Indoor Rowing


Excellent introductory Video


Irish Provincial Rowing Championships (Report)

Very cold day with ice. Got to UL early (8am) after a poor sleep.

Weighed 9am (74.5Kg) PTL.

First race 1000m 0959 no one my age, pulled harder than Glasgow 3.35.1.

Watched racing*, went for walk by Shannon.*

Re-weighed 1330 same weight. Race* 500m 3.08pm. Got Christian Leonard to encourage beside me. Pulled hard but 1.35.1.

Presentations soon after events, Nice medals and T shirt.*

Chris O’Connor and I M60+ 500m

Home by walking along Shannon by 5pm. Helped make supper for Rev. McGeown.

Irish Provincial Indoor Rowing Championships (preview)

This Saturday (D.V.) I compete in the 1000m and 500m sprint in the unofficial  autumn Irish championships at University of Limerick, combining the competition with a visit to the Limerick Reformed Fellowship and enjoying the hospitality of Pastor McGeown.


Where is Limerick?

University Sports Complex

In action 2016

Big screen



Last year’s sprint medallists M60 500m.


Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships 2017




My account of SIRC (Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships 2017) at Ravenscraig Sports Centre, Motherwell.


The entrance, the sports hall and the screen and machines.

Got subway and train to Motherwell then taxi to centre. When I got there racing was underway. I went to weigh in and was 74.8Kg PTL no probs. First race, 10.10am mixed 1000m men over 40 just had Stewart Fleming to row against in the M60 lightweight category. Made a fatal error in the race looking at the screen and seeing Stewart was +10-14m, thinking that means he was behind me so did not row that hard, I was wrong (this was the equivalent of looking back in a running race). I was actually behind him and was shocked when he finished in 3m 34s and me 3 secs behind. I should have seen the 1 by his name and 2 by mine. Well, maybe we’ll renew our rivalry next year. Disappointing result considering I had rowed 3m30s not long ago!

Stewart and I.

Determined to make amends in the 500m sprint with a total of 5 men including myself but all 4 of them heavyweight and myself lightweight-I’d have to go “hammer and tongs” to get a medal. Well I did! Went off hard and maintained it steady through the middle 300m being 100m in second and then in third place, putting everything into the last 100m (see video) I crossed the line in 1m34.9, my best time this year and only 0.6s off Irish lightweight record-pleased to get bronze. Next weekend is Irish provincial Champs in Limerick-can I go faster? One thing’s for sure I will read the digital screen properly and know where I am in the race.
Results: M60 1000m Lwt 1st Stewart Fleming (Tay. R.C.) 3.34.9 2nd JK 3.37.4
127 Men’s Over 60 Sprint (Mixed)
1 500 01:31.8 Raymond McAvoy NMAC (Hwt)
2 500 01:33.4 Ken Cunningham St Patricks RC (Hwt)
3 500 01:34.9 Julian Kennedy Ballymena Runners (Lwt)
4 500 01:38.4 Roger Stainforth Durham Amateur RC (Hwt)
5 500 01:46.1 Chris Smith Tay RC (Hwt)


500m race and medallists.

During the race

Ken, Ray and I the medallists on right.


18th November 15.29 post.


The medals.

Thankful to God for an enjoyable day!

Next Saturday (DV) Limerick, Ireland



A month to go!

Can’t run can row!

Less than a month to Scottish Indoor Rowing Champs in Wishaw on Nov.18th then Irish Champs in Limerick on 25th, then operation on Nov.29th in Warrington all DV. Training going reasonable but need to get down to 75Kg to make lightweight category.

Are you keeping fit as you can? Being a good steward of the body loaned you in this life, as God permits?

The Right Knee saga-no more running!


I have gone back to rowing as I always need a physical challenge and competition v self or others. As long as I don’t fully flex knee it ought to not be damaging impact. The brace has certainly eased the pain and may be a good stop gap between now and operation to permanently realine.

Proverbs 19:21 “ There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”

Proverbs 20:24 “ Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?”

Psalm 37:23  ” The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”

“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21). I have enjoyed running of all kinds over the years and even toyed with the of the idea of one last decathlon. But it is to be as the outside semi-lunar cartilage is almost  worn away, torn and loose, plus the cartilage on the end of my thigh bone is badly worn (pic. 2). Part of the reason for this is a slight misalignment leg at knee level (see pic. 1). Surgery is planned to augment the cartilage withn artificial spacer (pic. 4)and supplement that on the bone end along with a slight realignment of the by an osteotomy (bone cut-see pic. 3). After this, all high impact activities will be prohibited because they could undo all the work. So running, jumping and rowing (extreme flexion) are over. Cycling and walking should be ok. God is good and he knows what he is doing (Psalm 138:8).  


Pic.1 Normal alignment left, abnormal right (weight through outer aspect of knee). Correcting osteotomy with plate.

Pic. 2 Semi-lunar cartilages (menisci) yellow, hyaline (glass-like) articular cartilage grey (in my case all are badly worn).

Pic.3 the misalignment and it’s correction by taking out a wedge of bone from the distal femur.

Pic.4 artificial spacer put in place of meniscus.

The proposed operation



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more yet




Cartilage regeneration


Patient experience

Total Knee Replacement


Sport after TKR

Rowing after Total Knee Replacement?

Re: Knee Replacements

Postby wsmith » August 6th, 2011

i am an orthopedic surgeon with a hip replacement. rower is good for hip and knee surgery but for knee should wait until swelling is down and start with easy, smooth rowing to gain motion and flexibility (prolonged knee inflammation can lead to decreased long term motion). probably will need to wait 4-6 months until it is good to train hard, i.e. intervals, etc. getting as full motion as needed for a complete catch may be difficult and take 9-12 months. but the motion and training from early on will be good for you and good for your knee. how things will end up will depend on previous training history, age and how long and severe the disablement was from the knee arthritis. good idea to discuss with the surgeon. nowadays, high levels of exercise are usually encouraged. probably you will be amazed at how good things will feel. the rower lets joint replacement patients potentially reach tremendous fitness levels in a safe, sustainable manner: ideal in many ways. you may not achieve previous speed levels due to some decrease in motion, but won’t it feel nice to train hard without the joint pain, even if it is not perfect? hss is a good choice with a proven track record of excellence in joint replacement surgery. the type of knee is not a important as everyone makes out. many surgeons have financial interests and you should ask: “why this particular company?” what is important is that the particular knee design is not brand new, has a proven track record and the surgeon does at least 100″ish” such surgeries per year. good luck. wade smith md