Coxswain.

I called it.

A coxswain is the steersperson of a ship's boat, lifeboat, racing boat or other boat.

 

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Like an outrigger canoe.

What better way to work your core, especially against the current, and with temperatures steadily on the increase in the Tri-Cities starting tomorrow until a whopping 88-degrees is predicted on Thursday, and so why not go for a row on the Columbia, or any river in the confluence?

I was all ready to make the case for Billy Squier's "The Stroke", especially the part perfectly cadenced for rowing with 'Stroke!' repeated a number of times in a row, get it, followed by, 'do it!'

Alas, the song is about something else. No, not skippy whipping (masturbation). But but but..."Put your right hand out / Give a firm handshake ... and ...Give me the biz-a-ness all night long"(?) It's actually about stroking egos in the record business.

However, Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is one, for sure, about using sheer rowing will power and the Hammer of the Gods to drive Viking ships to new lands.

On we sweep with threshing oar
Our only goal will be the western shore

And the whole tune can be used perfectly for training intervals. The high-energy fast-paced iconic rocker clocks in at only 2:22, so if you're going against the current, just enough time to get good and gassed before gasping for gulps of fresh air.

Founded in 1998 and currently in its 23rd year, the Tri-Cities Outrigger Canoe Club trains three days-a-week on the Columbia River.  Their season started this month and ends in October.  They belong to PNW-ORCA and participate in their summer race series.

TCOCC typically attends 6-7 short and long distance races each season. The club currently owns 3 OC-6 canoes and one OC-4 Canoe. Additionally many of their members paddle OC-1 and OC-2 canoes.

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