Weekday rush hour arrives just a little bit earlier at Community Rowing Inc. in Brighton.
While the nearby Massachusetts Turnpike generally swells with activity around 7 every morning, the Community Rowing boathouse — named after Harry Parker, the legendary men’s rowing coach at Harvard — starts bustling two hours before.
At 5, cars pour into the parking lot. Individuals of all ages emerge, seeking to take advantage of Community Rowing’s countless offerings for adults and youths, both novices and experienced rowers in recreational and competitive settings. Half asleep, they carry gym bags containing toiletries and the day’s work attire.
Outside the second-floor locker rooms, rowers gradually huddle amid ergometers — indoor rowers usually reserved for rainy days, and typically dreaded by crew enthusiasts — to engage in a series of calisthenics and stretches.
As scullers begin pulling single shells from boathouse shelves, team coaches gather their squads to lay out the day’s itinerary.
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