 2, 2013
Book Review: Sculling In A Nutshell
Since the weather seems to be taking a turn for the better, at least in my neck of the woods, I think it is time to focus on training outdoors. Summer to me means rowing, running and being outside as much as I can. Today I want to tell you about a great book that just came out about rowing on the water.
I met the author, Gordon Hamilton at the Florida Rowing Center. This is where I first got exposure to sculling and much of this was under Gordon's watchful eye. As a first exposure to the sport I was a bit overwhelmed and a lot of the teaching has been forgotten or was never fully processed in the first place. Yeah it happens, and we all need a reminder. Enter "Sculling in a Nutshell". This was a much needed refresher for me. I have read several books on the subject between working with Gordon at the FRC and purchasing this particular book. I love this book. It serves to remind me and at the same time re-teach me the lessons I learned previously. I found myself thinking "Oh, so that is what he was saying". Now that I can read and re-read at my leisure it really gets a chance to sink in. Gordon has a very unique way of looking at sculling and his teaching may seem a little different, unlike what you may have learned from others. Suffice it to say, this book is a worthwhile investment for the veteran rower or the novice. There is a lot of good information here. If you are a rower go buy it. I bought my copy on amazon.com. Better yet if you can, next winter or spring, escape the cold and go to the Florida Rowing Center. Here is a link. You can have Gordon sign your copy.