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Has anyone noticed any advantages/disadvantages to rowing on the water barefoot vs rowing in socks? Thanks

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I think people are blowing the risks out of proportion, I used to row barefoot but now wear socks. Barefoot was never a problem, and was a bit easier and more convenient, except for the fact that certain boats gave me blisters. The blisters would be the only thing that would give rise to any sort or risk of infection, as well as be painful. Basically, I don’t think it matters if the shoes in your boat are unlikely to give you blisters, if they are then socks would be ideal.

Some shoes are a bit slippery (the materials inside) and I find that a sock can help.

Long socks also help with calf bite.

Um. You get sick more when your feet touch the boat, the disgusting bacteria water, and, even worse, if your bare feet are sweating inside the boats that have shoes instead of erg-like straps. You probably also get blisters on your feet when you row barefoot.

Yeah, I get bacterial infections way faster! Builds my immune system!

Same advantage/disadvantage you get from not wearing socks when you go to school/work

Some shoes are a bit slippery (the materials inside) and I find that a sock can help.

Long socks also help with calf bite.

Um. You get sick more when your feet touch the boat, the disgusting bacteria water, and, even worse, if your bare feet are sweating inside the boats that have shoes instead of erg-like straps. You probably also get blisters on your feet when you row barefoot.

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I was scheduled for another run this evening but after watching Biggest Loser UK and seeing myself get thrashed by one of the contestants over the 5k distance, I didn’t feel much in the mood for running.

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It’s supposed to hone your technique but maybe that requires you to have some to hone.
It turned me into rather a pants rower. Everything dropped – pace, power, stroke rate. I kept thrusting myself off the back of the machine.
Better improve before the biggest losers show me up at that sport as well.

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